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Nacho Casserole Recipe

Nacho Casserole made with layers of ground beef, tomatoes, tortilla chips and lots of cheese!!

Nacho Casserole at Diethood

Happy Sunday, my dear friends!! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! Yesterday was my husband’s birthday and we had a great time celebrating!

I’m about to toot my own horn, but I made the best EVERRRR chocolate cake for his birthday. Double Chocolate Cake, that is. It’s almost better than the Black Magic Cake I made a few months back.

After everyone went to bed, I sat there contemplating whether I should pull out the 2 leftover slices and just inhale them. Eating chocolate-cake at night after everyone is in bed is SO wrong to do, but it feels soooooo right! And damn good!

We’ll come back to this cake in the coming days. Today is about this cheesy, delicious mess (in a good way) called Nacho Casserole. Aaaaand $300 at Amazon!! LUCKY YOU!

Apparently, Spring 2014 is stuck in November. I’m still wearing a coat and eating casseroles. A.K.A., comfort food.

Nachos remind me of 2004. It was like medicine that cured each hangover. What. a. remedy.

I’m no longer curing hangovers (cough), but I am curing everyone’s cravings for nachos. However, if someone other than myself tried to serve me nachos in casserole-form, I’d be like, what’s the diff??? But, there is a diff! More meat, more cheese, extra layers, baked… it’s different, I promise. It’s like a flavor explosion over here. Pinky swear!

Most of all, this is such an easy meal. You could use ground turkey or ground chicken instead of ground beef. However, we’re eating a bag of chips for dinner, so making this recipe a bit healthier might help, but I don’t think it’s happening. I decided to just embrace it for those days that calories do not count. Like, Sundays. Those are the Lord’s carbs and calories.

Don’t forget to top the casserole with tomatoes and avocado because all their healthiness will cancel out the tortilla chips and cheese sauce. And add a drizzle of hot sauce. It’s da bomb!

Nacho Casserole at Diethood

I always tell you this and I always mean it. Do yourself a flavor-favor and make this, stat! The family will thank you.



Nacho Casserole at Diethood

Nacho Casserole

Katerina | Diethood
Nacho Casserole made with layers of ground beef, tomatoes, tortilla chips and lots of cheese!
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Servings : 8 serves
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 pound 98% lean ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour divided
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 15- ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar divided
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Monterey Jack
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • chopped tomatoes for serving
  • avocado sliced, for serving
  • Hot sauce for serving
  • sliced green onions for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Heat oil In a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion and cook until it begins to soften.
  • Add beef; using a wooden spoon, break up the meat, and cook until the meat is browned and cooked through. Drain fat and return pan to the stove.
  • Stir in 2 tablespoons flour and cook 1 minute, then add tomato paste and stir to combine.
  • Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, and spices; season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat to low and let simmer 10 minutes.
  • Stir in cooked rice, 1/2 cup cheddar, Monterey Jack cheese, and sour cream.
  • Cover with tortilla chips and bake until top is golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, make nacho cheese sauce:
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
  • Whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons flour and cook for about a minute.
  • Stir in milk and bring to a simmer.
  • When milk begins to thicken, stir in remaining 2 cups cheddar, whisking constantly until sauce is smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • When the casserole comes out of the oven, pour cheese sauce over the cooked chips. Garnish with green onions and drizzle with hot sauce.


Calories: 514 kcal | Carbohydrates: 37 g | Protein: 29 g | Fat: 27 g | Saturated Fat: 14 g | Cholesterol: 92 mg | Sodium: 761 mg | Potassium: 655 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 1225 IU | Vitamin C: 5.9 mg | Calcium: 405 mg | Iron: 3.4 mg | Net Carbs: 35 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: casserole, mexican food, nachos
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175 comments on “Nacho Casserole Recipe”

  1. Well since I am a flower garden nut probably some gardening goodies and books. I fancy setting on the porch in the evening reading after a day weeding. LOL!

  2. If I won the gift card I would buy some toys and treats for my pets, a seed kit for my Aerogarden. I would probably use the remainder toward a new Wacom tablet.

