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Nachos on a baking sheet with salsa and green onions on the side
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5 from 6 votes

Ultimate Nacho Recipe

This is the Ultimate Nacho Recipe! Crispy chips with melted cheese, ground beef, refried beans, and all of your favorite toppings. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Nachos
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces tortilla chips
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 15 ounce can refried beans
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Additional Topping Ideas:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 1/3 cup sliced olives
  • 1/2 cup fresh salsa
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup sliced or pickled jalapenos
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in ground beef. Use a spoon to break up the meat and cook 8 to 10 minutes until beef is fully cooked through. Drain excess grease. Add in taco seasoning, stir, and cook 60-90 seconds.
  • Pour in water and add in refried beans. Stir to combine and cook until heated through. Keep warm.
  • Spread chips out onto a baking sheet (or other desired oven-safe baking dish including a 9x13 pan, cast iron skillet, or even a pie plate).
  • Sprinkle 2 cups of the cheese over the chips. Dot with the beef and bean mixture. Top with remaining 2 cups of cheese.
  • Bake in the 350 degree oven for 5 to 7 minutes, until cheese is fully melted.
  • Remove from heat and add additional toppings as desired. Serve warm.

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Notes

Homemade Taco Seasoning:

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