Loaded Baked Nachos

Loaded Nachos are usually listed as an appetizer on a menu, but these Loaded Baked Nachos are topped to the max and can easily double as a main dish. Your topping choices are unlimited!

baked nachos with avocado, tomato, and olives

Baked Nachos

The classic nachos consist of melting shredded cheese on tortilla chips in the microwave. Don’t get me wrong, I still love those nachos!

I decided to take nachos to the next level and make them in a sheet pan. This way everyone can dig in all at the same time.

Loaded nachos as a Main dish or appetizer?

We love serving these baked nachos for a ball game or party. But on busy nights when we are in a crunch for time and want something healthier and delicious, we always fall back on the baked loaded nachos.

With the meat, cheese, and other toppings you add (as many vegetables as you want!), we feel good about calling it a main dish.

It also looks great on a buffet table full of appetizers with all of the pretty colors of the toppings.

So baked nachos can really double as both – a main dish and an appetizer.

can you sub in other meat for ground beef?

Baked loaded nachos are so easy to change up to your taste preference. We used ground beef in this recipe.

You can easily substitute the ground beef for pork, chicken, or shredded beef.

We have also had these baked nachos with absolutely no meat. You can still load on all of the other good toppings.

You can be flexible with your toppings and the amount you prefer. Fresh produce is the best on these nachos.

baked nachos vs broiled nachos

We prefer baking our loaded baked nachos over broiling them.

Broiling will work, but if you go one minute too long, your nachos will be burnt to a crisp or the cheese will be hard.

Baking doesn’t take long at all, and the chips come out nice and crisp, while your cheese is melted and delicious.

Either way will work, but we prefer baking over broiling. 

 

how to make nachos in the oven

  1. Brown ground beef over medium heat until browned. Drain grease well. Add the taco seasoning to the meat and set aside.
  2. Spread the tortilla chips on a 13 x 18 inch cookie sheet covering most of the pan.
  3. Spoon the meat mixture over all of the tortilla chips, and then spoon the black beans over the meat.
  4. Sprinkle shredded cheese over all and place in oven heated to 350 degrees. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Remove from oven and top with tomatoes, avocados, onions, and any of your favorite toppings.
  6. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

items needed for this recipe

  • Skillet: This is one of our favorite skillets. We love the heat safe grip and scratch resistant surface. The glass lid is great while you are cooking.
  • High Temp Meat Chopper:This is our go-to kitchen gadget when browning any type of ground meat. You can easily break up the meat into the size you want it with this handy tool.
  • Serving Spoon: We love the extra long handle and extra large head on this serving spoon. It’s great for big scoops. A favorite with all of the sisters.
  • Sheet Pan: If you are making these sheet pan loaded baked nachos, then you definitely need a nice pan. We love these big 13 x 18 inch pans. 

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Serves: 6

Loaded Baked Nachos

5 minPrep Time

16 minCook Time

21 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 6 cups tortilla chips
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 avocados (diced)
  • 4 green onions (sliced)
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • 1 cup sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. On the stove top, brown ground beef on medium high heat until brown. Drain grease well. Add your taco seasoning and set aside.
  3. On a cookie sheet, spread out your chips so they cover the majority of the bottom.
  4. On top of the chips, spoon the cooked meat and black beans, spreading them out at evenly as possible. Sprinkle cheese on top of the meat and beans.
  5. Place in the preheated oven for 5 to 6 minutes, or until your cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from the oven and top with the tomatoes, avocados, and green onions. Spread them out as evenly as possible.
  7. Serve with salsa and sour cream
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