  3. Nachos rock! this casserole looks awesome and with that gift card i would have to buy something sweet for my new little one, something for me and probably something totally practical and boring like diapers!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Jessica Viana

    I would definitely get some work done on my $700+ wish list of books I need to read until college. ha ha. By the way, THAT CASSEROLE. Yummy! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Kelsey Heathers

    I would put it towards a new laptop! Thanks for this awesome giveaway and that nacho salad looks delish! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This looks so yummy! I’d make it with Food Should Taste Good Multigrain chips and it would be perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. taking this recipe to Cancun with us next month, staying with friends at there timeshare. Would probably put gift card towards a new computer. Thanks

  8. I took a terrible tumble flat on my face 3 days ago. I would buy a pair of shoes that would be safe for an old woman like me. And then I would make that yummy looking bakes nacho dish. Sounds wonderful.

  9. My,my,my. That casserole looks delicious.. nothing unusual for your posts, though! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to win so I can buy my Nana a present for her 79th birthday and also some workout gear would be fabulous!

  10. I would be some new kitchen gadgets (pressure cooker and spiralizer) and some springy shoes for myself!

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    Michele marie

    I’m moving next month so I have a lot of thingsv to buy! New curtains would be my first purchase.

  12. I would go clothes shopping! I only have one pair of pants that fit, and they’re nearly falling off. I have four long sleeved shirts that don’t look like a circus tent. I need Summer clothes!

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      Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

      Whoops! i forgot to say I would buy some things for health and our kitchen. Thanks!

  13. Thanks for this opportunity ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to get a new blender because my mom loves the smoothies I make for the whole family!

  14. Currently my Amazon wish list includes a new french press and coffee grinder. I would also add a Kindle Fire HD to that order ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jessica Menster

    So hard to choose! We need a new video camera, it could go towards birthday gifts, I want to get my kids electric toothbrushes, I could use some clothes, I mean the list could go on and on!

  16. Chocolate cake at night, yes. Always. One can always make up for such indiscretions by eating lush casseroles the following day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. That casserole looks so yummy! I would use the gift card to buy my mom a special piece of jewelry for Mother’s Day.

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    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Hahhaha, I stay up thinking of cake too lol! This casserole looks too good!! And…I will keep buying cookbooks on Amazon. It’s a never ending wishlist lol!

  19. I have sooooo many things in my “save for later” cart that this GC would help out tremendously…thx!

  20. I would buy some new clothes for myself! I always spend everything on my kids ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
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    Emily @ Life on Food

    Nachos are my favorite thing ever to eat. I love this dish!!! And yes cake when everyone is in bed is super wrong. Yet, I have totally been there and done that.

  22. I’d by extra cleaning pads for my steam mop, new organization things for my kitchen, and glass storage containers for left overs. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Tough choice – blow it all on paying for part of a laptop, or by lots and lots of books and cookware!

  24. Stuff for my kitchen! I just moved from Australia to the USA and had to leave all my kitchen equipment behind!

  25. This looks delicious! Think I’ll make it for Cinco de Mayo along with some margaritas :). I’d buy books if I won the amazon gift card.

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    Laura Dembowski

    I’d buy practical stuff . . . vitamins, soap, maybe a few movies for fun. This casserole looks awesome! I’d probably steal all the avocado, though ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and I’d really like to never see my coat again. The weather better get nice soon!

  27. If I had $300 dollars to spend at amazon I would buy stuff to fix up my yard for summer. Thank you for the giveaway and great recipes.

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    Barbara Dougherty

    I would love a canner or a dutch oven, lol. Among many, many other things. Thanks for the chance.

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    Gloria // Simply Gloria

    Katerina, I’m in love with all that cheese swirling around the layers of goodness! What a fun giveaway! I’d love to snag what I have all building up in my cart… kitchen tools are included in the long list. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a happy weekend!

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    Mary Beth Elderton

    I am still pining for a high power blender *sigh* or a nice set of cookware—maybe Calphalon

  31. I can’t wait to try this casserole. It looks amazing! I would buy a new set of silverware on Amazon.

  32. That casserole looks great!! I would use the gift card towards some appliances and household items I need for my new home!!

  33. Now this recipe looks something I would make and also eat. Nacho salad sounds yummy and also quick to make . Thank you for the awesome dish !

  34. I don’t think I’ve actually had a nacho casserole. I will need to remedy that soon.

    What would I buy with the gift card? Anything and everything. Stuff for mom, stuff for me. Mostly mom even though she says she doesn’t need anything (but she does).

  35. I would take my hubby away on an overnight…no cooking that night, but that casserole looks so yum, I definitely make it!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Oh this casserole looks so good, – just what I need for a late night snack! I’d use the gift card toward a new camera lens!

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