Nachos are like snowflakes—they’re beautiful and no two are alike. The best nachos might be topped with shredded cheese or they might be drenched in a melty cheese sauce. They might involve dairy or they might be totally plant-based. They might have a burst of brine from a scattering of sliced black olives—or if olives make you gag, they might lean on hot sauce or salsa for that tangy burst instead. There’s no right or wrong way to make the best nachos, it just comes down to using the best ingredients. Here at Sporked, we’ve taste tested everything from tortilla chips to black olives to the best cheese for nachos (sauce or shreds—up to you) so you can make these best homemade nachos this side of the Rio Grande.
To make the best nachos, you have to start with the best tortilla chips.
If you’re looking for the best cheese for nachos, you can’t go wrong with the best nacho cheese, right?
Queso is typically a dip, but absolutely no one is stopping you from drenching your nachos in one of these decadent, melty, molten cheeses.
Delicious, melty cheese, minus the dairy. Plant-based nachos have never tasted so good.
Grab the grater and top your heap of chips with one of the best cheddar cheeses (we think Cabot Wickedly Habanero would be especially good on ‘chos).
Our number two pick? Plant-based mexican shreds that were made for a big ol’ plate of chips.
You can’t make the best nachos without the best salsa. If you like it red, these are the best salsas you can buy at the grocery store.
Or, hey, maybe green salsa is your go-to. Pick a salsa verde that will make your guests green with envy.
Best Refried Beans
Dollop some protein onto your plate of nachos. Delicious, delicious protein …
Prefer whole beans to the mushed-up kind? These are most fantastic frijoles.
Bring the heat to your homemade nachos with the best hot sauce.
Olives are optional, but they add a nice punch of salt to any plate of nachos. Live a little!
Combat the heat of your salsa or hot sauce (that way you can eat more!) with a generous dollop of the best sour cream you can buy.
Don’t worry: We have vegan sour cream lovers covered, too.