Classic Nachos

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Oh nachos, how I love thee! These Classic Nachos are made with a combo of ground beef, homemade roasted green chile salsa, and Bush’s Black Beans. Then the magic mountain is topped with shredded Monterey jack cheese and baked.

After the nachos are baked and the cheese is melted, I finish with green onions and jalapeños and set out tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream for garnishing.

overhead shot of sheet pan nachos with ground beef and beans

Tailgating might look and feel a little different, but that doesn’t mean the party’s over. Take the baking sheet straight from the oven to your coffee table and let everyone enjoy nachos family style while enjoying the big game.

What Are Topping Options For Nachos?

I love classic toppings for nachos, but feel free to use your imagination and find your own favorite toppings.

can of bush's best black beans in the foreground and sheet pan nachos in the background

Beef and Beans

My recipe is made with a mixture of ground beef and black beans. If you want a lighter protein, feel free to use ground turkey or chicken.

For convenience, I used a can of Bush’s Black Beans. Feel free to use pinto beans if you prefer.

Cheese

I love the flavor of melted Monterey jack cheese. For a shortcut you can purchase pre-shredded cheese, but it just doesn’t melt the same as when you freshly shred a block of cheese. 

If you like spicy cheese, try pepper jack or habanero cheese.

Salsa

I included homemade salsa in the bean and meat mixture, but feel free to add a little extra spicy salsa or a mild pico de gallo as a topping!

More Nacho Toppings

Some of my favorite classic toppings are guacamole, sour cream, green onions, sliced jalapeños, diced onions, tomatoes, and fresh cilantro. 

Here are some other options:

  • pickled red onions
  • shredded lettuce
  • sliced olives

Shortcut Tips

Pre-Shredded Cheese

It’s totally easier to buy a bag of pre-shredded cheese, but let me tell you why it’s best to grate your own cheese. When you buy a block of cheese and grate it, it melts more smoothly, you get more for your money, and – to be totally honest – it just tastes better.

Store-Bought Salsa

I’ll let you slide on this one. If you truly have a favorite store-bought salsa, use that in your mixture and/or as a topping.

How to Make Easy Classic Nachos

In a large skillet, season ground beef with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat until brown. Drain off fat. 

bowls filled with black beans, cooked ground meat and salsa on a wooden cutting board with a can of bush's black beans

Stir the black beans and salsa into the beef.

overhead shot of ground beef with beans and salsa as classic nacho topping

Arrange half of the tortilla chips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spoon half of the mixture over chips. Sprinkle with half the cheese.

first layer of classic nachos on sheet pan - chips, meat mixture and shredded cheese before baking

Bake 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. 

sheet pan of baked classic nachos with hands grabbing cilantro and green onions for garnish

If desired, top with green onion, jalapeño slices, tomato, sour cream, cilantro, guacamole, additional salsa.

Want more nachos recipes? Check these out!

If you made my Classic Nachos recipe, please let me know how they turned out. I love reading your comments and ratings below. You can also tag me on Instagram so I can see your delicious creations.

close up shot of classic nachos garnished with sliced fresh jalapeños and pico de gallo

Classic Nachos

Nachos are the ultimate home tailgating experience! These Classic Nachos are made with a combo of ground beef, homemade roasted green chile salsa, and black beans. Then the magic mountain is topped with shredded Monterey jack cheese and baked. Don’t forget to set out your favorite toppings! 
overhead shot of classic sheet pan nachos with several bowls of toppings on the side
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can Bush’s Black or Pinto Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup salsa casera or store-bought salsa
  • 5 cups tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (recommend Monterrey jack)

Toppings

  • Green onions
  • Jalapeño slices
  • Tomato
  • Sour cream
  • Cilantro
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  • In a large skillet season ground beef with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat until brown. Drain off fat. 
  • Stir the black beans and the 1 cup salsa into the beef. 
  • Arrange half of the tortilla chips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Spoon half of the mixture over chips. Sprinkle with half the cheese. Bake 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. 
  • If desired, top with green onion, jalapeño slices, tomato, sour cream, cilantro, guacamole, additional salsa.

Notes

  • Nutrition does not include toppings.
  • Here are some other topping options:
    • pickled red onions
    • shredded lettuce
    • sliced olives

Nutrition

Calories: 808kcal, Carbohydrates: 67g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 48g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 89mg, Sodium: 1213mg, Potassium: 568mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 458IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 440mg, Iron: 4mg

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