It’s dinnertime and you want to switch it up a little… but not too much, not to worry, our friends over at Cooking Professionally have got you covered. Well, Korean Beef Nachos bring you the familiar cheesy crunch of your favorite Tex-Mex snack and tops it with an Asian-inspired juicy beef that will make you happy you tried something new.

The garnishes on these Korean Beef Nachos are unlike any other, too. A sweet and tangy kimchi concoction, spicy sriracha, creamy mayo, fresh cilantro, and nutty sesame seeds all get loaded aboard the mound of beef and cheese just minutes before you start to munch. It’s safe to say that these delicious gems are a tasty reminder that change is a good thing!

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For the Korean beef:

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes, plus more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces ground beef

For the nachos:

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup kimchi, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha, plus more, to taste
  • 12 ounces tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2 –Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat it with nonstick spray.

Step 3 –In a small bowl, whisk the brown sugar, the soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil, the ginger, and the red pepper flakes together.

Step 4 –Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil.

Step 5 –Add the garlic to the oil and cook, stirring frequently, until it is fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 6 –Add the ground beef to the garlic and cook, while crumbling the meat, until it is no longer pink, about 3-5 minutes. Drain the excess fat from the skillet.

Step 7 –Stir the soy sauce mixture into the beef mixture and simmer until it is heated through, about 2 minutes.

Step 8 –Transfer the beef mixture to a resting plate and keep warm.

Step 9 –Heat the remaining vegetable oil in the same skillet.

Step 10 –Add the kimchi, the remaining sesame oil, and the sugar to the skillet and stir until it is heated through and caramelized, about 3-5 minutes. Keep the kimchi mixture warm.

Step 11 –In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise and the sriracha together.

Step 12 –Place the tortilla chips in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Step 13 –Top the chips with the beef mixture, the cheddar cheese, and the Monterey Jack cheese.

Step 14 –Bake the nachos until they are heated through and the cheese has melted, about 5-6 minutes.

Step 15 –Top the nachos with the kimchi mixture, the extra sriracha, the mayonnaise mixture, the cilantro, and the sesame seeds.

Step 16 –Serve.