Tired of soggy chips?! Ditch traditional nachos and make this Hot Nacho Dip. Layers of refried beans, queso dip, seasoned beef, tomatoes, olives, jalapeños and two kinds of cheese.
Who doesn’t love nachos? I mean seriously, what is not to love about a big plate of chips covered with cheese, meat, beans, tomatoes, olives and jalapeños?
Now, imagine with me for a moment that you remove the chips from the equation and take all of those wonderful goodies that you usually pile on top of the chips, layer everything in a casserole dish and bake until hot and bubbly.
That my friends is what I like to call Hot Nacho Dip.
I got the idea for this dip after trying to dig out a soggy chip from a pile of nachos for the 21907493014th time. I love nachos but soggy chips are not my fave. Hot Nacho Dip solves that dilemma because there is all the goodness of nachos in a hot melty dip that you dip the chips into.
To make this Hot Nacho Dip, think of all the ingredients that you like to pile on top of nachos. That is exactly what you’ll find here:
Ground beef: You could also use shredded chicken, slow cooker pulled pork or even chorizo in this recipe. If you use chorizo, be sure to drain the grease just like you would do with ground beef.
Spicy Refried Beans: Beans are always a great addition to nachos as they make them super hearty. You can use regular refried beans in this recipe too if you want to cut down on spice.
Salsa Con Queso, Cheddar and Jack Cheese: That’s right THREE different kinds of cheese. Cheddar and jack cheese melt to give you that stringy cheese pull that we love about nachos. The queso adds another layer of melty cheese goodness!
Onions: add a bit of crunch to the dip
Roma Tomatoes: Be sure to remove the seeds inside. It’ll help prevent the dip from getting watery.
Black Olives: Totally optional but I love them on my nachos
Jalapeños: Also optional but I’ve gotta have some crunchy heat on my nachos!
Guys it could not be easier! The most difficult part is simply browning the meat with the seasonings and onion. Once you get that done, all you do is layer everything in a baking dish and then bake until bubbly.
All deliciousness and no soggy chips.
DES TIP: There is a lot going on with this dip so make sure that you pick a thick hearty chip that can handle the dip without breaking.
To get even more deliciousness, you could also top Hot Nacho Dip with sour cream and guacamole. Because guacamole.
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Recipe originally published Nov 5, 2009 and updated July 2020 with new notes and nutrition facts.