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Recipe for Loaded Nachos Grande

This is how to make a homemade recipe for Loaded Nachos Grande Supreme with ground beef in the easiest way.

Recipe for Loaded Nachos Grande Supreme

This is how to make homemade ground beef Nachos Grande Supreme that are loaded and stacked. It’s easily a full meal for anyone. The sequence of the cooking, heating, and building is one of the main keys for maximizing flavors. So much is on this, you’ll need to consider adding forks.

You'll find it very easy and fast to make this Cheesy Nachos recipe at home. It has all the most popular ingredients desired and is stacked high when loaded with everything.
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Loaded Nachos Grande Supreme

Jeff Baygents
You'll find it very easy and fast to make this Cheesy Nachos recipe at home. It has all the most popular ingredients desired and is stacked high when loaded with everything.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 842


Main Ingredients

Toppings Ingredients

  • 16 oz. refried beans
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 4 tbsp salsa
  • ¾ cup Nacho Cheese (alternative: shredded cheddar cheese)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 medium jalapeno sliced, seeds removed


  • Mix ground beef, onion, Taco Seasoning, and water together and brown in skillet.
    Separately, in 2 individual microwavable containers, microwave to heat up the refried beans and Nacho Cheese.
    Warm some Nacho Chips in microwave for about 20-30 seconds or in oven on a cookie sheet for about 3 minutes at 350⁰.
    8 ozs Tortilla Chips, 1 lb ground beef, 1 medium sweet onion, 3 Tbsp. taco seasoning, ¼ cup water, 16 oz. refried beans, 3/4 cup Nacho Cheese
    Cooking ground beef and onions small

Building the Individual Servings Plates

  • Add the warmed Nacho Chips to each individual’s plate and spread them out to reduce excessive chips overlap.
    Distribute the seasoned, cooked ground beef mixture across the Nacho Chips on each plate.
    Building Nachos add meat small
  • Across each plate, apply dollops of the warmed refried beans across the chips and meat mixture. Using a tablespoon might make it easier to distribute somewhat consistently.
    Building Nachos add refried beans small
  • Distribute the diced tomatoes and salsa as the next layer.
    1 medium tomato, 4 tbsp salsa
    Building Nachos add tomators and salsa small
  • Using a large spoon, distribute the heated Nacho Cheese like "rows" across each plate's top layer.
    Building Nachos add cheese small
  • Add dollops of sour cream across each serving.
    You can now control the level of jalapenos to distribute across each serving plate. Or, set aside a small bowl and spoon for self serving.
    1/2 cup sour cream, 1 medium jalapeno
    Building Nachos add sour cream small
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Loaded Ground Beef Nachos Grande Supreme
Loaded Ground Beef Nachos Grande Supreme

Recipe Homemade Nachos Loaded

There’s a lot to handle for all the toppings and ingredients that go into making this recipe of loaded nachos. Below are some pics of the sequencing steps to building loaded nachos. After that, there are some notes and helpful tips on making loaded nachos and their ingredients.

add tortilla chips
Add Tortilla Chips
Building Nachos - add meat
Add Cooked Ground Beef and Onions
Building Nachos - add refried beans
Add Refried Beans
Building Nachos - add tomators and salsa
Add Tomatoes and Salsa
Building Nachos - add cheese
Add Cheese
Building Nachos - add sour cream
Add Sour Cream

Nachos with Cheese

If you elected to use shredded Cheddar Cheese, instead of Nacho Cheese, you can usually sprinkle this evenly over the hot, cooked meat while still in the skillet.  This will permit it to melt and still be somewhat evenly distributed when you scoop out each meat mixture’s serving.

Nachos using Sour Cream

Some have found using 2 teaspoons makes it easier.  For example, use 1 teaspoon to scoop up some sour cream; then, over the plate, use the 2nd teaspoon to help remove it to distribute it over the Nachos layer.

