The Best Loaded Doritos Nachos With Chipotle Chicken

These delicious fully loaded Doritos nachos will become your favorite game day appetizer because they are so good! I made these Doritos nachos some weeks ago to serve as a quick and easy appetizer for dinner with friends in our garden. They were a total hit! This easy recipe features some Mexican classics like pico de gallo salsa and a delicious, juicy chicken chipotle made in only 10 minutes!

Loaded Doritos nachos.

You can also make these cheesy nachos vegetarian-friendly by substituting the chicken for black beans. The good thing is, whether you make it with chicken or another protein, these nacho cheese flavor chips and chipotle chicken are going to be unforgettable! Doritos Nachos are always a family and friend favorite!

Loaded Dorito Nachos Shopping List

  • DORITOS – There are various flavours for Doritos nachos, like flaming hot, spicy ranch, lime, sweet chili, jalapeño, and even taco flavor. A popular favorite is Nacho cheese Doritos! You will find different flavours in each country too. I used “Tex-Mex Doritos” because those are the only ones that my local supermarket sells, but you can make this recipe with any type of Doritos available where you live. No matter which flavor you choose, this brand is the perfect chip loaded with flavor in itself to bring a whole new element to your nachos recipe!
  • MELTY CHEESE – I use Mexican cheese blends, but actually you can use any kind of melty cheese you have on hand. Monterey Jack, Colby, and Cheddar are good options, so is Oaxaca, Asadero, Provolone, Fontina, and Mozzarella filante.
  • CHIPOTLE CHICKEN – Purchase boneless and skinless chicken breasts. Then you will make seasoned chicken, chopped, and cooked in a pan. Feel free to use shredded chicken or turkey leftovers (rotisserie chicken works wonderful in this recipe).
  • PICO DE GALLO – Again, I’ll leave a quick recipe below or you can check out our video for pico de gallo here.
  • QUESO & CREMA – For an extra Mexican touch, I used Mexican crema that you can sub with sour cream or just regular cream, and queso fresco. Those 2 ingredients are totally optional, so feel free to leave them out—but they do add to the nacho cheese sauce flavor!
  • Other ingredients: Chipotle powder, cumin powder, salt and black pepper (to taste), olive oil.

*For exact measurements, see the full recipe card down below.

A bag of Doritos opened on a marble surface.

Make the pico de gallo salsa

Chop tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapeño peppers. Place in a medium bowl. Season with salt and add the lime juice, mix to combine, and adjust salt to taste. Set aside.

Preparing pico de gallo on a bowl.

Make the chipotle chicken

  • Season the chicken with salt, pepper, cumin, and chipotle powder (or use smoked paprika).
  • Heat a cast iron skillet until smoky, add oil and then add chicken. Cook until browned and cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from the skillet and place in a cutting board. Chop it and cover with foil until needed.
Chicken chopped in a cutting board.

Assemble the Doritos nachos

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place half of the Doritos in a single layer in a baking sheet and then add a layer with half of the chopped chipotle chicken.
  • Add melty cheese on top and then make another layer with the remaining Doritos, chicken, and more cheese on top. Pop in the oven until cheese is melted (about 4-5 minutes).
  • Top the Doritos Nachos with the pico de gallo salsa, drizzle with cream, and finally, add crumbled queso fresco (or Cotija cheese) on top. Serve immediately.
Doritos nachos closeup.

More Toppings To Consider

Even though those Doritos nachos are superb with the simple toppings we suggest, here are more ideas for you to use! Twist this recipe next time you make it with a few of these suggestions:

Salsas:

Proteins:

Other:

  • Jalapeno peppers, green chiles, hot sauce (Use one or all of these as a great way to spice your dish with a major kick of heat)
  • Sautéed onions (Add these if you want to add another dimension of flavor—although there is plenty of flavor without it already)
A bite of doritos nachos.

Check out our drinks recipes and enjoy those delicious Doritos nachos with your favorite beverages. From aguas frescas to boozy drinks, we’ve got you covered!

What do you think about these Loaded Doritos Chipotle Chicken Nachos? Are there changes you’d make or something you’d prefer to add? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you think! Also, if you make this recipe, tag me over on Instagram so I can see how it turned out!

Loaded Doritos Nachos

author Maricruz
Doritos nachos loaded with a scrumptious chicken chipotle, pico de gallo, cheese and cream. Your perfect appetizer for game days!
prep 5 minutes
cook 12 minutes
total 17 minutes
serving 6

Ingredients 

For nachos

  • 2 bags Doritos (6 oz /170g each)
  • 1 cup shredded melty cheesy (Mexican blend, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, etc.)
  • ½ cup Mexican crema (or sour cream)
  • ½ cup Queso fresco

For the chicken chipotle

  • 10 oz chicken breast (bonless and skinless)
  • 2 tsp chipotle powder (or smoked paprika)
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

For pico de gallo

  • 1 large tomato (diced)
  • ½ medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • small bunch cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 lime (juice)
  • salt (to taste)

Instructions
 

Make the pico de gallo

  • Place all ingredients on a bowl.
  • Add lime juice and season with salt.
  • Mix to combine and set aside.

Make the chipotle chicken

  • Season chicken with chipotle powder, salt, pepper, and cumin.
  • Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet and cook the chicken for 8-10 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from the skillet and place in a cutting board. Chop it and cover with foil until needed.

Assemble the Doritos nachos

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Place half of the Doritos in a single layer in a baking sheet and then add a layer with half of the chopped chipotle chicken.
  • Add cheese on top and then make another layer with the remaining Doritos, chicken and more cheese on top. Pop in the oven until cheese is melted (about 4-5 minutes).
  • Top the Doritos Nachos with the pico de gallo salsa, drizzle with cream, and add crumbled queso fresco on top. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 725mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 796IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Very nice idea recipe. I didn’t have all ingredients for the toppings, but used the recipe for the chicken and it was AMAZING! My kids loved those doritos nachos, even if it was a bit spicy :)