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Barbecue Beef Nachos

Barbecue Beef Nachos from Leftovers

Man Food Friday is back with Barbecue Beef Nachos. This pile of deliciousness was born from desperation, hunger, and leftovers. The husband gets lots of props for this pile of beefy, cheesy nachos and some serious Liam Neeson style skills.

Barbecue Beef Nachos

Barbecue Beef Nachos

That’s right. Barbecue Beef Nachos are revamp of Barbecue Beef Sandwiches from a couple Fridays ago.

Barbecue Beef Nachos

Barbecue Beef Nachos

Like most great recipes, it is part desperation and inspiration. Our daughter, Jenna, and I were hungry. We had almost no food (at least little meal prep food) in the house after our trip. And a general attitude of we’re not packing up the kid to get more food. Yeah, it was one of those days.

Barbecue Beef Nachos

Barbecue Beef Nachos

But what I did have was a particular set of skills. Skills that make me a nightmare for leftover foods… With no options left, I hunted down said foods.

Barbecue Beef Nachos

Barbecue Beef Nachos

First, I needed a base. We had done a lot of pasta lately. A. Lot. Noodles were out. Thinking healthier, I tried for a salad base. Thankfully, there was no spinach or lettuce, so I dodged that bullet. Tortilla¬† chips, on the other hand, were readily available. Goose has been on a tortilla chip kick lately and will eat them as a snack now, until her next upgrade where she decides she no longer likes them. But for that day, I could borrow some of Goose’s chips.

Barbecue Beef Nachos

Barbecue Beef Nachos

Tortilla chips left me with a few options revolving around nachos, many that required additional food prep. Problem. As you might recall, we were already feeling less than enthusiastic about doing much of anything. And we were low on food. My attempts to find ground beef failed. Chicken gone. But we did have a bag of frozen Barbecue Beef.

Barbecue Beef Nachos

Barbecue Beef Nachos

So I thawed it out and reheated it just a bit. This was seriously the longest part of the process. Like any good nachos, I needed cheese. Thankfully, we had a whole bag of cheddar/Mexican blend (Spoiler: after we made these nachos, we didn’t have a bag of cheese any more). We also had an avocado, some cherry tomatoes, and a jalapeno pepper. Ingredients at the ready, I built a nacho pile better than any restaurant I have ever had nachos at. Goose, of course, helped by quality controlling the chips and cheese, making sure every few tasted correct. This girl has strict quality control.

Barbecue Beef Nachos

Barbecue Beef Nachos


Born of necessity and laziness, these Leftover Barbecue Beef Nachos are amazingly awesome and definitely something to take to the next get together or to prep on one of those days.

Serves 2-4

Leftover Barbecue Beef Nachos

12 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

27 minTotal Time

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  • Barbecue Beef (see Barbecue Beef Sandwich post)
  • 2 cups of cheddar or Mexican cheese
  • 1/2 bag of tortilla chips
  • For top:
  • 1 medium sized jalapeno (cut into wheels or diced)
  • 1 avocado (chopped into squares)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1 cup of sweet corn (cooked)
  • minced cilantro (to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. On a oven safe dish, spread out a layer of tortilla chips.
  3. Spread out a layer of cheese.
  4. Spread out a layer of Barbecue Beef.
  5. Repeat until out of ingredients.
  6. Save some cheese for the top layer.
  7. Put the plate in the oven.
  8. Cook for about 10 - 15 minutes or until heated through.
  9. Carefully take out of the oven and spread the jalapeno, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro evenly.
  10. Serve on the same plate, or be a dare devil and try to carefully transfer plates (not recommended)



682 cal


54 g


24 g


32 g
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  1. Miri
    We just did a veggie nachos using tomatoes to make a salsa. It was good but I think the next one will be beef. Thank you for the recipe
    • jfletcher
      Go for it! Chicken would be delicious in these and it'd be a great way to use up leftovers. I highly recommend the barbecue sauce on it.

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