Ultimate Spicy Beef Nachos

We continue onto Week 10 of College Football, which means another delicious Football bite! Loaded nachos has to be one of my favorite football snacks. Not only are they super easy to make, but they are always a crowd favorite. Spicy beef, refried beans, and jalapenos are loaded onto tortilla chips, topped with a mound of pepper jack cheese and baked until warm and bubbly. I really enjoy making these loaded nachos at home. Too many times I have ordered this dish at restaurants only to be disappointed by stale chips, greasy beef, and stringy cheese.  But not these nachos, with two layers of tortilla chips, refried beans, spicy beef and cheese, these are the ultimate nachos! 🙂 Serve with salsa, guacamole and sour cream for a crowd pleasing football appetizer.

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Ultimate Spicy Beef Nachos

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For the Refried Beans:

  • 1/2 cup refried beans , canned
  • 3 tablespoons shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeño chile

For the Spicy Beef:

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion , chopped fine
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 medium canned chipotle chili , chopped, plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice


  • 1 bag tortilla chips (9 1/2 ounce)
  • 4 cups shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 medium jalapeño chiles, sliced into thin rings


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. For the beans, pulse ingredients in food processor until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap; set aside.
  3. To make the spicy beef, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add beef, cook and break meat into small bits until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, sugar, chile, and adobo sauce and cook 1 minute. Add water, bring to simmer, and cook over medium-low until mixture is nearly dry, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in lime juice and transfer mixture to plate lined with several layers of paper towels.
  4. To assemble the nachos, spread half of chips in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Dollop half of bean mixture over chips, then spread evenly. Scatter half of beef mixture over beans, top with 2 cups cheese and half of jalapeños. Repeat with remaining chips, beans, beef, cheese, and jalapeños. Bake until cheese is melted and just beginning to brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Serve with salsa, sour cream and/or guacamole.

Yields: 8 servings

Source: adapted from Cook’s Country February/March 2007

If you’ve missed them, make sure to check out the rest of my College Football Bites: :)

Week One: Pizza Pretzel Bites               

Week Two: Slow Roasted Pulled Pork 

Week Three: Mini Corn Dogs                 

Week Four: Buffalo Chicken Bites         

Week Five: Texas Chili                            

Week Six: Beer Battered Fried Pickles 

Week Seven: Buffalo Wings                    

Week Eight: Queso Blanco Dip              

Week Nine: Sloppy Joes                          

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16 Responses to Ultimate Spicy Beef Nachos

  1. Oooh, my husband would go nuts over these!

  2. Wow, you can tailgate without watching football right? These look great.

  3. jennknee says:

    I think I need to attend a sports party…..with all of these recipes…..asap 🙂

  4. Now you´re talking! Do you have to share?!

  5. I’m sitting here waiting for Chinese take-out delivery (shhh) and these photos are killing me!!!

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    With our temps going ever downward from here on out, my chances of tailgaiting are dropping, as well. These nachos, however, will be featured prominently on Super Bowl Sunday, after a test trial, or 3.

  7. The Teenage Taste says:

    I ❤ Nachos!

  8. Baker Street says:

    Holy yum! love the first picture!

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  16. doreensblog says:

    awwww, nachos are one of my favourite foods! i discovered it in new zealand where i’ve been one year ago. but here in germany it’s quite difficult to get any nachos for lunch. i should talk to my parents about it, nachos are gorgeous.
    we’ve actually eaten it with some sour cream as well 🙂

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