Easy waffle fry nachos! These cheesy waffle nachos are loaded with jalapeños, cream cheese, chicken, bacon and so much more creating the ultimate appetizer.
My idea for these nachos came to me one day when John and I were out for dinner. He ordered a jalapeño cream cheese burger and fries. And of course, I was stealing his fries, and one of them had spicy cream cheese on it from his burger, and I thought the combination was magical. So boom, Chicken and Bacon Jalapeño Popper Waffle Nachos were born…well after some trial and error, but you know what I mean.
So, there was something I wanted to share with you guys this week, something I have to admit. I am terrible at turning off the oven and stove. And to make matters worse, they are both gas. Yikes. I’ve had two very close calls that I wanted to share.
The first time this happened, I actually left the stove on for a few hours while no one was home. It went like this… after a Vikings game and a few beers, my friend and I came back to my place and made mac & cheese because we had the munchies. We ate and then went to the mall to go shopping because Macy’s was having a big shoe sale! After we came back from shopping, she left and I sat around for a little bit waiting for my mom to come over. It wasn’t until my mom arrived, and I was putting goodies from her into the fridge, that I realized, holy crap, the stove is still burning strong. And I quick (after like 3 hours) turned that off.
The second (not last) closest call was a few weeks ago when we were making homemade pizzas, and I actually blame John for this one. I had made homemade pizza sauce, and it was simmering on low when he took the pan off the stove. I guess neither one of us thought to turn the stove off or remembered that it was still on. But luckily John stays up late because at about 1am he got up from bed to get a glass of water and, in the dark, saw the light from the flame. So that time, the stove was probably on for a good 6 hours without us knowing.
So yeah, now when I leave the house, I’m always worried that I left the stove or oven on. Not awesome, but you know what is awesome… you guessed it, this pan of nachos! … don’t forget to turn the oven off 😉
Chicken and Bacon Jalapeño Popper Waffle Nachos
Yield 8-10 servings
Easy waffle fry nachos with a kick! These cheesy waffle nachos are loaded with jalapeños, cream cheese, chicken and bacon creating the ultimate appetizer!
- 1 boneless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
- 1/2 lb bacon, cooked and broken into pieces
- 1 lb seasoned waffle fries
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 2-3 jalapeños, diced*
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- ½ pint grape tomatoes, cut in half** (optional)
- ¼ purple onion, diced** (optional)
To cook the chicken breast:
- Olive oil
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- To cook the chicken breast, heat oven to 450 degrees F and drizzle olive oil into a baking pan. Place chicken breast in pan and drizzle more olive oil over the top. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Bake until fully cooked (internal temperature of 160 degrees F) for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Shred chicken with a fork.
- To cook the bacon, line a baking sheet with tinfoil and fold up sides of tinfoil about 1/2 inch for easy clean up. Place bacon strips on tinfoil, and bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. When cooled slightly, crumble bacon into pieces.
- Place waffle fries in a single layer on a large sheet pan (or two small sheet pans), and bake according to instructions on bag.
- While fries are cooking, mix together cream cheese and sour cream. Next, remove stem from jalapeños and dice, leaving in seeds for added heat.
- Remove fries from oven and top with shredded cheese, shredded chicken and bacon pieces. Drizzle cream cheese and sour cream mixture over the top of the fries, and then evenly cover with diced jalapeño. Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees F until cheese is melted.
- If desired, top with grape tomatoes and diced onion. Serve hot & spicy!
*the number of jalapeños is dependent on how spicy you want to make the nachos
*optional toppings (but who doesn't love ALL the toppings on nachos?)