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Makeover Nacho Beef Bake Recipe

Makeover Nacho Beef Bake Recipe

Our Test Kitchen wiped out almost 100 calories and half the fat from Carla's original recipe, while salvaging its signature nacho chip topping and hearty beefy filling and incorporating a generous amount of veggies. You'll love it! Carla Weeks - Independence, IA
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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Reviewed Jul. 14, 2015

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

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"Nice change and perfect for a summer meal."

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. ;)"

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

"Fresh and full of flavor !"

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 -"

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."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

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

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."

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)."

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

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

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

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

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2009

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

Reviewed May. 27, 2009

"very good!"

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