Best Chips for Nachos
Traditionally, nachos are made with corn chips. Any kind will do: yellow is most common, but everything from white to blue corn chips are tasty options. When buying chips for nachos, make sure to select thick chips so they’re less likely to break while you assemble and eat your nachos.
Sweet Twist: Try making homemade flour tortilla chips and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar. You can use them for dessert nachos or for dipping into fresh fruit salsa.
Flavor Twist: For a Greek twist, try these hummus nachos, which call for feta cheese instead of nacho cheese and pita chips instead of corn chips. Then they’re loaded up with flavorful Mediterranean toppings like chopped cucumber, Roma tomato, Kalamata olives and more.
Another option is to make nachos without chips. Nachos can be made with potatoes, from waffle fries to Tater Tots™. Need a healthier option? Try making nachos with plantain chips or yucca fries, both of which are grain-free. You can even make nachos with cereal!
Best Cheese for Nachos
As you now know, there’s boundless options and flavors when it comes making nachos and the story is the same when it comes to the cheese. Really, any melting cheese or cheese sauce will work for nachos, it just depends on what you’re going for!
- Pre-shredded cheeses are an easy way to cut down on prep time. Our Easy Chicken Ten Minute Nachos call for Mexican cheese blend, while these Skillet Nachos call for shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Pepper Jack cheese, which you’ll find in these BBQ Nachos, makes for a slightly spicier flavor. If you don’t like things too spicy, you could swap out the Pepper Jack, or omit half of it to be replaced with milder Monterey Jack.
- Prepared cheese product is a good option for making cheese sauce. These Slow-Cooker Spicy Chicken Nachos call for Mexican prepared cheese product for flavorful nachos for a crowd.
- If you’re looking for a flavor twist, try feta cheese like in these Greek Nachos or Mediterranean Nachos.
Best Meat for Nachos
Really, any meat can be used for nachos as long as it’s made bite-sized. Ground beef is a common option as is shredded chicken. Chorizo and carnitas are both options with tons of flavor and ground turkey makes for a lighter option.
If you’re looking for a make-ahead option, the slow cooker will be your best friend. Try any of these recipes and you won’t be disappointed!
We’ve also developed some new slow-cooker meats to swap into your favorite nacho recipes.