Loaded Nachos

by Pamela

Loaded Nachos

Loaded nachos…are there any other kinds of nachos? If so, there shouldn’t be.

Loaded nachos are a perfect blend of meat, cheese, chips, salsa, beans, avocado and sour cream. It’s a mad mad mash up of foods that come together to form something that’s greater than its individual parts (and that’s saying a lot given my love of avocados).

Making the perfect batch of loaded nachos is easy if you follow a few steps.

Easy Loaded Nachos

  • The chips – make sure you’ve got tortilla chips that you like. This is the base for the loaded nachos and they should have some salt on them so that the corn tortilla flavor really comes through the other ingredients.
  • The meat – choose from chicken, turkey, pork or beef. I tend to either use ground turkey or beef and brown it up with my taco seasoning. Just more flavor for the nachos.
  • The beans – you need to decide if you want re-fried or whole beans. I use whole beans either black beans or pinto beans. The beans help add to the protein power in the dish. They also give you another texture.
  • The cheese – do not skimp on the cheese. You want every chip to have some of that gooey, cheesy goodness. I toss cheese on before sliding the nachos into the oven then again over the top when I pull them out of the oven. That’s how I make sure to get every last bit coated in cheese.
  • The toppings – salsa for sure (pick your poison- hot, medium or mild), sliced jalapeños for heat, diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro, chopped onions (red, green or white) guacamole or diced avocados (I vary this depending on my mood the day I make the dish), cilantro, lime (for a little tang) and crema or sour cream to help tame the bite of that salsa and jalapeño.

Easy Loaded Nachos

If you think of making loaded nachos layer by layer, you won’t miss any of the good stuff.

Loaded Nachos
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Loaded nachos are a perfect blend of meat, cheese, chips, salsa, beans, avocado and sour cream. Is there a more perfect dinner item out there?
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2-4
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 5.5 ounce bag of tortilla chips
  • 1 14.5 ounce can pinto beans (could use black beans instead), drained and rinsed
  • 1 16 ounce bag shredded cheddar cheese
  • onion (red, green or white)
  • avocado
  • tomatoes
  • jalapeño, sliced or diced
  • cilantro
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add meat to a large skillet and heat over medium high heat.
  3. Break up beef as it cooks and once it's mostly browned, drain off excess liquid.
  4. Sprinkle taco seasoning over beef, stir and continue cooking beef until it's all browned and cooked through. Remove from heat.
  5. Spread tortilla chips on baking sheet. It's ok if they slightly overlap but don't have them piled on top of each other or you'll have chips without toppings.
  6. Sprinkle the cooked beef over top of the chips.
  7. Sprinkle ¾ of the can of beans over top of the chips and meat.
  8. Take a couple handfuls of cheese and spread it over top of entire pan of chips, meat and beans.
  9. Slide pan into oven for 7 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and sprinkle with another couple handfuls of cheese.
  11. Top nachos with remaining ingredients.
  12. Serve.
Serving size depends if you're using the loaded nachos as an appetizer or dinner.


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John/Kitchen Riffs May 4, 2016 at 9:12 am

I haven’t had loaded nachos in ages! Love all the goodness you’ve crammed into this recipe! And onto the nachos, of course. 🙂 These look great — thanks.

Pamela May 4, 2016 at 9:46 am

They’re perfect for Cinco de Mayo John…there’s your excuse. 😉

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