What To Serve With Nachos?

Important Note: When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Content, pricing, offers and availability are subject to change at any time - more info.

Crunchy tortilla chips topped with all your favorite fixings are perfect for a speedy weeknight meal or for the next time you want to host a get-together with friends. All palates can find something to their liking, from mild guacamole and heavenly melted Cheddar to fiery salsa and heaps of sour cream. Nachos are usually a snack, but what can you serve with nachos to turn them into a meal?

There are various side dishes you could serve with nachos, such as black bean soup, Mexican rice, cheesy quesadillas, tacos, Spanish rice, and crispy chicken wings. Other sides include Mexican grilled corn (elote), fajitas, sloppy jo’s, buttermilk jalapeño cornbread, chili poppers, and many more!

You’ve come to the best place if you’ve ever wondered what to pair with nachos to make them more substantial than a mere snack. We’ve compiled our favorite suggestions for tasty additions and garnishes to serve with nachos.

The Best Sides To Serve With Nachos

It is common for nachos to be served with meats like grilled chicken or ground beef and a range of other toppings, including lettuce, olives, chili peppers, and tomatoes, all of which are covered in cheese sauce or melted cheese.

Finally, it’s topped with sour cream, salsa, and guacamole as a finishing touch. With their most basic form, nachos might simply be chips covered in cheese and served as an appetizer or snack; however, some variants are substantial enough to be the main entrée.

You can serve various dishes alongside nachos to complete or enhance this Mexican delicacy! Let’s see if there is anything below that tickles your taste buds.

Spicy Black Bean Soup

In the cooler months, serve a big bowl of spicy black bean soup to your guests to warm them up from within. It’s a dish sure to please a crowd when served with nachos because it’s both comforting and refreshing.

To heat things up, you could top the soup with spicy salsa, green cilantro, sliced red onion, and a heaped spoonful of sour cream. Delicious

Enchiladas

Enchiladas are a dish on their own, however, if you are looking for a side dish for nachos, this may well be the best accompaniment, and there are various ways to prepare them.

One of the best enchilada versions is made with a Mexican chili ground beef filling, a sour cream layer on top, a grated Cheddar over the sour cream, a sprinkle of paprika on top, and into the oven until the cheese has melted and developed a bit of browning.

Avocado Cilantro Lime Rice

Avocado cilantro lime rice is a fantastic option to serve with nachos because it is really creamy, nutritious, and visually appealing. To prepare, mash the avocados and season them with lime juice, cilantro, garlic, and cumin. Add some salt and pepper and warm cooked rice (you can use any rice you prefer), and mix it all together.

Buttermilk Jalapeño Cornbread

Cornbread’s sweetness is unrivaled, and buttermilk jalapeño cornbread strikes the ideal balance between sweet and spicy. It’s an enticing Mexican snack made with onions and extra-sharp cheese. Put a loaf of bread in the oven while you’re eating nachos, and you’ll create a delicious side dish you’ll want to serve with nachos every time.

Mexican Salad

There’s no denying that nachos are a sumptuous pleasure. Serve this really nutritious Mexican salad if you’re searching for something healthier. It tastes fantastic and helps lessen the guilt associated with your nacho feast.

Mexican Rice

Mexican rice is made with white rice, stock, garlic, onion, and tomatoes. If you have any extra vegetables in the fridge or pantry that you would like to add or that will expire soon, now is the time to use them. You can spice things up by adding paprika, sweet corn, green peas, peppers, or anything else you think may compliment the flavor of the rice.

Fish Taco Salad Bowls

It is one of the dinners that make you appreciate eating healthy food, and the outcome is a flaky white fish fillet cooked in a typical taco recipe with avocado, salsa, and lime. It’s the sort of lunch you’d expect to find on a beach in the summertime! You could try this recipe using monkfish (mild, sweet fish with flesh similar to lobster), cod, and even tilapia.

Mexican Short Ribs

Marinating pork short ribs in chilies, citrus juices, and garlic before grilling them is the key to the success of a traditional Mexican recipe for barbecue ribs.

As a result, you will have some tasty snacks that go perfectly with nachos. However, there are various ways to prepare Mexican ribs apart from this example. We assure you that these are a real crowd pleaser, so make sure you make a whole bunch!

Tacos

Since you put similar toppings on nachos and tacos, you may cut down on the number of ingredients you need to buy.

A victory for all parties! Any meat works well in tacos. You can make tacos with grilled mahi-mahi or fresh shrimp during the grilling season. Please choose your preferred meat, or even better, put up a taco platter so everyone can customize their meal to their tastes.

Sloppy Joes

The whole household will love this savory and sweet combination. The lack of dubious substances makes this a considerably safer alternative to the canned variety. Finish it up with a bun and some pickles, and you have a simple, delicious dish to compliment your nachos.

Mexican Pozole

Avocado, radishes, shredded cabbage, and coriander are common toppings for the Mexican soup pozole, a thick broth cooked with pork, maize, and red chilies. While it’s most commonly associated with Christmas Eve, you can enjoy this dish any time.

Most people won’t have heard of it unless they have a serious interest in Mexican cuisine, so if you are bored with the same old burritos and tacos and want to try something new, this is a great dish to serve with nachos.

Corn Ribs & Macha Mayo

You should definitely try serving corn ribs with Macha mayo as a side dish with your nachos. It only requires a little olive oil and a smoky chipotle fajita and taco mix to season the corn ribs. After being baked in the oven until the edges are crispy and blackened, you can serve them with a flavorful, hot Macha mayo.

