Loaded Nachos Recipe, A Double-Layer Special - Dr. Axe

Loaded Nachos Recipe, A Double-Layer Special

Double layer nachos - Dr. Axe

Nachos are one of my favorite appetizers or game day snack to serve. They’re cheesy, crunchy and always a crowd-pleaser. But you haven’t had nachos until you’ve tried my Loaded Nachos, which are essentially a double layer nachos recipe. These nachos are the real deal.

They are loaded with perfectly seasoned, grass-fed ground beef and topped with all sorts of delicious ingredients, like benefit-packed goat milk cheese, fiber-rich black beans and spicy jalapeños, so each bite is packed with flavor. If the sound of everything delicious baked in one dish gets you excited, let’s make these double layer nachos.

Key Ingredients

Why did I select these ingredients? Because they far surpass the nutrient value of typical nachos ingredients.

Goat cheddar cheese: Goat’s cheese is a good alternative to cow’s milk cheeses because it’s lower in lactose, contains type 2 casein protein, is typically easier to digest, and is usually much less allergenic and inflammatory.

Grass-fed ground beef: Conventional ground beef emanates from CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations), neither good for the cow nor good for you! Instead, opt for grass-fed ground beef. It includes significantly more omega-3 fatty acids and more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than grain-fed beef. CLA is a powerful polyunsaturated fatty acid we must obtain from our diets that’s been shown to help fight cancer, discourage weight gain and build muscle.

Black beans: One of the healthiest beans, black beans are a great source of protein, filling fiber, disease fighting antioxidants including flavonoids, and numerous vitamins and minerals, like folate, manganese, magnesium, copper, iron and more.

Jalapeños peppers: Even though jalapeños are usually fairly small in size coming in around two to four inches in length, they carry a rather powerful taste of fire — and it’s that powerful taste that makes them a power pepper nutrition-wise. They contain a compound known as capsaicin. This compound gives way to its ability to help you fight cancer, lose weight, prevent bacterial growth, fight the common cold and more.

How to Make Loaded Nachos

We’ll begin by heating a skillet over medium-high heat and add in the ground beef, chili powder, cumin and salt. Since the beef has its own natural fat, there’s no need to add oil.

Cook until the beef is no longer pink and is done, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and crank up the oven to 425 F. Arrange a layer of tortilla chips (I usually choose blue corn over yellow corn) in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or roasting pan. Add half of the beef and cheese to the chips.

Double layer nachos ingredients - Dr. Axe

Then, arrange another layer of chips in the pan. Here’s where the double layer nachos come in! Sprinkle the rest of the beef onto the chips, then add the black beans, tomato, jalapeños and fresh peppers to the chips.

Bake for 5 minutes in the oven, or until the cheese has just melted. Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite toppings. I enjoy these double layer nachos with scallions, salsa, sour cream or yogurt.

I love that these loaded nachos are full of protein, fiber and fresh veggies and so simple to make. Serve these at your next game day party as snacks, as an appetizer or even as an easy weeknight meal with some soup. I hope you love this loaded nachos recipe as much as I do.

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Loaded nachos

Loaded Nachos Recipe

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 14 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Much healthier than regular nachos, this loaded nachos recipe is literally loaded with perfectly seasoned, grass-fed ground beef and topped with all sorts of delicious ingredients, like benefit-packed goat milk cheese, fiber-rich black beans and spicy jalapeños. Each bite is packed with flavor.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 16 ounce bag organic corn tortilla chips (blue or yellow corn)
  • 8 ounces goat’s milk cheddar, shredded (raw hard cheese, if possible)
  • 15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 jalapeños, sliced and diced (seeds removed)
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 large orange or yellow pepper, diced
  • optional toppings: chopped scallions, salsa, goat’s milk yogurt or sour cream


  1. Heat a medium skillet on medium-high heat and add ground beef, chili powder, cumin and salt. Cook until beef is done, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  3. Arrange a scant layer of chips on a roasting pan or 9 x 13 dish. Sprinkle half the beef mixture and cheese on chips.
  4. Arrange a second layer of chips on pan. Sprinkle the rest of the beef on chips.
  5. Add beans, tomato, jalapeños and peppers on top of chips. Cover with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes, or until cheese is just melted.
  7. Remove from oven. Optionally scatter scallions over nachos, and serve with salsa and yogurt or sour cream.


Serve these at your next game day party or even as an appetizer.

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Category: Snacks, Appetizers
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 145g
  • Calories: 321
  • Sugar: 1.7g
  • Sodium: 249mg
  • Fat: 16.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.8g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Protein: 16.5g
  • Cholesterol: 46mg

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