Sheet Pan Nachos!

Here’s the very best nachos recipe, loaded with all the classic toppings! These tips make a delicious sheet pan everyone will love. What’s better than a big pan of nachos? (Answer: not much.) This Tex Mex favorite is one of life’s great pleasures, and we’re here for them. They’re ideal an appetizer to feed a crowd, but even better: they work as a simple dinner too! Here’s the best part about our Ultimate Nachos Recipe: it works for any diet. We’ve got a variation for meat eaters, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eaters! We’ve also research all the best nacho toppings so you know exactly which ones are essential to that classic flavor. Keys to the best nachos recipe (that fits any diet) Like any good food nerds, we’ve done a bit of research to find the best way to make nachos. Here are a few of the features of the absolute best way to make nachos that will be a huge hit with everyone at the table. Here’s how to make a pan of classic nachos while accommodating many diets: Make vegan taco meat OR ground beef. This walnut taco meat tastes so meaty, your family might not know the […]

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Here’s the very best nachos recipe, loaded with all the classic toppings! These tips make a delicious sheet pan everyone will love.

Nachos recipe

What’s better than a big pan of nachos? (Answer: not much.) This Tex Mex favorite is one of life’s great pleasures, and we’re here for them. They’re ideal an appetizer to feed a crowd, but even better: they work as a simple dinner too! Here’s the best part about our Ultimate Nachos Recipe: it works for any diet. We’ve got a variation for meat eaters, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eaters! We’ve also research all the best nacho toppings so you know exactly which ones are essential to that classic flavor.

Keys to the best nachos recipe (that fits any diet)

Like any good food nerds, we’ve done a bit of research to find the best way to make nachos. Here are a few of the features of the absolute best way to make nachos that will be a huge hit with everyone at the table. Here’s how to make a pan of classic nachos while accommodating many diets:

  • Make vegan taco meat OR ground beef. This walnut taco meat tastes so meaty, your family might not know the difference. (Sounds weird, but we promise!) It makes for a healthy nachos recipe spin. Serving meat lovers? We’ve got instructions for the standard taco meat below too. Better yet, make both!
  • Add the essential toppings. There are a handful of toppings that are in all the best nachos (see below).
  • Consider toasting the chips first. Just a few minutes in the pan makes super crisp chips that get less soggy.
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Essential nachos toppings

What are those essential toppings? We did a survey nacho recipes and all our favorite nacho experiences. Here are the top toppings you must have to make the best nachos:

  • Cheese (see below)
  • Refried beans: we mix ours with salsa to get big flavor; it also helps to get nice melty cheese
  • Pico de gallo: use purchased or sub in finely diced tomato and red onion
  • Green onions: the onion-y flavor and bright green color are essential
  • Sour cream: Sour cream is an absolute must! Serve on the side if you’re serving for a crowd, to
  • Guacamole: Same idea: feel free to serve on the side for dipping, or dollop on the entire pan
  • Cilantro: You can go either way, but we’re cilantro people over here
  • Jalapeño peppers: If you like heat, pickled jalapeños are perfection

The second string players when it comes to nacho toppings? Sliced black olives are popular: go for them if you’re an olives fan. Canned corn or crunchy romaine lettuce are also nice adders.

Shredded cheese vs nacho cheese

When it comes to cheese: should you use shredded cheese or nacho cheese for your nachos?

  • Shredded cheese: Shredded cheese is most common for nachos. We like a blend of Colby Jack cheese or Mexican cheese best, but you can also use cheddar.
  • Nacho cheese: Use nacho cheese if you’re a fan of the gooey stuff: or if you want plant-based nachos! This Vegan Nacho Cheese is to die for: even meat-lovers are head over heels for it (we’ve tested on many friends and family!).
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What chips to use for nachos

Here are a few tips on the best chips to use for nachos…because it really does matter! Here’s what to know:

  • Look for organic chips with a short ingredient list. Going for a healthy nachos recipe? Or healthier? Grab organic corn chips that have only 3 ingredients: corn, oil, and salt! Check the back of the package.
  • Avoid the very thin chips. These get soggy and tend to break when loaded with nacho toppings. Speaking of soggy…

How to avoid a dry or soggy nachos recipe

There are two dreaded nachos recipe states: too soggy or too dry. This recipe avoids both and lands solidly in the “just right” camp. Here’s what we’ve learned on the soggy vs dry nacho front:

  • Add a little cheese to the chips first, which forms a protective barrier. Then layer your toppings on top.
  • Even better, toast the chips in the oven for a few minutes. This helps to crisp them up even a little more (we don’t always do this, but you can do it if you plan to set them out).
  • Use refried beans with cheese, sour cream and guacamole per the recipe below. This makes sure they’re perfectly loaded with goodness: no risk of dryness!
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Step it up: use a kitchen torch

Want next level nachos? Here’s a tip we learned while making this nachos recipe. To get our cheese a little gooier for the photo, we used a kitchen torch — you know, the kind you use for creme brulee. Turns out, it infuses a delightfully smoky nuance into nachos! We assume most of you probably don’t have one of these at home, but if you do: try running it lightly over the cheese. It’s very, very good.

