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.

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Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne Recipe
5 from 4 votes

Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 15 mins

Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne - A sweet and spicy slow cooker chili con carne makes this beef nachos recipe!

Servings: 10
Nutrition Facts
Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne
Amount Per Serving (8 ounces)
Calories 598 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 1199mg 50%
Potassium 754mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 13g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 13.3%
Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 18.7%
Iron 22.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


For the Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne:
For the Beef Nachos:
  • Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne
  • 1 bag tortilla chips (16 ounces)
  • 3 cups shredded “Mexican style” cheese blend
Optional Toppings:
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 ripe avocado, chopped
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 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.

    For the Beef Nachos:
    1. 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.

    2. 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.

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

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    2. 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! ❤?

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    13. 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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    15. 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 ;)

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

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

    18. 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.

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

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

    20. Meghanposted January 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm Reply

      Love the sound of these! They look incredible!!

    21. 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!!!!

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

      Who wouldn’t want to devour these?!

    23. 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!

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

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

    25. 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!

    26. 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!!

    27. 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!

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

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

    29. Angieposted January 22, 2013 at 8:13 am Reply

      WOW, pass the plate, this looks amazing!

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

      These would be the perfect game day food!!

    32. 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!

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

      loving this! My boys will LOVE

    34. 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…

    35. Cassieposted January 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm Reply

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

    36. 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!!

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

      Apple butter in your chili is brrrrrrilliant!

    38. Gabyposted January 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm Reply

      LOVE me some nachos!

    39. 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! ;)

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

      IDEA: Let’s get married.

    41. 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!!

    42. Jeanetteposted January 21, 2013 at 11:05 am Reply

      Apple Butter in chili – I love that idea Sommer!

    43. 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. :)

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

      Mouthwatering, Sommer!

    45. 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!

    46. marlaposted January 21, 2013 at 9:57 am Reply

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

    47. 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!

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

      My slow cooker needs to meet this dish …

    49. 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!

    50. 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!

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

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

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

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

    53. 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!

    54. 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!

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

      Looks amazing Sommer! Perfect for the game!

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

      South Bend?! We have family there too :)

      Love these nachos! Perfect for the superbowl!

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

      Looks scrumptious, Sommer!

    58. 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!

    59. 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.