Loaded Ground Beef Nachos

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4.94 from 15 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 23 minutes

These Loaded Ground Beef Nachos are perfect for tailgating, movie nights or whenever you are looking for an appetizer with a kick of flavor that is so easy to make and assemble.

Loaded Ground Beef Nachos

This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Loaded Ground Beef Nachos are sheer perfection!  Crispy nachos are topped with an easy to make beef sausage that kicks the flavor into high gear. Plus, since you add all your families favorite toppings, it will be devoured in no time.

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What We Love About This Easy Beef Nachos Recipe

Beef is full of nutritional value and protein, find out all the details here.

  • 30 Minutes: It takes less than a half hour to make this amazing nachos recipes with ground beef.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or the fridge, this recipe is super easy.
  • Family Friendly: Of course, because you can add all the flavors that your family loves.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, low-calorie or dairy free, etc…
  • Football Food: These nachos are the perfect game day food.  The components are easy to put together and then you make the beef nachos in the oven..
Top shot of the Loaded Ground Beef Nachos.

Ingredient Notes

  • Ground Beef: A nice 80/20 mix.
  • Vinegar: Red Wine Vinegar or try champagne or white wine vinegar.
  • Taco Seasoning: The recipe is in the link for homemade taco seasoning. It is a great mixture of oregano, paprika, chili powder, salt, garlic powder etc.
  • Salsa: Store bought or make your own sauce or pico de gallo.
  • Mild Green Chiles, Drain the juice from the chiles..
  • Tortilla chips: Blue corn chip or any variety that you enjoy.
  • Black Beans: drain and rinse beans
  • Mexican cheese blend: Shred your own or buy your cheese.
  • Lettuce: With a fine shred.
  • Tomatoes: Seeded and diced.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Loaded Ground Beef Nachos

These are the basic steps for making homemade nachos. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions, total time and nutrition facts.

Beef for Nachos

STEP 1: MAKE THE BEEF MIXTURE

Begin by making the beef mixture. This can be done in advance and stored until you need it for quick prep.

STEP 2: HEAT

Then stir in the salsa and green chiles to sausage mixture to a large skillet and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. Meanwhile, preheat oven broiler to high.

STEP 3: LINE

Next, line a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick foil and spread tortilla chips in single layer. Spread beef sausage mixture evenly over the chips.Finally, top with beans and cheese. Finally, broil 5 to 8 minutes or until cheese melts and remove from the oven.

Cooking Beef for Nachos

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

One of my favorite things about this easy beef nacho recipe is that you can prepare it ahead of time.  The easiest way to do this is to make the homemade beef sausage and store it in an airtight container.  You can make it 1-2 days ahead of time and keep it in the fridge.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Of course, you can even make the beef sausage mixture in big batches and freeze it for later.  This way, these incredible beef nachos can be put together in no time

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

If you want to make these nachos ahead of time, simply reheat the beef sausage mixture on the stove top on medium-high heat and add the remaining ingredients.Then assemble the nachos and bake.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT TYPE OF GROUND BEEF SHOULD BE USED?

I used ground chuck in this recipe.  It was an 80/20 blend, which means that it is 80% lean with 20% fat.  I’ve found that this type of ground beef has great flavor with a rich, beefy texture.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE SEASONING FOR THE TACO BLEND?

Of course, try using:1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves,1-1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika,1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder,1 teaspoon garlic powder. 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, this recipe is great for a party. Make in batches for best results and then you will always have them hot, crunchy and delicious.

WHAT TOPPINGS CAN I USE FOR THESE LOADED GROUND BEEF NACHOS?

The possibilities are endless, for example: garnish with fresh cilantro, black olives, green onions, sour cream, jalapeños and lime wedges or lime juice, or any of your other favorite nacho toppings.

