Skip to Content

Instant Pot Nachos with Chicken & Homemade Queso Dip

Sharing is caring!

Give this super easy and delicious Instant Pot Nachos recipe a try. They are perfect when teamed up with our Homemade Queso and topped with a delicious Avocado Salad. 

instant pot nachos

Love all things crispy and crunchy?

You might just be a nacho lover. If that’s the case, why not go ahead and try making these oh-so-perfect nachos yourself?

There’s also a quick homemade queso recipe for you to try along with it, and a fresh and healthy avocado salad that you can top on the bed of nachos- because balance right?

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and give it a try! 

Other Topping Ideas

Our recipe calls for some delicious shredded chicken and a generous drizzle of that sour cream, the avocado salad, the queso, some jalapeno slices and black beans, along with a few others, but don’t let that be the rule to stick to. 

In fact, you can experiment and try different toppings for your nachos as per your taste preference. Some of the best toppings that you could try with these are-

  • Shredded beef
  • Ground taco meat
  • Tomatoes 
  • Olives 
  • Guacamole 
  • Corn
  • Onions 
  • Salsa 
  • Monterey Jack cheese
  • Cheddar cheese 

How Do I Make Sure the Nachos Don’t Get Soggy?

Well, here’s a question a lot of people tend to ask, especially when they try making loaded nachos and it doesn’t turn out the way they want it to.

If your nachos too, tend to turn all soggy after you’ve piled all your toppings onto it, it could be due to the quality of tortilla chips. 

Make sure you choose tortilla chips or nachos that are thick, so that they don’t go limp when they absorb liquid.

It also makes sense to bake the nachos first and then finish them off in the grill. That way, they’ll be crisp all the way through. 

What Can I Make With These Instant Pot Nachos?

instant pot nachos

If you’re planning on making these nachos when you have some friends over, you might also be looking for some good food/meal ideas that you can team up along with it.

Here are a few you can get started with- most of them are Mexican meals that you can try in your instant pot and should be ready super quick, and compliment the flavor and taste of these Instant Pot Nachos too. 

What Else Can I Eat with Queso Apart from Nachos?

Okay, if you just ended up with a huge batch of queso, there are so many other foods you could enjoy it with, apart from just nachos. Chicken wings taste great with a queso dip.

If you’re on the hunt for something a bit more healthy, you can roast veggies like cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, bell peppers etc and have them with the dip.

More of the Best Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

instant pot nachos


Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Chicken Nachos with Homemade Queso and Fresh Avocado Salad

Instant Pot Chicken Nachos with Homemade Queso and Fresh Avocado Salad

Give this super easy and delicious Instant Pot Nachos a try- they’re perfect when teamed up with the Homemade Queso and topped with an Avocado Salad. It is a delicious aperitif full of flavor contrasts, as well as complete. The crunchy nachos, delicious chicken, and irresistible cheese sauce combine phenomenally with the fresh twist of avocado salad and cilantro. It is a plate full of authentic delight!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes


Instructions for the chicken:

  1. Mix the spices, salt, pepper and olive oil together.
  2. Place the chicken in an airtight container or a large Ziploc bag.
  3. Pour the spice mix over the chicken and rub it in until all of the chicken is covered in the mix.
  4. Marinate in the fridge for 2 hours.
  5. Place the Instant Pot trivet in the bottom of the pan and place the chicken on it.
  6. Pour the chicken broth over the chicken and seal the pot with the lid.
  7. Set the pot to manual mode and cook for 10 minutes.
  8. Release the pressure and once all of the steam has released, turn the instant pot off, remove the lid and let the chicken cool for a bit.
  9. Shred the chicken into as big or small of pieces as you like and set aside.

Instructions for the Homemade Queso:

  1. Sprinkle the cornstarch into the milk and stir until well combined.
  2. Next, heat a saucepan or small frying pan over medium low heat.
  3. Add the heavy cream and stir constantly to prevent burning until it starts to simmer.
  4. Add in the cheese and continue to stir until it completely melts.
  5. Pour in the milk and cornstarch mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Let it simmer for an additional minute while you continue to stir and sprinkle in the salt and pepper if you like.
  7. Taste and add salt if needed.
  8. Cover with a lid to prevent it from forming a film.

Instructions for the fresh Avocado Salad:

  1. Mix the lime juice and salt together in a bowl and let sit for five to six minutes before stirring again.
  2. Add in the avocado, tomatoes and cilantro.
  3. Stir carefully to prevent the avocado from mashing.
  4. Refrigerate for 5 minutes to allow the salt to dissolve further.

Instructions to assemble the nachos:

  1. Heat the black beans in the microwave and set aside.
  2. Thin down the sour cream with the milk until it’s to the consistency that you like and set aside.
  3. Set out all of your ingredients and start layering them on a plate or on a cookie sheet with edges.
  4. Lay out the chips, then add the chicken, then the avocado salad, then sprinkle in the black beans and corn, drizzle on the sour cream and homemade queso and top it off with some jalapeño slices and cilantro.
  5. Serve immediately.



  • You can serve the ingredients separately and have each person make their own plate of Nachos to their liking. Just make sure they are hot and there is plenty of everything for everyone.
  • If you want, you can also toast your own tortillas to make homemade chips with an authentic flavor.


  • You can swap the chicken for your favorite chili con carne or ground pork recipe.
  • For a vegetarian option, omit the chicken entirely and add tofu or your protein supplement of choice.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 965Total Fat 59gSaturated Fat 24gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 31gCholesterol 132mgSodium 1820mgCarbohydrates 78gFiber 13gSugar 7gProtein 38g

Did you make this recipe?

Get more Instant Pot recipes in our Facebook group and by following on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Have you tried this recipe? Don't forget to Rate This Recipe and leave a comment!

More of Our Favorite Instant Pot Dinner Recipes

    Sharing is caring!

    Unicorn Popcorn Recipe: How to Make Instant Pot Popcorn
    ← Previous
    Instant Pot Jam - Strawberry Orange Jam Recipe
    Next →
    Skip to Recipe