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    The 30 BEST Nacho Toppings

    Nacho night is always a hit at my house because it’s not just about snacking, it’s such a fun experience!

    Building the perfect plate of nachos feels like creating a masterpiece. I layer the chips and then go wild with the toppings, mixing all sorts of flavors and textures. It’s really about making each bite perfect. From classic toppings like cheese and salsa, to more unique flavors like pulled pork and pineapple, the possibilities are endless

    What I enjoy most is how everyone can make their nachos just the way they like, whether it’s lots of cheese and jalapeños or piled high with guacamole and sour cream. Plus, there’s something so satisfying about grabbing a chip that’s loaded just right. Nachos always bring smiles and make sure everyone leaves happy and full.

    It’s no surprise that you’ll find nachos featured on almost every restaurant’s appetizer menu. They’re just irresistible! Whether you’re hosting a party or just enjoying a family movie night, nachos are my go to snack that never disappoints.

    That’s why we have compiled this list of Nacho Toppings for you. You’ll find all of your favorites, plus some unique ideas. Go through all of these great toppings, and build your ultimate pile of nachos!

    First up, let’s start with the base – tortilla chips. You can’t have nachos without them! But why stick to just plain corn chips? Mix it up with blue corn or multigrain chips for added flavor and texture.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings:

    1. Cheese

    Well, of course! After the tortilla chips, cheese is the most important ingredient for any good pile of nachos.

    Cheddar, Monterrey Jack and pepper jack are some of my top contenders, but don’t be afraid to experiment!

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - cheesy nachos.

    2. Ground Beef

    Ground beef is a very common nacho topping, and one of my favorites.

    It’s also very easy. Just give it a quick browning in a skillet, add a little seasoning, and you’re all set!

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - ground beef cooking in a skillet.

    3. Pico de Gallo

    A good salsa is one of the keys to great nachos. If you can spare about five minutes, you can easily whip up my fresh homemade Pico de Gallo.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - pico de gallo in a brown bowl alongside tortilla chips

    4. Guacamole

    Guacamole is another condiment that goes great with on nachos. Try our Venezuelan Guac, which is a great twist on the traditional recipes.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - a bowl of Venezuelan guacamole

    5. Barbacoa Beef

    I love to pile our homemade Barbacoa Beef on nachos!

    Make a big batch in the crockpot, it’s super versatile and you can use it for tacos, burritos and bowl meals, in addition to your nachos.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - a bowl of barbacoa beef

    6. Black Beans

    Beans are a great topping for nachos, and out of all varieties my top choice is black beans.

    They’re also a good protein source if you are looking to make meatless nachos.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - three cans of black beans viewed from above

    7. Chicken

    Chicken is another popular choice. Grill it, bake it or pan sear with a little taco seasoning.

    Or, better yet, use rotisserie chicken and save yourself the effort!

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - cooked butterflied chicken breasts in a grey dish

    8. Corn

    Corn is another of my favorite items on this list of nacho toppings. There is seriously never enough corn for me in anything. It adds great texture, along with a touch of sweetness.

    You can opt for plan kernels, or get a little fancier and make our Mexican Street Corn Salad.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - a big bowl of corn kernels

    9. Chili

    For a super hearty platter, top your nachos with chili!

    Try our Ultimate Chili, or for some wonderful smoky flavor, our Chipotle Chili.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - smoky chipotle chili in a dutch oven

    10. Queso Dip

    Queso dip is great for dipping tortilla chips, and even better for slathering on a pile of nachos with all the fixings!

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - queso dip

    11. Ground Turkey

    For a lighter and healthier alternative to ground beef, try ground turkey. It’s just as easy, and you can season it the same way.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - ground turkey in a skillet

    12. Shrimp

    Shrimp on nachos? You bet!!! Try my super delicious Surf and Turf Nachos, you may never need another recipe!

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - blackened shrimp cooking in a cast iron skillet

    13. Sour Cream

    Sour cream is a great contrast to the salty and spicy flavors in many of the other nacho toppings. It adds a cooling element that I love.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - bowl of sour cream

    14. Lettuce

    Lettuce gives your nachos color, veggie power, and extra crunch. Finely chop it and spread over your whole platter.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - close up picture of boston lettuce leaves

    15. Jalapeños

    If you like a bit of kick like me, don’t forget the jalapeños!

    You can go with fresh or pickled, either option is a great addition to your nachos.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - jalapenos

    16. Mango Salsa

    Give your nachos some sweetness with our Mango Salsa. It pairs especially well with chicken or shrimp.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - mango salsa in a cazuela bowl

    17. Olives

    Black olives are one of our favorite nacho toppings. They go with anything, and they give a nice visual contrast.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - bowl of olives

    18. Pulled Pork

    Turn your appetizer into a hearty main by topping it with pulled pork!

    My Barbacoa Pork, Carnitas or Cochon de Lait would go great on nachos.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - barbacoa pork in a crock pot

    19. Cilantro

    Cilantro is a very important ingredient in Mexican cuisine, so don’t forget it on your nachos! Some people might not like cilantro, but if you ask me, it’s a must if you are thinking anything Mexican.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - a bunch of cilantro

    20. Onions

    Some people like them there.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - onions in a bowl

    21. Steak

    Some nice, thinly sliced strips of steak make a great topping. Marinate it for a few hours in my Carne Asada Marinade for maximum flavors!

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - cut up steak

    22. Salsa Verde

    For a little different flavor profile than a typical red salsa, try my easy Salsa Verde on your nachos.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - bowl of green salsa

    23. Turkey

    Yes, as in leftover turkey! Go beyond the usual soup and sandwiches and turn your holiday leftovers into our super yummy Turkey Nachos.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - Turkey nachos.

    24. Tomatoes

    Tomatoes give your nachos a special pop of freshness. I especially like those gorgeous little cherry tomatoes!

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - cherry tomatoes

    24. Bell Peppers

    Either raw or sautéed, bell peppers make another nice topping choice. Go with multi-colored for an extra pretty platter.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - halved bell peppers

    25. Chipotle Mayo

    Our Chipotle Mayo gives an extra dimension of smoky, spicy and creamy. It’s one of my favorite condiments to keep around.

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - bowl of chipotle mayo

    26. Lobster

    If you want some really fancy nachos, top them with lobster meat. Hey, why not?

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - two cooked lobsters

    27. Salsa Taquera

    If you like HOT, this classic Salsa Taquera is for you.

    Fiery árbol chilis and a few other simple ingredients blend together for the ultimate nacho experience!

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - bowl of salsa taquera

    28. Avocado

    Avocados are a classic topping for nachos. If you don’t feel like making guac, just dice them up!

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - cut avocados

    29. Refried Beans

    Refried beans are a common side dish for tacos, or just about any other Mexican dish. They’re also great on nachos.

    Refried Beans

    30. Eggs

    Who says you can’t have nachos for breakfast? Scramble some eggs, add some cheese, maybe some bacon or sausage… Breakfast nachos!

    The BEST Nacho Toppings - brown eggs in a carton next to a bunch of cilantro

    So there you go, thirty great nacho topping ideas. With an endless variety of combinations, you can have nachos every night!

    Get creative, and have fun!

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    30 BEST Nacho Toppings

    These 30 great Nacho Toppings will give you an endless variety of combinations to try!


    • tortilla chips
    • cheese
    • meat
    • veggies
    • salsa


    1. spread tortilla chips on an oven safe platter.
    2. top with cheese and meat toppings.
    3. bake until cheese gets melty.
    4. add vegetable toppings and sauces.
    5. enjoy!

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