Nachos and Jalapenos

It’s extremely important to avoid touching on or around your eyes when working with Jalapenos.  You’ll want to wash your hands using soap and water thoroughly when done handling Jalapenos. 

Removing the Jalapeno seeds is generally performed as the seed is the primary source of hotness in the Jalapeno.  In preparations, you cut off the stem side’s head and toss away.  Then, slit the jalapeno lengthwise and, while holding under gentle flowing cold water, remove and discard the seeds.  Cross-cut slices of jalapenos or dice them up in small pieces to prepare for distributed serving on each plate.  Alternatively, if you have those who want the hotness of the Jalapeno with the seeds intact, this is generally served as small slices.

Always use a spoon when applying Jalapenos to a plate.  This encourages a person not to touch it with their hands and reduces the risk of later touching the eyes.

Nachos with Refried Beans

Most people heat up refried beans in a separate pot for nachos recipes. Still others will dump it into the skillet of the cooked ground beef. I’ve done both of those ways and quite a few more. The best flavor while maintaining convenience is to warm them in a bowl in the microwave (with at least a covering like a paper towel). It should definitely be heated slowly. I use the button for reheating (soup or casserole).

Nachos with Ground Beef and Taco Seasoning

If you don’t have it on hand, the primary ingredients are Cumin and Chili Powder so you could use a mixture of those, if in a pinch.  At least use the Cumin, as that’s the key desired flavor. But, you can also make Taco Seasoning. See here for that recipe.

Nacho Chips and Alternates

Although I’ve used this recipe multiple ways (and repeated for confirmations before each change), the best idea is to generally avoid using the “scoop” type of Nacho Chips.  However, if you’re setting ingredients aside for actual dipping like an appetizer then, scoops will work.  This recipe is designed as a meal serving.  All types of standard sized Nacho Chips work well such as triangular or round, thick or thin, Corn-based or other.

Alternates for Nacho Chips, in case you’re out are possible. Frito Corn Chips are probably the closest semblance of Tortilla Chips. Others have used Doritos.

Loaded Nachos with 2 Layers

Double Layering:  For a slightly different experience, you can place one small layer of Nacho Chips on the plate, ensuring no overlap.  Then, very slightly add on 1/2 of a serving’s toppings.  Then, add on a 2nd layer of Nacho Chips (no overlaps), and repeat with the remaining serving’s toppings.

A Great Side Dish for Nachos Grande

An excellent side dish for any form of Nachos is Mexican Rice. Here’s The Best Mexican Rice Recipe.

History of this Recipe for Loaded Nachos Grande Supreme

While working in Foods Management and residing between Galveston and Houston, Texas, I became exposed to a variety of differing Mexican cuisines and their variety of preparations. Some were “Americanized” for the public and others were more traditional, depending on their clientele.

I experimented with many Nacho-related recipes for many years to shift back and forth between speed of preparation versus maximum savoring in flavors. As an example, I have tried to cook the meat mixture and then just added in the refried beans to save a separate heating step. I also tried adding in the Nacho Cheese as well, all in one skillet. While it still could have been classified as Nachos Grande, it was just kind of Okay. There is absolutely no comparison when you add these ingredients individually heated and separately, as defined in this recipe. The flavors are enjoyed both individually and combined. I believe you’ll find a wonderful dining experience with this preparation.

Nutritional Values of Loaded Nachos Grande

The nutritional values are shown in the <Print Recipe> option.

Conclusion of this Easy Recipe for Loaded Nachos

Because this homemade nachos recipe has so many ingredients, it’s easy enough to leave off a few things when you don’t have them. Or, in case you just want a lighter version of the recipe for nachos.

Also, here’s a quick link to making your own Taco Seasoning:  Easy Taco Seasoning Recipe. Also, if you want to try these nachos using chicken instead of ground beef, here it is as Loaded Chicken Nachos Recipe Grande Supreme and it’s nearly identical but just a few differences. And also try this Stroganoff Ground Beef Recipe.

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