The Best Comforting Beef Nachos Recipe

Is there anything better than a tray of crispy nachos topped with bubbling cheese, rich beef and tasty beans? We don’t think so. After all, there’s a reason why beef nachos are popular both as a family dinner and as a snack to dip into whilst watching a movie.

The Best Comforting Beef Nachos Recipe

This recipe for comforting beef nachos is incredibly satisfying and is very easy to make.

It is a great meal for a Friday night in, for watching the game, or for sharing with friends and family.

Read on to find out how to make these tasty nachos. 

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What Do You Need? 

This is a very simple recipe. All you need is a large pan for the beef and sheet pan for the nachos.

You will need some parchment paper to line the sheet pan, and some of the ingredients need to be chopped, so a knife and chopping board are required. 

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Tips And Tricks 

If you want to make sure that your nachos are perfectly delicious and comforting every time, follow these tips and tricks. 

  • Layers – Choose a sheet pan that is large enough to hold a relatively thin layer of tortilla chips. This means that every chip will have plenty of toppings. If you need to make a larger batch of nachos, create more layers to ensure that you don’t get lots of dry tortilla chips. For example, a layer of chips, a layer of beef, a layer of cheese, a layer of beans, a layer of chips, a layer of beef, a layer of cheese, a layer of beans. 
  • Meat – The meat needs to be juicy, but not dripping in liquid. Make sure that the water reduces before you add the beef to the nachos. Otherwise, the water will make the chips soggy and stop them from being crispy. 
  • Individual Portions – Nachos are a great meal to share with a group of friends. You could all tuck into one tray of nachos, or you can layer up nachos in individual ramekins so everyone has their own portion. This is a great way to serve nachos as an appetiser at a dinner party. 

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  • Build Your Own – If you want a fun idea for your family, have a build your own nacho night! Make a beef topping, a chicken topping, and set out a variety of cheese and sauces etc. Provide individual ramekins and let each member of the family build their own nachos. 
  • Reheating – Nachos are best enjoyed warm and fresh. If you can’t eat them all straight away, cover with foil and reheat in the oven later on. Make sure the meat is piping hot. This can only be done on the day that the nachos were made, as the tortilla chips will likely be stale the next day. Alternatively, nachos reheat brilliantly in an air fryer.

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How Can You Customise This Recipe? 

If you want to experiment with different ingredients, then there are lots of ways to customise this recipe. 

  • Peppers – This recipe uses jalapeno peppers to give the nachos a spicy kick. If you prefer your nachos mild then you can use sweet mini peppers instead. If you like a very savoury flavour then try a green bell pepper. 
  • Meat- You could switch the ground beef for ground pork, ground chicken, or even pulled pork or shredded chicken. If you want to make this a vegetarian recipe simply switch out the meat for a mix of peppers and onions. 
  • Cheese – You can use whatever type of cheese you want on these nachos – spicy cheese, Monterey jack, mozzarella, tangy cheddar- this is a great way to adjust the flavours. You could even use a vegan cheese.
  • Beans – Switching up the beans is a great way to adapt this recipe. You could try red beans, white beans, a bean medley, or even some refried beans. 
  • Toppings – If you want to add more toppings then go for it! You could make a homemade guacamole, a fresh pico de gallo, or use salsa and soured cream. If you don’t like soured cream or it disagrees with you, try blitzing cottage cheese into a smooth consistency and using that instead. 

Remember that any changes you make to this, our best comforting beef nachos recipe, will change the number of calories per serving. 

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The Best Comforting Beef Nachos Recipe

Recipe by Dylan Cole
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Course: AppetizersCuisine: Mexican


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Try our best comforting beef nachos recipe for a quick, easy to make and totally satisfying snack or dinner.


  • 1 pound Ground Beef

  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder

  • 1 teaspoon Cumin 

  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika

  • 0.5 teaspoon Garlic Powder 

  • 0.25 teaspoon Kosher Salt 

  • 0.5 cup Sweetcorn (fresh or frozen)

  • 0.33 cup Water

  • 6 ounces Tortilla chips

  • 0.5 pound American Cheese (shredded)

  • 0.5 cup Canned Black Beans (low sodium)

  • 4 pieces Green Onions (chopped)

  • 0.25 cup Cilantro – Coriander(fresh)

  • 0.5 cup Jalapeno Peppers (sliced)

  • 2 pieces Radish (sliced)


  • Before you start, preheat your oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. 
  • First, you need to cook the beef. Place a large pan over a medium heat and add the ground beef. Cook the beef until it is no longer pink, which should take around 6 to 8 minutes. As the beef is cooking, use your spoon or spatula to break up the clumps of meat. 
  • Once the beef is cooked, drain off any excess fat. You can then add the chilli powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and salt. Stir the beef to evenly distribute the spices. 
  • Add the water to the pan, and adjust the heat until the water is simmering. Continue to simmer the contents of the pan until the water has evaporated. You can now add the sweetcorn and stir it through the beef. 
  • Now it is time to assemble the nachos. Use parchment paper to cover a large sheet pan. Lay out the tortilla chips on the sheet pan, then sprinkle them with the shredded cheese. Next, spread out a layer of the beef and corn mixture. Top this with the black beans. 
  • Bake the nachos for 6 to 8 minutes until the cheese has melted. Remove the pan from the oven and add any extra toppings that you want (fresh herbs, sliced radish etc). Serve the nachos immediately, being careful not to burn your fingers on the hot cheese!

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