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Spicy Black Bean Nachos

Get ready to make a yummy and zesty snack with this easy-to-follow recipe for spicy black bean nachos. It's sure to hit the spot!
Spicy Black Bean Nachos on a white plate.

Spicy Black Bean Nachos

Nachos are a classic snack for just about any occasion – especially if they’re topped with melted cheese and spicy beans! And when you use your oven to bake them on a sheet pan, you have a delicious snack that’s also easy to prepare. That’s why this recipe for spicy black bean nachos is sure to be a hit at any get-together. Everyone will love the crispy chips topped with cheese and a spicy bean mixture, making it perfect for a party.

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What Do I Need to Make Black Bean Nachos?

Nothing could be better than the combination of cheese and spicy beans! Luckily, it’s easy to prepare your black bean topping to spice up a plain batch of sheet pan nachos. All you need are a few simple ingredients, including:

Spicy Black Bean Nachos on a white plate.

How Do I Make Black Bean Nachos?

With the help of your oven, you can whip up a big batch of spicy nachos for your next party. And when you top them with seasoned black beans, there’s no need to add meat to your snack! Follow these easy steps to make vegetarian nachos for your next celebration.

Step One: Prepare the Black Beans

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the onion and garlic when the oil is warm and cook over low to medium heat for around five minutes. Then, add the black beans, diced tomatoes, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is gone – around 10 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes to thicken.

Spicy black bean mixture.

Step Two: Bake the Nachos

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the tortilla chips in an even layer over the baking sheet. Top the chips with the black bean mixture, then sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the beans. Place the nachos in the oven to bake for 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Baked nachos with cheese and black beans.

Step Three: Add the Toppings

When the nachos are finished baking, top the chips with half a squeezed lime, fresh tomatoes, sliced jalapenos, and cilantro. Serve the nachos with sour cream and salsa.

Loaded nachos with spicy black beans.

Black Bean Nacho Recipe Ideas

The delicious combination of spicy black beans and melted cheese makes these sheet pan nachos perfect for any party. But that doesn’t mean you have to follow the recipe exactly to create a delicious snack for your next get-together! With the help of these recipe additions and substitutions, you can make a fantastic snack every time you prepare these oven-baked nachos.

  • Use different beans. Black beans are an excellent option for nachos because they’re packed with flavor. But if you want to try this recipe with different types of beans, swap out the black beans for kidney or pinto beans instead.
  • Add some meat. Since the spicy black beans on these nachos are full of flavor, you don’t need any meat at all! But if you want to mix in some meat, there are several different options you can choose from. Shredded chicken, ground beef with taco seasoning, or grilled steak all make great additions to this spicy recipe.
  • Try more toppings. You can’t go wrong by adding more toppings to your nachos! In addition to the toppings listed in the recipe, you can add more flavor to your appetizer with the help of red onions, pickled jalapenos, salsa verde, guacamole, or shredded lettuce.
  • Add more cheese. Melted cheese is one of the best parts of nachos, which means the more cheese, the better! In addition to cheddar cheese, you can also top your nachos with Monterey jack cheese or pepper jack cheese for added spice.

Loaded Black Bean Nachos with cheese and salsa..

Can I Make Black Bean Nachos Ahead of Time?

Since adding toppings to tortilla chips often makes them soggy after a while, it’s not recommended that you prepare the sheet pan nachos in advance. But you can prep the toppings for your nachos and layer them when ready to serve the appetizer.

The black beans can be made up to three days ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Heat the black beans in the microwave or stovetop before adding them to your nachos.

How do I Keep Nachos from Getting Soggy?

The longer nachos sit out, the more likely they will get soggy. So, if you’re worried that your appetizer will start to get soggy as the party goes on, you might want to prepare in advance to prevent sogginess from happening!

The best way to keep your chips from getting soft is to pre-bake them. Before adding the toppings to your tortilla chips, place the baking sheet in the oven with just the chips on top. Cook for three to five minutes, remove the pan from the oven and add the toppings.

What can I serve with the Spicy Nachos?

These nachos make a great appetizer or even a delicious side dish! Here are some my favorite recipes to serve with them:

Closeup of spicy black bean nachos.

Spicy Black Bean Nachos on a white plate.

Spicy Black Bean Nachos

Get ready to make a yummy and zesty snack with this easy-to-follow recipe for spicy black bean nachos. It's sure to hit the spot!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Spicy Black Bean Nachos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 367kcal


Black Bean Ingredients

Nachos Ingredients

  • 6.5 ounces tortilla chips half a bag of tortilla chips
  • 12 ounces cheddar cheese shredded (4 cups)
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 2 jalapenos sliced
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro pulled off the stem
  • 2 tablespoons green onions
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup salsa


  • Preheat your oven to 350 ° F. Line a 9x13 baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized skillet add the olive oil (1 tablespoon), onion (¼ cup), and 1 minced garlic clove over low to medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • To the skillet add the black beans, diced tomatoes, paprika (½ teaspoon), cumin (½ teaspoon, salt (¼ teaspoon), and pepper (¼ teaspoon). On medium heat mix through for 10 minutes or until most of the liquid is gone. Remove from the heat and allow it to thicken up in the saucepan for 10 minutes.
  • Add the tortilla chips to the baking sheet. Top the chips with the bean mixture. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the bean mixture.
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted.
  • Remove from the oven. Top the nachos with half of a squeezed lime, tomatoes (1 cup), 2 sliced jalapenos, and cilantro (3 tablespoons).
  • Serve with sour cream and salsa.


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 844IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 374mg | Iron: 2mg
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