35 of the Best Nacho Toppings List With Easy Recipe

Welcome to the ultimate nacho lover’s paradise! This blog post presents “35 of the best nacho toppings list”  – a carefully curated list of my favorite toppings to transform your snacking experience.

You’re in the perfect spot if you’ve ever craved the ideal mix of flavors and textures to elevate your nacho experience. Join the ultimate Nacho Bar Showdown for an epic Super Bowl Party or Cinco De Mayo celebration.


A tray of nachos from the 35 nacho toppings sits on the bar, including black olives, cilantro, chips, shredded chicken, sour cream, and more.

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​35 of My Favorite Nacho Toppings

Nacho Bar is set up for a fun football party, including over 35 of the best toppings.
Thirty-five of the Best Nacho Toppings List- basket of chips sitting on the Nacho Bar and several toppings for your nachos.

​1. Crispy Chips

The foundation of an excellent plate of nachos lies in selecting the ideal crunchy tortilla chips. The best choice, hands down, is corn tortilla chips. Opt for a brand that offers a homemade or restaurant-style quality for the ultimate nacho bar experience.


2. Shredded Chicken

When it comes to protein choices, chicken is a versatile option. The easiest method is to purchase a rotisserie chicken and shred it yourself. 

35 of the Best Nacho Toppings List-Bowl of shredded chicken.
35 of the Best Nacho Toppings List With Easy Recipe-Bowl of carnitas

​3. Carnitas

Carnitas is a seasoned pork dish typically made in a slow cooker.  Resulting in flavorful, tender meat with crispy edges that make the best nachos. 

4. Shredded Brisket

This is a meat eaters dream. A cut of beef slow-cooked to perfection, boasting a symphony of rich flavors and a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness.

Brisket meat is used as a topping for a nacho bar featuring over 35 toppings.
35 of the Best Nacho Toppings List: A bowl of Carne Asada.

​5. Carne Asada

Don’t expect bland! Carne asada is a piece of beef marinated in zesty lime juice, garlic, cilantro, and spices like cumin. It is then grilled on the BBQ, which infuses the steak with vibrant flavors that will explode in every bite.

6. Ground Turkey

Don’t be fooled by its leanness! Ground turkey delivers a solid dose of protein, making your nachos a more satisfying, balanced bite. Perfect for someone looking for a lighter version. 

A pan full of ground turkey: 35 toppings for nachos
35 of the Best Nacho Toppings List-Pan of ground beef mixed with chorizo for a nacho topping.

​7. Ground Beef

Whip up a quick batch of taco meat with a little taco seasoning. A quick and easy way to add a great punch of flavor to your ground beef for your nacho bar party. 

8. Refried Pinto Beans

A traditional nacho topping that brings a hearty and delicious flavor to your nacho game. 

35 of the Best Nacho Toppings List- A bowl of refried beans with cheese and cilantro.
Bowl of black bean used as a topping for nachos—the perfect party food.

​9. Black Beans

A hearty and versatile legume that brings a meaty texture and earthy flavor to your nacho plate. 

10. Cheddar Cheese

A rich, sharp cheese that adds a creamy and tangy flavor to your plate. You can opt to use pre-shredded cheese or shred it yourself. 

35 of the Best Nacho Toppings List-shredded cheddar cheese
35 nacho toppings- Shredded Monterey jack cheese

​11. Monterey Jack Cheese

A gentle and velvety cheese that imparts delightful flavor to your dish. For an extra kick, opt for Pepper Jack and enjoy a subtle spiciness. You can also pick up a bag of mixed cheese with jack and cheddar to make your job easier.

12. Cotija Cheese

Cotija cheese is a crumbly and salty cheese originating from Mexico. Named after the town of Cotija, it is often used in Mexican cuisine to add a distinctive flavor and texture to dishes. The cheese is made from cow’s milk and has a crumbly, granulated texture, similar to feta cheese.

A bowl of shredded Cojito cheese with a small cilantro sits on a cutting board.
A dish of nacho cheese sauce. It is one of the best of the 35 plus nacho toppings.

​13. Nacho Cheese Sauce

A smooth and savory blend of melted cheese combined with other ingredients such as milk, cream, or spices to achieve a smooth and flavorful consistency ideal for drizzling on top of your nachos. 

Fresh Toppings For Nachos

14. Sliced Avocado

Fresh avocado slices are a delicious and nutritious addition to many dishes. Avocado is known for its creamy texture and rich flavor.

35 nacho topping ideas- an avocado that has been cut in half.
Bowl of fresh guacamole for a nacho bar.

