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Foil-Pack Baked Nachos Recipe

Foil Pack Baked Nachos are quick to make and easy to serve with minimal cleanup. These are loaded with Tex-Mex flavored ground beef, melted cheese, and all the fixings. Thank you to Reynolds Wrap® who sponsored this recipe.

Foil back beef nachos with toppings

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Foil-Pack Baked Nachos:

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 Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Aluminum 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 Foil Packs:

Start with four sheets of Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Aluminum Foil, each 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.

How to form foil packs with aluminum foil

  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:

  • Avocado
  • 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 baked nachos before and after adding toppings

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!

Foil pack nachos with avocado and tomato toppings on top

Can I Grill Foil Packs?

Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Aluminum Foil is also a great tool for grilling because it is made of a heavier gauge (heavy duty) aluminum foil. You can put foil pack nachos on a preheated grill for a tailgating party. Make sure the non-stick (dull) side is always facing the food.

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Foil Pack Baked Nachos

5 from 4 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

Ingredients

For the Nacho Meat:

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

Instructions

  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 Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick 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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  • Olga
    February 8, 2020

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

    • Natasha
      February 10, 2020

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

  • Kristin
    February 4, 2020

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

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 4, 2020

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

  • 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 😉 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 3, 2020

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

  • 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! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 30, 2020

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

  • 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! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 30, 2020

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

  • Katie
    January 30, 2020

    Made this for the family and it was a hit! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 30, 2020

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

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