October 21, 2023Review Recipe
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This sheet pan nachos recipe makes a great appetizer or quick meal. Loaded with ground beef, melted cheese, and tons of other fresh toppings, it’s great for movie night, game day, or just to keep a hungry family at bay while making dinner.
Sheet Pan Nachos Ingredients
This dish combines the savory richness of the beef with the creamy cheese, and the addition of fresh tomatoes, cilantro, and red onions adds a burst of freshness.
Jalapeños and black olives bring spicy and salty notes, while sour cream provides a creamy contrast.
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 package of taco seasoning or make your own taco seasoning
- ½ cup of water
- 1 (13-ounce) bag of tortilla chips
- 2 cups of shredded cheese
- ½ cup of red onion
- Fresh tomatoes
- Fresh cilantro
- Black olives
- Sour cream
- Lime wedges/lime juice, optional garnish
It’s best to shred cheese for this recipe from the block. Pre-shredded cheese has a coating on it that prevents it from melting completely and you definitely want melty cheese in this recipe.
Substitutions And Additions
PROTEIN: You can easily spice up these nachos by adding extra protein or substituting ground beef for a different type of protein.
We love to add chorizo to our sheet pan nachos.
Some other great options are shredded chicken or carnitas pulled pork.
If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, you could take off the meat altogether and add black beans or even refried beans instead.
CHEESE: You could pretty much use any type of shredded cheese in your nachos.
For those looking for a bit more spice, I recommend trying pepper jack or a Mexican cheese blend.
If you want classic nachos, go with cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack. Some others to try out include Colby Jack or mozzarella cheese.
TOPPINGS: The great thing about nachos is their versatility. When it comes to toppings, the sky’s the limit. You can take off any of the items listed above if you’re not a fan.
You can also add any of your favorite nacho toppings, such as pico de gallo, creamy queso, guacamole, fresh avocado, green onions, hot sauce, or beans, to these cheesy chips.
How To Make This Sheet Pan Nachos Recipe
Once you prepare the ground beef, you can assemble your nachos in your sheet pan. Pop it in the oven, and in a short time, dinner will be ready!
STEP ONE: In a large skillet, cook ground beef on medium heat until browned. Drain if needed.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
Ground beef can be cooked ahead of time to make assembling this nacho recipe even quicker. Batch cook ground beef and store it in the fridge or freezer so that it is ready to go when you want to make this meal.
STEP TWO: Return the pan to heat and add the taco seasoning mix and water. Bring to a simmer.
STEP THREE: On a large baking sheet with sides, layer chips, taco meat mixture, and cheese.
STEP FOUR: Broil on HIGH for a minute or until the cheese melts.
STEP FIVE: Top with the tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, jalapeño, black olives, and sour cream (each to your own liking) before serving.
Squeeze lime on top or add to garnish for guests to do on their own.
If you have picky eaters, you can wait to add the toppings. Serve toppings in small bowls and let everyone customize their nachos.
How To Serve These Oven Baked Nachos
Beef sheet pan nachos are definitely a family favorite in my house and make for an easy weeknight dinner.
Then we put the whole pan in the middle, and everyone gets to serve themselves.
Storing These Oven Nachos
We’ve got you covered on how to store these nachos to keep them tasting fantastic.
MAKE AHEAD: If you’re planning ahead for a gathering or simply want to save time on a busy night, you can partially assemble your nachos ahead of time.
Prepare your seasoned ground beef, chop your veggies, and shred your cheese. Store each component separately in airtight containers in the fridge.
When you’re ready to indulge, lay out your tortilla chips on a baking sheet, top them with the prepped ingredients, and pop them in the oven to bake for a fresh, hot batch of nachos.
IN THE FRIDGE: Nachos are truly best when served fresh, but if you have any leftovers, here is how I would recommend storing them.
Lift the nachos carefully from the pan (it sometimes helps to use a spatula) and place them into a Tupperware container with an airtight lid.
They will keep in the fridge for up to three days.
IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend trying to freeze nachos. The chips and toppings would end up soggy once thawed.
REHEATING: Reheating nachos so that they aren’t soggy and taste like leftovers can be quite the trick.
We have found that the oven is the best option for reheating nachos like a pro. First, we recommend scraping off any cold toppings you might have on your nachos, like sour cream or lettuce.
Then, preheat the oven to 225°F and place them on an oven-safe dish. Cover the nachos with aluminum foil and reheat in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Why We Love This Recipe
ULTIMATE FLAVOR FUSION: This recipe combines seasoned ground beef, melted cheese, and fresh ingredients like tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeños to create a tantalizing flavor explosion.
EASY PREPARATION: With step-by-step instructions and simple ingredients, this recipe is incredibly easy to prepare, making it accessible for novice cooks. Plus, it’s a one-pan wonder, minimizing cleanup efforts.
PERFECT FOR GATHERINGS: Whether you’re hosting a game day party or a casual get-together, sheet pan nachos are a crowd-pleaser. They’re ideal for sharing and can easily be scaled up to feed a hungry group.
You can’t go wrong with a plate piled high with crispy, cheesy nachos. These easy sheet pan nachos are the perfect way to make the most epic nachos right from the comfort of your home. Topped with all your favorite toppings, they’ll bring a little fun to the regular dinner routine!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Nachos are best enjoyed fresh, but you can store leftovers if you absolutely need to. Follow our easy steps above for storing and reheating.
There is plenty of flexibility for proteins to top your nachos. Ground beef, ground pork, ground turkey, ground chicken, sausage, or shredded chicken all work well in this recipe.
The sky’s the limit for this recipe. Any toppings you like on nachos or tacos would be delicious for this recipe.
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Sheet Pan Nachos
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 package taco seasoning
- ½ cup water
- 13 ounces tortilla chips
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- fresh tomatoes
- ½ cup red onion
- black olives
- sour cream
- lime wedges/lime juice optional garnish
- Cook ground beef on medium heat until browned. Drain if needed.
- Return pan to heat and add the taco seasoning and water. Bring to a simmer.
- In a sheet pan with sides, layer chips, beef mixture, and cheese.
- Broil on HIGH for a minute or until cheese is melty.
- Top with the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, black olives, and sour cream before serving. Squeeze lime on top or add to garnish for guests to do on their own.
- Mix up the flavors to find the perfect party nachos. Try using chicken, steak, or adding avocado for a bright twist.
- Ground beef can be cooked ahead of time to make assembling this nacho recipe even quicker. Batch cook ground beef and store it in the fridge or freezer so that it is ready to go when you want to make this meal.
- It’s best to shred cheese for this recipe from the block. Pre-shredded cheese has a coating on it that prevents it from melting completely and you definitely want melty cheese in this recipe.
- If you have picky eaters, you can wait to add the toppings. Serve toppings in small bowls and let everyone customize their nachos.