Nacho variations!

And that’s it! These nachos are a great appetizer for a party, perfect for game day or even a simple dinner recipe. Looking for a few other ways to make nachos? We’ve got lots of ideas because…well, we can’t get enough of them! Here are some ways to vary the theme:

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Who could resist this goodness?

This nachos recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Nachos recipe

Best Nachos Recipe!


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s the very best nachos recipe, loaded with all the classic toppings! These tips make a delicious sheet pan everyone will love. 


Ingredients

For the nachos

  • 1 1/2 cups Walnut Taco Meat or 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 15-ounce can refried beans
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 6 ounces organic corn chips (approximately 1 sheet pan)
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack or Mexican blend cheese (or Vegan Nacho Cheese, for vegan)

For the toppings

  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo (or finely diced tomato and red onion)
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper or 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños
  • Sour cream, for garnish (omit for vegan and use nacho cheese)
  • Guacamole, for garnish
  • Optional toppings: Black olives, lettuce or corn

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. For the meat: Make the Walnut Taco Meat (or make it in advance; it stores well). Or if using ground beef, add it to a skillet with 1 tablespoon cumin and 1 teaspoon each smoked paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. Cook for about 8 minutes until browned, then drain the fat. 
  3. For the beans: Mix the refried beans with the salsa. Taste and add a few pinches kosher salt if desired.
  4. Bake the nachos: Line a standard-sized baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chips in a single layer on top (to avoid soggy chips, you can also pre-bake them for about 3 minutes until they are toasted and fragrant). Add a sprinkle of cheese (this also helps to keep them less soggy). Then add a layer of the beans, then the remaining cheese and taco meat. Bake 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese melts, then remove from the oven. (Optional: Add a smoky flair by charring the cheese with a kitchen torch — only if you have one, but it adds mega flavor!) 
  5. Top the nachos: Top with the pico de gallo, cilantro, green onion and jalapenos. Dollop with sour cream and guacamole and serve. 
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex

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Sheet Pan Shrimp Nachos.

These sheet pan shrimp nachos are sponsored by ALDI! It’s no secret! I’m am alllll about the sheet pan nacho. And these quick and easy sheet pan shrimp nachos are going to be a staple on your menu. I promise.  I might dub this summer the summer of the sheet pan nacho for us. Mostly […]

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These sheet pan shrimp nachos are sponsored by ALDI!

It’s no secret! I’m am alllll about the sheet pan nacho.

sheet pan shrimp nachos

And these quick and easy sheet pan shrimp nachos are going to be a staple on your menu. I promise. 

quick pico de gallo

I might dub this summer the summer of the sheet pan nacho for us. Mostly because I have made some incredible combinations for a few small get togethers we’ve had at our house with family… and the nachos have been the first to go. Even some of our family members who don’t eat snacks? They DEVOURED them.

I’m so excited to be partnering with ALDI again today for this post. As we all start to get back into our routines, whether it’s virtual school or going back to school, there is one thing on our minds: quick and easy dinners! 

beans, cheese and produce from ALDI

What does back-to-school look like for you this year? As of right now, we are going back in person but it is such a fluid, unpredictable situation that I’m prepared for that to change at any moment.

2020 is NUTS. 

I know one thing – I want our evenings at home to be calm and predictable, since many mornings and afternoons may not be that way. Getting back to school here, whether it’s in person or online, is going to bring so much routine back into our home and I can.not.wait. It will add more structure to our day and really give us that routine that helps balance everything.

Delicious food will more than help!

shrimp from ALDI

This shrimp nacho version may be our favorite nacho combo to date. Years ago, I made a seafood nacho plate after having it at a restaurant. This was back when everyone was all “cheese and seafood don’t mix” and well, I was there to tell you that it certainly does.

And now, I’m back again with the same!

building sheet pan nachos

Hello, ALDI!

