Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne

Best Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne RecipeThis Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne is loaded with savory goodness, including a secret ingredient. These sweet and Spicy Beef Nachos will be a hit on game day!

Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne Recipe

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 them for football parties.

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 he is a die-hard Notre Dame fan.

Perfect Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne Recipe

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.

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

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

Amazing Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne Recipe

Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne is the perfect snack to serve at your game day 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 | A Spicy Perspective

My Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne has a secret ingredient that really makes it sing… Apple Butter.

You wouldn’t believe the depth of flavor a little 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.

The Best Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne Recipe

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59 comments on “Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne

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

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    Looks scrumptious, Sommer!

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

    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 Reply

    Looks amazing Sommer! Perfect for the game!

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

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

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

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

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

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

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    My slow cooker needs to meet this dish …

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

    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 Reply

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

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

    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 Reply

    Mouthwatering, Sommer!

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

    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 Reply

    Apple Butter in chili – I love that idea Sommer!

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

    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!

    • Sommerposted January 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm Reply

      Christine, that is hilarious! Love it!!

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

    IDEA: Let’s get married.

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

    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 Reply

    LOVE me some nachos!

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

    Apple butter in your chili is brrrrrrilliant!

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

    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 Reply

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

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

    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 Reply

    loving this! My boys will LOVE

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

    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 Reply

    These would be the perfect game day food!!

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

    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 Reply

    WOW, pass the plate, this looks amazing!

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

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

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

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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. [email protected]posted January 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    Who wouldn’t want to devour these?!

    Rating: 5
  39. Stacieposted January 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  40. Meghanposted January 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm Reply

    Love the sound of these! They look incredible!!

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

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

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

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

    Rating: 5
  43. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted January 24, 2013 at 8:16 am Reply

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

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

    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 ;)

    Rating: 5
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  47. Shainaposted January 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm Reply

    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.

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  58. Lynn C Owenposted October 8, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply

    I havent made it yet, but I intend to. I love your recipes. My comment is about ND. One nephew graduated from there in 08. I have another nephew in his third yr. Such a fabulous campus and school. There’s nothing like attending a ND football game. While we’re eating our nachos I’ll be singing the fight song! ❤🤣