No-Guilt Beefy Nachos

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours


20 servings (2-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Oct. 05, 2023
Nachos you can feel good about! This meaty topping has less fat and sodium than typical nacho beef because you use lean meat and make your own seasoning. The versatile dish is a tasty go-to for a party. —Carol Betz, Grand Rapids, Michigan
No-Guilt Beefy Nachos Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce), undrained
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Baked tortilla chips
  • Optional: Shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, sour cream and guacamole


  1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low until meat is crumbly, 4-6 hours. Stir in vinegar and salt. Serve with tortilla chips and, if desired, toppings.

Can you freeze No-Guilt Beefy Nachos?

Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. Add water if necessary. Serve with chips and toppings if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup (calculated without chips): 99 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 232mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.