Homemade Nachos Recipe

Sometimes you’ve just gotta’ end your week with a bang. And this is how… with a big plate of Homemade Nachos! Weeknights can be busy and many of us lean into takeaway options because we are tired and the thought of having to cook can be overwhelming. While takeaway has a time and place, I personally like keeping it to a minimum so I can eat great food, save my pennies and know exactly what is in the food I’m eating! You’ll be blown away by how quickly and easily this meal comes together. Once I made the homemade seasoning in this recipe, I knew I’d never buy the store-bought variety again. It’s quick and easy to make with pantry staples, tastes better and is preservative-free. Make a double batch of seasoned beef and beans to freeze and repurpose it to make Beef Burrito BowlsTacos or Quesadillas. Check out the topping ideas below, although my favourite is a tomato salsa and quick guacamole!

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Best nachos topping ideas?

Everyone’s tastes are different, coriander/cilantro may send you weak at the knees or running for the hills, which is why this recipe is perfect, it’s completely customisable to your family’s tastes. Aside from the topping ideas listed in the recipe, the kids love to top our nachos with finely shredded iceberg lettuce or red cabbage. The crunch of the veggies works well with the creaminess of the guacamole and sour cream. We also love corn, roasted capsicum/bell peppers, pickled onions (find the recipe here) and chipotle mayonnaise, all which pair well with Mexican flavours!

Ways to adapt this Nachos recipe

Aside from the topping swaps suggested above, you can swap out the beef for an additional tin of beans of choice to make this meal completely vegetarian, or swap out the beans for an additional 250 g of beef mince /ground beef to satisfy “non-legume lovers”. Shredded leftover chicken also works well.

Can you make Homemade Nachos ahead of time?

Yes, you can refrigerate the cooked beef mixture for up to 3 days.

Are Homemade Nachos suitable for leftovers?

Cooked Homemade Nacho beef can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight before reheating.

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Homemade Nachos Recipe

Homemade Nachos

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  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika (regular, not smoked)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 250 g (8 oz) beef mince/ground beef
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 400 g (14 oz) kidney beans, canned (or any canned or cooked beans, or substitute with another 250 g beef mince)
  • 200 g (7 oz) corn chips
  • 1 cup (120 g) tasty cheese/cheddar cheese, freshly grated

Avocado Salsa

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped coriander/cilantro
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Salt, to taste

Tomato Salsa

  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped coriander/cilantro
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Salt, to taste

To serve

  • ½  (4 fl oz) cup sour cream
  • Sliced fresh jalapeños

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to grill/broil.
  2. Combine the paprika, cumin, onion powder, oregano and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on high heat, add the onion and garlic, and cook for 1-2 minutes until softened.
  4. Add the beef mince and cook until browned for 3-4 minutes. Add the spice mix, the tomato paste and the kidney beans (if using). Add 1/4 cup water and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make the avocado salsa by mashing the avocado with the remaining ingredients. Make the tomato salsa by combining all ingredients.
  6. Arrange the corn chips in an oven-proof dish, and top them with the beef mixture and the cheese. Grill/broil for 2-4 minutes until golden and the cheese is melted.
  7. Top nachos with sour cream, avocado salsa, tomato salsa and sliced fresh jalapeños.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD

Refrigerate the cooked beef mixture for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight before reheating. Assemble the nachos only at time of serving, otherwise they will get soggy!

LEFTOVERS

Refrigerate the cooked beef mixture for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight before reheating.

 

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: beef, nachos
  • Method: pan, assemble
  • Cuisine: Mexican