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Make Chi-Chi’s At Home: Seafood Nachos and Seafood Enchiladas

Before the lowly green onion led to a Hepatitis A outbreak [3] that eventually led Chi-Chi’s to file for bankruptcy in 2004, Chi-Chi’s was my favorite Mexican restaurant.  I ate there at least once a week and always ordered one of two dishes:  Seafood Nachos or Seafood Enchiladas.

When they filed bankruptcy and closed their doors, I went through serious Chi-Chi’s withdrawl.  However, over the next few years, I altered some recipes to come up with my own version of these two dishes at home.  They tasted just as good as the meals served at Chi-Chi’s, and best of all, I could feed my entire family of 5 the mock meal for the same price I had paid for one entree at Chi-Chi’s.

Whether or not you visited Chi-Chi’s before, these are two recipes you will most likely enjoy.  The Seafood Nachos are an especially good appetizer for parties and potlucks.

Seafood Nachos



  1. Arrange tortilla chips in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet.
  2. In a bowl, combine the crab, sour cream, mayonnaise, onion and dill.
  3. Spoon about 1 tbsp. onto each chip. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serves 6.

Seafood Enchiladas



Serves 4.

(This recipe was modified from a recipe I found in Light and Tasty Magazine.)

I often save even more money by buying imitation crab meat when it is on sale and freezing the extra.  Let it thaw in the refrigerator, and use in one of these recipes.  I noticed no difference in taste.

Did you previously dine at Chi-Chi’s?  If so, what were some of your favorite meals?