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.

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Foil Pack Baked Nachos

5 from 24 votes
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.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Per Serving

472kcal Calories8g Carbs39g Protein32g Fat15g Saturated Fat130mg Cholesterol688mg Sodium755mg Potassium4g Fiber2g Sugar1015IU Vitamin A10mg Vitamin C408mg Calcium4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Foil Pack Baked Nachos
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: baked nachos
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 472

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Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Caitlin
    June 10, 2023

    Natasha this sounds pretty easy and delicious. However you did not list what type of tortilla chips you used because this would be where it would be important for me because I try to do low carb if I can. The carb content you list on the nutritional label I assume it’s for one packet so the carb count you have is at 8 with fiber being 4 which mean your net carbs would be only 4 so that’s very low carb. How many tortilla chips approximately do you use in each foil packet?


      June 10, 2023

      Hi Caitlin! The nutrition label is computer generated. I try to look it over to make sure it looks accurate but sometimes there can be mistakes. This recipe specifically does not account for tortilla chips on the nutrition label, just the ones mentioned in the ingredient list. You can use whichever brand of chips you prefer. If you are on a strict diet, I recommend double-checking these values yourself as well for complete accuracy by using a calorie tracking tool such as an app or website. I hope that helps.


  • Sanari
    May 19, 2023

    Hi Natasha, I have tried this Nachos so many times.It’s very very yummy. Ineed to make this for a party, I want to make ahead and how long can I keep them. thanks for sharing so yummy recipes.


      May 19, 2023

      Hi Sanari! I’m glad you are loving the recipes! These nachos are best when they are fresh. You can prep all your ingredients before hand and then bake them when you are ready to eat.


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