nachos with beer queso

Pale Ale Chicken Nachos

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

These chicken nachos are kicked up with a beer infused queso cheese!



  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 16 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3/4 cup of light pilsner
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 1 bag of tortilla chips, 14.5 oz., whichever brand you like
  • 3.8 oz. can of sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, diced finely
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced finely
  • Store bought or Homemade Guacamole
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken


For the Queso:

  1. Add the olive oil to a non-stick skillet on medium high heat.
  2. Add in the onions, cook 5 minutes until softened, then add the diced garlic and cook for a minute more.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes and the 3/4 cup of beer and reduce for 5-7 minutes until most of the liquid is evaporated.
  4. Place in the grated cheeses and stir to combine until melted. Season with cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

To Assemble:

  1. Place a layer of chips on a platter.
  2. Add some shredded chicken, then spoon on some queso.
  3. Add another layer of chips, more queso and then your toppings- the black olives, diced red peppers and guacamole. Serve immediately.


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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