Friday, July 24, 2015

Jamaican Jerk Nachos

Some nights, especially when it's hot, I don't feel very hungry. Anybody else relate? And there are just times when snacky foods are simply fun to have for dinner. That's exactly what I was thinking last night and boy did nachos sound good.

I made my own Jamaican jerk seasoning, I used to buy one through Pampered Chef, but this tastes exactly how I remember. A little sweet, yet a spicy hint and so good over chicken. You'll only need a little bit of this mixture, leaving plenty for another meal.

To save time, I baked up the chicken ahead of time and I was able to have our dinner ready very quickly. We served these up with fresh tomato, salsa and sour cream. You could add avocado or even a queso dip.  This made for a fun meal that I'm sure we'll make again when we're craving nachos.

Jamaican Jerk Nachos

1-2 boneless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
Tortilla chips
1 bell pepper, diced
8 oz cheddar cheese, grated
1 tomato, diced
sour cream

To make jerk seasoning:
1 Tbsp allspice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for jerk seasoning and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread tortilla chips in a large cookie sheet. Top with shredded chicken. Sprinkle peppers and cheese over top. Add 2 tsp of seasoning over top of mixture. Bake in oven for about 10-15 minutes, just to melt cheese.

Remove from oven. Top with tomato. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

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