The Ultimate Guide to Tasty Nacho Toppings

You’re going to want to try all of these nacho topping ideas.

Nachos are a dream come true food. Whenever you’re hungry or just fancy a small snack, nachos can come to the rescue. And, best of all, you can eat them with your hands. No cutlery equals no cleaning up. Heaven! 

Another gift that nachos keep on giving is the huge variety of toppings that work so well with them. From the gooey goodness of cheese-soaked nachos to the super spice of jalapenos, there is a topping to please everyone out there. 

Nachos with cheese toppings in a box.

Whether you’re making a nacho snack for yourself or a nacho bar for an upcoming party, we want to make your nachos more exciting. That’s why, in today’s blog, we will be finding out some of the most interesting and delicious toppings that blend so incredibly with nachos.

Once you try one (or all) of these toppings, you will find it hard to go back to your regular melted cheese. Let’s delve into the world of nacho toppings together so you can try some new tasting experiences right away.

Best Toppings For Nachos

  1. BBQ Chicken and Pineapple
  2. Guacamole
  3. Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
  4. Sour Cream
  5. Shrimp
  6. Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella cheese
  7. Bacon and Eggs
  8. Olives
  9. Fried Chicken
  10. Cheese

BBQ Chicken and Pineapple 

bbq chicken and pineapple nachos

Nachos are Mexican treats that are now world-famous. Because of their Mexican heritage, the toppings, and ingredients associated with nachos are usually based on traditional Mexican recipes. But, you can broaden your horizons! Look around the world and different regions offer interesting toppings for nachos.

One example is the BBQ chicken and pineapple ingredients from Hawaii. The grilled pineapple boasts a smoky, sweet flavor that works perfectly atop salty tortilla chips. Just add some dashes of BBQ sauce-covered chicken and you have yourself a classic Huli Huli dish. Finish off with some melted cheese and you can thank us later.


Nachos with guacamole toppings in a wooden bowl.

This is a favorite of many nacho eaters around the world. Adding a good offering of creamy, fresh, homemade guacamole will make your nachos truly irresistible. While you can get store-bought guac, we highly recommend making it yourself using mashed avocado, lime juice, bell peppers, onions, chopped tomatoes or pico de gallo, salt, and cilantro.

The texture and the heat exuded from the guacamole and nachos will help this regular dish come alive. Add some melted cheese (obviously) and the texture of the crunchy veggies with buttery cheese is like heaven for your palate. 

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon chips 

bowl of fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

If you’re a little tired of savory nacho dishes and want to experience something sweeter, then you will be a huge fan of these fruity nachos. Adding a fruit salsa to your nachos may sound a little odd but it works incredibly well!

You should make the salsa yourself using oranges, strawberries, pineapples, and kiwis. Of course, if you prefer, you can simply use this salsa as a dip instead. When it comes to the cinnamon chips, simply spread these on a platter and add the well-drained fruit salsa on top.

If you love nachos but also can’t get enough chocolate, then you should also add a little drizzle of white chocolate on top in place of the usual cheese. 

Sour Cream 

sour cream on nachos

For dairy lovers among us, sour cream is a must-try topping for your nachos. This topping offers a hint of cool tanginess to the nachos and provides a burst of freshness in your mouth. Of course, sour cream can be a little heavy on calories.

If you’re watching those pounds, you can try some light options such as fat-free and lite sour cream. If sour cream is not your favorite ingredient, you can swap it out for greek yogurt or a low-fat plain yogurt too.

Even if your nachos are warmed up, the contrasting heat and the coolness of the sour cream or yogurt are truly a delight to behold. 


shrimp on top of nachos

If you’re a fan of seafood, you don’t have to leave it out when enjoying nachos. To make your nacho dishes more interesting, add some grilled shrimp on top. Squeeze some lime juice over the shrimp alongside a dash of chipotle chili powder and you will be in the presence of nacho royalty.

If that’s not enough for your taste buds, add some sliced avocado, sliced jalapenos, queso fresco, and a helping of melted cheese. Then, simply enjoy! 

Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Cheese

spinach and artichoke dip for nachos

Although this is more of a dip for your nachos, we can’t see a reason why you can’t spread it over the top as well. This dip is so flavorful that you could even forget about the nachos altogether and grab a spoon to help yourself. Just be prepared to eat your nachos quickly as the weight of these ingredients will soon break the crispy nacho out of your hand.

Hot or cold, this creamy, cheesy, gooey dream come true has everything you want from a nacho topping. And best of all, you can keep this topping/dip for up to a week in the fridge to keep enjoying every day. 

Bacon and Eggs 

breakfast nachos with bacon and eggs

Do you love bacon? Check. Do you love eggs? Check. Bacon and eggs go so well on top of nachos. We know it sounds crazy but whatever way you prepare these ingredients, they taste amazing with the crunchiness of nachos.

You can choose which way you like your eggs in the morning as well as on your nachos. Scrambled, fried, or poached – it’s up to you! Finish off with some chopped vegetables, some fresh zucchini pico de gallo, shredded cheese (cheddar works best), and the magic ingredient, piles of bacon. Yummy! 


nachos with olives on it

Olives may be considered an acquired taste but if you are a fan of these small fruits, then you should love them as a topping for your nachos too. Olives bring saltiness to the nacho bar, giving the basic nachos an extra kick of flavor.

Although salty, olives tend to have a moderately mild flavor which combines well with a host of other ingredients. Whether you want traditional olives or garlic stuffed olives, the choice is yours. For an ultra-salty tasting experience, we recommend adding kalamata olives to your nachos. 

Fried Chicken 

fried chicken

At this point in life, we’re pretty sure that fried chicken goes well with most ingredients and dishes. And, unsurprisingly, the crispy, tender delights that fried chicken has to offer act wonderfully as nacho toppings. While shredded chicken is a popular choice of nacho toppings, we feel it’s time for fried chicken to rule the roost for once.

Store-bought fried chicken will work wonders or you can fry chicken in breadcrumbs at home. Both are just as tasty on nachos. Just chop the chicken up and add alongside nacho cheese. You can choose between salsa, sour cream, or guacamole too. Hey, you can be adventurous and try all at the same time. We won’t blame you.


cheese nachos

Yes, cheese is the most obvious topping but there is so much you can do with cheese. And, there are so many types to choose from. As you probably know, nachos have their own form of cheese aptly named ‘nacho cheese.’ However, this cheese is rarely the real deal so we want you to try other types.

You can opt to add a pile of shredded cheese on top with a melted queso dip for added variety but just make sure the cheese always melts properly all over the nachos. The best cheeses for nachos are:

  • Cheddar
  • Monterey Jack
  • Pepper Jack
  • American
  • Velveeta
  • Cream cheese 

Be as creative as you like with these cheeses and all other toppings!

Final Thoughts

This guide will really help you spice up your nachos with some toppings you may have never tried before or even heard of. The next time you get a plate of nachos that seems a little boring, go ahead and add some of these delicious toppings!

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin lives in East Passyunk and enjoys checking out the local restaurants in South Philly and beyond. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.