Disclosure: Thank you to the American Dairy Association Mideast and the Ohio Dairy Farmers for a MOO-valous trip! All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
A couple of weeks ago I traveled to Ohio to visit with some very fabulous ladies. Of the four legged variety. Often colored black and white. With big tongues, long eyelashes and four udders. Yeah, I’m talking about dairy cows. What did you think I was talking about?
Before we really get going today, I want to pause for a second and thank each and every single one of you for your discretion. Because during my trip I put this photo on Instagram and not one person made an inappropriate comment. Seriously, you all have a lot more self restraint than me. Kudos.
Ok, let’s circle back. I was out in Ohio to get the low down on all things dairy. Which included everything from enjoying wine and cheese pairings at the House of Blues, tasting insane grilled cheese sandwiches at Melt Bar and Grilled, traveling out to the Ohio countryside to feast on a traditional Amish lunch, and having a super classy dinner at FirstEnergy Stadium with Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns. Who by the way, was happy to gossip with us ladies about The Bachelor/Bachelorette, which made him THAT much cooler in my book. Sorry to put your business out on the street Joe!
Are you getting the point that there was a lot of eating on this trip? Yeah. It’s true. But while the food was certainly incredible, the best part was meeting the people behind the food. Like the amazing folks at the American Dairy Association Mideast, who answered all of our burning questions about dairy and nutrition. And the Ohio Dairy Farmers, who proudly showed us around their farms and talked candidly with us about the practices they have in place to prioritize the health and happiness of their herds, all while ensuring they are producing a safe and delicious product. It was fun to be able to experience some of the day-to-day operations on the farm (I milked my first cow and fed a baby cow a bottle!). And I have a renewed appreciation and respect for all the hard work goes into running a dairy farm. Also, cows are BIG (I was a bit intimidated!) and have big personalities to match!
Not only did I eat a lot of cheese on this trip, but I also came home with some. After our behind the scenes tour at Pearl Valley Cheese, they let us do a little shopping in their retail store. You want to see something exciting, just watch 11 food bloggers running around a store filled with award winning cheeses! Of course, I bought several kinds. Can you blame me?
So needless to say, I’ve been having myself a little cheese party here at home the last couple of weeks. Grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas and nachos galore! Happy times!
These Barbecue Chicken Nachos are about as easy as it gets thanks to a couple short cuts, including a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and some store bought barbecue sauce. If you want to go all out and cook your own chicken and make your own barbecue sauce, be my guest. I won’t stop you. I just wanted nachos FAST and with minimal prep work.
My Barbecue Chicken Nachos are perfect for game day. Or for binge watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette. You choose. No judgement.
- 2 cups shredded chicken
- 3/4 cups barbecue sauce
- 12 ounces corn tortilla chips
- 3 cups shredded cheese (I used a mix of Colby, Cheddar and Swiss)
- 1-2 jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a large rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, toss the shredded chicken with the barbecue sauce until well coated.
- Spread about half of the tortilla chips out over your baking sheet. Top with half of the chicken, half of the cheese and half of the sliced jalapeño peppers. Then add the remaining chips and repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients.
- Transfer to your pre-heated oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Remove. Top with the diced avocado and fresh cilantro. Serve immediately.
These nachos look amazing! Love the bright colors in your photos 🙂
Liz, oh my gawd, so fun!!! fabulous ladies of the four legged variety. . . I love that! what a fun trip! and you are so tall!!!! I’m so bummed I couldn’t make the trip! love these nachos and YES to all that Colby, Cheddar and Swiss cheese!!!!!
Yes, I am pretty darn tall! I guess you can’t usually tell from my blog. Ha ha!
What a fun trip! And these nachos … perfect 🙂
Sounds like you had such a good trip! And these nachos are just calling my name, Liz! I love the bbq chicken combo. This counts as breakfast, right? 🙂
I won’t stop you from eating these for breakfast!
Your trip sounds amazing, both the tour of the dairy farm and all of the great food you got to enjoy! I’m never one to pass up cheese, and I wouldn’t be able to stop with these nachos!
Oh yeah, I never pass on the cheese! 🙂
It looks like you had a BLAST! I went on this trip last year and it was MOOvelous! HAD TO!
And these nachos? GIVE THEM TO ME NOW. Like, for breakfast!! Pinned!
Yeah, I remembered that you went last year. Such a fun trip! Those folks are all such a blast!
These nachos are going to be all over my house for game day! Sensational!
