13 Tasty Nachos Recipes You Need to Try

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Breakfast Nachos

The Spruce/Leah Maroney

Nachos are one of the ultimate comfort foods, and a must-have Super Bowl and game-day snack. They are one of those versatile dishes that can be easily tweaked to suit your tastes, without any fussing over measurements once you know the simple basics. We're talking crunchy tortilla chips, Tex-Mex toppings, and cheese, all baked together until ooey-gooey and warm, then finished with fresh-tasting taco-style toppings. Browse our best ideas here for all kinds of different ways to make nachos, from the ultimate meat lover's nacho platter to gluten free, and vegan macho nachos, and ones you can eat for breakfast or dessert.

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    Loaded Nachos With Ground Beef and Refried Beans

    Loaded nachos with ground beef and refried beans

    The Spruce

    Fully loaded, Mexican-inspired nachos smothered with saucy, seasoned ground beef, refried beans, melted cheese, and all your favorite toppings are a great centerpiece for your game-day snack table. You can also make them for an easy, casual dinner anytime, whether you are serving the family or a party of one.

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    Shrimp Nachos

    Shrimp nachos

    The Spruce / Pete Scherer

    Southwestern shrimp nachos with blue corn tortilla chips and a rainbow of sweet and spicy peppers are a colorful feast for the eyes, as well as the taste buds. The juicy pop of the pan-seared shrimp with the crunchy chips, gooey melted cheese, and bright-tasting peppers is an outrageously palate-pleasing combination.

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    Irish Nachos

    Irish nachos

    The Spruce / S&C Design Studios

    Made with fresh-cut potatoes, beer-boosted cheddar cheese, savory bacon crumbles, and green salsa, Irish nachos are a fun, pub-style twist on the typical nacho platter. They are an ideal snack for game day or St. Patrick's Day celebrations, with a pint of Guinness, or your favorite stout, to wash them down. You can deep-fry the potatoes on the stovetop, use an air fryer, or use your oven for (slightly) more virtuous spuds.

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    Totchos (Tater Tots and nachos)

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    What happens when you combine Tater Tots and nachos? You get totchos—an out-of-this-world, crispy, meaty, melty, spicy, Taco Tuesday snack or meal. With breakfast-style Tater Tots, taco-flavored meat, chipotle queso, jalapeños, onions, and oodles of pepper jack cheese, it makes a great football-watching nosh, too.

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    Gluten-Free Macho Nachos

    Gluten-free macho nachos

    The Spruce / Teri Lee Gruss

    Bake up a batch of cheesy, gluten-free "macho" nachos to serve a game-day party crowd. They make a great family snack for the kids to enjoy after school, too, and include plenty of healthy veggies, protein-packed ground beef, and cheese. Look for gluten-free tortilla chips at your local grocery store or buy them online.

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    Grilled Steak and Sweet Potato Nachos

    Grilled steak and sweet potato nachos

    The Spruce / Sabrina Baksh

    Take your nacho game to the next level with these showstopping grilled nachos that are guaranteed to wow a crowd at tailgating parties and sports-watching events. You build them with strips of marinated skirt steak, grilled sweet potato slices, and queso fresco crumbles, garnishing with cilantro, sliced green onions, sour cream, jalapeños, and other favorite taco toppings.

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    Dessert Nachos

    Dessert nachos

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    What could be sweeter at a Sunday football party than a platter of decadent dessert nachos? Your family and friends will cheer your commitment to an all-nacho menu with this fun treat that tops cinnamon-sugar-coated tortilla chips with fresh strawberries, melted chocolate, whipped cream, and a super easy homemade cream cheese icing.

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    Breakfast Nachos

    Breakfast nachos

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Top nacho chips with eggs, chorizo sausage, cheese, cherry tomatoes, and avocado for a fun and tasty breakfast treat. It's the Tex-Mex platter your brunch has been missing, and you can endlessly tweak the toppings to create your ultimate guilty pleasure breakfast or a unique game-day appetizer.

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    Vegan Nachos

    Vegan nachos

    The Spruce / Laurel Randolph

    Eating vegan and missing nachos? These meatless nachos, topped with canned black beans, salsa, guacamole, and a flavor-bomb vegan "cheese" sauce, will satisfy all your vegan snacking desires. Feel free to prepare the cashew-based sauce a few days ahead, storing it in an airtight jar in the fridge, for heating gently in a saucepan when you are ready to pour it over nachos.

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    Quick Microwave Nachos

    Quick microwave nachos

    The Spruce

    Short on time but craving nachos? You need only five minutes and a few ingredients to whip up easy cheesy, microwave nachos. Older kids who are comfortable using the microwave can assemble these tasty nachos on their own for a quick and satisfying after-school snack.

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    Keto Nachos

    Keto nachos

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Keto nachos will satisfy all of your cheesy, crunchy nacho needs without sabotaging a low-carb eating plan. Start with a bag of keto tortilla chips (or bake your own), topping them with shredded rotisserie chicken, queso, guacamole, and all your other favorite nacho toppings.

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    Beefy Nacho Casserole

    Beefy nacho casserole

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Budget-friendly beefy nacho casserole is a clever way to feed your family on casual weeknights. Even picky eaters are sure to come running to the table for this super easy bake-up. Make it with ground beef, tortilla chips, black beans, canned or frozen corn, canned mild green chiles, store-bought taco sauce, and taco seasonings.

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    Pulled Pork Nachos

    Pulled pork nachos

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Premade pulled pork is the secret weapon to these quick and easy sheet pan nachos. The chips are smothered in cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, jalapeño, and barbecue sauce. It’s salty, sweet, spicy, and won’t last long once you pull them out of the oven.