Loaded Gluten Free Nachos with Ground Beef


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These easy, Loaded Gluten Free Nachos are the perfect crowd-pleaser and a great family dinner idea. Make these ground beef nachos for a celebration or gathering, loaded with stringy cheese, homemade guacamole and tomato salsa.

A tray of gluten free nachos with beef, cheese, guacamole and salsa.

I absolutely LOVE a plate of loaded nachos – especially when they’re piled high with chilli beef, guacamole, salsa and plenty of cheese.

These ground beef nachos are really easy to make and you can throw the whole thing together in under 30 minutes.

As well as making this easy chilli beef topping, I like to load mine with my easy guacamole recipe and fresh, homemade tomato salsa.

If you’re a fan of my gluten free chilli con carne recipe you’ll love these gluten free nachos. Perfect for Superbowl Sunday, gatherings with friends or as a sharing summer dinner.

Ingredients

Making these gluten free loaded nachos is easy and uses mostly storecupboard ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tortilla Chips: Not all tortilla chips are gluten free so check out my suggestions to make sure you pick a coeliac-safe pack!
  • Ground Beef: I use a 5% fat beef mince but you can use a higher fat content if you prefer. You may want to drain off the fat in the pan after initially frying.
  • Onion
  • Fresh Tomatoes
  • Garlic Paste: Fresh mince garlic or frozen chopped garlic both work too.
  • Paprika
  • Chilli Powder: I use hot chilli powder but use mild to keep the heat down.
  • Cumin
  • Tomato Puree

For the nacho toppings you will also need:

  • Grated Cheese: Any shredded cheese will work, I prefer mozzarella, Cheddar or the Mexican cheese which has flecks of chilli in it. Or a mixture of all three!
  • Tomato Salsa: Pick a jar of gluten free salsa or use my easy homemade salsa recipe.
  • Guacamole: I used my homemade guacamole but you can use shop-bought too.

Feel free to add any extras including sour cream, nacho cheese sauce or sliced jalapeños.

A tray of loaded gluten free nachos.A tray of loaded gluten free nachos.

Which nachos are gluten free?

Not all tortilla chips are gluten free so it’s important to make sure you use a product which is suitable for a gluten free diet or someone with coeliac disease.

Unfortunately all Doritos flavours have a ‘may contain’ warning for wheat so even the flavours which don’t have wheat as an ingredient are NOT safe.

Some of my favourite gluten free tortilla chips for nachos are:

Obviously there are other brands of gluten free tortilla chips, and recipes do change so always double check before buying. This list was correct as of July 2024.

A tray of gluten free nachos.A tray of gluten free nachos.

How to make loaded gluten free nachos

There’s a printable recipe card below with the method, but here are some step-by-step photos to show you how easy these loaded gluten free nachos are to make.

To make the ground beef topping:

Fry the beef until brown then add the onion, tomatoes and spices.Fry the beef until brown then add the onion, tomatoes and spices.

Add a little oil to a large frying pan and place on a medium heat. Fry the beef mince for 4-5 minutes until brown.

Add the onion, chopped tomatoes, garlic, paprika, chilli powder, cumin and a generous pinch of salt to the beef.

Mix well and continue to fry on a medium heat for another 4-5 minutes.

Add the black beans and tomato puree to finish the beef chilli.Add the black beans and tomato puree to finish the beef chilli.

Drain the black beans and add to the pan along with the tomato puree and water. Mix well and fry for another 2-3 minutes.

To construct the nachos:

Preheat the grill to a medium-high heat. Spread the nachos out on a baking tray in one even layer.

Top the nachos with the beef chilli (left) then cheese (right).Top the nachos with the beef chilli (left) then cheese (right).

Spoon the beef mixture evenly over the top of the nachos then sprinkle with the cheese. Place under the grill for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

Remove from under the grill, dollop the guacamole and salsa over the top and serve the nachos straight away.

The nachos before and after topping with guacamole and salsa.The nachos before and after topping with guacamole and salsa.

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To make the ground beef chilli:

  • Add a little oil to a large frying pan and place on a medium heat. Fry the beef mince for 4-5 minutes until brown.

  • Add the onion, chopped tomatoes, garlic, paprika, chilli powder, cumin and a generous pinch of salt to the beef. Mix well and continue to fry on a medium heat for another 4-5 minutes.

  • Drain the black beans and add to the pan along with the tomato puree and water. Mix well and fry for another 2-3 minutes.

To make the loaded nachos:

  • Preheat the grill to a medium-high heat. Spread the nachos out on a baking tray in one even layer.

  • Spoon the beef mixture evenly over the top of the nachos then sprinkle with the cheese. Place under the grill for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

  • Remove from under the grill, dollop the guacamole and salsa over the top and serve the nachos straight away.

These gluten free nachos are best served fresh. You can easily make the beef, guacamole and salsa ahead of time but once topped, the nachos will go soft so best to eat it fresh.
For more recipe troubleshooting including how to make dairy free nachos and the best gluten free tortilla chips, check out the FAQs below and blog post above.
Step-by-step recipe photos can be found in the blog post above.

Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 31g

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some FAQs about this gluten free nachos recipe – if you can’t find the answer to your question here or in the post above, please comment and I’ll try answer!

Are Doritos gluten free?

Unfortunately in the UK, Doritos are not suitable for people with coeliac disease. The Cheese Doritos and Chilli Heatwave Doritos both contain wheat flour and all Doritos have a ‘may contain’ warning for wheat (as do all crisps produced by Walker’s). I have some great alternatives to Doritos listed in the blog post above so you don’t have to miss out on a gluten free diet. Plus my gluten free crisps guide.

Can I make dairy free loaded nachos?

As well as being gluten free, these ground beef nachos can easily be made dairy free too. Simply ensure the tortilla chips you use do not contain milk, and use a dairy free cheese on top instead of ‘normal’ cheese. Simple!

Can I make these loaded nachos vegetarian?

If you want a vegetarian version of these gluten free nachos, you could swap the beef mince for either an extra tin of mixed beans, or a gluten free mince replacement like Quorn mince. My slow cooker sweet potato chilli would also make an amazing vegetarian nacho topping too!

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