ALDI has been my go-to place for pantry ingredients and staples that I need to make weeknight meals happen seamlessly. They have an incredible selection of affordable produce, meats, seafood and basic items that I use to stock the fridge and freezer. I can always find whatever I’m looking for to get dinner on the table – and fast.

sheet pan shrimp nachos

Even throughout the last six months when we’ve been staying at home, once that 4PM hour rolls around, I want to make something simple and quick in the kitchen. But there are caveats: it has to taste amazing; I want to have all the ingredients on hand and I want it to be a hit for the entire family. I love knowing that ALDI has everything I need in one place – and on top of that, I always find special ingredients that I can’t wait to incorporate into my meals!

sheet pan shrimp nachos

For these nachos, I used the Sea Queen Medium Shrimp which are the PERFECT size for nachos! I also used the Simple Nature Organic Black Beans, the Happy Farms Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and ton of fresh produce, including avocados, tomatoes, lettuce and cilantro. ALDI is loaded with nacho ingredients, so you’ll be able to find your favorites!

sheet pan shrimp nachos

This is what makes my sheet pan nachos incredible these days:

I sprinkle the chips with Happy Farms Shredded Cheese and throw them in the oven. Okay, not big deal right?

BUT THEN! Then, I make a super quick three ingredient queso (really just a cheese sauce) to drizzle all over top. It takes five minutes and is so, so worth it. I’m telling you, it makes the nachos seem very restaurant worthy.

You know how you have a favorite restaurant that has a great nacho appetizer plate? This is that, but at home. You’re making it at home! 

sheet pan shrimp nachos

Nachos at home are such a treat and this is such a perfect family friendly meal. Everyone loves it and you can get it on the table in 30 minutes. Who could say no to these?!

sheet pan shrimp nachos

Sheet Pan Shrimp Nachos

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Sheet Pan Shrimp Nachos

These sheet pan nachos are the perfect quick snack or dinner. Topped with a beans, pico de gallo and a quick melty queso, they are dreamy!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 12 ounce bag Sea Queen Medium Shrimp, defrosted and tails removed
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 bag Clancy’s Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips
  • 1 12 ounce bag Happy Farms Shredded Mexican Style Cheese
  • 1 can Simply Nature Organic Black Beans
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced or chopped
  • guacamole, for serving
  • sliced jalapeños, for serving
  • lime wedges, for serving

quick queso

  • 1 8 ounce block Happy Farms Monterey Jack Cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • cup milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Have a 10x15inch sheet pan ready and cover it with foil for easy clean up if you’d like.
  • Toss the shrimp with the chili powder, garlic powder and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Make a quick pico de gallo. Combine the tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, onion, cilantro and lime juice. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and stir.
  • Spread the tortilla chips out on the sheet pan. Sprinkle with the Mexican cheese. Top with the shrimp and the beans, scattering them all over the nachos.
  • Place the pan in the oven for 10 minutes, just to let the cheese melt. Make the quick queso while it’s in the oven - it only takes a few minutes!
  • Remove the sheet pan from the oven and drizzle with the quick queso. Top with the pico de gallo and lettuce. Top with the avocado and spritz of lime. Serve!

quick queso

  • Freshly grate the block on Monterey jack and toss the cheese shreds with the flour. Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it’s warm and just starts to bubble around the edges. Turn the heat down to low and stir in the cheese. Continuously stir until the cheese is melty. Drizzle it over the nachos and serve!

Favorite way to eat a garden!

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Sheet Pan Street Corn Nachos.

Street corn nachos are happening! I am absolutely a nacho person. All the way. I adore any and all sorts of nachos, except (and this is a big EXCEPT) the stadium or arena nachos that are just yellow rounds with yellow sauce scooped out of a big reheated can. No can do. But all other […]

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Street corn nachos are happening!

These sheet pan street corn nachos are ridiculously easy and delicious! Grilled corn, chili, lime, tons of cheese and all the flavor you could dream of!

I am absolutely a nacho person. All the way. I adore any and all sorts of nachos, except (and this is a big EXCEPT) the stadium or arena nachos that are just yellow rounds with yellow sauce scooped out of a big reheated can. No can do.

But all other nachos? I am in it for the long haul. 

P.S. I have every and all dishes you could ever need right here for cinco de mayo tomorrow!

cheesy melted tortilla chips

There is a local taco place near us that just opened. And while I’d love to say it’s amazing, they’ve messed up our order multiple times and the street corn nachos left… a lot to be desired.

