tortilla chips topped with chili and cheese are baked for nachos

Chili Cheese Nacho Bake

What do you do with leftover chili? The list is very long, but one of  our family’s leftover solutions is the chili-cheese nacho bake.  It’s a simple layer of tortilla chips that are topped with chili and shredded cheese and then baked.  When it comes out of the oven, additional toppings are added to individual servings as desired.  Some of our favorites are  sliced green onions, diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, sour cream, or guacamole.  I’ve even been known to throw some shredded lettuce on top of mine to make it like a salad.

However it’s topped, the end result is always a crowd pleaser at our house and the one pan assembly makes clean up really easy.

nachos are made from tortilla chips topped with leftover chili and shredded cheeseHere’s the printable recipe.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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Chili Cheese Nacho Bake
Recipe type: Appetizer or Entree
Cuisine: Southwest
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Serves: 4-6
Leftover chili makes a great topping for simple nachos. The assembly is quick, and the result is delicious.
  • 2-3 cups of tortilla chips
  • 1-2 cups of leftover chili
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, jack, or a combination)
  • Sliced Onions
  • Sliced Black Olives
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Diced Tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Arrange tortilla chips on the bottom of a 9X13" baking pan. You want enough to cover the bottom of a 9X13 inch pan. You want a pile of chips spread evenly across the pan.
  3. Carefully pour chili on top of chips. If the chili is cold, it may be too thick to pour over the top of the chips and you may need to strategically drop clumps of cold chili on top of the chips from a spoon to get it spread out.
  4. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top of the chili. You can add more if you like more cheese.
  5. Place pan into a 350 degree oven for 20 -25 minutes or until cheese is melted and chili is heated through.
  6. Cut into sections and serve.


4 thoughts on “Chili Cheese Nacho Bake

  1. There’s only two in our family. I’d like a smaller version of this recipe but how do I change the cooking time? Do I increase the temp and bake a shorter time to keep it from drying out or burning?

    1. I would bake it at the same temperature, but decrease the cooking time. If you were going to make an 8×8 inch dish instead of my 9X13, I would check it at 10 minutes and then add 2-5 minutes depending on how well cooked it seemed. You know that it’s done when the cheese is really melted. You could also heat up individual servings in a microwave.

  2. Although, I rarely have any chili left, I will will try it. Typical of patti’s innovative and easy to follow recipes, this will make a simple and savory snack for my family.

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