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Nachos recipe

Ultimate Nachos Recipe!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Here’s the very best nachos recipe, loaded with all the classic toppings! These tips make a delicious sheet pan everyone will love. 



For the nachos

  • 1 1/2 cups Walnut Taco Meat or 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 15-ounce can refried beans
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 6 ounces organic corn chips (approximately 1 sheet pan)
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack or Mexican blend cheese (or Vegan Nacho Cheese, for vegan)

For the toppings

  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo (or finely diced tomato and red onion)
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper or 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños
  • Sour cream, for garnish (omit for vegan and use cashew cream or nacho cheese)
  • Guacamole, for garnish
  • Optional toppings: Black olives, lettuce or corn


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. For the meat: Make the Walnut Taco Meat (or make it in advance; it stores well). Or if using ground beef, add it to a skillet with 1 tablespoon cumin and 1 teaspoon each smoked paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. Cook for about 8 minutes until browned, then drain the fat. 
  3. For the beans: Mix the refried beans with the salsa. Taste and add a few pinches kosher salt if desired.
  4. Bake the nachos: Line a standard-sized baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chips in a single layer on top (to avoid soggy chips, you can also pre-bake them for about 3 minutes until they are toasted and fragrant). Add a sprinkle of cheese (this also helps to keep them less soggy). Then add a layer of the beans, then the remaining cheese and taco meat. Bake 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese melts, then remove from the oven. (Optional: Add a smoky flair by charring the cheese with a kitchen torch — only if you have one, but it adds mega flavor!) 
  5. Top the nachos: Top with the pico de gallo, cilantro, green onion and jalapenos. Dollop with sour cream and guacamole and serve. 
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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