Looking for some amazing toppings for nachos? Look no further! Here’s a list of the best toppings for nachos! From traditional nacho toppings to a few unique toppings, this is an exhaustive list of 25 delicious ideas!
Nachos are the perfect game day food or fun dinner idea! We have “nacho night” at least a couple of times a month at our house!
Sky’s the limit with nacho toppings! From traditional nacho toppings to some unique ideas, let’s take a look at 25 delicious nacho toppings!
POPULAR NACHO TOPPINGS
These popular nacho toppings might go on a nacho bar or just your everyday nachos. Here are some traditional toppings:
1. Ground Beef
Seasoned ground beef is the perfect topping for nachos! We usually just season it up with a little taco seasoning and pile it on! Easy breezy!
Chicken nachos are also DELISH!!! Season chicken with taco seasoning or use this recipe to get perfectly seasoned chicken for nachos!
If you want to lighten up the protein a bit, ground turkey is an excellent option. This recipe for ground turkey meat goes perfectly on nachos!
Mmmmm….steak nachos!!! Doesn’t get much better than that! Try this amazing carne asada recipe to get the perfect steak for your nachos!
Last in the protein category–pulled pork or carnitas makes a perfect pairing for nachos! Try this crockpot version of carnitas for your next batch of nachos!
5. Avocado or Guacamole
Diced avocado or chunky guac is essential on my nacho plate!
6. Sour Cream
Sour cream or Mexican crema is a must on nachos! If you want to drizzle (vs. dollop) your sour cream, mix it with a splash of milk to thin it out.
7. Salsa/Pico de Gallo
You can use your favorite store bought salsa, but I prefer this easy homemade pico de gallo! It’s so fresh!
8. Melted, Shredded Cheese
Ok, you CANNOT have traditional nachos without cheese, right??! What’s the best cheese for nachos? Most importantly, you want a cheese that melts well. Freshly grated cheese will melt best. Here are some cheese options: Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Fontina, Pepper Jack and White American.
Shredded cheese or queso…that is the question! I LOVE melty queso (AKA: NACHO CHEESE) on my nachos and you can make yours right at home with this easy recipe!
10. Green Onions/Scallions
Great for garnish and a little freshness and crunch! Red onion also works well.
If you like a little spice, jalapeños are essentials for nachos! Some like chopped fresh jalapeños, but the jarred ones are delicious and traditional as well.
Black olives are a delicious, traditional topping for nachos. I like buying them pre sliced!
Although lettuce is sometimes overlooked as a topping for nachos, finely shredded iceberg lettuce actually makes an excellent topping for nachos! It’s crunchy and adds a nice freshness.
14. Hot Sauce
Whether you are a Tabasco fan or have another fave, if you are a fan of spice, a sprinkle of hot sauce is never a bad idea!
15. Lime Juice
This is another “topping” that is often overlooked! A simple squeeze of lime juice really brightens up your plate of nachos! Try it!!
BEST VEGETARIAN NACHO TOPPINGS
You can add beans + meat to your nachos or just skip the meat all together and use beans as your protein. Refried beans and black beans are the most popular options.
Need another vegetarian option for your nachos? Oh, baby..this is a GREAT one! Even if you are not a vegetarian, soffritas is SO DARN GOOD! This recipe is a Chipotle copycat and will have you hooked!
I LOVE the sweetness corn brings to nachos! You could even top your nachos with a corn salad like this Simple Sweet Corn Salad and use it your “salsa!”
Similar to a fajita filling, these peppers and onions make an excellent veggie topping for nachos!
UNIQUE NACHO TOPPPINGS
Might sound a bit odd, but the sweetness can be delish! I like to opt for fresh pineapple on nachos.
23. Fried Chicken
Ummmm….because….WHY NOT??!! You cannot go wrong with fried chicken on ANYTHING!
Take a look at these shrimp nachos! White queso, salsa, shrimp and a little guac….if you are a fan of shrimp, this is heaven, I tell ya!
We’re talking about UN-TRADITIONAL nachos, so let’s switch it up and try these delicious dessert/fruit nachos! Hope you saved room for dessert!!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Nachos can stand on their own as a meal, but if you need a little extra, here are some great sides for nachos: Quesadillas, taquitos, street corn and Mexican slaw. You can get these recipes and see a list of 21 Amazing Sides for Nachos here.
Here are four great nacho topping combinations:
1) Traditional: Ground beef, melted cheese, sour cream, salsa, olives, green onions.
2) The “Taco Bell”: Ground beef, queso, refried beans, diced tomatoes, sour cream.
3) Chili Nachos: Chili, queso, sour cream, scallions/red onion.
4) Vegetarian: Soffritas, avocado, pico de gallo, sour cream.
AMAZING NACHO RECIPES
Recipe 1: Ultimate Nachos (Air Fryer or Oven)
These ultimate air fryer nachos are loaded with meat, beans, cheese and tons of amazing, customizable toppings! They are quick and easy and make a great snack or fun dinner! You can also pop them in the oven, if you don’t have an air fryer!
Recipe 2: Chili con Carne Nachos
Tortilla chips are topped with easy homemade chili con carne, drizzled with queso and sour cream and finished with a sprinkle of onions! This is the ultimate game-day (or any day!) treat!
Hopefully this post has given you some great nacho topping ideas! Ready to make the perfect nachos?! Start with my Ultimate Air Fryer Nachos (you can also throw them in the oven!) and these Chili con Carne Nachos! Let me know what you think! Also, please SUBSCRIBE HERE and follow me on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK and PINTEREST!