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This is the ultimate nacho recipe! Crispy potato chips topped with melted cheese, ground beef, refried beans and all your favorite toppings.

Cinco de Mayo is almost here, and who doesn’t love nachos? Despite what elementary school cafeteria lunches serve, nachos don’t have to mean stale chips and bland cheese sauce. Discovering real nachos is revolutionary! Chips, cheese, meat, beans, vegetables, yummy!

history class: Nachos were created in Mexico in 1943 by Ignacio “El Nacho” Anaya. He created a new snack for the wives of soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan, frying sliced ​​tortillas with shredded cheese and pickled jalapeños. He called them “Nacho Especiales”.

  • What dish can I bake this in?

    Nachos can be made in any oven-safe baking dish. For the photos and video included with this recipe, we used a standard baking sheet (baker’s half sheet). You can also use a cast iron skillet, a 9×13 pan, or if you want individual portions, you can use a pie plate or 9×9 pan.

  • Meat Choices:

    If ground beef isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options for nachos. Shredded beef, leftover cuts of meat, and even chicken (ground or shredded) all work well on nachos.

  • Nacho Ingredients:

    The possibilities are endless! Some of our favorites are:

    • sour cream
    • guacamole or diced avocado
    • Salsa (canned, fresh, or pico de gallo)
    • fresh chopped cilantro
    • sliced ​​black olives
    • sliced ​​or pickled jalapeños
    • diced red onion
    • sliced ​​onion
    • corn (frozen or canned)
  • Nacho Cheese Sauce vs. Shredded Cheese

    We love a good shredded cheese like cheddar, or even a blend of cheddar, pepper jack, and Colby jack, but nachos are also great with nacho cheese sauce. If you’re using nacho cheese sauce instead of shredded cheese, you’ll need to bake the chips at 350 degrees for 5 minutes to warm up, then order the beef and bean mixture and drizzle the cheese sauce on top.

If you liked this recipe, you might be interested in these other delicious Mexican-inspired recipes:

Nachos on a griddle surrounded by toppings

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Nachos on a griddle with salsa and scallions on the side

This is the ultimate nacho recipe! Crispy potato chips topped with melted cheese, ground beef, refried beans and all your favorite toppings.

Preparation time 15 minute

cooking time 10 minute

total time 25 minute

raw material

  • 16 ounce corn flake
  • 1 pound Ground beef
  • 2 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 15 ounce can refried beans
  • 4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Other topping ideas:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup avocado
  • 1/3 cup sliced ​​olives
  • 1/2 cup fresh salsa
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup sliced ​​or pickled jalapeños
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced ​​onion


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef. Break up the meat with a spoon and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until the beef is cooked through. Drain off excess grease. Add taco seasoning, stir, and cook 60-90 seconds.

  • Pour in the water and add the refried beans. Stir to combine and cook until heated through. keep warm.

  • Spread the chips on a baking sheet (or other desired oven-safe baking dish, including a 9×13 pan, cast iron skillet, or even a pie plate).

  • Sprinkle 2 cups cheese over chips. Serve with a beef and bean mixture. Top with remaining 2 cups cheese.

  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 5 to 7 minutes, until the cheese is completely melted.

  • Remove from heat and add additional toppings as desired. Served warm.


Homemade Seasoned Taco:

  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

The Ultimate Nacho Recipe