Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jackson’s Honest. Thank you for supporting brands and companies that I love and trust. All opinions are 100% my own.
Football isn’t something that I get excited about. I never have. And I probably never will.
So while everyone else is glued to the television, not wanting to miss a single second of game day action or inaction (if you’ve ever really watched a football game, then you know exactly what I mean by “inaction”), I’ve got my face buried in a mountain of nachos.
I have my priorities straight. Clearly.
As much as I love the traditional nachos (= cheesetopia) that are typical of most bars in America, I’ve recently found myself craving something a bit different. Realizing that the nachos of my dreams probably wouldn’t be found at my local watering hole, I got to work creating these Sweet and Spicy Thai Chicken Nachos in my own kitchen. They are fresh, colorful and have a wonderful mix of unexpected flavors. And they aren’t just all about the cheese. Fresh vegetables and lean chicken play a starring role in these Sweet and Spicy Thai Chicken Nachos. So much so, that I even dare to say that you can actually feel good about enjoying these on game day…or any other day.
I’m excited to partner with Jackson’s Honest today, a company that is wholeheartedly committed to using real, nutrient dense ingredients in the food products they produce. Their potato chips and tortilla chips, which are cooked in organic coconut oil, have a clean and fresh taste that is like no other. Yes, I know. The words “clean” and “fresh” aren’t words that are typically used to describe chips. But it’s true. I would not lie to you.
I used a bag of Jackson’s Honest Blue Corn Tortilla Chips for this recipe. When I flipped over the bag to look at the ingredients I saw this: organic blue corn, organic coconut oil, sea salt. THREE INGREDIENTS PEOPLE! That’s pretty amazing.
Speaking of the number three, I have three notes on the recipe that I think are worth mentioning. (1) Because I like my nachos with a little bit of kick, I used two whole serrano peppers. But if you want something more mild, you can replace the serrano peppers with jalapeño peppers, which are less spicy. (2) I used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store for the cooked, shredded chicken. This is a perfectly acceptable shortcut, in my humble opinion. (3) Pre-shredded bagged cheese is not a shortcut I recommend taking. That stuff just doesn’t melt properly. So buy some blocks of cheese and shred your own. It’s worth it!
Check out Jackson’s Honest store locater to discover where you can buy their potato chips and tortilla chips. I know once you taste them, they’ll become a regular part of your snacking and cooking routine!
I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating again: food served in bowls > food served on plates.
I have no scientific evidence to support this phenomenon. But it seems undeniably and universally true. So I’m going to motion that we consider this a fact and move on.
Anyone want to second that motion?
Winter is the prime time to enjoy some bowl foods. From savory breakfasts to cozy soups, there is just something totally comforting about being able to wrap your hands around a complete, wholesome and nourishing meal. I made these Barbecue Pork Polenta Bowls with Pineapple and Guacamole on a recent snowy day and let me tell you, they absolutely hit the spot (and those beers that I had didn’t hurt either!). It was everything savory, sweet, creamy and refreshing that I was craving at that exact moment.
Question: how do you feel about these photographs (um…not the silly one of the pineapple in the snow, but the ones of the polenta bowls)? They definitely aren’t my usual style. I’m trying to play around more with darker, moodier shots. But I’m unsure. HALP!