Easy Nachos Recipe

October 28, 2019

Easy homemade Nachos! Layered with a crisp tortilla chips, a simple seasoned ground beef and black bean layer, shredded tangy cheese, fresh and flavorful pico de gallo, creamy avocados and rich sour cream. One of the ultimate comfort foods and party foods!

Nachos on a sheet pan.

Easy Flavorful Nachos Recipe!

We’ve all had the nachos made with cheap queso made from processed (fake) cheese which is asking for a stomach ache, but in these nachos we use real cheeses and tons of fresh, ingredients making them a delicious and satisfying recipe fit for dinner.

Sure they still may be a bit of splurge but sometimes it’s just worth it. Note though, if you are interested you can see my notes below on how to make them healthier. Then if you really want to indulge add some extra cheese!

These are perfect for weekends and game day too. I mean who doesn’t love nachos?

Just be sure to enjoy them at their prime, warm from the oven with a gooey melty cheese and a hot filling for the best nachos!

Baked Nachos Ingredients:

  • Tortilla chips – I like to use low-sodium but use what you prefer.
  • Ground beef – I recommend using 85 – 90% lean ground beef.
  • Diced green chilies – use mild unless you want spicy nachos, in which case you can even add bottled jalapeño slices for extra heat.
  • Black beans – be sure to drain and rinse. This not only removes that black mucky liquid but also removes excess saltiness.
  • Low-sodium taco seasoning – I like to use one with an added thickener (since we include a sauce here) such as Ortega which has cornstarch.

Toppings:

  • Cheddar and monterey jack cheese – if you don’t want to buy both you can use one or the other.
  • Avocado – fresh guacamole is also a great option here.
  • Sour cream or Mexican crema – if you aren’t a fan of this ingredient you can omit.
  • Pico de gallo – this adds so much fresh flavor to the nachos. In a pinch salsa works too, but I recommend straining excess liquid.

Steps to making nachos.

How to Make Nachos:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place tortilla chips on baking sheet: Spread tortilla chips out into an even layer on a rimmed 18 by 13-inch baking sheet, set aside.
  • Brown beef: Heat olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef in chunks and cook, and crumble tossing beef occasionally until cooked through, about 6 minutes. Drain fat.
  • Add flavorings: Stir in tomato sauce, black beans, green chiles and taco seasoning.
  • Layer beef mixture and cheeses on nachos: Spoon mixture evenly over chips. Sprinkle both cheeses over ground beef layer.
  • Bake: Bake in preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 5 – 8 minutes.
  • Add toppings: Top with pico de gallo and avocados. Dollop with sour cream or drizzle with crema. Serve immediately.

Nachos on a baking sheet with beef, black beans, cheese, pico, and sour cream.

How to Make them Healthier:

  • Use baked tortilla chips or swap chips for a vegetable like zucchini or mini peppers (toss veggies with a little olive oil and pre-bake veggies partially until tender crisp before adding toppings).
  • Swap ground beef for 93% lean ground turkey.
  • Reduce cheese to 1 cup or use low-fat cheese.
  • Omit the sour cream or use light sour cream.

Possible Variations:

Instead of using the ground beef and black been filling here you could opt to use another seasoned meat or seafood like these:

Shortcut Tips:

To keep this recipe quick and easy I use a store-bought taco seasoning but the other shortcuts you’ll want to take are to use a pre-shredded Mexican cheese blend and a store-bought pico de gallo from the produce section of the grocery store.

Easy nachos recipe.

How to Make Ahead:

If you’d like the filling can be made 1 – 2 days in advance. It can be added cold to the nachos then increase bake time by about 5 minutes or so.

Try the Filling in Tacos too!

Love the simplicity and flavor the beef mixture? Try it in tacos, burritos or enchiladas too!

Hand holding nacho chip with melted cheese.

More Delicious Mexican Recipes to Try:

Easy Nachos

Easy homemade Nachos! Layered with a crisp tortilla chips, a simple seasoned ground beef and black bean layer, shredded tangy cheese, fresh and flavorful pico de gallo, creamy avocados and rich sour cream. One of the ultimate comfort foods!

Servings: 8
Prep Time 17 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (9 oz) bag tortilla chips

Meat filling

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (85 - 90%)
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced mild green chilis (or use hot if you like it spicy)
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (1.25 oz) pkg. low-sodium taco seasoning, such as Ortega (which has cornstarch to thicken)

Toppings

  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or monterey jack cheese* (I use a blend of 1 cup of each)
  • 1 large avocado, diced (or sub guacamole)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream or crema Mexicana
  • 1 1/2 cups pico de gallo, homemade (see notes), or fresh store-bought

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Spread tortilla chips out into an even layer on a rimmed 18 by 13-inch baking sheet, set aside.

  3. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef in chunks and cook, and crumble tossing beef occasionally until cooked through, about 6 minutes. Drain fat.

  4. Stir in tomato sauce, black beans, green chiles and taco seasoning.

  5. Spoon mixture evenly over chips. Sprinkle both cheeses over ground beef layer.

  6. Bake in preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 5 - 7 minutes.

  7. Top with pico de gallo and avocados. Dollop with sour cream or drizzle with crema. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • 2 cups pre-shredded Mexican cheese blend can be substituted for the cheddar and monterey jack.
  • Makes about 8 servings for a party appetizer or 6 dinner servings. Nutrition estimate based on 8 servings.

Homemade Pico de Gallo

  • 3 medium roma tomatoes, diced (1 ½ cups)
  • 1/3 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 small garlic cloves, minced (3/4 tsp)
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Nachos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 529 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 1070mg47%
Potassium 642mg18%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 630IU13%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 309mg31%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: Nachos
Author: Jaclyn
Photography credit: Jess Larson