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Mediterranean Pita Nachos

These Mediterranean Pita Nachos are a must-try! All the delicious flavors of the Mediterranean in a delicious platter with heart-healthy chickpeas, feta cheese, fresh veggies and herbs, all topped with an easy delicious hummus sauce. 

Plate of loaded pita nachos

I originally created this pita nachos recipe for Randall Beans, and I am so excited to share it with you!!

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Pita Nachos

What are pita nachos, you might ask??

Well, you know how you love the crunch of nachos? And how you love the combination of cheesy sauce and various toppings in every bite?? Well, I created a Mediterranean version of that whole snacking experience: Pita Chip Nachos!

Pita "nachos" are layers of crunchy pita chips topped with all kinds of Mediterranean-inspired ingredients: chickpeas, crumbled feta cheese, sliced olives, fresh tomato slices, herbs, and a delicious slightly spiced hummus sauce. 

Hand holding a pita chip with toppings: feta cheese, olives, tomato, and hummus sauce

More Mediterranean-inspired recipes: Greek Pizza with Feta and Olives

Easy Mediterranean appetizer

While not necessarily traditional or authentic, this Mediterranean appetizer is perfectly snackable and irresistible. Each bite has loads of flavors and textures, as well as lots of fresh and healthy ingredients. I mean, it's not every day that you have an appetizer made with nutritious chickpeas and fresh juicy tomatoes, right??

And the fact that this appetizer comes together in just a few minutes? Even better!

So let's make these pita nachos!

Plate of pita chips with toppings

More Mediterranean-inspired recipes: Smashed Chickpea Pitas with Za'atar

Ingredients

This recipe consists of 2 main steps: making the hummus sauce and prepping all the ingredients to arrange on top of the pita chips. This recipe makes a LARGE platter of pita chips, and can definitely be scaled down, if needed.

For the pita nachos platter:

  • 1 8-oz bag pita chips
  • 1 14-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (1.5 - 2 cups cooked chickpeas)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled or cubed
  • ½ cup olives, sliced
  • ½ small red onion, diced
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • Hummus sauce, for drizzling on top (see below)

See below for more topping ideas!!

For the hummus sauce:

  • 1 14-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (optional for those who don't love the flavor!)
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha (or a drizzle of chili sauce or hot sauce of your choice - optional, use more or less to taste, or omit for no spice)
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (about ¼ - ½ teaspoon each)

Related recipe: Summer Chickpea Salad with Feta

Instructions

Step 1: Add all the ingredients for the hummus sauce to a small food processor and blend until smooth. You can drizzle in more water if you want a more pour-able sauce. Adjust to taste with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and sriracha.

Step 2: Arrange the pita chips on a large platter (or split evenly between two large dinner plates). Top with chickpeas, grape tomatoes, feta cheese, olives, and red onion. 

Step 3: Drizzle with the Hummus Sauce and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve with extra hummus sauce and sriracha.

The Mediterranean Pita "Nachos" are a must-try! All the delicious flavors of the Mediterranean in a delicious platter with heart-healthy chickpeas, feta cheese, fresh veggies and herbs, all topped with a yummy hummus sauce. From https://www.babaganosh.org

More Mediterranean-inspired recipes: Mediterranean Couscous Tuna Bowls

Storage tips and recipe tips

This recipe makes a large platter of pita nachos, about 8 servings (if you go by the serving size on the 8-oz pita chips bag). You can definitely make half the amount at a time, if you prefer.

The hummus sauce can be prepared in advance. If you are not sure you want such a large amount of hummus sauce, you can cut down on the water at first. Make the hummus, remove some from the food processor, then drizzle in water into the food processor to make the hummus sauce. You can always make more hummus sauce with the hummus that you set aside later.

This appetizer is best prepared fresh because the pita chips get soggy if they sit with sauce and tomatoes on top. You can prep all the ingredients ahead of time (including the sauce), and just put together as much as you want to eat in one sitting, saving the rest for later.

More Mediterranean-inspired recipes: Mediterranean Style Cheesy Matzo Pizzas

More topping ideas

If you really want to load up your pita nachos, here are a few more ideas for topping:

  • Chopped marinated artichoke hearts
  • Chopped roasted red peppers
  • Chopped avocado
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Pico de gallo or salsa
  • Chopped scallions
  • Chopped fresh basil
  • Cooked crumbled falafel
  • Diced roasted sweet potato
  • Try a tahini sauce instead of a hummus sauce

The possibilities are endless! And depending on the toppings you choose, you can turn these pita nachos from an appetizer to a fun dinner idea.

If you enjoyed this recipe, let me know with a comment and a star rating below. And don't forget to share it on Facebook and save it on Pinterest for later!

Plate of loaded pita nachos
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5 from 7 votes

Mediterranean Pita Nachos

This Mediterranean-inspired appetizer of Pita Chip Nachos is so easy to put together and has delicious flavors and textures in every bite! Make sure to read the notes below for lots of additional topping ideas.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Author: Kate

Ingredients

For the hummus sauce:
  • 14 oz can chickpeas - (about 1.5 - 2 cups cooked chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon tahini - (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha - or chili sauce, omit for no spice
  • 1 clove garlic - roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt - or more, to taste (I used about ½ teaspoon)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper - or to taste
For the pita nachos:
  • 8 oz pita chips - (1 bag)
  • 14 oz can chickpeas - drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes - or grape tomateos, halved or quartered
  • 4 oz feta cheese - crumbled or chopped
  • ½ cup olives - sliced
  • ½ small red onion - finely diced
  • 2-3 tablespoons parsley leaves - finely minced

Special equipment

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients for the Hummus Sauce to a small food processor or blender and process until smooth. Drizzle in more water if you want to make a runnier sauce. Adjust the flavor with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and/or sriracha, to taste.
  • Arrange the pita chips on a large platter (or split evenly between two large dinner plates). Top with chickpeas, grape tomatoes, feta cheese, olives, and red onion.
  • Drizzle with Hummus Sauce and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve with extra hummus sauce and sriracha.

Notes

→ Make ahead tips: You can make the hummus sauce in advance, and you can prep/chop all the ingredients. Keep the ingredients separate from the pita chips until ready to serve so they don't get soggy.
→ Sauce options: This recipe makes extra sauce, you can cut the sauce in half. You can also make the sauce without adding extra water (you're essentially making hummus), scoop out half the hummus, then drizzle in water into the food processor. This way you have hummus for later! You can also try a tahini sauce instead of a hummus sauce.
→ More topping ideas: diced avocado, chopped cucumber, diced scallion or fresh basil, cooked crumbled falafel, roasted sweet potato, sunflower seeds, pico de gallo or salsa, chopped marinated artichoke, chopped roasted red peppers.

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcal (14%) | Carbohydrates: 32g (11%) | Protein: 10g (20%) | Fat: 13g (20%) | Saturated Fat: 3g (15%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 13mg (4%) | Sodium: 861mg (36%) | Potassium: 217mg (6%) | Fiber: 5g (20%) | Sugar: 2g (2%) | Vitamin A: 284IU (6%) | Vitamin C: 8mg (10%) | Calcium: 112mg (11%) | Iron: 3mg (17%)

The nutritional information displayed is an estimate and not to be used as dietary or nutritional advice. Consult a nutritionist or dietician for nutritional info based on the exact ingredients you use.

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Sarah | Away From the Box

Sunday 13th of November 2016

These sound amazing! I love nachos and Mediterranean food. I never thought to marry the two. What a great idea! This is definitely going on my list of things to try.

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