“Chicken Nacho” Grilled Cheese

Today’s sandwich is the “Chicken Nacho” Grilled Cheese. It combines shredded chicken, guacamole, pickled jalapenos, and marble jack cheese on sourdough bread.

Notes: We’re getting buried under our first major snow of the season, which derailed my plans to, I dunno, go outside to buy a sandwich. I was forced to make do with what we had on hand in the house, rather than brave the roads, which are icing up. On cold days like this one, my mind wanders to a cozy Mexican restaurant in Connecticut, a place whose main draw when I was younger was that they sold alcohol to the city’s underaged student population. They also made one helluva plate of chicken nachos, a mile-high Mexican invention that has taken far greater hold in the United States than anywhere in Mexico.

As with regular nachos, it was tempting to take a “chicken sink” approach. I didn’t want the sandwich to end up too unwieldy, though, so I settled on using only the basic elements of a good plate of nachos: shredded marble Jack cheese, some leftover shredded chicken breast, some pickled sliced jalapenos, and a layer of guacamole made with tomatoes and diced onions. I didn’t add corn tortilla chips to the actual sandwich (what do you think this is, amateur hour?), instead opting to sprinkle some additional cheese in the frying pan after I flipped the butter-coated sandwich. This formed a crispy, bubbled, burnt-cheese crust all around the outside of the sandwich, which added the crunch you would get from tortilla chips. The insides of the sandwich lost their individual layers during cooking, fusing into one white, gooey, spicy, cheesy mass reminiscent of something you might find on the appetizer portion of a menu that has pictures. Served with a side of salsa and sour cream, it’s a guilty pleasure, perfect for a snow day.


Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road." He currently owns and operates the Ancho Honey restaurant in Maine.


  1. First off let me just say how jealous I am that you are living in Maine, it’s my favorite spot in the whole world, OK maybe only the parts of the world I’ve see so far. I do vacation there lots, simply because whenever I cross the big green bridge from NH to Maine, my heart calms, my mind frees itself of worry and I feel like I’m home. Second, I need to know the name of the Mexican restaurant in CT. where you had those awesome Chicken Nachos, I live in CT and cannot for the life of me find a decent Mexican restaurant anywhere, and believe me, we have searched from end to end. Third … that sandwich you created looks totally amazing, and I will try making it for my family very soon, no chicken in the house right now or I’d give it a go tonight. Thanks for sharing, and may I also take a moment to say I’ll be following this blog, it’s everything I love and will make me feel a bit closer to my goal of eventually landing in Maine for good.

    1. Hi Tania! Isn’t that bridge from NH into Maine the craziest? We always notice how much better we feel when we cross it back home, as well. The restaurant in CT isn’t worth going for the food, but if you tell me where you live in CT I might be able to recommend some places that are.

      Thanks so much for reading, and be sure to come back soon…there’s always lots to read here. 🙂

  2. We live in South Eastern, CT. not far from the casinos which I avoid at all costs, too much hype for very little goodness there. We typically end up in Mystic at Margaritas for our Mexican food, it’s OK, but having grown up in California where I sampled some great “authentic” Mexican food, it’s pretty hard to beat or even come close.

    Don’t worry about my coming back, I’ve been here since I left my original comment, reading through your past posts and finding much to entertain me.

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