Nachos Recipe – How to make them easy and delicious

Taco Tuesday is made better by using a simple and delicious Nachos Recipe. The only real difference between Tacos and Nachos is using either tortillas or chips. Nachos are fun, family friendly and a hit with kids and adults alike. We added this recipe to our rotation a few years ago and it helps to mix up the boring (if tacos ever could be) to a fun and delicious dinner.

nachos on a plate with recipe

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Published January 2, 2023
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Recipe

Ingredients

3 pounds Gound beef
3 Tbsp Homemade Taco Seasoning
Lettuce
16-oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Olives
Tomatoes
Green onion
Refried beans
3 Tbsp Butter
1/4 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1-2 cups milk
Salt, pepper
Greek Yogurt
Salsa
Guacamole
Taco Sauce

ingredients for nachos on countertop

Directions

1. In a large saucepan on the stove, brown 3 pounds ground beef and then drain any grease from the cooked meat.
For this recipe, I used 2 pounds ground beef and 1 pound ground pork sausage.

2. Add 3 tablespoons Homemade Taco Seasoning to the cooked meat and add 2 tablespoons water, stir well and then heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
Making Taco Seasoning is so inexpensive and SO much more delicious than buying those packets from the grocery store. Click the link below for my recipe on how to make your own Taco Seasoning mixture.

3. In a medium saucepan, add 3 tablespoons butter and melt over medium heat. This is going to be used to make your own Nacho Cheese sauce!!!
Truly, making your own cheese sauce can help you then have such flexibility in so many recipes.
For example, mac & cheese, all you need is this cheese sauce recipe and then boil pasta and voila, dinner!

melted butter in pot on stove

4. When the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk together until smooth and cook the flour for 2 minutes.

5. To the flour and butter, add 1/2 cup milk and then whisk until smooth.

milk measured in measuring cup

6. Add 1-1 1/2 cups more milk and then whisk until smooth, bringing the mixture to a simmer.

warm and mix milk into flour mixture

7. Shred 8-ounces cheddar cheese and then add it to the butter and milk mixture and whisk until combined. Continue to add the cheese until it is all melted and smooth. Then, add salt and pepper to taste. Additionally, 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric can be added to make the sauce more of a Nacho Cheese color.

8. Turn the temperature on the Nacho Cheese to LOW and simmer for 5 minutes.

cheese for nacho cheese sauce

9. Wash the lettuce and then slice it thin. Place the lettuce into a bowl and then set aside.

10. Wash the tomatoes and then dice them, placing the diced tomatoes into a bowl and set aside.

11. Wash and then slice a bell pepper, then dice it into small pieces. Place the pieces of diced bell pepper in a bowl and then set aside.

12. Slice the black olives and then transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Buying whole black olives is so much cheaper than buying the small can that is already sliced.
You will save so much money buying a big can and then storing it in your fridge. These last so long, and then you have a large supply of whole black olives anytime you need them.

13. Slice the green onions and place them into a bowl and then set aside.

14. If using, open a container of guacamole and set on the table, additionally, open the salsa, Greek yogurt and taco sauce can be used as toppers for this Nachos Recipe.

Lately, avocados have been in not great condition, so if you do desire to have avocados, using a “Classic Guacamole” will get you the closest. Otherwise, now, you can find them in southwest, spicy or chunky flavors.
Instead of using sour cream, we switched to Greek yogurt many years ago. Greek yogurt is fat free and tastes remarkably similar to sour cream without compromising the taste too much.
It can also be used instead of any sour cream base in sauces, dips and more- making them all fat free! While I was going through health issues and had to cut out fat from my diet, switching to Greek yogurt was the #1 thing that helped me still maintain flavor in dishes we loved.

all ingredients for nachos on table

15. Open the bag of chips and then place them in a large bowl and then set on the table.
You can use Doritos, tortilla strips, triangles, or any chip you and your people love.

chips in a large bowl for nachos

16. Place taco meat onto the table and also the nacho cheese.

cooked ground meat with homemade taco seasoning recipe

17. Heat the Homemade Refried Beans in a microwave safe bowl and then stir and place on the table.
Time to plate the Nachos!

In addition to making Taco Seasoning, making Refried Beans is incredibly simple and then helps to save a ton of money! Refried beans, when made from scratch, store well in a freezer-safe container, and then stored in the freezer until you need them. This recipe makes 4-6 meals-worth, depending on the size of your meal.

refried beans for nachos recipe

To a plate, add a pile of chips and then add Nacho cheese, taco meat, refried beans, shredded cheese and any other toppings you desire.
Finally, serve and enjoy!
~Monica

nachos ingredients on the table with recipe

Nachos Recipe

Nachos Recipe Ingredients

3 pounds Gound beef
3 Tbsp Homemade Taco Seasoning
Lettuce
Sliced Cheese
Olives
Tomatoes
Green onion
Refried beans
3 Tbsp Butter
1/4 cup Flour
Salt, pepper
Greek Yogurt
Salsa
Guacamole
Taco Sauce

Nachos Recipe Directions

1. In a large saucepan on the stove, brown 3 pounds ground beef and then drain any grease from the cooked meat.
2. Add 3 tablespoons Homemade Taco Seasoning to the cooked meat and add 2 tablespoons water, stir well and then heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
3. In a medium saucepan, add 3 tablespoons butter and melt over medium heat.
4. When the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk together until smooth and cook the flour for 2 minutes.
5. To the flour and butter, add 1/2 cup milk and then whisk until smooth.
6. Add 1-1 1/2 cups more milk and then whisk until smooth, bringing the mixture to a simmer.
7. Shred 8-ounces cheddar cheese and then add it to the butter and milk mixture and whisk until combined. Continue to add the cheese until it is all melted and smooth. Then, add salt and pepper to taste. Additionally, 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric can be added to make the sauce more of a Nacho Cheese color.
8. Turn the temperature on the Nacho Cheese to LOW and simmer for 5 minutes.
9. Wash the lettuce and then slice it thin. Place the lettuce into a bowl and then set aside.
10. Wash the tomatoes and then dice them, placing the diced tomatoes into a bowl and set aside.
11. Slice the black olives and then transfer to a bowl and set aside.
12. Wash and then slice a bell pepper, then dice it into small pieces. Place the pieces of diced bell pepper in a bowl and then set aside.
13. Slice the green onions and place them into a bowl and then set aside.
14. If using, open a container of guacamole and set on the table, additionally, open the salsa, Greek yogurt and taco sauce.
15. Open the bag of chips and then place them in a large bowl and then set on the table.
16. Place taco meat onto the table and also the nacho cheese.
17. Heat the Homemade Refried Beans in a microwave safe bowl and then stir and place on the table.
Time to plate the Nachos!
To a plate, add a pile of chips and then add Nacho cheese, taco meat, refried beans, shredded cheese and any other toppings you desire.
Finally, serve and enjoy!
~Monica

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