What to Serve With Nachos? 20 Best Side Dishes

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Do you plan to have a movie night soon? Or are you craving and fun day with your friends? In either case, add nachos to your menu, as they are the most delicious and fulfilling snacks to enjoy.

Luckily, you can make nachos easily by using store-bought tortilla chips. Make sure to read the expiry date and go for good brands only.

What to Serve With Nachos

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The best side dishes to serve with nachos are salsa, Israeli couscous with beef, ground beef and rice, chili con carne, chicken tortilla soup, turkey chili, pav bhaji, chicken rice and beans, brown lentil soup, pozole, guacamole, avocado salad, crack dip, corn salad, Mexican slaw, and Mexican roasted vegetables. 

So, if you love nachos and can't wait to serve them with new dishes, try the options above. Keep reading for their recipes and some essential tips.

20 Nachos Sides

1. Salsa

Red salsa made of bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, onion and tomatoes

Salsa is one of the common side dishes that get served with nachos worldwide. This spicy dip contains tomatoes, jalapenos, and peppers, giving it a unique and rich flavor. Besides, the small chunks of different ingredients make this sauce quite appetizing.

Serve a bowl with nachos, and enjoy the spicy kick you get after every bite.

2. Ground Beef and Rice

Yellow rice mixed with ground beef, onion and peas with melted cheese on top

Are you tired of eating beef and rice without any sides? How about enjoying them with nachos this time? Nachos add the perfect crunch and salty flavor to this dish, making it pretty interesting.

Rice and beef blend well together, thanks to the interesting tagged recipe. Once the dish is ready, serve them with a pack of tortilla chips and let your guests enjoy their favorite drinks.

3. Chili Con Carne

Chili Con Carne

Here is another dish to enjoy with your nachos, Chili con carne features beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, carrots, and lots of chili flakes for the required flavor. Dip your nachos in this dish and experience lots of flavors within a go.

4. Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is a comforting and delicious soup with chicken, tomatoes, jalapenos, carrots, garlic cloves, black beans, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and different spices for seasoning. It is a rich soup and makes a meal on its own. So, it is baseless to serve it with a heavy dish except for light nachos that dip easily in this bowl of goodness.

5. Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili

Serve your crispy nachos with homemade turkey chili. The tagged recipe is pretty easy to make, but the results are pretty fantastic. Turkey chili makes a mouthful meal and includes primary ingredients such as turkey, bell peppers, jalapeno, carrots, tomatoes, and a special ingredient, cocoa.

Try this interesting dish at home and share your experience.

6. Pav Bhaji

Instant Pot Pav Bhaji

This is a creamy and buttery dish, often paired with buns. But enjoy it with a twist this time and serve it with nachos. Pav bhaji is a healthy dish with many ingredients, such as onions, bell peppers, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, cauliflower, and other ingredients for a perfect taste.

This Indian dish is quite famous. So, follow the recipe properly to do it justice.

7. Chicken Rice and Beans

Chicken Rice and Beans

If you are not into beef, prepare a bowl of chicken and rice and enjoy it with tortilla chips. This recipe is pretty fulfilling, with all the healthy vegetables mixed with chicken and rice. Follow the entire recipe properly to do justice to the different flavors and textures on offer.

8. Brown Lentil Soup

Brown Lentil Soup

Do you crave a hearty and comforting meal to escape the cold? We suggest making this warm and delicious brown lentil soup and serve with your favorite nachos.

This soup uses Indian spices, so you taste them with every sip. Make sure to garnish the soup with some cilantro to add much-needed freshness.

9. Pozole

Spoon with pork chunks and corn topped with spices zoom in

This hearty stew features pork, onion, peppers, garlic, peanut corn, and a few other ingredients. It is a perfect dish to enjoy at dinner and tastes delicious with nachos.

Moreover, it is a one-dish meal. This means you can get it ready within a few minutes without creating any mess.

For even bigger fiesta, check out What to Serve With Pozole.

10. Guacamole


Made from ripe avocados, salt, lemon juice, chopped onions, tomatoes, and cilantro, this guacamole is a perfect dip to pair with nachos. This is a classic Mexican dish with a tempting taste and ideal texture to go with salty and crunchy nachos.

It is best to eat it as soon as it is ready. However, if you want to wait a few hours before consuming it, store it in an airtight jar so its color remains green.

