Nacho Scoops Recipe
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Nacho Scoops Recipe

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Serve your clan a big ol’ platter of these fun and crazy-tasty nacho bites as you cheer for your team. You’ll score big with tortilla chips filled with creamy, spicy cheese and beef! —Raine Gottess, Coconut Creek, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 5 min./batch
MAKES:144 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 5 min./batch
MAKES: 144 servings


  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, cubed
  • 4 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened, cubed
  • 1 package (12 ounces) tortilla chip scoops
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Sour cream and pickled jalapeno slices


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and red pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and chopped green chilies. Cook and stir for 5-7 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the pepper jack, process cheese and cream cheese until melted.
  3. Place 4 dozen scoops on an ungreased baking sheet. Add a rounded teaspoon of beef mixture to each. Sprinkle with Mexican cheese blend.
  4. Bake at 375° for about 5 minutes or until heated through. Garnish each with sour cream and a jalapeno pepper slice. Repeat with remaining tortilla chip scoops. Yield: 12 dozen.
Originally published as Nacho Scoops in Simple & Delicious December/January 2013, p40

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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tinker99 User ID: 5874983 252172
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2016

"This has become a family favorite for dinner. I add 3/4 cup of water instead of the can of tomatoes because some of us don't like tomatoes. I also apply the sour cream by putting it in a sandwich bag and cutting off the corner tip."

swdenton User ID: 7340532 189180
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"If I could give this recipe 10 stars, I would! It is one of the BEST appetizers I've ever made. We are having friends over for the Superbowl tonight and I've already had to send my husband out for more groceries to make a second batch because after I did a trial of 12 nachos to see if I needed to make any adjustments earlier today, both my husband and son begged me to cook more and that's what they ate for lunch! I will definitely be making these again and again and again! No modifications needed...these are perfect as written!"

rychma User ID: 5401695 199690
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"My kids love this recipe. It is quick and easy and we almost always have the ingredients on hand. We usually add refried beans to the beef mix. It extends the recipe and we love the taste"

Raine Gottess User ID: 3090276 139137
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"It is all that fast and serves a lot"

Raine Gottess User ID: 3090276 198033
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"It is easy and the BEST"

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