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Restaurant Style Beef Nachos Recipe

Make this restaurant style beef nachos recipe on busy weeknights when you’re in a rush to get dinner on the table. They also make a great game day snack!

Loaded with southwest flavors, these ground beef nachos will become a family favorite at your house. It might just become your newest go-to recipe! Check out my BBQ chicken nachos too while you’re here.

restaurant style beef nachos recipe

I love making these ground beef nachos when I’m busy and haven’t had much time to meal plan. 

You can make fully loaded nachos (my favorite) or keep it simple with just tortilla chips, seasoned beef for nachos, and cheese if you’re running low on groceries.

How to Make Beef Nachos

White onion is a more traditional choice to add flavor to ground beef nachos. However, in this case, I used the leftover red onion from my pico de gallo recipe instead. Red onion lends a very subtle, yet distinct, sweet note to the garlic and savory taco seasoning. 

If you wind up needed to use a white onion because that’s what you have on hand and you’re not making your own pico de gallo then be all means feel free.

chopped red onion and garlic beef for nachos

To get started you’ll need to have pico de gallo and taco seasoning on hand. Prepare your own with either of my recipes designed for ground beef nachos or feel free to used pre-packaged varieties.

Be sure to find pico de gallo in the deli section of your grocery store. Don’t use the jarred salsa from the chip aisle. Trust me on this one.

Ground Beef Nachos Ingredients

  • 1 recipe pico de gallo 
  • 1 recipe beef taco seasoning mix
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • red onion, finely chopped
  • garlic, finely minced
  • Sea salt
  • black pepper
  • ground beef
  • tortilla chips
  • 4-cheese Mexican blend, finely shredded
  • green onions, green parts only, sliced thin
  • black olives, chopped
  • jalapeño pepper, deseeded and sliced thin
  • avocado, seeded and chopped
  • fresh lemon juice
  • fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Directions:

Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining three-quarters chopped red onion and minced garlic.

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Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and starts to develop a bit of color, approximately 5 minutes.

Add the beef and break it up into small pieces with a spatula. Add 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning mix and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally until the beef is browned. Remove from heat and set aside.

ground beef taco seasoning beef for nachos

Spread the tortilla chips into an even, overlapping layer on the prepared baking sheet. Using a slotted spoon, evenly distribute the seasoned, browned beef on top of the tortilla chips.

tortilla chips and beef for nachos

Add the cheese on top of the beef and nachos in an even layer and place in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted.

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Remove baking sheet from oven and cool slightly before topping with sliced green onion, chopped black olives, Pico de Gallo, and sliced jalapeño pepper.

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Toss the avocado with the fresh lemon juice and spoon on top of the nachos. Sprinkle with the fresh cilantro and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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restaurant style beef nachos

Restaurant Style Beef Nachos Recipe

Jenn
Make this restaurant style beef nachos recipe on busy weeknights when you're in a rush to get dinner on the table. They also make a great game day snack!
Loaded with southwest flavors, these ground beef nachos will become a family favorite at your house. It might just become your newest go-to recipe!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Recipes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 424 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ medium red onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 large cloves garlic finely minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large bag 11-14 oz. tortilla chips
  • 1 8- oz. bag 4-cheese Mexican blend finely shredded
  • 2 large green onions green parts only, sliced thin
  • 1 6- oz. can black olives chopped
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper sliced thin
  • 1 large ripe avocado seeded and chopped
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 T. fresh cilantro finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Prepare taco seasoning and pico de gallo and set aside
  • Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking mat and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining three-quarters chopped red onion and minced garlic. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and starts to develop a bit of color, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add the beef and break up into small pieces with a spatula. Add 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning mix and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally until the beef is browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Spread the tortilla chips into an even, overlapping layer on the prepared baking sheet. Using a slotted spoon, evenly distribute the seasoned, browned beef on top of the tortilla chips.
  • Add the cheese on top of the beef and nachos in an even layer and place in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted.
  • Remove baking sheet from oven and cool slightly before topping with sliced green onion, chopped black olives, Pico de Gallo, and sliced jalapeño pepper.
  • Toss the avocado with the fresh lemon juice and spoon on top of the nachos. Sprinkle with the fresh cilantro and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

Feel free to use a taco seasoning packet and store-bought pico de gallo if you're in a rush.
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Nutrition Facts
Restaurant Style Beef Nachos Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 478mg21%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 26g52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This loaded, restaurant-style beef nachos recipe is great for entertaining. Make it for your next game day party, card game night, or movie night with friends. It’s low-key, affordable, easy to make, and a crowd-pleaser.
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