Super Bowl Leftovers = Super Nachos

by | Feb 7, 2012 | Appetizers, Entertaining, Recipes

Super nachos made of leftovers from Super Bowl Sunday

On Super Bowl Sunday we had an impromptu party of 10 and as usual we had enough food for 20 or more people. There were pizzas, wings, veggies, chips and dips, a pot of chili, beer bread, brownies, BBQ beef, cupcakes, candies, turtle chex mix and more. Needless to say, there was a lot of food left over.

By the way, one of the favorite candies at the party were Hershey’s Almond Joy pieces. My daughter picked them out as they met our criteria for the Super Bowl teams’ colors (blue and white).  The Almond Joy pieces and the wings were about the only foods that were totally consumed.

We also had Patriot punch, which was made with fresh blueberries, blueberry flavored vodka, and lemonade. I’m not a fan of the Patriots–just thought it sounded better than Giants punch.

Since the room was full of Raiders and 49er fans, we were not as focused on the game as we could have been. There was a lot of talking and laughing, and when the commercials came on everyone quieted down and the sound went up.  One of my friends from elementry school is a movie/commerical editor and we watched for his commercials along with all of the other clever commercials that air during the Super Bowl. My favorite work of his this year was the Honda CRV commercial with Mathew Brodrick:

Our Super Bowl fare included veggies, candies, scoop style tortilla chips, and chili

Artichoke dip, pita strips,  BBQ beef, turtle Chex mix, and sweet and sour chicken wings (click here for wing recipe)

To get rid of some of the leftovers I’ve been packing them to work the last couple of days for my coworkers to eat. Tonight I made some super nachos with the leftover chili, chips, cheese, and veggies. Below is my recipe.

Super Nachos


  • Leftover chili
  • 5 oz. or more of Scoop style tortilla chips
  • 1 cup or more of shredded cheese (cheddar, Mexican cheese, or cheddar/Monterey Jack mix)
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 avocado, scooped out of shell and cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion (or more if you like onions)
  • 1/2 lime or lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, mix the avocado and onion. Squeeze lime juice over the top and mix. Salt and pepper avocado mixture to taste and set aside.

Place a layer of chips on the bottom of a cast iron frying pan or ovenproof pan with the scoop side up. Spoon half of the chili into the chips. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the top of the chips and chili. Place another layer of chips, chili, and cheese over the top. Bake for 7 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle the chopped tomato over the top. Spoon the avocado over the top and sprinkle with the cilantro. Serve immediately.


“Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season. One word and one word only: Super Bowl.” ~Bill Peterson, football coach