There’s no need to hit up a pub or restaurant when you have this recipe for ground beef nachos! A rich and flavorful, seasoned beef mixture, poured over tortilla chips and topped with shredded cheese. Add your own favorite toppings and rock your dinner or appetizer game!
My family always has a good laugh when we go to a new restaurant. This is because I always try the nachos everywhere I go. I feel like it’s a good judge of an establishment’s “yum” level. In other words, if they can get nachos right, then I’m down for more of their food. This hasn’t failed me to this day.
Nachos are pretty easy, which is why I think a place should be able to handle it just fine. If not, then I doubt their ability to tackle most dishes.
How Do You Make Ground Beef Nachos from Scratch?
- Brown the beef – Brown the onion, then add the beef, cajun seasoning, and cornstarch. Stir until beef is cooked through.
- Finish the sauce – Add the tomato sauce to the beef mixture and let it cook for a few minutes.
- Layer – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place a layer of chips in your dish. Layer with half the meat and cheese, then repeat the process.
- Cook – Bake for 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle toppings over the completed nachos and enjoy!
Top Tips and Recipe Variations
- Add more toppings – There are endless topping options when it comes to a classic plate of nachos. Have fun with adding your own toppings. You don’t have to use the suggestions I gave either. Sour cream, chives, olives, hot sauce, and more are all good choices.
- Use other cheeses – You can either add more cheese options or swap out my cheese suggestion for another option. Either way, it will be delicious.
- Make the nachos mild – If you don’t like a little kick to your appetizer, simply switch the cajun seasoning to a BBQ seasoning mix or something similar. This will reduce the kick.
- Make them spicier – Add in some crushed red peppers or a diced spicy pepper like jalapenos or ghost peppers. This will get that heat level up!
- Use different chips – If preferred, you can use other types of chips. I like using the dippers or even some Fritos to mix things up.
What Toppings Do You Put on Nachos?
This is totally up to you. I’ve seen nachos made countless ways, and most of them were delicious. I tend to go for my favorite toppings, which are diced jalapenos, shredded cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Of course, these toppings vary depending on the type of nachos I’m eating. Other great topping choices could be, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, various beans, cottage cheese, black olives, mushrooms, etc.
How Do You Keep Nachos from Getting Soggy?
The key to this is not putting the wetter toppings directly onto the chips first. For example, if you’re eating salsa, don’t place it on the chips as the first layer or they’ll soak up the juices and get soggy really quick. Also, it’s a good idea to not layer the nachos unless you’re ready to eat them. This is because chips are good at sucking up any and all moisture and will get soggy regardless.
- Fridge – I don’t suggest storing this nacho recipe once you add the beef mixture to the chips. The chips will get stale being stored in a chilled environment. To store, don’t add the beef mixture to the chips, place it in a sealed container, and keep it for up to 4 days.
- Freezer – Freeze the beef mixture before adding to the chips, in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
- Reheating – Reheat in the microwave or in the oven.
Give these delicious ground beef nachos a try, You’ll be so glad you did!
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- Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa
- Instant Pot Meatball Sliders
Ground Beef Nachos
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 1/2 tbsp corn starch
- 2 tsp Cajun seasoning
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup onions diced
- 1 small bell pepper diced
- 1 jalapeno diced
- 1 bag doritos
- 2 tbsp cilantro
- Oil as needed
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large sauteed pan, heat enough vegetable oil on high heat, add 2/3 the amount of chopped white onion, and sauté for few minutes or until the onion turns translucent.
- Add the ground beef followed by corn starch and Cajun seasoning to the pan. Continue to stir the pan until the beef is fully cooked. Add the tomato sauce and cook for another 2-3 minutes, make sure to coat the beef with tomato sauce completely.
- Turn off the heat. Remove the pan off the stovetop. Taste the beef and adjust seasoning with salt & pepper, if necessary. Preheat oven to 350F. In a cast-iron skillet or a casserole, put Dorito chips in 1 layer followed by half the amount of sauteed beef. Then top the beef with half the shredded cheddar cheese.
- Add the remaining cooked ground beef and top it with the remaining shredded cheese. Bake in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese on top melts completely. Take the pan out of the oven, scatter over the remaining chopped onion, cilantro, and jalapeno. Serve immediately.
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