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Sheet Pan Nachos

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posted: 12/01/20

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These Sheet Pan Nachos are the perfect easy dinner. Make them for a fun weeknight meal, or perfect Game Day food!

overhead view of a sheet pan nachos garnished with tomatoes, cilantro, olives, and jalapeños

I’m so excited to be working with TOSTITOS® to bring you this delicious recipe! Our family loves TOSTITOS®, and we always have a bag of their chips on hand.

I think most of you already know that one of my favorite types of food is Game Day Food. It truly is its own food category. This category is filled with delicious finger foods that you can make a meal out of.

Perhaps the king of all such food is nachos. Nachos are one of my very favorites. I loved ordering them when we went out, but they really are so incredibly easy to make at home.

This Sheet Pan Nacho recipe is perfect for a small get-together, but would work as a family dinner too. How fun to have your whole family gathered around this great nacho dish.

Nachos Start With The Perfect Chip

Any good nacho recipe must start with the perfect tortilla chip. It is the backbone of the recipe.

Our family loves TOSTITOS® Tortilla Chips so much, we always have a bag on hand in our pantry for taco night. (I will tell you a secret, but please don’t tell anyone: Sometimes I have a glass of wine and TOSTITOS® chips and salsa. And all is right with the world.)

The TOSTITOS® Hint of Lime Chips were the obvious choice for this recipe. Not only are their chips large and perfect for nachos, the lime flavor takes this nacho recipe over the top.

overhead view of ingredients for sheet pan nachos

How to Make Easy Nachos

This recipe could not be more simple – exactly what you want for an easy appetizer or dinner.

  1. Cook the ground beef, breaking it up. Then drain the fat.
  2. Add in taco seasoning and tomato sauce. Allow it to simmer.
  3. Spread the taco meat over the chips, top with cheese, and put under the broiler for 2 minutes.
  4. Top with your favorite nacho toppings.

Kids' Reaction to These Nachos

My littlest liked this recipe so much she looked at me and said: “I could eat these every single week.”

My oldest daughter said, “Mom. I love the lime in those chips!”

close up look at a hand lifting a chip off a pan of sheet pan nachos

Shredding Your Own Cheese

For this recipe, I highly recommend buying block cheese and shredding it yourself. Actually, for all my recipes I recommend shredding your own cheese.

For years, I bought bagged shredded cheese because I thought it was such a time saver. Once I switched, I never looked back. You are saving 5 minutes at most, and it’s not worth it. Block cheese just melts a million times better.

Nacho Toppings

One of my favorite thing about taco night or nacho night is letting everyone top theirs the way they like. It’s like a magical solution to picky eaters and stress free dinners.

Here are some of our favorite toppings:

  • sliced olives
  • diced tomatoes
  • cilantro
  • jalapeños and pickled jalapeños
  • sour cream
close up overhead view of sheet pan nachos topped with olives, diced tomatoes, and jalapeño slices


Should I use Aluminum Foil?

Lining your baking sheet with aluminum foil is a personal choice. I personally don’t think it’s necessary.

What Type of Cheese Should I Use?

You can use whatever cheese you like, just make sure you buy block cheese and shred it yourself. It melts so much better!

Can I Use Ground Turkey?

Absolutely! In my Taco Meat Recipe, I talk about replacing ground beef with ground turkey. You will just need to use a little cooking spray for the pan.

small plate full of nachos and topped with sour cream

All the Ways We Enjoy Tortilla Chips

TOSTITOS® chips are the perfect thing to keep on hand for all of your easy appetizers. Here are a few other recipes we love with their chips.

If you make these easy nachos or or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

overhead view of a sheet pan nachos garnished with tomatoes, cilantro, olives, and jalapeños
5 from 5 votes

Sheet Pan Nachos

Serves: 4 people
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
These Sheet Pan Nachos are the perfect easy dinner. Make them for a fun weeknight meal, or perfect Game Day food!


  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning or 1 store bought packet
  • 1 pound ground beef I used 80/20
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 14 ounces TOSTITOS® Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • sliced olives
  • diced tomatoes
  • jalapenos
  • sour cream
  • guacamole


  • In a frying pan over medium heat, cook the ground beef, breaking it up as you cook.
  • When the beef is no longer pink, drain the fat.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce and the taco seasoning. Turn the heat to low and let simmer for five minutes.
  • Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread the tortilla chips on the baking sheet. Top with the taco meat and the shredded cheese. Place under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Top with remaining nacho toppings and enjoy!
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
overhead view of a sheet pan nachos garnished with tomatoes, cilantro, olives, and jalapeños

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  1. Stacey Thornton says

    5 stars
    For the next time you show this or something like it…..please cover your baking surface with foil. The sheet pan has baked on stuff and it’s unappetizing.
    Love your recipes. Keep them coming!

  2. Margaret says

    5 stars
    Love mostly all your recipes. This one is great for not only adults but the kids

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Margaret!

  3. Amy L Stiely says

    Hi Lisa, I love all your recieps.But I have a question about the nachos …You said spray a baking sheet with cooking spray then spread the nachos on aluminum foil?? May I ask why spray the sheet first. I don’t think anything will stick to the sheet ..Thank You… Amy

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you caught that, Amy! Would you believe that tons of people proofed this and missed that? I have updated to remove the aluminum foil.

  4. Emily says

    5 stars
    Before I make these I have a question – usually the packet of taco seasoning calls for adding water. Since you are adding tomato sauce, is the water necessary?

    • Lisa Longley says

      No, you can just follow it as written. It will be great.

  5. Bea says

    5 stars
    Yum yum yum! Really enjoyed this one.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you for taking the time to come back and let me know.

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