So I took things into my own hands.

The combo in my brain just SOUNDED amazing. Cheesy, sweet, salty, savory, fresh – a dish like that checks all the boxes.

Plus, I am a sucker for anything with a mexican street corn vibe. Who isn’t?! 

grilled corn

So let’s make it happen! 

These sheet pan street corn nachos are ridiculously easy and delicious! Grilled corn, chili, lime, tons of cheese and all the flavor you could dream of!

There are two ways you can go about the cheese in my opinion. First, throw all the cheese on the chips and stick the sheet pan in the oven. 

OR.

The other option would be to make a quick little queso and drizzle it all over the nachos. It depends on how you like your cheese.

Melted and crisp, or creamy and queso-y? 

Maybe I just go for the melted and crisp version because I spent so many of my tween years eating tortilla chips microwaved with cheddar on top. Can’t beat that. 

These sheet pan street corn nachos are ridiculously easy and delicious! Grilled corn, chili, lime, tons of cheese and all the flavor you could dream of!

When it comes to the corn, use what you can find. My ALDI usually has corn on the cob in the produce section, so that’s what I went with. Our local corn obviously won’t be great here in PA until late summer.

I grill the corn until just slightly charred and slice it right off the cob.

If corn on the cob isn’t an option, you can also use frozen corn. Just steam it is as usual and then make sure to drain it well. You definitely don’t want soggy, watery corn on your nachos, Trust me. 

These sheet pan street corn nachos are ridiculously easy and delicious! Grilled corn, chili, lime, tons of cheese and all the flavor you could dream of!

The rest is allll in the toppings. Cotija cheese, but if you can’t find it, you can surely sub in feta. Chopped cilantro, a mayo/sour cream drizzle and a big pinch of tajin (because, omg yum) or chili powder on top. Oh and a quick spritz of lime.

I LOVE IT. 

All I want in life right now is a pile of cheesy chips! 

These sheet pan street corn nachos are ridiculously easy and delicious! Grilled corn, chili, lime, tons of cheese and all the flavor you could dream of!

Oh and I should add that Eddie is not a nacho person. Sure, he may grab a few if there is an appetizer for the table but he would never order them himself and especially not as a meal.

Well.

He nearly ate this entire sheet! It was actually kind of funny. I think he even surprised himself.

I win!

These sheet pan street corn nachos are ridiculously easy and delicious! Grilled corn, chili, lime, tons of cheese and all the flavor you could dream of!

Street Corn Nachos

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Street Corn Nachos

These sheet pan street corn nachos are ridiculously easy and delicious! Grilled corn, chili, lime, tons of cheese and all the flavor you could dream of!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn, shucked (about 1.5 to 2 cups corn kernels, or one bag frozen!)
  • 1 (9 ounce) bag of tortilla chips
  • 8 ounces monterey jack cheese, freshly grated
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 lime, zest freshly grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon tajin (or chili powder)
  • cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • lime wedges for spritzing
  • pickled onions, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill to the highest heat. Brush the corn with a drop of olive oil
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment. Spread the chips out on the sheet. Cover the chips with the grated cheeses.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the mayo, sour cream and lime zest.
  • Place the corn directly on the grates. Grill for about 10 minutes, turning every few minutes.
  • While you grill the corn, stick the baking sheet in the oven. Bake the chips with cheese for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • When the corn is done, slice the kernels off the cob. I like to mix the corn with a sprinkle of tajin and cotija cheese while it's warm. Sprinkle the corn all over the chips. Drizzle the mayo/sour cream mixture all over the nachos. Sprinkle the rest of the tajin (or chili powder) on next. Sprinkle on the cotija cheese and cilantro. Serve immediately with a spritz of lime.

These sheet pan street corn nachos are ridiculously easy and delicious! Grilled corn, chili, lime, tons of cheese and all the flavor you could dream of!

However, this is all I need to eat. Forever.

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Charred Corn & Poblano Black Bean Nachos

These Charred Corn and Poblano Black Bean Nachos put a fresh twist on sheet pan nachos while staying true to the classic flavors we all love in Mexican food. You will love these loaded nachos! Charred Corn & Poblano Nachos Sheet Pan Nachos are just…

These Charred Corn and Poblano Black Bean Nachos put a fresh twist on sheet pan nachos while staying true to the classic flavors we all love in Mexican food. You will love these loaded nachos! Charred Corn & Poblano Nachos Sheet Pan Nachos are just maybe the way to my heart. They’re super versatile: you…

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