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BBQ Chicken Nachos

There are some things that I cook, that makes me think ‘If I ever had a restaurant, I’d serve this.  And people would love it.’

BBQ chicken nachos is one of these.  And it’s ridiculously easy.

I’m not going to ever open a restaurant, so, I’ll share my BBQ chicken nachos here with you.  At the end of this post is the official concoction of how to put these bad boys together.

First is my quick, must eat now version that I did today, no optional toppings, just a ‘Must eat food now’ version.

I used these chips:


I bought them at Costco, and they are like a cross between a cracker and a tortilla chip to me, they worked with these nachos really well.

I had left over BBQ chicken breasts.  Use whatever type you like or have left over.  I really like the Kinders BBQ chicken breasts which are already marinated and vacuum sealed from Costco.  It’s a little lazy, but they come out perfect each time.

I used a mix of cheddar/jack cheese.  And drizzled some BBQ sauce over the top after it was all melted.

Now, how I did these today, is not the ultimate.  I was at the point of being so hungry that my mantra was ‘Must eat food now.’  So, my nachos weren’t fancy, but still really, really good.


Tomorrow, my nachos will be even better, because I will add the following:


Some corn,


Fresh tomatoes,


Black beans,


And sprinkle some cilantro over the top of my creation.

I would definitely serve Cherry Margaritas at my pretend future restaurant.  Although unfortunately, I can’t hit the tequila mid day due to an unlimited amount of responsibilities that make up my lifestyle.

And for dessert at my pretend future restaurant, I would serve See’s on a silver platter, where everyone could choose their favorite one.  Thankfully, this is something I can, and did partake in midday:


If you try the nachos, let me know how you liked them!


Being sick on your favorite holiday = no fun. No fun meaning, no appetite.

4th of July is my favorite holiday.  It’s probably because the 5th of July is my birthday, and as a kid, the 4th was the pre show to my birthday, fireworks and all!!  I love fireworks, unfortunately, my fireworks were provided by NBC, and watched by me as I laid on the couch:


It all started Thursday night, my back and legs were killing me while watching my son’s baseball game.  I thought I was just tired.  By the time I got home, chills, aches, and stomach pains.  Not a fun night of sleep.

Friday brought a fever, more stomach pains, and way more chills.  It was 100+ outside, and I was inside sleeping with 2 blankets on me.  (Sidenote, I have gotten my fill of HGTV these last few days, which is quite enjoyable.)

Now, when I say fever, I mean a slightly elevated temperature than normal.  I would never be able to hang with a 102.5 like my kids cruise around with not even mentioning they don’t feel good.  But, those chills man, they are the worst, and the headache that comes with it, it had remnants of a migraine headache, which set in a quick panic, then put the nausea and stomach pains on top of all of it.  Done.  No 4th of July for me.

Today is my birthday, and unfortunately we aren’t going to go paddle boarding like planned.  My middle daughter and I had this discussion earlier:

L:  Are we going anywhere today?

Me: Like where?

L:  Like, in public?

Me:  No.

I feel bad, I hate being down.  Although today is the first day that I feel I will make it to see my birthday next year.  I believe I had food poisoning.  Throughout the last three days, each and every time I thought about a lunch I had when I went out with a friend, I dry heaved.  I really liked the lunch at the time, but the thought of it these last few days made me retch.  No other food thoughts did that.  And I had a lot of food thoughts.

Today was the first day I was hungry since Friday.  My husband said he was going to go get deli sandwiches.  Usually, on birthdays in our family, the birthday person gets to choose whatever they want for their dinner.  I would never, ever have chosen deli sandwiches.  I would usually choose something that I don’t get to have often like Vietnamese food, or sushi, not deli sandwiches.  But when he said that, my eyes lit up.  That sounded SO good!

I love to eat.  A lot.  So, as I looked at this sandwich my husband brought me after the day before literally only having 3 graham crackers and a handful of BBQ chips (had to, the salty/sweet is undeniably delicious), I knew I was about to put it away.

IMG_6016Oh ya.

I watched Unbroken with my kids the night before I got sick.  On day 2 of not eating, I thought again about how they were in that raft for so long without food.  Then, I thought about how so many times while watching reality shows like Survivor, that I’m pretty sure I’d get beat up by someone if I were on that show because I’d be dreaming of food constantly out loud.

It would go something like this:

‘Oh man, there’s this place in Pismo, called Hoagies, they have these wraps called the Pismo Wrap…It’s tri tip, curly fries, avocado, BBQ sauce, and paper jack cheese in a tortilla.  All warm and good.  They are huge!  You can’t even finish a whole one!  What I would give for that right now!’


‘My last meal would be at Blue Coyote in Truckee.  I’d order garlic chips, which aren’t chips, think pizza, sliced up in little pieces, with garlic sauce and melty cheese on top.  I’d get a side salad, which has all sorts of goodies in it, with honey mustard dressing, and a double order of Truckee Style boneless wings.  Awww ya man!  That’s what I’m talking about!  Those wings, dip them in some blue cheese just to cool off the kick, that’s serious.’

And then the film crew would cut to me getting popped in the face with someone yelling over me ‘I told you to shut up and quit talking about food when we’re all here starving!!!’

I can’t help it.  Always been this way.  I love food.  It made me sad that I didn’t want any for the last two days.

So, happy birthday to me, my appetite is back!!!