A tray of nachos topped with minced beef, chilli and cheese next to a pot of soured cream

Classic nachos

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Loaded with beef, beans, cheese and chilli, these classic nachos are a great way to feed a hungry crowd


Make these classic nachos, then check out our Indian nachos, crab nachos and caramelised onion and chorizo nachos, plus discover more Mexican-style recipes.



  • vegetable oil 1 tbsp
  • onion 1 small, finely sliced
  • garlic 3 cloves, minced
  • paprika 2 tsp
  • tomato purée 2 tbsp
  • beef mince (5% fat) 500g
  • refried beans 200g tin
  • black beans 400g tin, drained and rinsed
  • beef stock 200ml
  • tortilla chips 200g
  • mature cheddar 250g, grated
  • pickled jalapeños 40g, sliced (optional)


  • red chilli 1, finely sliced (optional)
  • spring onions 4, finely sliced
  • coriander ½ a small bunch, finely chopped
  • soured cream 4 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat, then fry the onion for 8 minutes until softened. Add the garlic, paprika and tomato purée, and cook for 1 minute. Mix in the beef mince and cook for 8 minutes until it’s browned all over, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Drain off the fat.

  • Step 2

    Pour in the refried beans, black beans and beef stock, and cook for another 5 minutes until reduced down and the meat is cooked. Season with sea salt flakes and black pepper.

  • Step 3

    Line a baking tray with baking paper and spread out half of the tortilla chips. Pour over half the beef mixture, half the cheese and half the jalapeños, if using. Top with another layer of the remaining nachos, beef, cheese and jalapeños.

  • Step 4

    Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crisp and the cheese is golden and melted. Sprinkle over the chilli, if using, spring onions and coriander. Serve with the soured cream drizzled over the top.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 588
  • Fat 32.1g
  • Saturates 13.3g
  • Carbs 331g
  • Sugars 3.2g
  • Fibre 8g
  • Protein 37.6g
  • Salt 2.1g