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Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne

The BEST Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con CarneThis beef nachos recipe is loaded with savory goodness, including a slow cooker chili con carne with a secret ingredient. Sweet and Spicy Beef Nachos will be a hit on game day!

Sweet and Spicy Beef Nachos | A Spicy Perspective #gameday #superbowl #nachos

If there was a game-day food I just couldn’t live without, it would have to be beef nachos. Crispy corn chips holding up an enormous pile of warm spicy beef and melting cheese, with cool tomatoes, avocado and cilantro sprinkled about.

I could eat beef nachos any night of the week, but am particularly fond of it for football parties.

Sweet n Spicy Beef Nachos | A Spicy Perspective #gameday #superbowl #nachos

Have I ever told you about the escapade that takes place in our house during football season?

Well, let me start by saying Lt. Dan grew up in South Bend, Indiana and is a die-hard Notre Dame fan.

Our first couple years of marriage, I used to worry about his mental health when he watched Notre Dame football games. The ranting, screaming, bouncing and pacing, was something I had never witnessed before–even growing up in a home with two older brothers.

I used to keep a sharp eye on him every game day, to make sure I didn’t need to have him tested for some sort of psychiatric disorder related to football.

Making Beef Nachos | A Spicy Perspective #gameday #superbowl #nachos

Over time, I got used to his blustery reactions during football season and eventually we bought a house with a detached garage that has become his “man room.”

Nowadays, I can scoot him out to the man room for football games, and all is peaceful in the house.

Since his big game (Notre Dame vs. Alabama) has come and gone and he has had time to morn the loss, Super Bowl Sunday should be pretty mild around here.

I’m sure there will still be a little ranting and pacing, but nothing I can’t handle!

Chili con Carne | A Spicy Perspective

Beef Nachos is the perfect snack to serve at your Super Bowl Party. Whether you’re roaring with victory or wallowing in defeat, this sweet and spicy slow-cooker chili con carne is a comfort to anyone with football fever.

I love slow cooker recipes like this, because you can dump everything in the crock-pot and walk away for several hours. Later when you are ready to serve your guests, it only takes a few minutes to pull the nachos together.

Chili con Carne Nachos | A Spicy Perspective

My slow cooker chili con carne has a secret ingredient that really makes it sing… Musselman’s Apple Butter.

You wouldn’t believe the depth of flavor apple butter provides to this savory dish. The unexpected touch of sweetness balances the spicy heat of the sauce and creates a beautiful platform for all the fresh cool toppings.

Spicy Beef Nachos | A Spicy Perspective #gameday #superbowl #nachos

Musselman’s Apple Butter is a great go-to ingredient for all sorts of dishes such as meatballs, yeast rolls, and hot wings! I love having a jar on-hand; you never know what run-of-the-mill dish might benefit from a dose of rich apple butter flavor.

Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Sweet and Spicy Beef Nachos with a pop of rich apple butter to offset the spice!


For the Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne:

  • 2-2 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 15 ounce can (jar) red enchilada sauce
  • 3/4 cup Musselman's Apple Butter
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

For the Beef Nachos:

  • Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne
  • 1 pound bag tortilla chips
  • 3 cups shredded "Mexican style" cheese blend

Optional Toppings:

  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 ripe avocado chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup sour cream



  1. Pour the enchilada sauce and apple butter in a crock-pot. Place the beef roast in it, followed by sliced onions, garlic, salt and red pepper. Cover and turn the crock-pot on high for 4-5 hours, until the beef is falling apart.
  2. Using two forks, shred the beef roast into the sauce, and leave on warm until ready to serve.
  3. For the Beef Nachos:  Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Arrange the tortilla chips on a large rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle half the cheese over the top and bake for 3-5 minutes to melt the cheese.
  4. Scoop the chili con carne over the chips, and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the hot beef. Top with any additional toppings and serve immediately.


Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Musselman’s, all opinions are my own.

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56 Responses to “Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne”

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted January 21, 2013 at 5:16 am

    I can’t watch,,,I’m from New England . I’ll just have these nachos, thank you very much.


  2. taylor @ taylormadeposted January 21, 2013 at 5:33 am

    oh my goodness, I’m so glad I ran across this recipe! nachos are, by far, by biggest weakness, and these look amaaazing… plus, I have a 3 lb beef chuck roast in the freezer! this will be a perfect superbowl treat :) thanks!


  3. Robyn | Add a Pinchposted January 21, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Looks scrumptious, Sommer!


  4. DessertForTwoposted January 21, 2013 at 7:16 am

    South Bend?! We have family there too :)

    Love these nachos! Perfect for the superbowl!


  5. Marian (Sweetopia)posted January 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Looks amazing Sommer! Perfect for the game!


  6. Julie @ Table for Twoposted January 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

    wow, that carne looks absolutely amazing! I love that it’s just completely shredded after being in the slow cooker. Perfect football snack for sure!


  7. katieposted January 21, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I LOVE nachos of all kinds. I don’t discriminate. I can’t wait to give these a try and I love that the meat is made in the crock pot!


