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Beefy Nachos

I began making nachos for my family about 12 years ago.  It quickly became a Sunday night tradition.  Everyone was starving after we returned home from Sunday night church services, and these nachos were a quick and easy solution to a speedy dinner!  After everyone had their plate of nachos fixed we all retired to the living room where we watched PBR (Professional Bull Riding).  Well, we haven’t watched bull riding in several years but, we still enjoy a meal of Beefy Nachos about once a week!

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:


One pound of lean ground beef (not shown), Onion powder, Garlic powder, Oregano, Salt, Black Pepper, Ground Cumin, Chili Powder, Paprika, and Ground Cayenne Pepper.

Mix together the spices in a small bowl.

Mixed spices

Cook the ground beef in a skillet, over medium-high heat, until browned and crumbly. Drain any fat.  Add the spice mixture to the ground beef.

adding spice mixture to beef

Now add 1/2 cup of water.

adding water

Stir and allow mixture to come to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and allow simmering for about 5 minutes.


Line a microwavable plate with your favorite tortilla chips.

tortilla chips

Sprinkle about 1/2 cup (or more) of the beef mixture onto the chips.

putting beef mixture on chips

Sprinkle on your favorite shredded cheese.  I am using Monterey Jack, but cheddar, Mexican Blend, or Pepper Jack are good too!

Adding cheese

Put as much or as little as you like.  We like a lot!

more cheese!

Now microwave the nachos for about 45 seconds.  Turn the plate and microwave an additional 30 seconds or until cheese is melted.

ready for toppings!

Now add your favorite toppings.  I am adding fresh salsa, sour cream and jalepeno slices!



Beefy Nachos

Serves 6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Region Mexican
These nachos are a quick and easy solution to a speedy dinner!


  • 1lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Bag Tortilla Chips


Step 1
Brown ground beef over medium-high heat until crumbly and no pink remains.
Step 2
Mix together spices in a small bowl.
Step 3
Add spice mixture to ground beef along with 1/2 cup of water. Stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes.
Step 4
Line a microwavable plate with tortilla chips. Sprinkle on about 1/2 cup or more, of the beef mixture. Top with shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, etc.).
Step 5
Microwave plate on high for about 45 seconds. Rotate plate, and microwave for about 30 to 40 seconds on high or until cheese is melted.
Step 6
Top nachos with your favorite toppings. Serve immediately.


  1. The nachos are maikng my mouth water ! Just for fun, if you walk this way again , if you come up to the plant in the 4th picture , take one of the leaves and hold it up to the sun and you will see all kinds of little holes in the leaf. It’s St johnswort ( same herb that they use for depression and so forth). It’s Latin name is perfolium or Perfoliate- meaning punctured. If you took the flower and crushed it in your fingers it would produce a red oil- which made the people long ago think of the martyr John the Baptist ( blood from the beheading) . Because the plant is in flower at this time of year it was named after him. Just a bit of fun trivia to share with you. I LOVE looking at the pictures you post !

    • We have a great dehyd. recipe which I took two other ricepes and blended to make this one we like. Haven’t had time to make jerkey and it never lasts more than a day or two at my house.

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