In the past, I’ve avoided ordering nachos at restaurants because they always come out impossible to eat and soggy in the middle. The first time I tried naked nachos I was in LOVE! It only took me about five years to recreate them at home. Easy Ground Beef Naked Nachos are simple to make, delicious to eat, and perfect for snacking around the house-watching football-lazy Sunday afternoons.
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The concept is similar to a taco or nacho bar. Since I was making this for only two of us, I decided not to layer the sour cream, salsa, jalapenos, and green onions on top of the baked dish because I knew there was no way we could polish off the whole thing. If I had made this for a crowd I probably would have layered those ingredients to make a one dish recipe, minus the tortilla chips. Either way works, it’s your call!
To begin, preheat your oven to 350°F. For the first layer, spread one pound cooked ground beef in the bottom of a 2.5 quart baking dish. I like to keep cooked ground beef frozen in one or two pound portions at all times so I can make recipes like this quickly.
The next layer is one can of diced tomatoes with chilies, drained. Since I was making this for adults I used the hot variety instead of the mild or regular. Choose what you use based on how spicy you want your naked nachos to turn out.
The next layer is one can great northern beans, drained, and combined with two tablespoons taco seasoning. You can find my recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning here. You can use any type of bean, I would’ve used black beans but I was out. These tasted great and added protein as well. The reason I combined the taco seasoning with the beans is because I freeze my ground beef free of seasonings. You can add it to your beef if you are cooking it the same day. Either way works well.
The next layer is olives and onions. Obviously, you can tell that one of us is not a huge fan of black olives. Hint, it’s probably not the one with a food blog lol. That’s the great thing about this recipe though, it’s very easy to modify to individuals tastes.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and layer two cups shredded pepper jack cheese and one cup shredded cheddar cheese. Yes, this recipe is heavy on the cheese, but it is a nacho recipe! Definitely not one of my healthier posts but we all have to indulge every now and then, no?
Return to the oven, without the foil, and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melty. I just made up a word. (It’s an adjective, it describes the cheese.)
Like I said before, you can present these Easy Ground Beef Naked Nachos the way I did with the cold ingredients on the side, or you can layer them on top of the baked portion and serve it with the chips on the side. Depends on your destination. I enjoyed the leftovers the next day as a taco salad on top of chopped romaine and it was super good too! Enjoy!
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