15. Guacamole

This is one of my favorites, a delicious blend of ripe avocados, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime creates a creamy and zesty dip, one of the best traditional nacho toppings.

16. Mexican Street Corn

A delectable treat, also known as Elote, features grilled corn smothered in a flavorful combination of mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chili powder, and lime juice. This iconic street food perfectly balances smokiness, creaminess, and zesty freshness. Typically, you can eat it right off of the cob, or cut the kernels off to serve for a nacho bar.

35 of the Best Nacho Toppings List- roasted corn
Fresh-cut green onions on a cutting board.

​17. Chopped Green Onions

A crisp and mild addition, perfect for adding a subtle oniony flavor and a touch of freshness to your delicious nachos.

18. Bell Peppers

Vibrant and crisp, these colorful gems bring a sweet and crunchy essence to your dishes, adding flavor and visual appeal.

Red, green, and yellow bell peppers - 35 of the best nacho toppings.
Fresh cut tomatoes

​19. Chopped Tomatoes

A classic nacho topping, juicy and versatile, these vibrant red gems add a burst of freshness and acidity to enhance the flavors of your best nacho recipe. 

20. Fresh Cilantro

A flavorful herb that enhances your dish with its lively and citrusy taste, imparting a delightful touch of flavor.

Ensure that fresh cilantro is washed and patted dry before use. Both the leaves and stems can be utilized, as they contribute to the herb’s overall flavor.

35 of the Best Nacho Toppings List-A bowl of fresh cilantro.
Sliced black olives to add as a topping to your nachos.

​21. Black Olives

Black olives are savory and rich, offering bite-sized delights that provide a burst of umami and a subtle briny flavor.

​22. Jalapeno Peppers

These smoky and mildly spicy gems bring a depth of flavor to your dish, providing a nuanced heat that elevates the taste experience with a touch of smokiness. Beware, some can be hotter than others.

35 of the Best Nacho Toppings List- roasted jalapano peppers
Bowl of pickled red onions to use as nacho toppings.

​23. Red Onions

Pungent red onions add a bold burst of color and sharp flavor. You can chop them raw or pickle them for added flavor. Their versatility makes them a popular choice for topping off a plate of nachos.

Salsa and Sauces On The Nacho Toppings List

24. Fruit Salsa

I enjoy fruit salsa for its perfect blend of sweet and salty flavors. This delightful mix includes ripe mango, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime juice, creating a tangy dance of flavors that adds a tropical twist to your favorite tortilla chips.

A bowl of mango salsa- one of the 35 toppings for nachos.
Bowl of Pico De Gallo - 35 ideas for nacho toppings.

​25. Pico De Gallo

A refreshing salsa made with diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeños, and lime juice, delivering a burst of fresh and pungent flavors.

26. Red or Green Salsa

A dynamic duo of flavorful condiments offers a choice between smoky richness and fiery zest to enhance your nachos.

Red and green salsa for Nachos.
35 ideas for nacho toppings- Hot sauce bottles sitting on the counter.

​27. Hot Sauce

Crank up the heat with your favorite hot sauce from mild to fiery. These salsas will be sure to add a bit of heat.

28. Mexicana Crema 

This is the icing on the cake! A rich and creamy Mexican dairy product, perfect for adding a velvety texture and a touch of indulgence to your chips.

35 nacho toppings- A bowl of white sour cream is sitting on a table for a nacho toppings bar.

​29. Sour Cream

A cool and tangy dairy delight that adds a creamy touch to your chips, providing a smooth and refreshing contrast to bold flavors.

Yield: 4 Servings

Easy Nachos Recipe

Game day nachos layered with chips, shredded chicken, cheese, pickled onions, guacamole, sour cream, black olives, and cilantro.

Indulge in the simplicity of my easy nachos recipe, where a medley of flavorful toppings atop crispy tortilla chips. Elevate your snacking experience with a combination of savory meats, melted cheeses, and vibrant vegetables.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 Cups of corn tortilla chips
  • 1/2 Meat of your choice
  • 1/4 Cup of black beans or refried beans
  • 1/4 Cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of Monterey Jack cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup of bell peppers
  • 1/8 Cup of red onion or green onions
  • 1/8 Cup of cilantro
  • 1/4 Cup of guacamole
  • 1/8 Cup of Cotija cheese
  • 1/8 Cup of black olives
  • 1/8 Cup of sour cream
  • Salsa of your choice
  • Slice of lemon or lime


  1. Add a single layer of chips onto a sheet pan. 
  2. Add a Layer of meat, beans, and cheese. 
  3. Continue to layer until you have used all the chips, meat, and cheese. 
  4. Place in the oven or broiler until the cheese is melted and the edges are browned. 
  5. Remove from the oven. 
  6. Top the chips with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and cilantro.
  7. Place the guacamole and sour cream on top. 
  8. Lastly, garnish with black olives, salsa, and a sprinkle of cotija cheese. 
  9. (Prepare and serve immediately to avoid soggy chips).

