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Beef and Bean Nachos

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Beef and Bean Nachos are a perfect party food that everyone will love. Bake for just 15 minutes, top with your favorite condiments, and dig in. Let’s get this party started!

Overhead shot of a half of a sheet pan of beef and bean nachos, with toppings.

I don’t know about you, but I love eating nachos for a meal. Not that I do it very often, but hey, every once in awhile I choose to eat “junk” for dinner. Gimme a big ‘ole beer and a tray of nachos (to share, of course), and I’m a happy camper.

The good news with THESE nachos is that they use lean ground beef and real cheese. None of that fake stuff here! 😀

There are so many flavors coming together in these nachos.

  • Salty
  • Creamy
  • Crunchy
  • Spicy

Side shot of a sheet pan of beef and bean nachos, loaded with toppings.

Ingredients needed for Beef and Bean Nachos:

  • Olive Oil – Used to sauté the onion and garlic.
  • Onion & Garlic
  • Beef – Use lean ground beef, or any version you prefer. You could even use ground turkey or ground sausage.
  • Spices – Cumin, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Beans – Use one can of black beans, or even pinto or cannelloni works too.
  • Other canned goods – Mexican, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, and green chilies.
  • Chips – I used a combo of corn tortilla chips and blue tortilla chips.
  • Cheese – A combo of sliced cheddar cheese and shredded Mexican cheese for maximum cheesiness!
  • Toppings – Top the baked nachos with tomato halves, avocado slices, sour cream, and cilantro!

Overhead shots of 1) chips and cheese in bowls, and 2) the beef and bean mixture.

How to make Beef and Bean Nachos:

  1. Saute veggies. In a medium stock pot over medium high heat, add olive oil. Then add diced onion and cook until softened, approximately 4 minutes. Then add garlic and stir for another 30 seconds.
  2. Add beef and seasonings. Add the ground beef and seasonings – the cumin, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Cook until the beef is completely done.
  3. Add canned veggies. Pour in the black beans, Mexicorn, fire-roasted tomatoes, and green chilies. Stir and cook over medium heat until liquids are absorbed. You don’t want soggy nachos!
  4. Prep for baking. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prep a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Assemble nachos. Layer half of the corn and blue tortilla chips, half of the sliced cheese, half the beef and bean mixture, and repeat – more chips, sliced cheese, and beef and bean mixture. Top with the shredded cheese.
  6. Bake. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until nachos are slightly browned on top, and cheese is bubbly hot.
  7. Serve. To serve, add the cherry tomatoes, avocado slices, sour cream, jalapeño slices.
  8. EAT.

I used this baking sheet for these nachos, and this parchment paper fits perfectly.

Guess what? I occasionally use this beef and bean mixture for all the Tex-Mex things.

  • tacos
  • quesadillas
  • taco salads
  • tostadas

Enjoy!

Close up shot of a corner of a sheet pan of beef and bean nachos.

Make this Tex-Mex dish next: The BEST Chunky Guacamole

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xoxo ~Sue

Overhead shot of a half of a sheet pan of beef and bean nachos, with toppings.

Beef and Bean Nachos

Sue Ringsdorf
Beef and Bean Nachos are a perfect party food that everyone will love. Bake for just 15 minutes, top with your favorite condiments, and dig in. Let's get this party started!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 servings
Calories 529 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the meat and beans:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion - diced
  • 2 cloves garlic - diced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans - rinsed and drained
  • 1 8 oz. can Mexicorn - drained
  • 1 15 oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes - drained
  • 1 small can green chilies

For the other nacho ingredients:

  • 12 oz. tortilla chips - combination of blue chips and corn chips
  • 8 oz. sliced cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. shredded Mexican cheese
  • sliced cherry tomatoes, avocado slices, sour cream, cilantro - to serve

Instructions
 

For the meat and beans:

  • Heat a medium saucepan on the stove and add olive oil. When hot, add onion and sauté until soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook for 30 more seconds.
  • Add ground beef, cumin, salt and pepper - and cook until brown and crumbled. Drain excess grease and return to pot.
  • Add beans, corn, tomatoes, salsa, and chilies. Stir and continue to cook for about 15 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Set aside.

For the nachos:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Layer chips, sliced cheese, meat and bean mixture. Repeat by adding more chips, sliced cheese, meat and bean mixture. Add shredded cheese to the top and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • To serve, top with cherry tomatoes, avocado slices, sour cream, jalapeno slices, and cilantro.

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Nutrition

Calories: 529kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 30gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 616mgPotassium: 378mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 555IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 482mgIron: 3mg
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5 Comments

  1. So it’s not a secret I love Tex-Mex and nachos are my JAM!! I could eat this entire pan, all the flavors are so perfect.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Shari!

  2. The meat and bean mixture is delicious. I cook for only one so I just put chips on a plate, putting mixture on top with shredded cheese on top of that and microwave until cheese melts. I freeze the rest for more nachos and tacos.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That sounds great too, Shelby!! Thanks for your sweet comments!

  3. Going to a party and need an awesome appetizer! Here it is! Satisfaction Guaranteed!

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