50 Nacho Toppings (From the Best Pairings to Some Unique Ideas)

My nacho toppings list is packed with ideas for a bowl of sheer indulgence! Add sweet, juicy, creamy, and salty flavors, and so much more, to that beloved golden crunch with these suggestions.

Nacho Toppings

Want to make it a fun game? Get my nacho toppings list printable below. You can download it for free, print it off, and try as many as you can!

Nacho toppings list

I have an absolute showstopper of a loaded nachos recipe for you to try. I didn’t hold back with this one! There’s refried beans, shredded chicken, homemade guacamole, and so much more to get stuck into.

Popular Nacho Toppings

Head to the nacho station at any party, and you’ll likely see these toppings. All of these are classic pairings and bring plenty of flavor and texture.

  1. Cheese (see the cheese toppings section)
  2. Pico de Gallo
  3. Other Salsas
  4. Guacamole
  5. Avocado
  6. Ground Beef
  7. Shredded Chicken
  8. Black Beans
  9. Refried Beans
  10. Sour Cream
  11. Grilled Corn
  12. Jalapeños
  13. Cilantro
  14. Lime Wedges/Juice
  15. Onions

Cheese Toppings

What’s a bowl of crispy nachos without a thick layer of melted cheese, right? While all will make your nachos truly indulgent, different cheeses bring different flavors to the bowl. Try some of these.

  1. Cheddar
  2. Monterey Jack
  3. Cotija
  4. Oaxaca
  5. Low-Moisture Mozzarella
  6. Colby
  7. Queso Blanco
  8. American
  9. Asadero
  10. Nacho Cheese Sauce (evaporated milk + shredded cheese, warmed in a pot until melted)

Meat Options

In addition to the ground beef and ground chicken, you could try some of these meat-based toppings. These can bring smokiness, spice, heat, and juiciness in abundance and make your nachos extra filling.

  1. Carne Asada
  2. Pulled Pork
  3. Chili con Carne
  4. Chorizo
  5. Ground Turkey
  6. Ground Lamb
  7. Beef Barbacoa
  8. Bacon
  9. Sliced Sausage
  10. Grilled Chicken

More Toppings for Nachos

The fun doesn’t stop there! You could spend a lifetime trying nacho toppings and still not discover all the wonderful combinations. For something a little different, give some of these a try.

  1. Pinto Beans
  2. Bell Peppers
  3. BBQ Sauce
  4. Scallions/Green Onions
  5. Olives
  6. Lettuce
  7. Sriracha
  8. Grilled Shrimp
  9. Caramelized Onions
  10. Pickles
  11. Pickled Onions
  12. Roasted Peppers
  13. Marinated Artichoke Hearts
  14. Sundried Tomatoes
  15. Slaw

We do nachos not by the bowl but by the tray in our house! Nachos are the perfect ‘get stuck in’ dish for slumber parties, birthdays, and sporting events.

Yes, nachos and cheese will always be the gold standard, but you can have so much more fun with this dish.

Let me know in the comments what you loaded your golden nachos with! Oh, and remember that my nacho toppings list is completely free to download.

Toppings for nachos (list)

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