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Makeover Nacho Beef Bake Recipe

Makeover Nacho Beef Bake Recipe

This lightened-up version of a classic comfort food wipes out almost 100 calories and half the fat from the original recipe. You'll love it! —Carla Weeks, Independence, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated reduced-fat crescent rolls
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces baked nacho-flavored tortilla chips (about 2 cups), crushed
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the beans, water and taco seasoning; mash slightly. Cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until heated through; set aside.
  • 2. Unroll crescent dough and press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray; seal seams and perforations. Spoon beef mixture over dough. Spread sour cream over beef mixture; sprinkle with cheese and chips.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with lettuce and tomatoes. Serve immediately. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 357 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 728mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.

Reviews for Makeover Nacho Beef Bake

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Me-4 User ID: 7736021 229576
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2015

"Kids loved it. We did bake dough first then added meat mixture cooked for 5 min. just to melt cheese."

Medic 716 User ID: 4089259 229400
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"Nice change and perfect for a summer meal."

graceklein88 User ID: 6588873 124501
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"This has great flavor but the dough didn't cook on the bottom. Next time, I will try and bake the crust first, add the ingredients and bake until cheese melts. Then add the lettuce and tomatoes. I will try this again. We loved the flavor and it was fun---if we didn't have to scrape off the raw dough. ;)"

gucci65 User ID: 7131119 181551
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

"Fresh and full of flavor !"

Mama6Kellys User ID: 7076569 99425
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"Kids LOVED this! didn't go low fat - used Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese and drizzled each slice w/mild taco sauce - awesome idea to use for home daycare -"

kutiemomma33 User ID: 6667866 164107
Reviewed May. 11, 2012

"My daughter loves nachos, so I was excited to find a healthy dinner recipe! My family absolutely loved it!! We will continue to use this recipe for years to come."

RysGirl99 User ID: 5593043 105287
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"Soooo good it's definitely a keeper and we've already made this twice in one month!"

HeatherD35 User ID: 4970660 114269
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"This was very good. I used 2 Lbs. of ground sirloin, sauteed onions with the beef, and I didn't mash after I added the beans. Makes less than 12 servings. Everyone went back for seconds, so it was more like 6 servings."

Joanna07 User ID: 2831179 114268
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"We just finished eating this, and everyone liked it. It is going into my recipe rotation, for sure! I recipe is great as is, but you can also make variations easily with whatever you have in your pantry. I actually added a can of chopped green chilies, and greek yogurt instead of sour cream...I even thought about calling corn (and probably will next time)."

Susan's Kitchen User ID: 5575002 168776
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"Super easy to make and delicious. The crescent rolls totally make the dish."

ashleynh86 User ID: 5571529 183234
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"It is delicious! My very picky husband and two year old couldn't get enough."

WinnDixiesHeart User ID: 5271145 181410
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2010

"All my kids, who are very picky eaters, loved this dish! I had many compliments, so I will definitely be making this again since it is hard to find something that everyone likes."

kimtrem User ID: 4150879 183233
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"We LOVE this recipe! I add the sour cream at the end though - something about baking sour cream doesn't sound appetizing to me. Makes great leftovers too!"

craigsuem User ID: 992681 166129
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2009

"We loved it! I added mushrooms to the top before baking, and avocados with the lettuce and tomato after baking. I left off the sour cream because my husband doesn't like it, but it would be great with it as well."

llively User ID: 3418071 124500
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2009

"Great! My whole family asked for seconds! I used almost 2 envelopes of seasoning (we like the spice) and it still wasn't that spicy! Yum!"

vanstrdl User ID: 4150904 124485
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2009

"This is excellent! It's become a favorite in my house and is in regular rotation."

lauracressy User ID: 1012405 105285
Reviewed May. 27, 2009

"very good!"

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