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Nacho Casserole Recipe

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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
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins

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

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: casserole, mexican food, nachos
Servings: 8 serves
Calories: 514 kcal
  • 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
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Heat oil In a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add onion and cook until it begins to soften.
  4. 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.
  5. Stir in 2 tablespoons flour and cook 1 minute, then add tomato paste and stir to combine.
  6. Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, and spices; season with salt and pepper.
  7. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  8. Reduce heat to low and let simmer 10 minutes.
  9. Stir in cooked rice, 1/2 cup cheddar, Monterey Jack cheese, and sour cream.
  10. Cover with tortilla chips and bake until top is golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.
  11. In the meantime, make nacho cheese sauce:
  12. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
  13. Whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons flour and cook for about a minute.
  14. Stir in milk and bring to a simmer.
  15. When milk begins to thicken, stir in remaining 2 cups cheddar, whisking constantly until sauce is smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  16. When the casserole comes out of the oven, pour cheese sauce over the cooked chips. Garnish with green onions and drizzle with hot sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Nacho Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 514 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 761mg 32%
Potassium 655mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 24.5%
Vitamin C 7.1%
Calcium 40.5%
Iron 19.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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176 Responses
  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. Angela Cash

    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. Jessica

    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!

  4. 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!

  5. NanaScriv

    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.

  6. Starla Bates

    My,my,my. That casserole looks delicious.. nothing unusual for your posts, though! 🙂 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!

  7. Mahdi Martin

    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!

  8. Jasmine

    Thanks for this opportunity 🙂 I’d love to get a new blender because my mom loves the smoothies I make for the whole family!

  9. Hannah

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

  10. 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!

  11. Erin Ellis

    I would buy some new clothes for myself! I always spend everything on my kids 🙂 Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
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  12. Anne

    I’d by extra cleaning pads for my steam mop, new organization things for my kitchen, and glass storage containers for left overs. 🙂

  13. Michele S

    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.

  14. 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 🙂 Oh, and I’d really like to never see my coat again. The weather better get nice soon!

  15. Linda romer

    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.

  16. 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. 🙂 Have a happy weekend!

  17. Sarah

    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).

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