Breakfast Nachos

 Breakfast nachos are a delicious and hearty morning meal that puts a twist on the classic nacho concept. Typically, they feature crispy tortilla chips topped with a combination of breakfast ingredients such as scrambled eggs, cooked bacon or sausage, melted cheese, diced tomatoes, avocado slices, and sometimes a drizzle of Mexicana creama or sour cream.

30. Scrambled Eggs 

A delightful twist combining fluffy eggs with savory toppings, creating a delicious morning treat for your taste buds.

35 of the Best Nacho Toppings- pan of scrambled eggs
Fried egg on top of a plate of nachos.

​31. Fried Egg

A simple yet satisfying breakfast choice, offering a crispy edge and a runny yolk that adds a rich and comforting element to your morning nachos.

32. Bacon

One of America’s favorites-  crispy and flavorful, perfect for adding a smoky touch to your morning meal.

Chopped and cooked bacon to make breakfast nachos.
A pan full of sausage that is browning- 35 nacho toppings list.

​33. Sausage

Want to up the spice level of your nachos, try some spicy sausage to heat things up. 

34. Green Enchilada Sauce

A classic topping for breakfast nachos, commonly called chilaquiles. Spoon the sauce over your nachos and pop them into the oven or broiler for a few minutes to heat through and achieve golden, crispy edges.

Green enchilada sauce with la crema on top.
Sliced lemons in a bowl

​35. Lemon or Lime Slices

Add a touch of citrus to your dish by squeezing fresh lemon or lime juice for a refreshing and zesty flavor boost.

Wrapping It Up

Phew! With all those options, I’m confident your next nacho party will be absolutely amazing.

Now it’s time to get ready for some soup-making with Barbara @frenchethereal. With the cold weather we have been having, this would make a fabulous addition to any party.

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  1. What an awesome and extensive list of topping to use for a big old nacho party.
    Thanks so much for participating and sharing at SSPS 295. See you again next week!

  2. Estelle Forrest says:

    So many amazing ideas here, many I never would have thought of. Thanks for sharing on SSPS, I hope to see you again next week.

  3. Ohh….I love me some good nachos! You are making me hungry! I can’t wait to share your nacho recipe with my readers in tomorrow’s week in rewind!

  4. Wow! We’ll never run out of ideas for making nachos. Nachos have come a long way. These nacho ideas could have their own party!

  5. YUM! Nachos is one of those things I have experimented with because it is where I can sneak in vegetables on my husband. We love black beans, and fresh cilantro too, but I never considered a breakfast nacho idea! Now that is a gamechanger, and a new way for me to get him to eat more vegetables. You are always so clever! Thank you for sharing Wendy. Hope you are having a wonderful start to the new year!

    1. A good plate of morning nachos with fresh veggies and eggs will make him so happy. Just smother them with green enchilada sauce.
      The start of the New Year was hard for us; all three of us were sick for weeks. I was so depressed and fell behind, but that is life
      and we have to go with the flow. I hope you are off to a great start.

  6. This post definitely has my mouth watering. It all sounds so delicious, and I love the idea of breakfast nachos; bring on the savory in the morn! Great line up of ideas, Wendy; pinned!

  7. This is such a great list! I’m pinning this for future use! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Susan! There are so many options to choose from.

  8. You’re speaking my language! We are nacho freaks! Love these ideas. A lot we haven’t tried. Carnitas will be next on the list! So glad you got to join us. Thank you, pinned.

    1. Thank you, Cindy! We, too, love nachos in this household. they are so easy for a fun football day.

  9. Wendy, your Super Bowl nacho toppings are a veritable feast for the eyes!! So much goodness… I picked up a little Italian parsley and it is perfect on burritos and tacos. 🙂 I do forget about breakfast burritos, though. Great ideas!!

  10. Your exceptional list of topping ideas for nachos is a real game changer. So many creative flavor combinations that I need to try! Love this post Wendy!

  11. Such a good idea to have a nacho bar. Brilliant! Hugs to you, my friend.

  12. Yes! I sure was right when I dubbed you the Queen of Nachos. What a fabulous post — full off great ideas!

    1. LOL! I do love a great plate of nachos! Come on over for the Super Bowl and we will have pizza and nachos.

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