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Chile Con Queso Nachos

We're Just Saying, These Chile Con Queso Nachos Make the Perfect Cinco de Mayo Snack

Awhile back, I made a chile con queso from The Pioneer Woman. While she served her variation as a warm dip, I decided to experiment with the cheese as a nachos appetizer. I substituted chicken habanero sausages for standard Jimmy Dean sausage.

The nachos were decadent and spicy, like a gourmet version of classic ballpark nachos.

These crowd-pleasing nachos are delicious. They are exactly what nachos should be: crunchy, melty, and pure scrumptiousness. To learn how I made them, read more.

— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes

Chile Con Queso Nachos

Adapted from the Pioneer Woman

Chile Con Queso Nachos


  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 onion, finely chopped
    2 large spicy habanero chicken sausages, casings removed
    3 cups Velveeta cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
    2 tablespoons taco seasoning
    1 small can of diced green chilies
    1 bag of tortilla chips
    1 small jalapeño, sliced
    2 tomatoes, diced
    1 green onion, sliced


  1. Place a large pan over medium heat. Add oil, then add onions and sauté until soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add sausage meat and break up into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook until sausage is brown and onion is wilted, about 10 minutes. Stir in taco seasoning and green chilies. Then, melt Velveeta, stirring occasionally to prevent bottom from burning.
  2. Spread a layer of tortilla chips on a large serving dish. Pour the cheese mixture over the top. Garnish with jalapeño slices, tomatoes, and green onion.

Serves 8-10.

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