This sheet pan nachos recipe is perfect for serving a big crowd! With chili, beans, lots of cheese, and all the fixin’s. Make it for your next party!

Overhead image of nachos on a sheet pan with forks and fresh cilantro.

Hey there!

January is really winding down now! It’s the last week of the month and that can only mean one thing: Superbowl!

I’ve been sharing some amazing party apps over the last few weeks, I hope you haven’t missed them!

Just in case you did, be sure to check out my pigs in a blanket, crispy baked buffalo wings, and spinach artichoke dip. These are some of my absolute game-day grub favorites!

But today is all about my favorite nachos recipe.

Aren’t nachos just the ultimate?? When I really want to indulge in some grade-A junk food, nothing but nachos will do.

Crunchy, meaty, cheesy, saucy, spicy, and fresh. You get it all!

And with this easy recipe, your party guests can too. Everyone is going to LOVE this easy sheet pan nachos recipe!

Nachos recipe, prepared on a sheet pan, with a text overlay above that reads "Sheet Pan Nachos."

WHAT ARE SHEET PAN NACHOS?

Sheet pan nachos are just like the nachos you order in your favorite bar, pub, or restaurant, only made at home and perfect for entertaining.

The nacho ingredients are layered on a big baking sheet and toasted up in the oven.

It’s super easy, super convenient, and it serves a big crowd.

Your party guests will go crazy when they see this!

WHAT DO YOU PUT ON NACHOS?

Nachos are infinitely versatile! You can pretty much add or subtract however you please.

But my version breaks down like this:

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Chili (with meat & beans!)
  • Cheese
  • Salsa
  • Jalapenos
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream
  • Fresh Cilantro

HOW DO YOU MAKE NACHOS?

To make this easy recipe, start by arranging an even layer of tortilla chips on a sheet pan. I like to use corn chips, but flour tortilla chips would work well too.

Arranging tortilla chips on a sheet pan for nachos recipe.

Then, top the chips with chili. I have a great chili recipe that I love! The seasoning is amazing! And it’s really quick and easy to make too. You can find it here: Easy Chili Recipe.

Spooning chili over tortilla chips for nachos recipe.

If you don’t feel like making homemade chili, that’s totally fine! Just use your favorite brand of canned chili.

Next, sprinkle on the cheese! I like to be generous with this step.

Sprinkling shredded cheese on sheet pan nachos recipe.

Then you’re going to build another layer. I like to do it this way so every chip gets plenty of yummy toppings on it.

Adding a second layer of tortilla chips to nachos recipe.

Add more chips and more chili and more cheese. Yum!

Sheet pan nachos recipe, ready to go into the oven.

Then pop this in the oven. It will probably only need 5 to 10 minutes. You just want to warm the chili through and melt the cheese.

Spooning salsa over sheet pan nachos recipe.

As soon as it comes out, drizzle on the salsa. I just use store-bought salsa but if you have a homemade version you really love, then go for it!

Freshly sliced jalapeno peppers for nacho recipe.

This step is optional, but I love the added pop of color and heat you get from fresh sliced jalapeno peppers!

Sheet pan nachos with a dollop of homemade guacamole.

Now add a big dollop of guac. In my opinion, guacamole is the best part of the nachos! The fresher the better. Try this recipe for an easy homemade version: Best Guacamole Recipe.

Next up: sour cream! I love the way the cool sour cream plays off all the earthy flavors.

Topping sheet pan nachos with sour cream.

The last step is to tear up some fresh cilantro and sprinkle it all over the top. It makes for a gorgeous presentation, but it also adds a real authentic Mexican flavor and a freshness that can’t be beat.

Nacho perfection!

WHAT IS THE BEST CHEESE FOR NACHOS?

You can use any kind of cheese you like, but my favorite is sharp cheddar. To me, it has the most flavor bang for its buck!

Overhead image of sheet pan nachos with chili, cheese, salsa, jalapenos, guacamole, sour cream, and cilantro.

IS THIS NACHOS RECIPE HEALTHY?

Everybody’s got their own definition of what “healthy” means, but I will say that it’s gluten-free and if you use lean ground turkey, it’s pretty low in fat.

You could even take it a step further by using baked chips and low-fat cheese and sour cream.

If you’re looking for more specifics, be sure to check in the info in the nutritional label, found in the recipe card below.

CAN THIS BE MADE AHEAD?

Honestly, I would advise against making nachos ahead.

There’s a lot of moisture in the chili and salsa, and as it sits, it could make the chips go soggy.

Not to mention, the cheese is best when hot and melty!

The good news is, if you have all your components ready to go, it should only take 5 or 10 minutes to prep this dish. So it’s easy enough to make just before serving!

Homemade nachos recipe, prepared on a sheet pan with guacamole and sour cream.

A few more of my favorite Mexican foods:

  • 7-Layer Dip
  • Frozen Mango Margaritas
  • Tres Leches Cake
  • Churros

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Overhead image of nachos on a sheet pan with forks and fresh cilantro.
Nachos Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This sheet pan nachos recipe is perfect for serving a big crowd! With chili, beans, lots of cheese, and all the fixin's. Make it for your next party!

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: homemade nachos recipe, nachos, nachos recipe, sheet pan nachos
Servings: 12
Calories: 405 kcal
Ingredients
  • 24 ounces tortilla chips (2 bags)
  • 1 batch Easy Chili Recipe
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese (1 bag)
  • 15.5 ounces salsa (1 jar)
  • 1/2 batch Best Guacamole Recipe
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Arrange an even layer of tortilla chips on a baking sheet.

  3. Spoon about half the chili over the chips.

  4. Sprinkle about half the cheese over the chili.

  5. Arrange a second layer of chips on top, and layer with the remaining chili and cheese.

  6. Bake the nachos in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the chili is warmed through.

  7. Drizzle salsa over the nachos.

  8. Arrange the jalapeno slices over the nachos.

  9. Place a dollop of guacamole and sour cream on top of the nachos.

  10. Tear the fresh cilantro into smaller pieces and sprinkle over the top of the nachos.

  11. Serve immediately.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

For more info on the chili, click here: Easy Chili Recipe.

For more info on the guacamole, click here: Best Guacamole Recipe.

To serve a smaller group, halve the recipe and make it in a cast iron skillet.

Nutrition Facts
Nachos Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 692mg30%
Potassium 351mg10%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 601IU12%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 265mg27%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.