Traditional Beef Nachos

Traditional Beef Nachos


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This is a more filling version of the simple nacho recipe. These nachos are packed with beef and topped off with tomatoes and avocado pieces. A fresh squeeze of lime juice brings the flavor together.

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Time needed

10 min preparation + 15 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

8 servings


  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 C. hot water
  • 2 bags tortilla chips
  • 1 1/2 C. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 whole Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 whole jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 fresh lime
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 whole avocado pitted and diced

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In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and half the onion. Cook it until starting to soften, then add the ground beef. Cook the meat until it's all brown, then drain the fat. Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and simmer.
Combine the other half of the onion with the tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir it together and set it aside.

Now place a layer of tortilla chips on a plate. Top with a layer of beef and cheddar cheese. Add another layer of chips, another layer of the beef, and more cheese.
Microwave in 45 second increments until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Immediately sprinkle the pieces of avocado and plenty of topping.

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