Woop woop! It looks like you lovely ladies had such a great time! I’m jelly of your cheese for dayz “problem,” ha! These nachos look absolutely fabulous. Bring on the cheesy football food!
Yeah my “problems” aren’t too bad at all! 🙂
I am so glad you had a blast in Cleveland. AMA seriously rocks!! OMG….and these nachos, gimme!
It was so much fun! Thanks, Lauren!
OMG, that first picture of the cow is kinda hilarious. AND I JUST saw your IG picture… so much inappropriateness I WANT to say, but now that you called it out, I will refrain. 😉 Anywho, these Nachos look killer, Liz! Who doesn’t love an easy-peasy-cheesy nacho dish? Paired with bbq sauce and rotisserie chicken? Yatzi! Game Day (or reality show binge) Winner! Pinned! Cheers, girlfriend!
Glad you are holding back. Ha ha ha! And yes to nachos for ALL THE THINGS!
What a great trip!! I did see that picture and almost commented lol but the blogger in me said no…it’s a sponsored trip lol! Love how easy these nachos are!!
Ha ha ha! You are too funny! 🙂
It was such a great trip and I loved meeting you. And you were a pro at milking a cow. These nachos look fabulous!
Aww…thanks, Julia. It was so great to meet you too! 🙂
Awh, jeeze… cheese and the bachelor/bachelorette? OMGeee, Liz. Two of my favorite things! SO, if you’re like me, you’re watching it because you can’t wait till January for the new season to start, and you’re having to refresh your memory as to all the drama that goes on and then question why you watch it? I’m right there with ya! But you know, I’ll be watching come January, for all the drama once again! I loooove nachos. What can I say. And then you put BBQ on em?…. always love how you step things up! Delicious Liz!
It’s my reality TV guilty pleasure. So good and yet so bad! Ha!
The ADA Mideast dairy tour was one of my favorite trips. I loved learning about the diary farms and who could resist all of the cheese?! I want to dive into a plate of these cheesy nachos!
It was SUCH a great trip! Thanks, Ashley!
Bring on the nachos!!! These look yummy Liz! Game day here I come!
Oh yeah! We’ll be ready!
Hahahaha, your followers on IG are super classy. LOVE these photos you took from the dairy trip! The calves are so cute! I will have these nachos ANY day!
Classy bunch indeed! 🙂
Love your recap of our fun Ohio Dairy Adventure, Liz! 🙂 We had such a blast! And the cheese…. yes, it has been a cheese fest over here too for the past week or so. 😉 Love these nachos- perfect for game day… or any day, lol.
It was so awesome to hang out with you again, Carrie! We had a great trip, didn’t we? Hooray for cheese-fest!
Yum!! I love the idea of combining mexican flavors with BBQ flavors. So many good textures.
Thanks, Dani! I hope you try it out!
Now I am seriously craving nachos. And cheese! What a fun trip! I live in an area with tons of dairy farms, so I think I would have felt right at home there with you! Thanks so much for sharing this 🙂
Thanks, Allie! Wish you could have been there with us! 🙂
What a fun trip, Liz, and CHEESE. I love these nachos with the BBQ chicken — I need this tray for Monday Night Football tonight!
I hope you try them out, Marcie!
haha oh my gosh you had me laughing with those opening lines!! And what a cool trip! Sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful time! PS these nachos sound fantastic!!
Glad I can make you laugh, Ashley! 🙂
Sounds like you had a great trip, Liz! Any trip that involves lots of cheese sounds good to me! These nachos look so delicious too, I’m totally wishing I had them for dinner 😉
Oh yeah, cheese always makes for a good trip! 🙂
What a fun trip!! And these nachos….are what football season is all about…
They are the best part of football season, in my humble opinion. HA!
Never have I ever milked a cow before. Or gone on a cheese shopping spree that sounds as great as yours! Haha your trip sounds like it was an awesome time. I could eat these nachos every day!
Both were new to me as well! 🙂
Those are the most adorable cows. I’ve always wanted to live on a farm, but I doubt that will ever happen. These nachos rock my world, and soon they’re going to rock my husband’s world this Sunday for game day. Pinned.
Yay yay! These are perfect for game day this weekend!
Coooooows <3 And nachos. And you.
All good things! 🙂
What a fun trip!! Cows are so freaking cute (when you don’t have to smell them)! These nachos look soooo yummy. Perfect for gamenight. Or, you know, tonight. Just because. 😉
Thanks, Jess! Yeah I could have done without the smell. Ha ha!