Ground Beef Nachos


Ground beef nachos are a delicious weeknight dinner that whips together in less than 30 minutes!

Plus, beef nachos are the ultimate game day shareable appetizer that serve a crowd.

beef nachos on baking sheet with guacamole

This beef nacho recipe is made with our favorite beef taco meat, tortilla chips, tons of shredded cheese, and all the toppings.

Best Beef Nachos Recipe

Nachos are one of those meals that just sound good any night of the week. Is it a Tuesday? A Friday night? Game day? Beef nachos are the perfect 30-minute meal to whip up for the family. Why are these the BEST beef nachos?

  • 30-min meal
  • One-pan meal
  • High protein
  • Customizable
  • Kid-friendly

This beef nachos recipe is made with our delicious beef taco meat, tortilla chips, and your favorite Mexican toppings.

Beef Taco Meat

In my opinion, beef nachos are all about the BEEF! That’s why we’re using our homemade beef taco meat, which actually uses our amazing homemade taco seasoning.

Taco meat begins with the meat itself and we recommend a ground beef (sirloin or chuck) that is between 80% and 85% lean beef. The reason why we like to use a beef that has a bit of fat in it is because it’s so much more flavorful.

Next comes the taco seasoning. If you don’t have our homemade taco seasoning on hand, you’re more than welcome to use a store-bought packet. But, if you do have our taco seasoning, you’ll need around 3 tablespoons.

Ditch the store-bought taco seasoning for this super flavorful clean ingredient taco seasoning. Made with the following ingredients that you likely have in your spice cupboard already:

  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Cumin
  • Onion powder
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Ground black pepper
  • Ground oregano
  • Smoked paprika
beef taco meat in bowl

Best Nachos Toppings

While your sautéing up your ground beef nachos meat, you can start to compile all of your toppings!

The beauty of nachos is that you can really use whatever you have on hand. Think veggies, beans, salsa, guac, etc.!

Here’s what we used:

beef nachos toppings in container

How do you assemble nachos?

Spread out a bag of tortilla chips on the bottom of a baking sheet. Then, top with beef taco meat and shredded cheese. Bake to melt the cheese and then top with your chilled toppings such as guacamole, tomatoes, black olives, and jalapeños.

To recap:

  1. tortilla chips
  2. taco meat
  3. cheese
  4. toppings

How long do you bake nachos?

Once you have your beef nachos assembled, bake at 400ºF for around 5 minutes to melt the cheese. Make sure to keep a close eye on your nachos so that the cheese or chips don’t burn!

beef tacos on cookie sheet


Ground Beef Taco Meat

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup water

Spicy Greek Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon Frank’s Hot Sauce (or more to taste)

Beef Nachos

  • 8-oz. tortilla chips
  • 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or Mexican cheddar blend)
  • 1/4 medium red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/3 cup sliced jalapenos (fresh or canned)
  • 1/2 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • For garnish: fresh cilantro and lime wedges

Ground Beef Taco Meat

  1. First, begin by making the ground beef taco meat. Get the full Instructions HERE.

Spicy Greek Yogurt Sauce

  1. To make the spicy Greek yogurt sauce, mix together Greek yogurt and hot sauce.

Beef Nachos

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF and spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Spread tortilla chips onto the bottom of your baking sheet. Then, evenly spread out beef taco meat. Then, sprinkle on cheddar cheese.
  3. Bake at 400ºF for around 5 minutes in order to melt the cheese.
  4. Once the cheese has melted, top with fresh red onion, black olives, jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, guacamole, and spicy Greek yogurt sauce.

Serving Size: 1/8
Calories: 423
Sugar: 2
Fat: 27
Carbohydrates: 24
Fiber: 3
Protein: 19

Author: Category: DinnerMethod: OvenCuisine: Mexican

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