Mini Bell Pepper Chicken Nachos


This recipe was shared on Pinterest by Christina, of Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.  It’s a healthy finger food that goes together quickly and easily.  This would be fun to serve as a nutritious snack on game day.  Christina suggests adding black beans or chopped jalapenos for variety.

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 green onions, sliced, white parts and green parts separated
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup salsa
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound mini bell peppers
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar/Monterey jack cheese blend
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/2 large tomato, diced
1/4 cup cilantro

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat the oil in a 12 inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and the white parts of the green onions and cook and stir 1 minute.
3.  Stir in chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
4.  Add chicken and toss until all ingredients are well coated and chicken is warm, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in salsa. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
5. Slice the ends off each mini bell pepper and slice in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and ribs and press each half open so the peppers are as flat as possible. Arrange close together in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
6. Spoon chicken mixture evenly over pepper halves. Top with black olives and cheese mixture. Bake nachos for 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Remove from oven, top with tomatoes, cilantro, and remaining green onions. Serve.

 

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