Grilled Gameday Nachos #SundaySupper

My family and I are huge University of Florida Gator Football fans! I am a fourth generation Gator grad, so it pretty much runs in my veins. There is nothing we like more than fall for football season.

But let’s just not talk about yesterday mmmkay?

My favorite part of football is the pregame tailgating. While I love heading up to Gainesville to hang out with all my friends that come into town. I also like to watch the games at home. At home I can prepare a huge spread and have a few glasses of wine WHILE enjoying the game. Not something you can have inside the stadium.

Grilled Gameday Nachos - Supper for a Steal

For #SundaySupper this week I’m sharing a gameday classic, nachos, but they are great for a tailgate because you can assemble them quickly in an aluminum pan and toss them on the grill to cook.

They don’t take long to cook, in five minutes you can be enjoying melty cheese and chunky chili con carne loaded nachos.

These are hearty, not for the faint of heart, gameday nachos. Loaded up with all your favorite toppings and even double layered.

Grilled Gameday Nachos

Prepare the chili con carne in advance and bring along a container for gameday. In your eyes, if I committed a crime by adding beans to the chili then please just skip that step 🙂

Now you can enjoy a dinner of chili and have a dish to bring to the tailgate.

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Grilled Gameday Nachos
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Serves: 6-8
For the chili con carne:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 14.5 oz can red kidney beans
  • 1 small corner of chocolate (about ½ inch square), chopped
For the nachos:
  • 1lb bag tortilla chips
  • 2 cups chili con carne
  • 3 cups shredded cheese (I used a mix of cheddar and pepperjack)
  • 1 can diced green chilies, drained
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • sour cream or Greek yogurt
For the chili con carne:
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add red bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, paprika, and cumin. Stir well and let cook an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Brown the meat in the same pan. Breaking it up into small pieces. Add tomatoes, oregano, and pinch of salt and pepper, tomato paste, and 1 tablespoon water and bring to a gentle boil. Put the lid on and reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes. Check occasionally and add water by the tablespoon as needed.
  3. Drain and rinse beans. Add to chili. Add chocolate and stir to combine. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Salt to taste.
For the nachos:
  1. Preheat grill to high heat.
  2. Put one layer of chips at the bottom of a large (9x13) aluminum pan. Top with 1 cup of chili con carne and ½ of the cheese. Add another layer of chips on top and top with the remaining chili con carne and cheese. Top with green chilies.
  3. Turn grill down to medium and cook 5 minutes, checking halfway through. Chips should be turning brown on the edges and cheese melted and bubbly.
  4. Carefully remove from grill sprinkle with tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, and sour cream. Enjoy.


Chili con Carne recipe adapted from Chef in Disguise

Approx cost per serving: $1.80

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  1. says

    Cheery colors and tasty layers of cheese, chips and chili are bound to bring a smile – whether the “Gators” win or not =)

    Thank you for hosting this virtual tailgating party, Lane. You’ve done a great job =)

  2. says

    Ughhh yesterday…..I know you said not to talk about it. I was in NYC waiting for my flight and in a restaurant w/ no TV’s. I sat at the bar, watching the game from my phone and the bartenders were concerned with me because I kept putting head down shaking like a mad person.

    ANYWAYS, lets hope we wont see another game like that this season. These nachos sound incredible. Thanks for hosting again this year!!!

    Megan @ I Run For Wine recently posted…Pretzel Nuggets for #SundaySupper Tailgating

  3. Stephanie says

    Love the New Belgian beer in the background. Its made locally in Fort Collins, CO where I live, and the most fun beer tour ever (they have a slide and a Director of Fun!).

    • says

      I was in Denver last fall and went to Ft Collins for the tour. It was definitely the most fun brew tour I’ve been on. They just started selling it here in Florida last month.

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