11. Israeli Couscous With Beef

Israeli couscous mixed with ground beef, red ball peppers and carrot slices with shish kebab on side top view

If you haven't tried this dish before, do it at our request. Pair couscous and beef with nachos and enjoy the combination of soft and crunchy texture. The beef used in this recipe is pretty tender and melts in your mouth with every bite.

If the entire dish is too dry, add a sauce to the mix and experience different flavors.

12. Avocado Salad

Avocado Salad

This beautiful salad contains creamy avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and a herb dressing for an ultimate treat. You can serve this salad with nachos and enjoy the beautiful textures and flavors on offer.

This salad is best enjoyed with fresh ingredients. So, instead of using old vegetables stocked in your fridge for many days, buy fresh ones and enjoy them.

13. Crack Dip

Crack Dip

This dip features cheese, ranch dressing, and bacon. It also has sour cream for the perfect soft texture. We love this dip with nachos, and you should try it too.

Make sure you use an electric mixer to blend all the ingredients together. Besides, be careful about the consistency, as the dip shouldn't be too thick.

14. Corn Salad

Corn Salad

Do you fancy having a corn salad with nachos? If you nodded with a yes, try the tagged recipe that makes a delicious and wholesome corn salad.

The recipe has corn kernels, red onions, sweet tomatoes, feta cheese, and cucumbers with a vibrant herb dressing. Try this dish and nachos and share your experience.

15. Mexican Slaw

Mexican Slaw

To make this Mexican slaw, you need green cabbage, grated carrots and cilantro. For the dressing, you require lime juice, honey, ground cumin, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil.

This is a very refreshing salad and better than all the creamy ones. Make a bowl and enjoy it with nachos on a movie night. You can also eat it as a snack to curb your hunger.

16. Mexican Roasted Vegetables

Mexican Roasted Vegetables

These tender vegetables are packed with Mexican flavors and are ideal for enjoying with nachos. Roasted vegetables taste divine and are pretty easy to make. Follow the recipe properly, and get an easy dish to serve your guests.

17.  Sauteed Peppers and Onions

Sauteed Peppers and Onions

Treat yourself to these sauteed peppers and onions served with nachos. This is the perfect side dish to enjoy on a movie night. Besides, sauteed peppers and onions taste divine on a summer afternoon lunch.

You can add a rich and creamy dip to the mix. However, if you aren't in the mood, serving this dish alone with nachos will do the job.

If you want to make the peppers spicy, add chili flakes or jalapenos to this dish.

18. Pico de Gallo

Pico De Gallo

This easy dip uses tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, lime juice, cloves, and salt. You just need to mix everything and serve the resultant dip with nachos.

This is, without a doubt, a healthy dish with lots of fats, fiber, and Vitamin C.

19. Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings

Instead of having fresh fries with buffalo wings, pair them with nachos. Both these dishes taste incredible together. Mix your nachos with the buffalo sauce, and enjoy the spicy kick.

20. Roasted Garlic Green Beans

Roasted garlic Green Beans

If you don't like having green beans alone, enjoy them with nachos. This combination is a great way to introduce your kids to all the vitamins and fiber required to stay healthy.

Try the tagged recipe and give these beans the perfect twist to taste amazing.

Final Takeaway

Nachos are crunchy and delicious and can be paired with many side dishes. We have listed 20 side options in the article above. So, pick your favorites and serve them with nachos to all your family and friends.

20 Side Dishes to Eat With Nachos

  1. Salsa
  2. Ground Beef and Rice
  3. Chili Con Carne
  4. Chicken Tortilla Soup
  5. Turkey Chili
  6. Pav Bhaji
  7. Chicken Rice and Beans
  8. Brown Lentil Soup
  9. Pozole
  10. Guacamole
  11. Israeli Couscous With Beef
  12. Avocado Salad
  13. Crack Dip
  14. Corn Salad
  15. Mexican Slaw
  16. Mexican Roasted Vegetables
  17. Sauteed Peppers and Onions
  18. Pico de Gallo
  19. Buffalo wings
  20. Roasted Garlic Green Beams

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What To Serve With Nachos

Nachos are delicious and can be enjoyed with many side dishes. Read this article to find your top options.
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Course: dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Crunchy nachos, nachos
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Corrie


  • 2 nachos


  • Get nachos.
  • Make one of the side dishes above. You can try salsa, turkey chili, chili con carne, pav bhaji, brown lentil soup, pozole, ground beef and rice, chicken rice and beans, guacamole, corn salad, Mexican slaw, roasted garlic green beans, Mexican roasted vegetables or chicken tortilla soup.
  • Serve together and enjoy 🙂
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