These Buffalo Chicken Nachos are an epic appetizer to serve while watching football!
Everyone knows about buffalo chicken, right? Chicken (usually in wing form) is coated with a spicy, buttery Buffalo sauce. All together, somewhere around 1.25 billion (yes, billion) wings are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday every year. I’m responsible for about half of those. (Just kidding!) This recipe for Buffalo Chicken Nachos is perfect for sharing with friends while watching football. But we’ll come back to these nachos in a bit. First, we need to talk about garbage plates.
Have you ever heard of a garbage plate? I hadn’t until Laura and I met some new friends at the curling club a couple of years ago. After one of our games, the talk at the table turned to food (imagine that!), and someone brought up garbage plates. I think the part-confused, part-disgusted look on my face said it all. But once I learned what a garbage plate was, I was intrigued. And I wanted to eat one.
Garbage plates are an iconic dish found in Rochester, New York. There are a lot of variations of garbage plates, but the most common version involves a base of macaroni salad and home fries/French fries. On top of that is a burger (or two). On top of that comes mustard and onions. And we’re not done yet. The final touch is a generous spoonful of hot chili sauce with ground beef that is ladled on top of the whole plate. Did I mention that a garbage plate often comes with a side of Italian bread? You know…just in case you’re still hungry.
They might sound (and even look) questionable, but trust me when I say that garbage plates are quite delicious! We’ve had homemade versions with our curling club friends, and I’ve had garbage plates from 2 different places in Rochester now. The first was rather mediocre, but I still have dreams about that second one. Laura and I stopped at a little hot dog stand in Rochester this past May when we were out there for a wedding, and it was the best decision we made all day! Garbage plates are typically consumed as a late-night, post-bar food, but we ate ours for lunch. Because that’s how we roll.
Ok, enough talk about garbage plates. Buffalo, NY is located just about an hour west of Rochester, so let’s move from garbage plates to buffalo chicken. I’m talking about these Buffalo Chicken Nachos, of course! These nachos are built with layers upon layers of flavor, and they absolutely taste like an appetizer you’d order at a sports bar.
To make these Buffalo Chicken Nachos even easier to serve, I used a sheet pan instead of plates. I also opted for shredded buffalo chicken here, and I made a batch the day before. That way, these nachos came together in all of about 15 minutes. (You could totally cook the buffalo chicken on the same day, too. Like say maybe on Super Bowl Sunday?)
Once you’ve got all of the ingredients prepped, it’s literally like setting up a game of Jenga. Just layer the chips, cheeses, chicken and other toppings together and pop the entire sheet pan in the oven. About 10 minutes later, you and your friends will be digging into a pan of hot Buffalo Chicken Nachos.
I made this pan of nachos for my curling team one night when we were all hanging out at my place. The kitchen got really quiet as 5 guys (plus Laura) devoured this entire sheet pan in minutes. There wasn’t a crumb left anywhere. If you’re looking for a pretty epic Super Bowl appetizer, allow me to introduce you to these Buffalo Chicken Nachos. The only thing you might regret is not making two pans of these nachos! Enjoy!
Have you ever been to Rochester, NY? Did you eat a garbage plate?
Buffalo Chicken Nachos
- 2 16-oz. bags tortilla chips (I used a mix of white and blue corn chips)
- 2½ cups buffalo chicken shredded (homemade or store-bought--see note)
- 1½ cups cheddar cheese shredded
- 1½ cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded
- ¼ cup red onion thinly sliced
- ½ cup celery thinly sliced
- ½ cup blue cheese crumbled
- green onions sliced
- buffalo wing sauce
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Spray a 9”x13” pan with nonstick baking spray. Spread half of chips evenly across pan. Top with half of the buffalo chicken, cheese, onion and celery. Repeat with remaining chips, chicken, cheese, onion and celery.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese had completely melted.
- Remove from oven and top with crumbled blue cheese, green onions and additional buffalo wing sauce (optional).
- Serve hot.