Are you ready for some football…food? I am and I’m serving Jambalaya Nachos for the win! Serve these family style on a large tray for sharing or set up a nacho station and have everyone make a plate adding their favorite toppings, either way, these nachos will be a hit at your Super Bowl party.

Since my segment on Rachael Ray Show I have gotten requests to do more videos, thanks for the encouragement. So if you would like to follow along with me in the kitchen, here is the cooking video for these Jambalaya Nachos. The recipe is straight out of the BIG FUN ON THE BAYOU chapter of my cookbook, “Lagniappe Leftovers.” Grabbed your copy yet? I wanted to share this recipe with you all not only for your football party but also as an early Valentine gift from me to you!

Lagniappe Leftovers Cookbook
Big Fun on the Bayou Chapter

I really love these nachos with chicken and sausage jambalaya, but any kind of jambalaya can be used. A simple addition of onions, bell peppers, chili powder, and tomato paste transports leftover jambalaya South of the Border. No leftover jambalaya? Go grab a side from a restaurant or even from the store freezer. Yes, did you know you can freeze jambalaya? You only need one cup for a whole pile of goodness.

Leftover Jambalaya Nachos
My plate of Jambalaya Nachos

Leftover Jambalaya Nachos
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Yield: Makes 1 large plate for sharing

Leftover Jambalaya Nachos


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup leftover jambalaya
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • Corn tortilla chips
  • 2 cups grated cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese
  • Jalapeno slices, for topping
  • Sour Cream and Diced Avocado (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a skillet, over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onions, bell peppers, and garlic. Sauté for five minutes.
  3. Add the chili powder. Stir for 1 minute to toast seasonings.
  4. Add water to pan, and scrape up any brown bits.
  5. Chop any large pieces of meat, poultry, or seafood in the leftover jambalaya, then add the jambalaya and tomato paste to the pan. Stir well. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Spread tortilla chips on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spoon the jambalaya mixture over the chips. Top with cheese.
  7. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
  8. Top nachos with jalapeno slices, sour cream, and avocado, if desired.

Susanne Duplantis Lagniappe Leftovers Cookbook
Game Time! Who wants a bite?

Put on Your TO COOK IS TO CREATE Thinking Cap: No chili powder? Use taco seasoning. Just opened a beer? Substitute it for the water and add it slowly to the pan. No tomato paste? Use a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies or a chopped tomato. Have favorite nacho toppings? Add them to the finished nachos. Like it spicy? Add a chopped jalapeno along with the peppers and garlic. Have some leftover corn, too? Add it along with the leftover jambalaya. Using leftover seafood jambalaya? Think about adding some crumbled cooked chorizo or bacon for more flavor. Have some jambalaya nacho topping leftover? Use it as a filling for a burrito, tacos, or a taco salad.

FOOD FUN: I always say to get into the kitchen and have fun and I sure did making the video for these Jambalaya Nachos. I read recently that an estimated 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips will be consumed at Super Bowl parties. That’s a lot of snacking and I know I’ll be adding to that amount with these addictive nachos!

Leftover Jambalaya Nachos
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4 thoughts on “Leftover Jambalaya Nachos

  • March 14, 2023 at 11:31 am

    I was “introduced” to your blog via your appearance on Ree Drummonds Big Bad Budget Battle that I found as a suggested show for me to watch last night. I am looking forward to reading through your blog, checking out your social media posts, watching some of your videos and purchasing your cookbook!

    • March 14, 2023 at 3:27 pm

      How sweet of you! Show was such a wonderful experience. Thanks so much for your support and fellow love of leftovers. You have a leftover lifeline in me. Feel free to reach out anytime with any questions.

  • February 10, 2023 at 6:08 pm

    ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS TREAT! Such an easy recipe ( especially if you watch the video) and certainly a crowd pleaser. Got busy in the kitchen and fixed Leftover Jambalaya Nachos …. My family gave them ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! I heard rave reviews. I need to get busy fixing more for the BIG GAME! YUM YUM YUM 😋😋😋👍

    • March 14, 2023 at 3:28 pm

      So glad it was a hit and the video made it easy for you!! Thanks


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