Makeover Nacho Beef Bake Recipe
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Makeover Nacho Beef Bake Recipe

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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.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Makeover Nacho Beef Bake in Healthy Cooking June/July 2009, p27

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Me-4 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 229400
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"Nice change and perfect for a summer meal."

graceklein88 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 181551
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

"Fresh and full of flavor !"

Mama6Kellys 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 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 105287
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

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

HeatherD35 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 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 168776
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

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

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