Make These Thanksgiving Nachos This Weekend


You’re tired of cooking, but your fridge is full of food. Every vacation host knows the dilemma. And there’s only a limited number of leftover plates you can microwave with the exact same flavors. A quick fix: Thanksgiving pan-fried nachos.

It’s a family tradition for Chef Amy Yi, Culinary Director of Genuine Foods and a classically trained chef who has worked in the kitchens of Jean-Georges, Upland and beyond.

“The day after Thanksgiving, my boyfriend’s family take his precious leftovers and cook some amazing nachos,” Yi says. “Everyone gathers around the stove while waiting for the end of the nachos, and the opportunity to meet around a meal is once again experienced.

Not only do you mess up only one large dish, but nachos provide a great time to relax, kick off your holiday film festival, or just stack some on a plate and retire to your own space. You do, because those leftover nachos are an invitation to gluttony and self-care.

“The neutral flavor of turkey meat is ideal for nachos because it pairs well with many other flavors,” Yi explains. “Take care to layer well for the perfection of the nachos. Preparing two plates will help ensure that you have a backup when the first is devoured.

Of course, the recipe is flexible depending on what you have left on the fridge, but here is Yi’s opinion:

Leftover Thanksgiving Nachos

Serves: 6-8 people

The base

1 pound of tortilla chips

1 lb leftover roasted turkey meat, grated (preferably dark meat)

4 cups of grated cheese (cheddar cheese, monterey jack, cotija cheese)


Pico de gallo

Fresh cream

Pickled onions

Sliced ​​radish

Sliced ​​jalapenos

sliced ​​green onions

Canned and drained beans

Sliced ​​cherry tomatoes

Chopped fresh cilantro


Preheat oven to 350ºF and set up two half-sheet trays ready to assemble.

Divide the tortilla chips between two molds. Take ⅓ of the turkey meat and divide it between the two dishes on the fries. Follow with cheese. Top with a second layer of tortilla chips, pulled turkey, then cheese.

Slide the baking sheet into the oven to bake until the cheeses are melted, about 10 to 12 minutes.




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