Grilled Chicken Nachos in Foil with Sour Cream BBQ Sauce


When the fine folks of Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q reached out to us about developing recipes using their BBQ sauce, I practically jumped out of my chair with an enthusiastic YES!

I love Stubb’s. I have great memories of dancing up a storm in my cowboy hat and boots at their place in Austin (my gosh do Texans know how to put on a party, scroll down for evidence).

Their BBQ sauce (we used Stubb’s Original) is everything you’d ever want in a BBQ sauce—deep, rich, tangy, and smoky. (It’s also gluten-free for those of us who like to avoid gluten.)

This recipe for grilled nachos in foil makes use of BBQ sauce twice—once for tossing with the cooked chopped chicken that goes on top of the tortilla chips and cheese, and once again mixed in with some sour cream to drizzle over the nachos.

Why grill nachos? Why not? They’re perfect for tailgating, camping, or when it’s too hot to turn on the oven.

Grilled Chicken Nachos in Foil with Sour Cream BBQ Sauce

And by the way, grilling nachos in a foil boat is the BEST way to make nachos. Seriously!

Nachos are always at risk of getting limp and soggy. But when you have high direct heat blasting at the tortilla chips from the coals or flame underneath, it does a great job getting the chips crispy. Covering the grill will melt the cheese on top.

Melted cheese on top, crispy chips below. Perfect.

Sour cream mixed with BBQ sauce may be the easiest chip dip ever. Drizzle it over the cheesy nachos and you don’t need queso.

Enjoy the nachos as is, or dressed up with extras—chopped tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, avocado, red onions.

Grilled Chicken Nachos in Foil with Sour Cream BBQ Sauce Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-8



  • 8 ounces tortilla chips
  • 2 cups finely grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped cooked chicken meat (a rotisserie chicken is great for this)
  • 1/4 cup Stubb's BBQ Sauce (we used Stubb's Original, but any of their BBQ sauces would work great)

Sour Cream BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Stubb's BBQ Sauce (again, we used Stubb's Original)

Extras (all optional):

  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped

You'll need:

  • 2 15x12-inch sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil


1 Preheat grill and prep ingredients: Preheat your grill for high direct heat. While the grill is heating, prep the ingredients.

2 Mix BBQ sauce with chicken: Mix the cooked chicken with the BBQ sauce and set aside.


3 Make sour cream BBQ sauce: Mix the sour cream with BBQ sauce and set aside.

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4 Make foil boats: Take the sheets of aluminum foil and crimp the sides so that you have "boats".


5 Assemble nachos: Arrange a layer of tortilla chips over the bottom of the foil. It's okay if some of the chips overlap, but all chips should have some exposure at the top. Sprinkle with most of the cheese (reserve some to go on top of the chicken).

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Sprinkle the BBQ sauce coated cooked chopped chicken over the chips. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

6 Grill: Place nacho boats on pre-heated grill, cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the chips are lightly browned at the edges.


If your grill doesn't have a cover (as in a campfire), either make a large foil packet to put the nachos in, or tent the foil boats with another piece of foil. Some of the nachos prepared this way may not be as crispy, but they'll still be great.

7 Serve: To serve, drizzle with sour cream BBQ sauce and sprinkle with extras such as chopped tomato, red onion, jalapeño, and/or cilantro.


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This recipe is brought to you in partnership with Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Que.

Elise Bauer at Stubb's in Austin TX

Elise kickin' it up at Stubb's in Austin TX

Apparently Stubb's is an Austin institution, and you can see why. I loved the food, the atmosphere, by all means if you find yourself in Austin, check it out!


  1. Denise

    That was a really fun party, thanks for (co)hosting it. And, this is a great recipe. I’ll add it to our menu during the next BlogHer Food conference, in your honor. ;-)

  2. Tawnya

    What a great idea! Wish I had read about this before we went camping last weekend – always looking for new camp-friendly eats. I also love Stubbs!

  3. A

    The place in Austin isn’t exactly connected with the sauce, now owned by McCormick. It’s complicated!

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