This Easy Sheet Pan Nachos recipe is one of our favorite 10-minute meals! Nachos are always a hit and adding leftover steak makes them even better! Add your favorite toppings to turn them into the ultimate loaded steak nachos! Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner, game day food, or parties!
My family owns a dairy farm, which means we have freezers full of beef. We’re all about easy beef recipes; these easy steak nachos made with steak are always a hit!
I’m all about grilling extra steak and using it later in the week to make Steak Pizza, Easy Steak and Cheese Quesadillas, or Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas. Or, when I order steak from my favorite restaurant I always end up bringing a little home. Using leftover grilled steak is the key to making these nachos in minutes. They’re fun, flavorful, and hearty!
What You’ll Love About This Recipe
- Quick and easy. Getting steak nachos on the table in no time is easy if you’re using leftover steak. There is absolutely nothing hard about making this recipe.
- Make them exactly the way you want. Customize these nachos in any way the whole family likes. Make them spicy. Don’t like beans? No problem. Leave them off or add them to half of the nachos. Use your favorite melting cheese. Load them with your favorite toppings. The toppings are the best part!
- Make a few or enough for a crowd. This recipe is not fussy at all! Sometimes I make just enough for me (in the microwave or air fryer). Sometimes I make enough for my kids and all of their friends. It’s the perfect party food.
- Insanely delicious. Everyone goes crazy for nachos with steak.
The ingredient list for this recipe is flexible. It’s easy to use what you already have on hand.
- Steak: Skirt steak, flatiron steak, sirloin steak, ribeye steak, flank steak, New York strip steak, and carne asada are all great options. I highly recommend grilling and serving steak the day before and using the leftovers to make nachos. It’s so easy!
- Tortilla Chips: Use your favorite brand.
- Cheese: Any shredded cheese that melts well will work. I recommend pepper jack cheese, cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack, Mexican cheese blend, or Oaxaca cheese.
- Beans: We love black beans, red beans, and pinto beans. Refried beans are great, but they’re a bit more work since you’ll need to thin them before adding them to the chips.
In my opinion, the best steak nachos are LOADED! Add whatever your heart desires. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Salsa: Your favorite store brand, tomatillo salsa, or cream cheese salsa
- Pico de gallo
- Onions: red onion and green onions are best. Grilled onions are amazing too.
- Black olives
- BBQ sauce: try my homemade sweet and tangy BBQ sauce
- Sour cream
- Guacamole or diced avocados
- Lime juice
Scroll to the bottom of the post for the complete recipe and instructions.
Step 1: Prep. Move the rack to the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Cut cooked steak into thin slices. Cut steak strips into cubes. Shred cheese. Drain and rinse the beans.
Step 2: Assemble. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper for quick cleanup. Or, spray the baking sheet with cooking spray. Add a single layer of crispy tortilla chips. Next, sprinkle half of the cheese over the top of the chips. Add steak slices, black beans, and remaining cheese.
Step 3: Bake. Bake the nachos until the cheese melts and the nachos are warmed through. Since the steak is already cooked all we need to do is make sure we have melted cheese.
Tips for Success
- If you’re cooking steak for this recipe be sure to check out my Grilled Strip Steak. Be sure to let the meat rest before slicing.
- Using a single-layer tortilla chips is important for the best nachos! This way you get lots of toppings and cheese on every bite!
- I like to dice the steak into bite-size pieces so they’re easier to eat.
- Let everyone add topping to their serving of nachos. Adding toppings to the whole pan of nachos makes them soggy if you end up with leftovers. Plus, everyone gets what they want!
- Mexican steak nachos: Amp up the Mexican flavor by tossing the steak strips in a little bit of olive oil and taco seasoning or chili powder.
- Spicy: Add a few dashes of hot sauce or sprinkle a little cayenne pepper over the nachos.
- BBQ: Drizzle barbecue sauce over the steak pieces.
- Grilled onions: Add grilled onions and peppers to the nachos.
- Rice: Add cheesy Spanish rice
- Ground beef: These nachos are delicious without kinds of protein too. Try using my Grilled Butter Chicken, shredded roast beef, verde lime chicken, Mexican pork, or ground beef taco meat.
I’m going to be honest, leftover nachos aren’t the best. They really are one of those meals you’re going to want to eat right after baking. However, you can store them in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave, or air fryer, or bake in the oven.
I don’t recommend freezing nachos after they’ve been cooked. You can freeze cooked steak strips so they are ready to add to the nachos.
It’s best to assemble and bake nachos just before serving to maintain crispiness, you can prepare the ingredients in advance and assemble and bake them right before serving.
Reheating the steak before assembling the nachos ensures an even temperature throughout. You can quickly warm it in the microwave or skillet.
Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a Mexican blend of cheeses work well for steak nachos. Feel free to mix different cheeses for added flavor.
Yes, you can use any cooked steak leftovers, such as grilled, roasted, or pan-seared steak. Slice or chop it into bite-sized pieces for nachos.
Other Ways to Use Leftover Steak
- Beef Tenderloin Tips with Mushroom Gravy
- Slow Cooker Beef Stew
- Asian Beef Noodles
- BBQ Steak Pizza
- Tri-Tip Sandwich
Easy Sheet Pan Steak Nachos Recipe
- 6 cups tortilla chips
- 8 ounces shredded Mexican cheese
- 1 pound sliced grilled steak
- 1 15 ounce can black beans
- Move the rack to the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Cut cooked steak into thin slices. Cut steak strips into cubes. Shred cheese. Drain and rinse the beans.
- Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray or line with parchment paper for quick cleanup. Add a single layer of crispy tortilla chips. Next, sprinkle half of the cheese over the top of the chips. Add steak slices, black beans, and remaining cheese.
- Bake for about 1-15 minutes or until the nachos until the cheese melts and the nachos are warmed through. Since the steak is already cooked all we need to do is make sure we have melted cheese.
- Grilling and slicing steak ahead of time makes this a quick and easy recipe. We love leftover steak!
- Dicing the steak in bite-size pieces makes the nachos easier to eat.
- Add topping to individual servings so the nachos don’t get soggy.