Weekly Recipes

Halloween Nachos


Spicy Halloween Nachos

Halloween nachos use black and orange tortilla chips and the fabulous meaty garlicy spicy nachos recipe to make a wonderful party favorite for Halloween

4 years ago, I saw Mission Halloween Tortilla Chips at King Soopers and couldn’t resist! They are just orange and black tortilla chips. They make a very colorful dish that begs for decorating it even more. I just called several King Soopers and didn’t find them …. but, it is up to Mission and the individual stores if and when they will show up. Best guess is roughly a week before Halloween. Supposedly Albertson’s also carries them. Call first to see if they are in.

This is a variation on my Meaty Garlicy Spicy Nachos, which I think are the best nachos I’ve ever had (and some readers emailed me to let me know they thought so too!). A reason I came up with these originally was because I was frustrated with the nachos you get in restaurants – they all seem the same, namely full of lots of beans. Bottom line is nachos are on most restaurant menus because they make them cheap with lots of beans and not much meat. So this recipe is meaty.

My original recipe was garlicy and really hot (with hot chiles). These Halloween Nachos were
being served to some who like it hot and some who like it mild. It is very easy to split this recipe
into hot and mild, and that’s what I did.

Plus, I attempted some Halloween decorating – I tried to make a ghost out of sour cream & olive pieces. I think a 3rd grader could make a better ghost. How about a gremlin or Incredible Hulk out of guacamole?

Can you do a better job of decorating Halloween Nachos? Please email me a photo at anita@denvergreenchili.com and I will publish it!

Halloween Nachos
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Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 large (or 6 medium) cloves garlic, pressed
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ tsp taco seasoning (or ¼ tsp pepper & ¼ tsp red chile flakes)
  • ½ tsp salt (or to taste)
  • ½ cup hot diced green chiles (you can divide meat in half & use ¼ cup hot
  • in 1 half and ¼ cup mild in the other)
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese *
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar *
  • 1 12-oz bag Mission Halloween Chips
  • * 1 lb cheese = 4 cups shredded cheese
  • Garnish & Decoration: Use any or all of these. Decorate the nachos with them, scatter them on top of the nachos, or serve them in bowls on the side
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • (note: store-bought guacamoles like Wholly Guacamole
  • or Calavos are very good for decorating)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped or sliced black olives
  • 2 cups salsa
  • hot sauce (to simulate blood)
  1. Prepare all garnishes & decorations ahead of time (chop and put in serving bowls if desired).
  2. Brown the meat with the garlic and onion. Drain.
  3. Add the seasonings and diced green chiles and cook another
  4. minutes, mixing thoroughly and adjusting seasoning to taste. If making both hot and mild, separate into 2 skillets before adding chiles.
  5. Cover a 9x13" baking dish with a couple layers of the Halloween tortilla chips. Spread half the cheese evenly over the chips, then spread the meat and top with the remaining cheese.
  6. Note: If making half hot and half mild, use most of the pepper
  7. jack on the hot half and mostly cheddar on the mild half. Top both
  8. with the cheddar to make it more orange.
  9. Immediately before serving, bake in 350 degree oven for about
  10. minutes or until cheese melts.
  11. Decorate or top with garnishes and serve.
  12. Note: You may want to add more cilantro, green chiles, or jalapenos to taste.


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