Blue-Ribbon Beef Nachos

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Chili powder and convenient jarred salsa season a zesty mixture of ground beef and refried beans that’s sprinkled with green onions, tomatoes and ripe olives. —Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Tortilla chips
  • Optional: Sliced ripe olives, chopped green onions and diced tomatoes

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  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in next 7 ingredients; heat through. Serve over tortilla chips. Top with olives, onions and tomatoes if desired.

Beef Nachos Tips

How do you make nachos not soggy?

You can prevent soggy nachos by adding heavy, wet toppings, like salsa or sour cream, right before you’re ready to eat. Or you can serve them on the side. Using real cheese instead of processed, liquid cheese also prevents mushy chips.

What toppings do you put on nachos?

There are plenty of other toppings you can put on nachos! We recommend adding a dollop of homemade guacamole or sour cream to this nacho recipe. If you like a little heat, try adding a few jalapeno slices on top. Don’t have ground beef or cheddar cheese on hand? Swap for chicken and Monterey Jack cheese instead. For more ideas, check out our other nacho recipes.

What can I do with leftover beef nachos?

Reheat them and enjoy your leftovers! Deconstructed nacho leftovers (toppings and cooked beef stored in separate airtight containers) are at their best within 2 days. Once you prepare your leftover nachos, you can bake them in the oven just like you did when preparing your first nacho plate.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 294 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 1353mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 9g fiber), 20g protein.

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