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Foil-Pack Baked Nachos Recipe

Baked Nachos in foil packs are easy to make and serve with minimal cleanup. These nachos are loaded with Tex-Mex flavored ground beef, melted cheese, and all the best toppings.

Foil back beef nachos with toppings

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These baked nachos are always a hit for Superbowl Sunday and game days along with our Air Fryer Chicken Wings, our beefy Cheeseburger Sliders, and of course Jalapeno Poppers.

Why we love this Baked Nachos Recipe

Baking your nachos in foil packs is brilliant because the beef stays really tender, juicy and cheesy, while the edges of the chips crisp up in the oven.

We love using heavy-duty foil for cooking because it is produced using a food-safe coating and quality standards. The non-stick feature makes cleanup really easy, which is especially convenient for a party. If you’ve ever had to pick baked cheese off of a platter or baking sheet, you will appreciate this method.

Ingredients for foil pack nachos with aluminum foil, ground beef, taco seasoning, Mexican cheese and tortilla chips

The Best Meat for Nachos

We used lean ground beef (90/10) for these homemade nachos. You could easily substitute with a very lean 93/7 ground beef on up to an 80/20 ground beef with higher fat content. While we love the flavor of ground beef, these nachos are also great with ground turkey or ground chicken.

The process is the same: Cook the meat until no longer pink, add taco seasoning, add water and cook another 3-5 minutes.

How to make ground beef taco meat step by step photos

How to Make Nacho Foil Packs:

Start with four sheets of aluminum foil measuring 16″ long.

Pro Tip: With Non-stick foil, make sure the non-stick side (the dull side) always faces up and should be the side touching the food.

  1. Place a handful of tortilla chips in the center of the sheet, top with a heaping 1/4 cup Mexican cheese then cover with 1/4 of the ground beef mixture followed by another 1/4 cup of cheese.
  2. Bring up and double-fold the long ends, leaving room for air to circulate. Bring up and double-fold the short ends to close your foil packet.

How fold foil packs with nachos inside for baked nachos


The Best Toppings for Nachos:

We love setting up a nacho bar where guests can load up their own nachos and customize their foil packet nachos. Some of our favorite toppings include:

  • Diced Avocado or Guacamole
  • Pico De Gallo 
  • Diced tomato
  • Green onion or chives
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapeno (fresh or canned)
  • Black Olives
  • Black beans
  • Sour Cream

Nacho toppings in ramekins with tomatoes, avocados, chives, cilantro, jalapeños and sour cream

Between the taco seasoning and all of the toppings, these baked nachos have a delicious Tex-Mex flavor profile.

Foil pack nachos with avocado and tomato toppings on top

Making restaurant-quality homemade nachos is easier than you think and they are great for parties, Superbowl game day, or just an easy weeknight meal. I hope these easy foil packet nachos become a new favorite for you!

Can I Make Grilled Nachos?

Heavy-duty foil is a great tool for grilling because it is made of a heavier gauge (heavy duty) aluminum foil which is why we love it for Grilled Corn in Foil. You can put foil pack nachos on a preheated grill for a tailgating party and heat on medium until the cheese is melted.

More Superbowl Foods:

Foil Pack Baked Nachos

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
foil pack baked nachos with nacho toppings
Foil Pack Baked Nachos are easy to make and easy to serve with minimal cleanup. These are loaded with Ground Beef, melted cheese, and all the fixings.
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$14
Keyword: baked nachos
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Course: Main Course
Calories: 472 kcal
Servings: 4 people


For the Nacho Meat:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (We used 90/10 beef)
  • 4 Tbsp taco seasoning (or 1 packet)
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 sheets Aluminum Foil (16" each sheet)

Nacho Toppings:

  • 8 oz Mexican blend cheese divided
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 1 roma tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro Chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion or chives chopped
  • 4 Tbsp sour cream or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. In a large skillet on medium heat brown your beef, when there is no pink add 4 Tbsp taco seasoning and 1/2 cup water, and cook for an additional 3-5 min, stirring occasionally.

