Baked Ground Beef Nachos

Baked beef and refried bean nachos recipe

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
698 Calories
23g Fat
81g Carbs
45g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 698
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 430mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 81g 29%
Dietary Fiber 25g 89%
Protein 45g
Calcium 639mg 49%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These delicious nachos are loaded with ground beef and classic vegetable toppings and condiments. The tortilla chips are topped with a mixture of taco-seasoned ground beef and refried beans along with cheddar cheese, chopped peppers, and onions.

Add pickled jalapeño rings or diced fresh jalapeño to the nachos to spice them up, and serve them with an optional garnish of sour cream and sliced green onions. You can also add leftover chili if you're so inclined.

The perfect snack for game day, midnight craving, or great addition as an appetizer or side dish to a meal of tacos, burritos, or enchiladas.


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  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 1 (16-ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 (1-ounce) envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or more, to taste)
  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • Optional: sour cream, salsa, sliced scallions, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Heat oven to 350 F.

    Baked ground beef nachos ingredients
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  2. Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook the ground beef, stirring and breaking up until it is no longer pink. Add the refried beans, tomato sauce, chopped bell pepper and onion, and the taco seasoning mix to the pot and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.

    ground beef, refried beans, tomato sauce, chopped bell pepper and onion, and the taco seasoning mix to the pot
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  3. While the beef mixture is simmering, arrange the tortilla chips in a shallow casserole dish.

  4. Spoon the hot mixture over the chips.

    Spoon ground beef and beans over tortilla chips
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  5. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and transfer to the preheated oven.

    Sprinkle cheese over beef and beans mixture
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  6. Bake the nachos for 20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and is lightly browned.

  7. Serve the nachos hot from the oven along with sour cream and other condiments, as desired. Enjoy!

    Serve cooked nachos with condiments
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  • If your schedule is busier than usual, make the ground beef and sauce mixture the day before you plan to serve them. All you have to do is assemble the nachos and bake when you're ready to eat.
  • Serve the nachos with condiments and extra toppings on the side. Some excellent options include sour cream, purchased or homemade guacamole, fresh or commercial tomato salsa, fresh scallions, cilantro, or salsa verde.

Recipe Variations

  • Use shredded pepper jack cheese, cheddar jack, or a Mexican blend instead of plain cheddar cheese.
  • Use 1 cup of Picante sauce or salsa in place of the tomato sauce.
  • Top the nachos with pickled nacho-style jalapeno rings. 
  • Replace the ground beef with shaved steak, pulled pork, bulk sausage, or chicken. 
  • Add sliced ripe olives to the ground beef mixture.