Making nachos for dinner? Here are 15 unique nacho topping ideas to inspire you to think beyond the traditional nacho toppings.
If it's game day or you're out at a restaurant, a plate of nachos typically involves a pile of chips with some type of meat (chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, pulled pork, etc.) beans, melted cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and pico de Gallo.
But just like with anything homemade, nachos are a great opportunity to get more creative with your toppings. Here are 15 unique ideas to help you get started.
Creative Toppings For Nachos
If you're thinking "salad... in nachos?" Hear me out. Zucchini corn salad is more similar to a corn salsa. The pan-seared zucchini adds a nice smoky flavor, the corn adds texture and subtle sweetness, and the feta (dairy-free or regular) adds a nice saltiness. Pairs well with chicken, shrimp, shredded beef, or black beans.
Marinated portobello mushrooms add a delicious umami flavor to nachos. Their meaty texture pairs nicely with beans for a meatless nacho option.
Tomato salsa is really popular with nachos, but nectarine salsa is equally as delicious and adds a fresh element. The sweetness of the fruit pairs well with the saltiness of the other ingredients. Pair with shredded chicken, fish, shrimp, or beans.
Yes, dairy-free buffalo chicken dip on nachos is definitely the move. It's packed full of flavor and has a nice creamy texture. Serve it with cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced celery, and chopped romaine lettuce. And maybe some dairy-free ranch dressing if you're feeling extra.
Would it really be a nacho toppings list without including queso? This green chile cashew queso is so popular at every party, dinner, etc. that no one even notices that it's completely dairy-free.
Quick-pickled vegetables add a crisp texture, tangy flavor, and a pop of color. You can use any type of vegetable from carrots to red onions to jalapeños and so much more.
Kimchi is a Korean condiment that adds a spicy, tangy, and crunchy element and can cut through the other rich flavors.
A spoonful of tomato confit will add a rich, complex flavor to your nachos.
Caramelized onions are a great option if you don't like raw onions in your nachos. They have so much flavor and are a great condiment to always have on hand.
11. Braised Beef
If you're trying to impress your guests, serve nachos with braised beef. It's tender, full of flavor, and takes minimal effort to make. Yum!
Oven-cooked bacon on nachos? Yes, please. It's warm, salty, smoky, slightly sweet, and crispy. Serve with chopped lettuce and tomatoes for BLT-inspired nachos.
Sometimes a saucy drizzle is all your nachos are missing. Chipotle lime mayo is smoky, tangy, and slightly spicy and is the perfect accompaniment.
Shrimp isn't the first thing you'd think of when it comes to nachos, but it works so well. Serve with black bean and corn salad for a festive meal.
Make sushi-inspired nachos by using either raw sushi-grade or cooked fish such as tuna or salmon. Serve with avocado, cucumber, carrots, and a drizzle of Japanese spicy mayo.