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Plate of Refried Bean and Beef Nachos with Lime Wedges

Refried Bean and Beef Nachos

A warm and tasty tower of tortilla chips, refried beans and beef, onion, tomato, jalapeno and cheese all topped with chopped avocado.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Author Creative Culinary


For the Refried Beans and Beef

  • 1 Tbsp bacon fat lard, or olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 - 15 oz can of pinto beans drained
  • ½ cup broth chicken or vegetable

To Make the Nachos

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Mexican or other shredded cheese
  • Queso Fresco Cheese
  • Refried Beans with Beef
  • Onion diced
  • Jalapeno diced
  • Tomatoes sliced


  • To Make the Refried Beans and Beef
  • Heat fat in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot, add onions and saute for 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic, chili powder, and cumin and saute for another minute.
  • Crumble the ground beef into the skillet and cook until no longer pink. Remove the ingredients from the skillet into a bowl and set aside. Drain all but a tablespoon of fat from the skillet.
  • Add the pinto beans to the skillet and heat on medium heat until starting to dry. Mash the beans with a potato masher or other kitchen tool until they are chunky, adding broth as needed until the beans are the right consistency. They should be thick but just liquid enough that they do not hold a shape.
  • Add back in the aromatics and ground beef and mix well.
  • To Make the Refried Beans and Beef Nachos
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  • Layer ingredients in this order on large oven-safe plate: Tortilla chips Mexican Cheese Queso Fresco Cheese Refried Beans and Beef Mixture Diced Onions Diced Jalapeno Chopped tomatoes
  • Put plate in over and heat for 10-15 minutes until cheese has melted.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with diced avocado.


I have not specified exact amounts for some ingredients. It depends on the number of people eating. You are better off making just what you will eat in one sitting, leftover beans and beef can be used on their own with eggs or as a side dish if all are not used in nachos.


Serving: 18