Sheet Pan Nachos

nachos on sheet pan

Sheet pan nachos are a quick appetizer, snack, or dinner idea that everyone will love.

Sheet pan nachos are the perfect way to make nachos for the whole family or for a crowd.

I make them with various toppings depending on what I have on-hand. Sometimes I go all out and sometimes we eat them very basic.

The topping possibilities are endless.

For the base, you can use anything from tortilla chips to other types of chips like Doritos or Fritos. You can also try French fries or tater tots. Tip: If you use something like French fries or tater tots, cook them all the way before adding the cheese and melting it in the oven.

I used ground beef for this recipe but any type of protein would work. Chicken, steak, pork, or no meat at all.

nacho toppings

I like to have melted cheese on my nachos with either melted shredded cheese or creamy nacho cheese.

Sheet pan nachos are great for being able to do multiple types of nachos to please everyone. Not everyone loves the same toppings. You can make one half different than the other or do several different types on one pan.

If I’m making nachos for our family (not for a party), I will melt the cheese on the chops and then go ahead and plate each serving. Then I can add the toppings and it looks like the picture below. It’s easier to keep the toppings on when you only have to transfer the chips and cheese.

I usually use a wide spatula to pick up and transfer a group of chips onto a plate. It’s ok if it’s not perfect. Once the toppings are added, no one will see the bottom.

If you like recipes loaded with toppings, you will love these:

What are your favorite bases and toppings for nachos? Leave a comment and let me know.

Sheet Pan Nachos

Sheet pan nachos are a quick appetizer, snack, or meal that everyone will love.

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword appetizer, nachos, party appetizer, quick appetizer, quick dinner, quick snack, sheet pan nachos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 3 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 lb taco meat prepared with seasoning
  • see optional toppings/sauces in "notes"


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Spray sheet pan with cooking spray to prevent cheese from sticking once melted.

  3. Lay the tortilla chips on the pan and spread out as much as possible. Top with the shredded cheese.

  4. Bake in oven for 12 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling.

  5. Spread out taco meat evenly on top of the chips. Add toppings and serve. See more about toppings in "notes" section.

Recipe Notes

Optional meats include (additional to or instead of ground beef):

  • shredded chicken
  • shredded pork
  • shredded beef
  • steak pieces
  • chicken pieces
  • beans- refried, black
  • meatless or meat alternative

Optional toppings include:

  • shredded lettuce
  • nacho cheese
  • more shredded cheese (not melted)
  • diced tomatoes
  • black olives
  • jalapenos
  • green onion
  • refried beans
  • black beans
  • rice


Optional dips/sauces:

  • guacamole
  • pico de gallo
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • ranch dressing

jalapeno fry sauce
oven baked potato

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