7 Epic Game Day Nacho Recipes to Upgrade Your Snack Presentation

Nothing screams game day (whether it be basketball, football, baseball, or any other game day) like a pile of nachos. Our variety of nacho recipes will inspire you to create a snack spread that's so delicious, you'll quickly become known as the homemade nachos champion. Here you'll find some seriously delicious loaded nachos complete with all the fixings. If you want to go beyond classic nacho cheese sauce, try some of our creative nachos featuring homemade sauces, Mediterranean flavors, and more.

01 of 07

Triple-Pepper Nachos

Triple-Pepper Nachos
Jason Donnelly

This vegetarian nachos recipe is so good you don't need any meat. Three different pepper varieties (roasted red peppers, pepperoncini, and jalapeños) add spice to these nachos. Made with homemade baked whole wheat tortilla chips, one serving only has 201 calories, so you can enjoy this healthy nachos recipe guilt-free.

02 of 07

Loaded Nachos

loaded Nachos on parchment paper
Jason Donnelly

Go all out with these loaded nachos. The nacho cheese sauce is made from three (yes, three!) cheeses—mozzarella, cheddar, and cream cheese. Baked tortilla chips are piled high with ground beef (seasoned with homemade taco spice mix) and a slew of your favorite toppings for the ultimate game day nachos spread.

03 of 07

Classic Nachos

Classic Nachos
Blaine Moats

Need a reliable nachos recipe? Look no further than our top-rated classic nachos. The base of these delicious homemade nachos calls for only five ingredients. The rest is up to you. Set up a nachos station so everyone can choose their favorite fixings. We like thinly sliced green onion, fresh cilantro, sour cream, and plenty of spicy salsa.

Test Kitchen Tip: Think beyond chips! Use the nacho toppings on french fries, potato tots, sweet potato slices, a bed of lettuce, or even pizza crust.

04 of 07

Nachos Mole

Nachos Mole
Jason Donnelly

If you've never had the chance to try mole (pronounced MO-lay), this is an excellent time to start. Our quick interpretation of the rich Mexican sauce features warm spices (chili powder, cinnamon, and cumin) along with barbecue sauce and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. You get to choose your protein here, but shredded chicken or pork are delicious.

05 of 07

Gyro Nachos

Gyro Nachos with Tzatziki Sauce
Karla Conrad

Pull out your slow cooker for this unique take on homemade nachos. Shredded chicken tops pita chips, which are then smothered in a fresh tzatziki sauce. Short on time? Follow our recipe to make the nachos in your pressure cooker!

Buy It: Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker ($50, Target)

06 of 07

Tequila Shrimp "Nachos"

Tequila Shrimp Nachos
Adam Lyons

When you want a pile of nachos but are cutting carbs, try these shrimp nachos. We put those quotes in the title because there are technically no chips involved. (Though you can definitely serve with tortilla chips!) Instead, we use a bed of fresh tomatoes as the base for our boozy marinated grilled shrimp. Serve on a bed of fresh heirloom tomatoes in a variety of colors and sizes for a pretty display.

07 of 07

Lasagna Pasta Chip Nachos

Pasta Chips in metal serving dish
Hannah Bigot

Experience game day like never before with these homemade nachos. Fry up cooked pasta noodles to become your crunchy base for cooked Italian sausage and pasta sauce. And it wouldn't be nachos without the cheese. Pile your baked nachos with layers of nutty Parmesan and melty mozzarella cheese.

Buy It: Red Copper Nonstick 5-Piece Deep 10-Inch Square Pan Set ($40, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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