The 14 Best, Most Over-The-Top Nachos Recipes Ever

12-Layer Nachos

This recipe was created in response to some legitimate nacho angst: Too many chips, not enough toppings. Author Authur Bovino says believes that all too often, nachos are just "a ploy to get you to eat a bunch of nasty chips!"  In this recipe, each individual chip is meticulously garnished with nacho toppings, making each and every bite a complete nacho experience. Check out the recipe here.

The 14 Best, Most Over-the-Top Nachos Recipes Ever

Nachos were first invented by a now legendary maître d' named Ignacio Anaya —"Nacho" for short — at the Victory Club restaurant in Piedras Negras, Mexico, just across the Rio Grande from Eagle Pass, Texas. It is said that he created the first-ever batch of nachos canapé-style, circa 1943, as an improvised snack for a group of U.S. Army wives whose husbands were stationed at nearby Fort Duncan. He covered individual fried corn tortillas with Cheddar, melted it briefly in the oven, then topped each with a slice of pickled jalapeño. That's all there was to what he described as "Nacho's especiales" — soon shortened to just "nachos."

We've come a long way since Anaya's burst of culinary inspiration, and today the world of nachos knows no bounds. Seriously, almost anything goes! Check out this list of Not-Cho Average Nacho Toppings, and pick up some essential nacho tips from The Daily Meal's Ultimate Guide to Nachos. You could even whip up a batch of sweet dessert nachos if that's more to your liking.

All that matters is that on Nov. 6 —National Nacho Day — you should be enjoying a big plate of nachos. Read on for a list of the 14 best, most over-the-top nacho recipes ever. 

Bison Nachos

Tender bison shirt steak is seasoned with soy sauce, lime juice, and cilantro, then seared until perfect. The steak is then diced up, piled over crispy tortillas, and topped with cheese. Click here for the recipe.

Black and White Nachos

These nachos are fit for a black-tie affair, an ultra-casual soirée, or just a fun family meal. Feel free to use all white or black beans, if you prefer. For this recipe, click here.

Cheesy Mexican Street Corn Nachos

Toss some corn over these cheesy nachos for the perfect touch of sweetness. For this recipe, click here.

Grilled Chicken Nachos

If it's not too cold outside, fire up that grill and make this toasty, smoky version of nachos. For this recipe, click here.

Hearty Nachos

These vegan nachos are practically a meal on their own; they incorporate a unique homemade "cheese" sauce blend that combines cashews, tahini, tamari, and lemon juice.

Click here to see the Hearty Nachos recipe.

Irish Nachos

The secret here is in the way you construct the nacho pile. You must layer the fries — starting with the largest on the bottom — and use the cheese sauce between the layers to hold the pyramid together as you build it. It's also very important that the cheese sauce be the right consistency: too thin and it won't hold together, too thick and the texture won't be right. Check out the recipe here.

Mini Pepper Nachos

Some people find it difficult to eat healthy, especially during football season. With this dish, you still get all of the flavors of traditional nachos, but the chips are swapped for mini bell peppers to deliver that essential satisfying crunch. Find the recipe here.

Nachos de la Casa

A special homemade "ranchera sauce" is the key to unlocking the authentic flavors of this dish. Find out how to make it here.

Nacho Fries

Move aside tortilla chips because fries create the perfect nest for refried beans, gooey Cheddar, salsa, sour cream, and whatever else you feel like piling on. For this recipe, click here.

Nachos in Smoky Black Bean Sauce

Chipotle and fresh oregano lend the big smoky flavor to the black bean mixture in these awesome nachos. Check it out here.

Nacho Mama’s Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese is piled high with all the nacho toppings — how about that for over-the-top nachos? Click here for the recipe.

Stuffed Mac and Cheese Nacho Dumplings

Nothing beats the deliciousness of crunchy tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and all of the other accouterments of nachos — except when the chips are actually wonton wrappers and they're filled with mac and cheese. Did we mention there are Doritos involved, as well? Find this recipe here.

Turkey Nachos

For some serious flavor, the ground turkey is seasoned with Tex-Mex spices and cooked with a generous splash of beer. Top these nachos with any of your favorite pile-ons. Click here for the recipe.