Time to break out of your same old nacho routine. Get recipes and ideas for crowd-pleasing nachos, including some that might surprise you.
Super Deluxe Steak Nachos
Credit: Chef John

Just in case you've fallen into a nacho rut, here are 10 different ways to dig yourself out, one cheesy, saucy, crispy, crunchy nacho at a time. How many of these variations have you tried?

Not Your Everyday Nachos

1. Schmancy nachos: Super Deluxe Steak Nachos

Super-Deluxe Steak Nachos
Super Deluxe Steak Nachos | Photo by Chef John

2. Buffalo-style: Buffalo Chicken Nacho Bowl

Buffalo Chicken Nacho Bowl
Buffalo Chicken Nacho Bowl | Photo by Amanda Frederickson
| Credit: Amanda Frederickson

3. Under the sea: Shrimp and Jalapeno Nachos

Shrimp and Jalapeno Nachos
Shrimp and Jalapeno Nachos | Photo by Christina
Italian Nachos Restaurant-Style
Italian Nachos Restaurant-Style | Photo by Christina

5. Playing steel drums: Caribbean Nachos

Caribbean Nachos
Caribbean Nachos | Photo by Sugarplum

6. Over Tater Tots: Totchos Libre

7. Put an egg on it: Breakfast Nachos!

Breakfast Nachos!
Breakfast Nachos! | Photo by Linda T
Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip
Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip | Photo by Marianne

9. In a casserole: Beef Nacho Casserole

Beef Nacho Casserole
Beef Nacho Casserole | Photo by mis7up
| Credit: Photo by mis7up

10. For your sweet tooth: Chocolate Allspice Dessert Nachos

Dessert Nachos
Dessert Nachos | Photo by Melissa Goff

A Brief History of Nachos

Wait, nachos have a backstory? Yes, and you can flash it out the next time you're elbow-deep in nachos with your friends. Because you crush at food trivia.

First of all, there really was a guy nicknamed Nacho, who came up with this eponymous snack. His full name was Ignacio Anaya, and he worked at the El Moderno restaurant in Piedras Negras on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.

One day in 1943, a group of wives from the Eagle Pass military base on the Texas side came in for a bite, but the cook had stepped away. So, although he was the maitre d', Nacho donned the apron himself. Using what he found in the kitchen — tortillas, cheese, and jalapeños — he whipped up a a pile of mmm mmm good, earning him and it an honored spot in Snacktown's Hall of Fame. (Well, if there really was one, Nacho's nachos would be in it.)

Mark your calendars to celebrate National Nachos Day on November 6.

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