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Tonight's Dinner: Ground Beef Nachos

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Who says nachos are just an appetizer?

When people hear the word, nachos, they think appetizer or party food for the big game, but adding a little taco meat and some refried beans, upgrades this party food to a delicious dinner any night of the week.

Who says nachos are just an appetizer?

Mexican is always a big hit at our house; it doesn't matter if it comes in a taco, burrito, or salad, everyone always wants more, but 1 pound of ground beef tends to mean leftovers. So, then the question becomes, what to do with them?

I could make a salad, but the toddler won't eat that. He does love cheese and chips, but then again, who doesn't love cheese and chips? So what if I took the ground beef, added some refried beans and put the whole thing on top of a platter of tortilla chips? I'd get a delicious dinner that will have everyone screaming for more.

Ground Beef Nachos


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 1, 15-ounce can of refried beans
  • 1, 14-ounce bag of tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until brown; add the taco seasonings and 2/3 cup of water and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes; remove pan from heat and stir in salsa verde.
  4. While the meat simmers, heat the refried beans in a medium pan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until heated through.
  5. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; arrange chips in a large oval on sheet and sprinkle with cheese; bake until cheese melts, 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. With a wide spatula, loosen chips from parchment and place on a large serving platter; spoon refried beans over chips; spoon meat mixture on top of refried beans; spoon guacamole over center of meat mixture; sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

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