Classic Nachos


The best part about making nachos is getting to create it a recipe that's all your own.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

You can't go wrong with a classic! Start with this easy nachos recipe, then go to town with topping options such as cilantro, jalapeno peppers, sour cream, and salsa. Or switch it up entirely and use fries or pizza crust for your "chips."


  • 5 cup bite-sized tortilla chips (6 ounces)

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 15 ounce can black beans or pinto beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 cup bottled chunky salsa

  • 2 - 3 cup shredded cheddar, Colby Jack, or Mexican cheese blend (6 ounces)

  • Optional toppings (such as thinly sliced green onion, snipped fresh cilantro, seeded and sliced fresh jalapeño chile pepper, sour cream, and/or additional bottled chunky salsa)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange half of the tortilla chips on an 11- or 12-inch ovenproof platter or pizza pan; set aside.

    tortilla chips on pan

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  2. In a large skillet cook ground beef over medium heat until brown. Drain off fat.

    ground beef with beans in skillet

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  3. Stir the black beans and the 1 cup salsa into the beef. Spoon half of the mixture over chips. Sprinkle with half the cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Remove from oven. Top with remaining chips, beef mixture, and cheese. Bake for 10 minutes more or until cheese melts.

    cheese topped nachos

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  4. If desired, top with green onion, cilantro, jalapeño chile pepper, sour cream, and/or additional salsa.

    finished classic nachos topped with sliced jalapeños

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For Restaurant-Style Nachos

For restaurant-style loaded nachos, omit shredded cheese. Fully assemble the nachos and bake about 15 minutes. Spoon warmed purchased queso dip over baked nachos.

Beyond Chips

Instead of tortilla chips, spoon nacho toppings over hot French fries, potato tots, baked potato skins, roasted sweet potato slices, pita rounds, shredded lettuce, or pizza crust.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

368 Calories
21g Fat
26g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 368
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 638mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 232.2mg 18%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 484mg 10%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*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.

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