This is a very simple and surprisingly flavorful recipe for smoked nachos prepared on a charcoal grill. The chips, cheese, and beans really soak up the smoke flavor in just a few minutes. Smoke is the most important ingredient, so a charcoal grill is required (unless you can use wood chips in your gas grill). We usually serve it as an appetizer, but it is often requested as the main dish.
- 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
- 1 (14.5 ounce) package white corn tortilla chips
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
- 3 cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup sliced pickled jalapenos
- 1/2 cup hickory wood chips, soaked
- Place chicken breasts in a medium bowl. Coat with olive oil, sprinkle with chili powder, and turn to combine evenly.
- Set up a grill for indirect heat. Cook chicken breasts over high heat, about 2 minutes per side. Finish cooking over indirect heat, covered, about 5 minutes per side. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch cubes and coat evenly with BBQ sauce in a small bowl.
- Arrange a portion of tortilla chips in a single layer on a grill tray, cast iron griddle, or disposable foil pan. Sprinkle black beans and 1/2 of the shredded cheese on top. Add a second layer of chips. Arrange chicken on top and cover with remaining cheese. Top with jalapeno slices.
- Add wood chips to charcoal. Place nachos over indirect heat and cover grill. Grill until cheese is melted, rotating tray at least once, 5 to 10 minutes.