  8. Jenny Flakeposted January 21, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Yes, Yes, Yes! Bring these babies on! Looks fabulous :)


  9. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 21, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Amazing flavors, just down right amazing and your photos are spectacular!


  10. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted January 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Now this is my kind of snack! I like the apple butter in there for the sweet undertones!


  11. Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted January 21, 2013 at 8:53 am

    OMG this looks amazing. LOVE the side by side photos in the crockpot!! PINNING and making soon!


  12. Paula - bell'alimentoposted January 21, 2013 at 9:28 am

    My slow cooker needs to meet this dish …


  13. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted January 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Game day can’t come soon enough to whip these up! I love your addition of the apple butter in these!


  14. marlaposted January 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

    My hubs and kiddos would go NUTS for these nachos :)


  15. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted January 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

    What a creative recipe. Now I wish we were getting together for the Super Bowl!


  16. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted January 21, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Mouthwatering, Sommer!


  17. naomiposted January 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I don’t need game day to eat a pot this! LOVE! But okay, force me to make this for a football game. :)


  18. Jeanetteposted January 21, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Apple Butter in chili – I love that idea Sommer!


  19. Christine (Cook the Story)posted January 21, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Apple butter? In Nachos? Weird. But cool. Can’t wait to give it a try. Nachos are a staple in our house too. When we were planning our wedding and it seemed to me that I was getting to make too many decisions I asked my then fiancé, “If you could have one thing at our wedding, what would it be?” I think he at first said, “You” or something sweet like that but then I pushed him until he admitted that it was “Nachos”. And so nachos, there were!


    • Sommer — January 21st, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

      Christine, that is hilarious! Love it!!


  20. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted January 21, 2013 at 11:54 am

    IDEA: Let’s get married.


  21. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted January 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

    BRING IT ON! I would watch a football game just to have an excuse to munch on these! ;)


  22. Gabyposted January 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    LOVE me some nachos!


  23. Colette @ JFF!posted January 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Apple butter in your chili is brrrrrrilliant!


  24. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted January 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I love it and I love Musselman’s Apple Butter! I just made chicken wings with them. Amazing! Your nachos look fabolous! Love the idea!!


  25. Cassieposted January 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    We love nachos around here. The applesauce is a genius ingredient, I love it!


  26. Lorettaposted January 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    These nachos look perfect! I love that most of the work is done ahead of time. And even most of that is hands off. I’m intrigued by the apple butter idea…


  27. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted January 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    loving this! My boys will LOVE


  28. a farmer in the dellposted January 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    there isn’t one thing about this recipe that I don’t like! mouth watering!


  29. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted January 22, 2013 at 12:27 am

    These would be the perfect game day food!!


  30. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted January 22, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Oh jeez, I wish I were a football fan so I could have the ultimate excuse to eat these every weekend! How about I just enjoy them while watching Jeopardy? Sounds great to me!! ;)


  31. Angieposted January 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

    WOW, pass the plate, this looks amazing!


  32. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted January 22, 2013 at 8:32 am

    YES!! I love nachos and i love slow cookers.


  33. Anita at Hungry Coupleposted January 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Years ago I had a boyfriend who took the loss of his favorite hockey team so extremely that I worried for his well-being. :) The nachos look amazing!


  34. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakesposted January 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Bring these babies on, super game or not! I just love the slow cooker chili!!


  35. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted January 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Sweet and spicy? Nachos? I’m there! Sommer, you have outdone yourself recreating a simple, beloved dish and elevating both the flavor and texture profile for a new spin. Apple butter? With Chili Con Carne? With nachos? Who knew?! Pinning and tweeting!


  36. Jessica@AKitchenAddictionposted January 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Love the sound of this! We are huge nacho fans at my house!


  37. Sydney @ Crepes of Wrathposted January 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Yum! I’m not a big football fan, but I wouldn’t mind going to town on a plate of these while watching my favorite Sunday February event – The Oscars!


  38. Stephposted January 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Who wouldn’t want to devour these?!


  39. Stacieposted January 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Looks Yummy!!!!! I wish that I’d seen this before the game a few weeks ago! How bout a ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!


  40. Meghanposted January 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Love the sound of these! They look incredible!!


  41. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted January 23, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Ooh, I love nachos–definitely one of my favorite guilty pleasures!


  42. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted January 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Nachos are my weakness. Sometimes I make BBQ beef or pork nachos with a little bbq sauce, cheese, chopped scallion and sour cream.


  43. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted January 24, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Whoa! Applesauce…I need to try this, sounds wonderful!


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  45. Chrisposted January 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    A super snack for the super bowl! The beef takes these a step above ordinary nachos.

    If anyone asks your secret to making these, just tell them, “That’s nacho business!”

    Okay…I’ll show myself out ;)


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  47. Shainaposted January 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I laughed at your description of bouncing and ranting and pacing. That is what my dad does still to this day. I would never invite friends over for game day, though, because I was always too afraid of what they’d think of my dad’s football antics.

    I adore nachos, and slow cooker beef definitely needs to come to our house.


  48. Meganposted January 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Any suggestions for a replacement for the apple butter? My boyfriend is allergic to apples so can’t really add that in. Any thoughts?


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