Chipotle Beef Nachos

It’s almost Puppy Bowl time! Or, you know, that one game with the brown sphere-like shape? Or that one day where you make and eat ALL of the snacks?! Yeah, that day!

And what is a game day without the nachos? Not a good one, that’s for sure! Nachos are a must for us. I usually end making some sort of chicken nacho, but my husband requested some sort of beef nachos. He loves all things chipotle, so Chipotle Beef Nachos were made!

Chipotle Beef Nachos

You can make these as spicy as you’d prefer them to be by using more chipotle peppers in your sauce and additional seasonings like chili powder or a kick of cayenne. I went for a medium heat route and used 3 peppers in my sauce.

The recipe is pretty simple to make. Start browning some beef in a pan and blend up the sauce in a food processor until smooth. I added in some black beans, but if you prefer pinto or to leave out beans entirely, that’s okay too! Pour in the sauce and the meat is ready!

Chipotle Beef Nachos

Let’s talk about the cheese for a minute. I highly recommend grating your own cheese. You can use pre-shredded cheese, but if you want that really smooth melty goodness, you have to grate it fresh. I used cheddar, but you can use jack cheese or a combo too!

Layer meat, beans, and cheese with the chips and bake until warm and gooey! I topped mine with some lime wedges, black olives, and sliced jalapeño pepper. I also mixed up a fresh batch of guacamole. Whatever your favorite nacho toppings are will work with these and your guests are sure to gobble these up fast!

Chipotle Beef Nachos

Chipotle Beef Nachos
Yield: 6 servings

Chipotle Beef Nachos

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Chipotle Beef Nachos - Ground beef in a homemade spicy chipotle sauce and then baked with tortilla chips, lots of cheese, and your favoite nacho toppings! Great for parties and game days!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 3 cups fresh grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Suggested toppings: black olives, jalapeño peppers,


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground beef. Break up with a spatula as it cooks. Season with salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring every so often.
  2. As the beef is browning, prepare the chipotle sauce. Add the chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, seasoning, water, and lime juice in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  3. As soon as the beef begins to brown, add the beans and pour the sauce over the beef and beans. Mix to combine. Lower heat to medium low. Let the mixture simmer until the liquid from the sauce is almost entirely absorbed. Remove from the heat.
  4. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Spray with non-stick spray. Arrange half the chips, followed by half of the beef mixture, and half of the cheese over the top of the chips. Repeat with remaining chips, beef mixture, and cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted through both layers.
  5. Serve with desired toppings like olives, jalapeno peppers, green onions, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, etc.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 595Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 766mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 5gSugar: 2gProtein: 33g

Chipotle Beef Nachos