A hand holds up a nacho chip loaded with toppings including seasoned ground beef, black beans, and avocado.

No need for any plates or forks for this dinner! Just serve it on a half-sheet pan covered in parchment paper, and enjoy the easy clean-up.

How do you make nachos crispy?

The key to getting perfectly crunchy and crisp nachos is to bake only the dry ingredients—anything wet goes on right before serving. 

Do you put meat or cheese first on nachos?

Technically, you can do either, but we like to put the meat on first. That way, when the cheese melts, it holds the meat and other ingredients down, making the nachos easier to eat!

What do I need to make these easy beef nachos?

To make these ground beef nachos, you’ll need:

  • Ground beef.
  • Tortilla chips or plantain chips.
  • Cooked black beans.
  • Red onion.
  • Shredded cheese. We like Monterey Jack, but you can also use cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, or dairy-free cheese.
  • Spices like ground cumin, garlic powder, cayenne chili powder, and salt.
  • Your favorite nacho toppings.

You’re going to brown the beef in a skillet and season it with the spices. Then just line a baking pan with parchment paper and spread out the chips. Top with the beef, beans, and red onion, and then sprinkle with cheese. Bake for ten minutes, and serve with your preferred toppings!

Wholefully Protip

Corn tortilla chips can be hard to digest for some folks. If you want to try some grain-free options to see if your tummy is a bit happier afterward, plantain chips make for great nachos! There is also a brand of grain-free tortilla chips on the market now called Siete. They are made using cassava and coconut flours and holy guacamole, do they taste delicious!

Overhead of a parchment paper lined half-sheet pan piled high with loaded ground beef nachos.

What toppings do you put on beef nachos?

Whatever toppings make your nacho-loving heart happy! Some options include:

  • Sour cream (or dairy-free sour cream)
  • Salsa—we love this canned salsa, pico de gallo, or corn salsa
  • ​Guacamole
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sliced black olives
  • Pickled jalapeno peppers
  • Radish slices
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced green onions
  • ​Avocado

Can beef nachos be reheated?

Nachos with toppings can be tough to reheat—hot avocado and salsa aren’t great eats.

Nachos without extra toppings can be reheated, though! To get them back to their crisp, crunchy state, you’ll want to use the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with cooking spray. Spread the nachos out in a single layer—if they are piled up, they will reheat unevenly. Bake at 300°F for 5-8 minutes, or until warm.

A hand holds up a nacho chip loaded with toppings including seasoned ground beef, black beans, and avocado.

Ground Beef Nacho Recipe

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

As a popular appetizer or main course, nachos can be prepared in many different ways. We show you how to make easy nachos with ground beef. Enjoy!


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 small (5-ounce) bag tortilla chips or plantain chips
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened nut milk or water
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 large avocado, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced cilantro
  • Sliced black olives, pickled jalapeno, radish slices, and any other nacho toppings you enjoy


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside. Line a plate with paper towels, and set aside.
  2. In a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef until cooked through. Add the cumin, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne, and mix well to combine. Transfer the meat to the paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  3. Spread the tortilla chips or plantain chips in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Top with the beef mixture, black beans, red onion, and cheese. Bake in oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the beans and onions are warmed through.
  4. While nachos are baking, whisk together the sour cream and milk or water until smooth. Set aside.
  5. Remove nachos from the oven, then top with salsa, avocado, cilantro, and any other toppings you like.
  6. Drizzle the nachos with the sour cream mixture. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1804Total Fat: 125gSaturated Fat: 50gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 61gCholesterol: 336mgSodium: 3650mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 22gSugar: 22gProtein: 99g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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