  2. Tear off four 16" long pieces of Aluminum Foil. Place a handful of tortilla chips in the center of the sheet, top with a heaping 1/4 cup Mexican cheese, then cover with 1/4 of the ground beef mixture followed by another 1/4 cup of cheese. Bring up and double-fold the long ends, leaving room for air to circulate. Bring up and double-fold the short ends to close your foil packet.

  3. Just before serving, place on a baking sheet and bake at 350˚F for 10 minutes. Prep all of your toppings so they are ready to serve over hot nachos. Open the foil packs, add desired toppings and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Foil Pack Baked Nachos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 472 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 688mg30%
Potassium 755mg22%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 1015IU20%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 408mg41%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Nina
    January 26, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    What’s the brand nachos do you use?


    • Natasha
      January 26, 2021

      Hi Nina, I love the Juanitas brand but also the organic tortilla chips from Costco.


  • Margaret
    January 26, 2021

    Can this be baked (covered with foil) in a 9×13 pan or dish instead of individual packets?
    Would like to put out on buffet — to be spooned onto a dish and put toppings on. Also having other picking food.


    • Natasha
      January 26, 2021

      Hi Margaret, yes that would be a great idea to make these into sheet pan nachos. I would bake just until the cheese melts.


  • Jen
    January 26, 2021

    We make these every Friday night. Such a yummy dinner and so easy to clean up.


  • Katie
    January 26, 2021

    I’m obsessed with nachos. I can’t wait to try these!


  • Betsy
    January 26, 2021

    Super good! Super fun! These would be awesome for the Super Bowl!


  • Camile
    August 18, 2020

    Natasha, do you have some good gluten free, recipes? I love all your recipes, and you make it fun! I love watching you.


  • Marianne Hopkins
    June 29, 2020

    Hi Natasha, you are my go to chef for my recepies. Every recepie I have tried have turned out so yummy.
    Question on the tin foil nachos…how do you keep the chips from being soggy wrapped up in tin foil?
    I’m in the process of gathering recepies for harvesting. I think this would go over big with my cowboys!


    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 29, 2020

      Hi Marianne, I recommend following all the tips we shared and not overbaking! The ships stay nice and crispy!


  • Eliana
    April 28, 2020

    If the words are red what does it mean. Also I and my family make lots of your recipes and loved ever one also i’m also from Ukraine and I love all of your recipes I hope that you have an amazing day !


    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 28, 2020

      Hi Eliana, wording highlighted in red usually means you can click into them. I’m so glad you’re all enjoying our recipes! Thank you for that wonderful review!


  • Olga
    February 8, 2020

    Just curious, what brand nachos do you perfer? I never buy em, and would like to make this


    • Natasha
      February 10, 2020

      Hi Olga, my 2 favorites are Kirkland organic tortilla chips and Juanita’s brand are delicious.


  • Kristin
    February 4, 2020

    I put all the toppings on before barbecuing, and it was so good!


    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 4, 2020

      Yum! That sounds like a great idea! Thank you for sharing that wonderful review with me!


  • Inna
    February 2, 2020

    Do you have a taco seasoning recipe yet? I usually like to mix mine instead of the packets, but would be nice to have a consistent recipe to turn to 😉


    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 3, 2020

      Hi Inna. I don’t have a taco seasoning recipe yet but you can check my beef tacos recipe.


      • Margaret Willard
        August 26, 2020

        Can you cook the meat and put it in the nachos and leave it in the refregator a few hours before baking it?


        • Natashas Kitchen
          August 27, 2020

          Hi Margaret, I worry that will make the chips soggy. Without testing that I cannot advise.


  • Natalie
    January 30, 2020

    These are dangerously addicting!! Nachos are one of my go-to appetizer/snack! These are so easy & you can add or take off anything you like, which makes them perfect for anyone!


    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 30, 2020

      Hi Natalie, isn’t that the best & the flavor is amazing!


  • Katerina @ diethood .com
    January 30, 2020

    This is such a fantastic idea! I love cooking in foil packs. I can’t wait to try this recipe!


    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 30, 2020

      I’m happy you liked that, Katerina! Thank you for that great review!


  • Katie
    January 30, 2020

    Made this for the family and it was a hit!


    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 30, 2020

      I’m so glad to hear that, Katie! That’s the best when the entire family enjoys the meal!


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