Nachos Recipe

Make quick, delicious and easy nachos at home in just minutes! This mouth-watering recipe is incredibly simple to make, and your friends and family will absolutely rave about the incredible results!

While nachos have always made a great appetizer, don’t hesitate to turn them into a full meal! This recipe works perfectly for dinner, be it for a party of one or for the entire family. One of the best things about nachos, aside from their dig-right-in appeal, is that they are very flexible when it comes to ingredients, and they are a great way to use up leftovers.

You can throw these baked nachos together with a variety of different ingredients, and you really don’t even need to measure. This is one of those dishes that you don’t have to worry about getting the measurements just right.

They are perfect to whip up while chatting with friends, entertaining or watching a game. Nachos can really be a throw it all together and enjoy type of thing. When I’m entertaining, I love those type of recipes.

When entertaining friends and family, especially when entertaining or watching a big game, if you are like me you want to keep it simple. Nachos can really be a “throw it all together and enjoy” type of thing. When I’m entertaining, I love those type of recipes.

I get easily distracted and side tracked, so complicated recipes are a no-go if I’m trying to make something while interacting. This is such a great option to throw together quickly and easily while hanging out with your guests. They can even help out.

Sometimes we get so focused on creating the perfect meal when entertaining, that we get more wrapped up in that than spending quality time with our guests.

nachos recipe

Easy Nachos

nachos recipe

These easy nachos are quick and delicious. This flexible meal can use a variety of ingredients and comes together in no time.

Prep: 15min

Total: 25min

Yield: 8

Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition Facts: calories 447 kcal, Carbohydrate 38 g, Protein 17 g, Fat 26 g, Saturated Fat 10 g, Cholesterol 47 mg, Sodium 476 mg, Fiber 4 g, Sugar 1 g, servingSize 1 serving


  • 1 Standard Size Bag Of Tortilla Chips
  • 1 pound block of cheese such as cheddar (Monterrey Jack or Colby Jack, shredded)
  • Optional Topping Such as:
  • Seasoned Ground Beef
  • Shredded Beef (Pork or Chicken)
  • Black beans or pinto beans
  • Tomatoes (jalapenos or chilies)
  • Corn (black olives, avocados)
  • Use as little or as much as you like of toppings (this is a personal choice type of thing!)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or foil.
  3. Spread chips over cookie sheet.
  4. Sprinkle half of the grated cheese over the chips.
  5. Sprinkle toppings over the chips and cheese.
  6. Sprinkle on remaining cheese.
  7. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until cheese is good and melty.
  8. Serve warm with sides such as guacamole, sour cream or salsa.


nachos recipe

Here’s how to make nachos (with our favorite insanely easy recipe), including how to make it healthy, the best toppings, and what kind of cheese to use on them.

Prep: 15min

Total: 50min

Yield: 6 – 8

Nutrition Facts: calories 5934 Calories, Fat 364 g, Saturated Fat 140 g, Trans Fat 8 g, Cholesterol 754 mg, Sodium 6964 mg, Carbohydrate 325 g, Fiber 82 g, Sugar 24 g, Protein 265 g


  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. taco seasoning
  • kosher salt
  • 1 (15-oz.) can refried beans
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 large bag tortilla chips
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar
  • 2 c. Shredded Monterey jack
  • 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 c. pickled jalapeños
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 c. thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
  • Sour cream, for drizzling
  • Hot sauce, for drizzling


  1. Preheat oven to 425º and line a large baking sheet with foil. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook until soft, 5 minutes, then add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, 6 minutes more. Drain fat.
  2. Add garlic and taco seasoning and season with salt. Cook until meat is well browned and slightly crispy, 5 minutes more. Add refried beans and water to skillet and stir until combined.
  3. Add half the tortilla chips and top with beef-bean mixture, half the cheese, half the black beans, and half the pickled jalapeños. Repeat one more layer.
  4. Bake until cheese is melty, 15 minutes.
  5. Scatter with tomato, avocado, green onions, and cilantro. Drizzle with sour cream and hot sauce and serve immediately.

Loaded Nachos

nachos recipe

These loaded nachos will be a perfect snack for game day or an appetizer at your next party. Pile these beefy nachos high with your favorite toppings for a true delight.

Prep: 10min

Total: 25min

Yield: 8 serving(s)


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 whole yellow onion, diced
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 can (14.5-ounce) pinto beans, chili beans, or ranch style beans
  • 1/2 c. hot water
  • 6 whole Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 whole jalapeño, diced finely
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Tortilla chips
  • 1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 c. Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 whole avocado, pitted and diced
  • Sour cream (optional)


  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and half the diced onion. Cook it until starting to soften, then add the ground beef. Cook the meat until it’s totally browned, then drain the fat. Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Add the beans and hot water and stir. Reduce the heat to low and simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. To make the pico de gallo, combine the other half of the diced onion with the tomato, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir it together and set it aside.
  3. To build the nachos, place a layer of tortilla chips on a platter or plate. Top with a layer of the beef/bean mixture, then all but 1/4 cup of the cheddar cheese. Add another layer of chips, another layer of the beef/bean mixture, and the Monterey Jack cheese. Add a final small layer of chips, then a small layer of beef and beans, then a final sprinkling of cheddar.
  4. Microwave in 45 second increments until the cheese is melted and bubbly. (You may also place the platter into a 325˚ oven if it’s heatproof. Just leave it in until the cheese is melted.)
  5. Immediately sprinkle on the diced avocado and plenty of pico de gallo. Optional: Add dollops of sour cream here and there. Serve immediately!

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What do you put on nachos?

The best toppings for nachos.

If you want to stick with the traditional Mexican vibe, we recommend guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, grilled corn, pinto beans, black olives, pickled red onions, shredded chicken, or crumbled tofu.

What is the correct way to layer nachos?

Don’t overcrowd your nachos. Build them on a cookie tray in layers–first tortilla chips, then grated cheese, followed by a two or three minutes in a very hot oven to quickly melt the cheese on the first layer. Then take it out of the oven and repeat with more layers. Never used canned, pre-sliced black olives.

What real cheese is best for nachos?

A Monterey Jack cheese will have the oozy-melty quality sought after in the best nachos, while a standard sharp cheddar will offer a little tang.

What is the secret to crispy nachos?

* To prevent the chips from getting soggy, sprinkle grated or crumbled cheese on top and bake them in the oven for a few minutes. When melted, the cheese will act as a buffer between the chips and toppings.

Do you put cheese or salsa on nachos first?

Spread tortilla chips in a single layer onto a baking sheet, and spoon about 1 teaspoon of the tomato salsa onto each chip. Spread 1 cup of Cheddar cheese over the nachos, top the chips with another teaspoon or so of salsa, and top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese.

What is the best melting cheese for homemade nachos?

Young cheddar, or mild cheddar, works best for nachos because it has a smooth, creamy, butter-like consistency, so it will melt well to make the sauce. Cheddar also offers a nice, sweet flavor that many nacho lovers fancy to complement those perfectly salted tortilla chips.

About the author

Helen is an author and editor at, who has a passion for writing about recipes. She loves to experiment with different ingredients and cooking techniques to create delicious and unique dishes.

Among all the foods, pizza holds a special place in her heart, and she loves exploring different variations and toppings to create the perfect slice. Through her writing, Helen hopes to inspire others to get creative in the kitchen and share their love for food with the world.

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