The Ultimate Nacho Generator

The Ultimate Nacho Generator
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The Ultimate Nacho Generator

Mix and match your way to a winning Super Bowl snack strategy with 10 takes on chips, cheese, and toppings. Read on to discover delicious combinations worthy of a Super Bowl bash.

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Best of Barbecue Nachos

  • Chips: scoop-style or thick-cut tortilla chips
  • Cheese: shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Toppings: pulled pork or shredded rotisserie chicken, sautéed diced smoked sausage, pinto beans, barbecue sauce, sliced jalapeños, diced onions

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Vegan Nachos

  • Chips: baked regular or blue corn tortilla chips
  • Cheese: vegan Pepper Jack cheese
  • Toppings: black beans, chopped tomatoes, guacamole, dairy-free sour cream

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Pizza Nachos

  • Chips: corn tortilla chips
  • Cheese: shredded mozzarella and grated Parmesan
  • Toppings: marinara sauce, diced pepperoni, sliced pitted black olives, diced green peppers, thinly sliced mushrooms, diced onions

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Asian Nachos

  • Chips: deep-fried wonton wrappers (follow the steps for deep- frying wonton wrappers in our Chinese Chicken Salad recipe)
  • Cheese: no cheese, please!
  • Toppings: seared diced ahi tuna, diced avocado, sliced scallions, Sriracha, wasabi mayo, sesame seeds

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Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Nachos

  • Chips: a mix of blue corn and regular tortilla chips
  • Cheese: shredded Cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Colby cheese
  • Toppings: refried beans, pulled pork, sautéed peppers and onions, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, fresh cilantro

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Meat Lover's Nachos

  • Chips: scoop-style or thick-cut tortilla chips
  • Cheese: shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese
  • Toppings: sautéed chorizo, diced grilled steak (flank or hanger), sliced jalapeños, sour cream, fresh cilantro

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Nachos en Fuego

  • Chips: scoop-style or thick-cut tortilla chips
  • Cheese: shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • Toppings: shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, black beans, sliced serranos, diced avocado, crushed red pepper flakes, caramelized onions, fresh cilantro

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Gluten-Free Nachos

  • Chips: gluten-free corn tortilla chips
  • Cheese: shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Toppings: black beans, sautéed ground beef, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce

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Greek Salad Nachos

  • Chips: pita chips
  • Cheese: crumbled feta
  • Toppings: shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sliced pitted black olives, chopped red onions, red wine vinaigrette

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Dessert Nachos

  • Chips: unsalted flour tortilla chips tossed with cinnamon and sugar
  • Cheese: crème fraîche
  • Toppings: chocolate chips, sweetened coconut flakes, berry salsa (diced berries mixed with chopped fresh mint), ice cream

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By Kelly Senyei

Super Bowl Sunday is a snack lover's paradise. And while chicken wings and sliders are popular game-day favorites, when it comes to quarterbacking the buffet, there's one dish on the must-have list: nachos. This crowd-pleasing party dish is quick and easy to make, and with so many potential chip, cheese, and topping combinations, the field is wide open. Our mix-and-match nacho guide equips you with 10 classic and creative ways to make nachos the star of your Super Bowl bash, including pizza- and barbecue-inspired versions, gluten-free and vegan options, and sweetly crispy dessert nachos.

Game Plan:

  • Choose from our suggested matchups of chips, cheese, and toppings, or mix and match ingredients to your taste buds' desires.
  • Bake the nachos on the center rack in a 450°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Nachos are best served right out of the oven while the chips are still crisp and the toppings are hot.


  • Serve no-fuss nachos in the dish they are baked in. A 13-by-9-inch baking dish or a small baking sheet is best for crowds of six to eight.
  • Line your baking dish or baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup (and to ensure that the baking dish can be reused for multiple quarters of snacking).

The Lineup:

  • Create multiple layers of chips and toppings to maximize the flavor in every bite.
  • While it may be tempting to double down on your add-ons, keep in mind that not overloading the chips with toppings is what keeps this dish finger-friendly.
  • All of the toppings listed below should be added prior to baking, with the exception of shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and chopped fresh herbs, which should be put on once the nachos come out of the oven.

Check out the slideshow above to discover 10 classic and creative nachos worthy of a Super Bowl bash.

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