Loaded Ground Beef Nachos

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Refried Beans: Replace the black beans with other beans for this ground beef nacho recipe.
  • Spices: Feel free to add more of your favorites, such as ground cumin, red pepper flakes or extra jalapenos. Try a variety of hot sauces on the side so people can add their own level of heat.
  • Variation tip: Make with ground turkey or ground pork.
  • Cheeses: Cheddar Cheese, monterey jack cheese or pepper jack cheese are all great in this taco nachos.
  • Chips: Make your own in the oven check here. Try multi grain or any variety that you enjoy. Even gluten free chips.

What to Serve with Loaded Ground Beef Nachos

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Loaded Ground Beef Nachos
4.94 from 15 votes

Loaded Ground Beef Nachos

Yield: 6 people
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 23 minutes
These Loaded Ground Beef Nachos are perfect for tailgating, movie nights or whenever you are looking for an appetizer with a kick of flavor that is so easy to make and assemble.
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Ingredients

Beef Sausage

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Homemade Nacho Seasoning

Beef Sausage Nachos

  • Prepared Beef Sausage, recipe included
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 4 ounces diced mild green chiles, drained
  • 8 ounces tortilla chips
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1-3/4 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 cups thinly sliced lettuce
  • 1 cup diced seeded tomatoes
  • Garnishes: sliced avocado, fresh chopped cilantro leaves, sliced ripe olives, sour cream, sliced jalapeño peppers, lime wedges

Instructions

Beef Sausage

  • Combine Ground Beef, red wine vinegar, and taco seasoning in a large mixing bowl.
  • Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add sausage mixture and cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles.
  • Drain any excess fat from the pan.

Beef Sausage Nachos

  • Add salsa and green chiles to sausage mixture to a large skillet and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through.
  • Meanwhiles, preheat oven broiler to high.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick foil and spread tortilla chips in single layer.
  • Spread beef sausage mixture evenly over the chips.
  • Top with beans and cheese.
  • Broil 5 to 8 minutes or until cheese melts and remove from the oven.
  • Top with lettuce and tomatoes and garnish with cilantro, olives, sour cream, jalapeños and lime wedges, or any of your other favorite nacho toppings.

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Expert Tips

 
  • Refried Beans: Replace the black beans with refried beans for this ground beef nacho recipe.
  • Spices: Feel free to add more of your favorites, such as ground cumin, red pepper flakes or extra jalapenos. Try a variety of hot sauces on the side so people can add their own level of heat.
  • Variation tip: Make with ground turkey or ground pork.
  • Cheeses: Cheddar Cheese, monterey jack cheese or pepper jack cheese are all great in this taco nachos.
  • Chips: Make your own in the oven check here. Try multi grain or any variety that you enjoy. Even gluten free chips.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 643IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beef sausage, ground beef, nachos

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11 thoughts on “Loaded Ground Beef Nachos”

  1. 5 stars
    Nachos is one of our go-to movie night recipes. Tried this recipe and it was worth it! It is so delicious and satisfying. I’ll surely have this again on our next movie night.

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  2. 5 stars
    This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make beef sausage nachos recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

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  3. 5 stars
    These nachos are the perfect appetizer for any game day party! The beef sausage gives them a nice flavor, and the cheese and sour cream make them irresistible. I would definitely recommend making these nachos if you’re looking for something tasty and easy to prepare.

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  4. 5 stars
    Yum! This is one of my favorite snacks for our movie night! Sausage amps up the flavor and it’s such a nice change from traditional nachos. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  5. 5 stars
    Love that the sausage is made from scratch, added so much flavour without the need for all the extra salt and nasties found in some store bought versions. My kids loved this for friday night movie night dinner

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  6. 5 stars
    We love nachos and eat them for dinner occasionally! I love this recipe using beef sausage…more meat means a better nacho experience. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  7. 5 stars
    I had never even tried to cook beef sausage nachos, it was a pleasant surprise!
    I like it so much so found out new recipes that I’m not used to make…thanks!

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  8. 5 stars
    Yum, I can only say you never disappoint/ These beef sausage nachos were delicious. I have to double batch next time because they were gobbled up so fast. Such and easy recipe to follow .

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