Loaded Beef Skillet Nachos
Loaded Nachos with Beef — EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and LOADED with taco-seasoned ground beef, black beans, corn, cilantro, and lots of CHEESE!! Great for parties, game days, after school snacks, or a cheat night dinner!!
Easy Loaded Nachos
I cannot resist homemade nachos, especially when they’re loaded with all of my favorites like seasoned ground beef, black, beans, corn, cilantro, and of course, plenty of melted cheese.
These ground beef nachos are so fast and easy and are ready in just 15 minutes from start to finish. A little too fast and easy and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.
Loaded nachos are great for football or sports-related parties and entertaining. I don’t know any fans who would turn these ground beef nachos down. Save this recipe for Super Bowl Sunday. Can’t believe it’s just days away!
Homemade nachos also great as an after school snack or as a pre- or post-sports practice snack. My daughter comes home from school ‘starving’ and then has homework, and then she two hours of sports practice. Something hearty like this is what she craves and gets her through her long afternoon.
And if the truth be told? I could make a dinner out of homemade nachos. Just sayin’.
What’s in Loaded Nachos?
To make this easy nachos recipe, you’ll need:
- Olive oil
- Ground beef
- Taco seasoning
- Tortilla chips
- Cowboy Caviar
- Shredded Mexican cheese blend
- Green onions
- Fresh cilantro
How to Make Loaded Nachos
Simply brown ground beef, add taco seasoning, add a layer of tortilla chips to an oven-safe skillet, and top with the taco-seasoned beef. I used Hint of Lime chips but any corn tortilla chip is fine.
Then add Cowboy Caviar, cheese, and repeat with another layer of chips, beef, Cowboy Caviar, and cheese.
If you’re not familiar with Cowboy Caviar, it’s a thick black bean, corn, and red pepper salsa with a fair amount of kick. If you can’t find it in your area, use a thick bean and corn-based salsa.
Then just bake the nachos until the cheese melts and everything is ooey-gooey and top the nachos with green onions and fresh cilantro for a nice pop of freshness and color.
Can I Add Additional Nacho Toppings?
If you have red onions, guacamole, avocado slices, pico de gallo, pickled radishes, sour cream, or any variety of extra salsa you want to add, go for it. These babies are already loaded and I say the more, the merrier.
Can I Use Ground Turkey?
If you’d like to make slightly healthier nachos, you’re welcome to use ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef. Just note that ground turkey doesn’t contain as much fat as ground beef, so your loaded nachos might not be as flavorful.
You may also want to consider making my Loaded Chicken Enchilada Nachos instead of these loaded beef nachos.
Tips for Making Loaded Nachos
I used medium heat taco seasoning on these loaded nachos, but you’re welcome to buy whichever kind you’d like. I also prefer buying reduced sodium taco seasoning so I can control the amount of salt in these beef nachos.
For easier scooping, be sure to continually break up any clumps that form as the ground beef browns. You want the beef to be finely crumbled so it’s easier to distribute over the nachos and scoop out.
This recipe serves 6 but can easily be scaled up or down to suit however many people you’ll be serving. Just note that loaded nachos are best enjoyed right away and don’t keep well in the fridge.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, optional
- 1 pound lean ground beef (I used 90% lean)
- one 1-ounce packet taco seasoning (I used medium heat, reduced sodium)
- 8 cups corn tortilla chips (I used Hint of Lime)
- one 13-ounce jar Cowboy Caviar (or a thick black bean, corn, red pepper salsa)
- 2 to 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
- 2 green onions, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 to 2 tablespoons cilantro or to taste, minced
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- To a large skillet, add the optional oil, ground beef, and cook beef over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through; stir and crumble as it cooks.
- Evenly sprinkle the taco seasoning and stir; set aside.
- To a separate oven-safe skillet, add half the chips, evenly top with half the beef, half the cowboy caviar, and half the cheese.
- Repeat the layering process with the remaining half of the chips, beef, cowboy caviar, and cheese.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
- Evenly sprinkle with the green onions, cilantro, and serve immediately. Nachos are best warm and fresh.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 975 Total Fat: 63g Saturated Fat: 27g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 30g Cholesterol: 535mg Sodium: 1847mg Carbohydrates: 36g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 66g
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