The Ultimate Cheesy, Refried Bean and Beef Nachos

Refried bean and beef cheese nachos with guacamole

In our house, the love for nachos borders on obsession. And these are some THE BEST nachos I have ever made at home. Seasoned beef mixed with refried beans and sliced jalepenos bring big flavour. Smothered with two types of gooey melted cheese. This is my ultimate homemade beef nachos recipe.

Whenever we are out at a pub, you can count on Laura immediately checking out the nachos on the menu. We love nachos for their versatility. Simple classic nachos, fully loaded nachos, with pulled pork, guac, sour cream.. the list is endless. But one thing is always the same: a big plate, or basket, or mountain of nachos is always the best.

For us, this recipe strikes the perfect balance between having awesome, delicious toppings while not overloading the nachos to the point you can’t pick them up.

But when you make them, they’re your nachos. Assemble your nachos however you like them and let me know your best nacho toppings below in the comments!

The Ultimate Cheesy, Refried Bean and Beef Nachos
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large jalepeno sliced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 can (400ml) medium refried beans
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 3/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese grated
  • tortilla chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Add olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat.

  3. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and about half of the jalepeno. Cook for an additional minute.

    Finely chop the half jalepeno to be added here, and thinly slice the remaining half to put on top of the nachos later.

  4. Add the ground beef and season with the salt, pepper, cumin and paprika. Cook until beef is browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.

  5. Add the refried beans to the skillet, stirring into the beef. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 3 minutes until heated through.

  6. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place a layer of tortillas chips and use a spoon to top with the refried bean and beef mixture. Cover generously with the grated cheeses, and top with slices of jalepeno.

  7. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Devour.


If you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and share a picture using #thesliceabove on Instagram. I always love seeing what you cook!

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