Monday, June 1, 2009

"Date Night" Fajita Nachos

Because we live 12 hours away from our family - who would otherwise love to take our kiddos for an evening - we don't have many opportunities for date nights. Sure, we use a babysitter from time to time, but paying for a babysitter isn't always the best use of our money.

So, we have a lot of "Date Nights" at home.

My hubby and I love Mexican food - and if we were to go out on a date, I'd probably pick a Mexican restaurant over just about anywhere else.

And, I usually get to pick because my hubby is gracious like that. And, because he gets to go out on fancy schmancy dinners when he travels for work. I remind him of that way too often.

These nachos, which I call "Date Night Fajita Nachos", use similar ingredients to those you'd find in an order of chicken fajitas. But, instead of filling flour tortillas, tortilla chips are piled high with chicken, grilled onions, black beans, jalapenos, and cheese . They're so easy to make, and they're perfect for a picnic on the bed in front of a good movie.

Yes, we have picnics on our bed. I love them.

The secret to these nachos is the marinade for the chicken. Meet Lawry's Tequila Lime Marinade.

It's a 30 minute marinade - so you don't have to marinade the chicken all day or all night or any other such silliness. The tangy lime flavor it brings to the chicken is perfect for these fajita nachos.

For these nachos (full recipe below), I grill chicken breast that's taken a 30-minute bath in Lawry's Tequila Lime marinade. While the chicken is grilling, I also slice and grill a large onion on the back of my grill pan until it's brown and caramelized.

Once the chicken is finished, I thinly slice it.

Then run my knife over it a few times to get just the right-sized pieces.

Then, I place tortilla chips in the bottom of a 9 x 13 dish.

I top the chips with the grilled, sliced chicken, onions, a can of drained black beans, chopped jalapeno, and Mexican blend cheese.

I stick the whole shebang under the broiler for about 7-8 minutes, and out come melty, gooey, deeeelicious nachos.

Yeah, man.

Serve them on individual plates and top them with salsa and sour cream.

Of course, you can make these your own - use beef instead of chicken, use refried beans, olives, tomatoes, grilled red and green peppers, and hit the entire thing with some freshly chopped cilantro.


"Date Night" Fajita Nachos

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced
1/2 bottle Lawry's Tequila Lime Marinade
1 large onion, sliced
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
1 jalapeno, chopped (or 2 tablespoons chopped, canned)
8 ounces Mexican blend cheese
1 bag tortilla chips
sour cream

Marinade chicken breast and 1/2 bottle of marinade in gallon-sized bag for 30 minutes (or longer). Grill on outside grill or on grill pan until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Grill onions alongside chicken. Slice chicken into thin slices, and run knife over to make smaller pieces.

Preheat broiler. Place tortilla chips in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Top with chicken, onions, black beans, jalapeno, and cheese.

Broil for 7-8 minutes, or until cheese has completely melted.

Serve immediately on individual plates and top with sour cream and salsa, if desired.


  1. That might be the perfect thing for you to make for our get together- they look awesome!!!

  2. :( Sorry your babysitters fell through, they are planning on a rain check, I promise! Dave asked me Saturday if I was feeling good enough to call you. I think he was disappointed. Better days are here and we can't wait to give you a night out. Trust me, a weekend at home doing nothing is waaaay to boring!

    Hey, the food looks fantastic as always. You never cease to amaze me!

  3. Haha - YOU recommending cilantro??? Yes, I know your version doesn't call for it, but it made me laugh. For this California girl, Mexican food is way lacking without cilantro. Of course I have to suck it up with my own cooking because Brett hates it. Sigh...


  4. Ah, MB - I think cilantro and I might be coming around. We had a rocky start, but the more Mexican food I eat, the more used to it I'm getting. Maybe Brett will come around someday, too! :)

  5. Yum! I've never seen that Lawrys marinade but I'm going to look for it!

  6. This sounds delicious although I agree, I would load with cilantro!!

  7. Hello Lawry's Tequila Lime Marinade. Where have you been all my life. (Seriously, I had no idea they made that stuff.)

    Looks like fun date night food.

  8. That looks so Yummy! We love Stay at home date nights too. I will definitely have to try this.

  9. hungry! Great pictures! :)

  10. I love the new layout, Sar! It's conveys a lot of info in a small space. Love it, girl!

    As for the recipe... (drool, drool, drool)... it's okay... I guess... I mean... I don't know WHO would want to be eating such fabulous food in the comfort of their own bed with their favorite person.

    I'm about to relocate you to Chicago. I will personally watch your children in exchange for food. *wink*

  11. looks totally delicious! AND i love how you did up the pictures - very impressive and blog-snazzy.

  12. Those look awesome (I spy, btw)!!

    I will be trying these! Not quite yet, but hopefully this summer sometime..for a date night on the back porch with the stars!!

  13. we love nachos in our house. yummy!

    i love that you do date night in your room on your bed with a movie playing - great idea :o)

  14. Yum...perhaps I'll put this on the menu plan for the coming weeks.

    I grilled some chicken last night, and the marinade is almost exactly the same as the recipe you use for your kabobs.

  15. Oh my goodness gracious... Those look amazing... If I add some guacamole on the side - Shawn will be in heaven... These must be made... You're going to have us weighing 500 pounds in the first year :)

  16. So glad you shared this recipe after the way you described it! Oh and love the food montage at the top -- really creative way to show all the pictures!

    ("Was it a montage...? Not exactly a montage." -- Movie?)

  17. I made these tonight. So yummy! Everyone ate them and loved them, including my pickiest kid. We will definitely be making these again. The chicken was soooo good. We had leftover, and I think I'll be making more nachos for lunch tomorrow. Pomegranate Raspberry Ultra beer is the perfect drink with them.

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