Single-Serve Nacho Cups


These cups have everything you love about a platter of loaded nachos, pre-portioned into individual servings. They are best piled high with an assortment of toppings—diced avocado, a dollop of sour cream, a spoonful of pico de gallo, a few pickled jalapeños, and a scattering of fresh cilantro.

Single-Serve Nacho Cups
Nachos are great and all—until somebody hogs the platter. To avoid any conflict over the crunchy, cheesy dish, we created these personal nacho cups that you can enjoy all to yourself. To make a cup that’s entirely edible, you’ll line the sides and bottom of each muffin cup with broken tortilla chips. Then, sprinkle the bottom with cheese, which holds the chips together. After that comes the good stuff—a savory ground beef mixture and more cheese—piled up in layers and baked until warmed throughout. Top with your favorite nacho fixings, such as pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, sour cream, and cilantro. Get the Recipe:Single-Serve Nacho Cups. Photo: Grace Elkus
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • ½ tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 bunch scallions (about 6), thinly sliced

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder or regular chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ pound ground beef

  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chiles

  • ¾ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese

  • ½ cup grated pepper Jack cheese

  • 1 13-ounce bag restaurant-style tortilla chips

  • Avocado, sour cream, pico de gallo, pickled jalapenos, and cilantro, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the scallions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the beef and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the green chiles.

  2. Combine the cheeses in a small bowl. Line the cups of a muffin tin with tortilla chips, breaking to cover bottom and line sides. Divide ⅓ of the cheese mixture among cups. Divide ½ of the beef mixture among cups and top with half of the remaining cheese mixture. Top with remaining beef mixture, and finish with cheese. Bake until the cups are heated through, cheese is melted, and the edges are browned, 9 to 11 minutes.

  3. Just before serving, top each cup with diced avocado, sour cream, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, and fresh cilantro.

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