Baked Nachos

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 servings 1x
  • Category: Nachos
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Baked Nachos are a quick, kid-friendly meal that will please the whole family. Save yourself some time and cook and freeze the meat ahead of time to have on hand.


  • Roughly 4050 tortilla chips (a typical 8 ounce bag should be more than enough)
  • 1 lb cooked, taco-seasoned ground beef (or use shredded Cilantro Lime Chicken, Southwest Chicken, Slow Cooker Carnitas, and/or black beans)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or more or less to your taste)
  • Topping ideas:
    • 1/2 – 1 cup black beans, drained
    • Shredded lettuce
    • Diced tomatoes
    • Diced avocado
    • Sliced black olives
    • Diced red onion
    • Jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
    • Salsa
    • Sour cream or whole plain Greek yogurt
    • Chopped cilantro
    • Diced green onion


Make It Now:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Spread tortilla chips in a single layer on the bottom of pan. Cover with taco meat (and/or black beans or shredded chicken). Top with the cheese.
  3. Bake for about 5-6 minutes, until the meat is warm and the cheese is melted to your liking.
  4. Remove from oven and add your favorite toppings.

Freeze For Later: Cook the meat as directed from whatever recipe you choose: Taco meat, Carnitas, Cilantro Lime Chicken, etc.) Then let the mixture cool completely. Place it in a freezer bag, seal and freeze. In a separate bag, freeze about 2 cups of shredded cheese. Freeze together as a kit. Be sure to have a bag of tortilla chips on hand in the pantry, too.

Prepare From Frozen: Let all ingredients thaw in the refrigerator. Following Steps 2-4.