Cheesy Quesadillas

Quesadillas take the brilliance of melted cheese to the next level, and they are tough to resist when doused in sour cream and salsa! 

Before adding the ingredients, you can reheat the tortillas for another minute or so to add a bit of crunchiness. Furthermore, quesadillas and nachos are incredibly dynamic duos, and cleanup is a breeze since they are both finger foods.

Sweet Potato Fries

Everyone enjoys a plate of fries; however, sweet potato fries are a great option because they add sweet and nutty flavors to the meal and are a healthier alternative to French fries. You can prepare the chips by baking, frying, or air-frying them. Add some of your favorite seasonings, dried herbs, and a generous drizzle of olive oil to complete the dish.

Empanada

Empanadas, a delicious Mexican street food, are a great complement to nachos and a Mexican buffet spread where guests help themselves to whatever strikes their fancy. Pastry for the greatest homemade empanadas is made using butter, flour, water, and eggs. The filling is a mixture of ground beef, potatoes, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and various fresh herbs.

Crispy Chicken Wings

Apart from vegetarians and vegans, there can’t be anyone who doesn’t like chicken wings. You can dip your chicken wings in various sauces based on your tolerance for heat.

If you want to go with a classic flavor, use buffalo sauce, and if you want to stay true to a Mexican theme, consider a marinade made with habanero or jalapeño peppers. Things are about to get messy, so extra napkins are a must!

Spanish Rice

Spanish rice is an excellent accompaniment if you’re serving nachos as the main dish. Even people with more delicate palates can like Spanish rice because the garlic, cumin, tomato sauce, and other seasonings or spices give it just the right amount of kick without making it too spicy.

Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn)

Commonly known as elote, Mexican street corn is a sophisticated take on the classic “corn-on-the-cob .”It is finished with a mixture of chili pepper flakes or chili pepper, cotija cheese, and lime juice, giving it the smoky, burnt flavor you get from grilling veggies. If you try this corn, you might never go back to eating plain corn again!

Burritos

Burritos are an excellent side dish for nachos since they’re filling, spicy, and full of flavor. Indulge your taste buds by stuffing them full of meats, vegetables, and cheeses wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. Ensure you have additional sliced lettuce if you have any carb-conscious dinner guests.

Taquitos

Taquitos are stuffed tortillas fried or baked and served with your favorite Mexican fillings. Baked taquitos are lighter and less messy, and you can make large ones as a main dish or smaller ones to serve with nachos for a more casual dining experience. These are fantastic to serve with nachos; real home run!

Fajitas

Fajitas are a colorful and flavorful meal, and the greatest part is you can customize the ingredients to suit your tastes and those of your loved ones.

Throw in mushrooms, peppers, onions, zucchini, and peppers, and use any protein you like (beef, chicken, prawns, or even tofu) as the main ingredient. If you like things spicy, throw in some chopped chilis and serve with lime wedges, coriander, guacamole, sour cream, and grated Cheddar.

Refried Beans

Adding refried beans into the mix is a surefire way to make you feel like you’re in Mexico! While you may expect them alongside your enchiladas, taco, or burrito order, they’re even better on your nachos! It adds a new flavor and texture to the nachos, which is both interesting and delicious!

Jalapeño Poppers

A jalapeño popper (or jalapeño bite) is a de-seeded jalapeño pepper (hollowed out) stuffed with a blend of spices, cheese, and, on occasion, ground meat. Then, the entire stuffed pepper is breaded and deep-fried.

People call them armadillo eggs when wrapped in bacon because they look like an armadillo shell. The fun thing about jalapeño poppers is you can make them as mild or fiery as you want. They are perfect for serving with nachos, especially when you have friends over and set them out on a platter, the same as the nachos.

Fun Party TipTo make things interesting, make a few mild ones and a few super-spicy ones and mix them up on one platter to create a Mexican version of Russian roulette, a “Russian-roulette jalapeño popper platter.” Your friends will be both tempted and terrified to pick a popper!

Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is cheap, juicy, and tender, making it an excellent choice for serving with nachos, especially if you’re a meat-obsessed person. It’s preferable to use pork shoulder since it contains the right amount of fat to produce a creamy, luscious finish.

Make sure you cook your pork low and slow for the finest results. This dish cannot be whipped together in a hurry and may take a few hours, so early preparation is key!

Chili Con Carne

You may use chili con carne as a topping for your nachos, or you can serve it on the side so that your guests can add as much or as little as they like. It’s an easy-to-prepare recipe with many flavors, and you can lighten it up by serving it with some natural yogurt if you have young children.

You can make your chili con carne with beef mince if you want to. You can replace meat with Quorn, beans, sweet potato, or pulses if you’re cooking for vegetarians.

Salsa Chicken

This is one of our top dishes to serve with nachos! As long as you’ve got some taco seasoning and some canned sweetcorn in your pantry (plus some juicy chicken breasts), all you need to do is throw up a simple salsa chicken main dish for nachos! Cut the spring onions in half diagonally for visual appeal and place them on top of the dish.

So, What Will You Serve With Your Nachos?

There are numerous tasty options to serve with nachos. So, you’re ready to up the ante on your usual nachos? Adding protein like chicken, steak, or black beans to your nachos might make them more filling, but side dishes like the ones on our list above are ideal accompaniments. Make sure to try all of them! Disfrutar!


Get Foodie Deals
We collect great foodie-focused deals from across the web daily. Get yourself or your favorite foodie a great deal at big name stores.

Recent Recipes