Epic Beef Nachos Supreme

When it comes to hosting a casual get-together, game night, or simply spicing up a family dinner, nothing beats the classic appeal of Beef Nachos Supreme. This dish is a crowd-pleaser, known for its perfect blend of crunchy tortilla chips loaded with flavorful ground beef, melted cheese, and a medley of fresh toppings. It’s a versatile recipe that allows for numerous variations and substitutions to cater to different taste preferences and dietary needs.

Choosing the Ingredients:

  1. Ground Beef: Opt for lean ground beef for a healthier choice. However, a slightly fattier beef can also be used for more flavor. If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, consider substituting with black beans or a plant-based ground meat alternative.
  2. Taco Seasoning: While store-bought taco seasoning is convenient and works great, you can also make your own blend at home with spices like cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika for a fresher taste and to control the salt content.
  3. Tortilla Chips: The foundation of this dish. Choose thick and sturdy chips that can hold up the weight of the toppings without getting soggy. Baked tortilla chips can be used for a lighter version.
  4. Cheese: A mix of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese provides a nice balance of flavor and meltiness. For a spicier kick, pepper jack cheese is a great alternative. For a dairy-free version, there are several vegan cheese options available that melt well.
  5. Toppings: Fresh Roma tomatoes and green onions add a burst of freshness. You can also include other toppings like jalapeños, black olives, diced avocado, or a dollop of sour cream.

Variations and Substitutions:

  • Protein Swap: Replace ground beef with grilled chicken, turkey, or even pulled pork for variety. For a seafood twist, try shrimp.
  • Beans: For added fiber and protein, include black beans or pinto beans in the meat mixture or as an additional layer.
  • Sauce Options: Drizzle with guacamole, salsa, or a creamy cilantro-lime sauce for extra flavor.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the heat by adding more or less of red pepper flakes, jalapeños, or opting for a spicy cheese.
  • Gluten-Free Needs: Ensure the tortilla chips are gluten-free if catering to those with gluten sensitivities.
  • Healthy Twist: Lighten up the dish by using ground turkey or chicken, low-fat cheese, and adding more fresh vegetables like bell peppers or lettuce.

This Beef Nachos Supreme is not just about tantalizing taste buds; it’s about bringing people together over a dish that’s as fun to make as it is to eat. Feel free to experiment and make this recipe your own – that’s the beauty of cooking!

Beef Nachos Supreme Recipe


  • 1 packet of taco seasoning mix or equivalent homemade mixture
  • 1 lb of lean ground beef
  • 1/2 of a medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 32 oz of thick tortilla chips
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 16 oz of mixed shredded cheeses (such as cheddar and Monterey Jack)
  • 3 medium Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef and chopped onion until the beef is well-browned and the onions are translucent, about 8 minutes. Drain any excess fat from the skillet.
  3. Return the beef mixture to the skillet and add the taco seasoning. Mix in about 3/4 cup of water, bring to a low simmer, and let it cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, roughly 5 minutes.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange a layer of tortilla chips on each.
  5. Dollop refried beans onto the chips. As the beans warm in the oven, they will spread over the chips.
  6. Distribute the seasoned beef evenly over the chips.
  7. Generously sprinkle the shredded cheese blend over the beef and chips.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  9. Once out of the oven, garnish with chopped Roma tomatoes and sliced green onions.
  10. Serve immediately while warm and crispy.


  • Ensure that you use sturdy, thick tortilla chips to hold up the toppings. A quality brand like Kirkland’s organic tortilla chips is recommended.
  • This recipe is designed for entertaining a larger group. If serving a smaller group of about 4 to 6 people, consider halving the recipe. Adjust the ingredient measurements accordingly to suit the number of servings.