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What To Serve With Nachos – 39 BEST Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your nachos, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 39 of the most popular side dishes for nachos.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with nachos are guacamole, buffalo wings, and homemade chili. You can also serve them with a side of mango pico de gallo, Mexican slaw, or mozzarella sticks. For salad options, there’s fresh tomato salad or black bean and corn salad.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Edamame guacamole

Guacamole is a classic side for nachos and it’s easy to see why.

It’s creamy, refreshing, and bright. There’s no way you won’t love dipping your nachos in it.

And mixing some edamame into your bowl of guac will add extra texture and boost its protein content.

Why we love this recipe: it uses whole lemon or lime instead of just its juice for extra flavor.

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Black bean and corn salad

A Mexican-inspired salad that won’t look out of place next to your nachos is this black bean and corn salad.

Tossed in a lime dressing, this salad exudes freshness.

And it only takes 10 minutes to make!

Psst… canned beans and corn are fine.

Why we love this recipe: it’s light but filling at the same time.

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Drunken beans

Also known as Frijoles Borrachos, these beans are simmered in Mexican beer to achieve a nice deep flavor.

They have a pretty soupy texture, so once you’ve scooped all the beans up with your nachos you might need a spoon to make sure none of the sauce gets left behind.

Why we love this recipe: it has a gluten-free version you can follow too.

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Buffalo chicken wings

Nothing screams game day like a feast of nachos and buffalo wings.

The wings are covered with salt, garlic powder, and the (not so) secret ingredient baking powder before being roasted to crisp perfection.

Then they’re coated with a buttery, tangy buffalo sauce.

Why we love this recipe: the homemade buffalo sauce has only 3 ingredients.

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Mozzarella sticks

Another finger-food treat that’s excellent with nachos is mozzarella sticks.

They don’t need much of an introduction… just make sure you don’t forget the dipping sauce (marinara sauce is my go-to).

These tend to disappear quickly at parties, so it’s a good idea to make double!

Why we love this recipe: it’s a traditional but tasty recipe.

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Mango pico de gallo

Another classic pairing for nachos is the well-loved Mexican pico de gallo.

But just like with the guacamole, we’ve added a little twist in the form of some mangoes.

The sweet mangoes help to balance out the heat from the jalapenos, and make the whole thing even juicier. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s a quick and easy no cook-dish.

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Homemade chili

For the ultimate comfort meal, serve your nachos with a hearty bowl of homemade chili.

You can make the chili your own by playing with the spice levels, going meatless, or adding in extras like bacon and corn.

The only thing that’s mandatory is a dollop of sour cream on top.

Why we love this recipe: you can cook it on the stove, in a slow cooker, or in an instant pot.

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Carrot and celery sticks

If you’re having loaded nachos, it’s best to pair them with a simple veggie side.

And what could be better than a healthy set of carrot and celery sticks?

All you need to do is slice them up and serve them with a creamy ranch dip.

Psst… feel free to use other veggies like peppers or cucumber too.

Why we love this recipe: you can slice the veggies up ahead of time if you need.

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Jalapeno popper bites

Loaded nachos and jalapeno poppers are another satisfying game night duo.

But instead of the usual jalapeno poppers, these ones are deconstructed and covered in a crunchy panko coating.

Pro tip: if you like your popper bites spicier than usual, add more sriracha sauce.

Other fun additions are minced pineapple or bacon.

Why we love this recipe: they’re bite-sized and fun.

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Fresh tomato salad

Here’s another vibrant salad that’s perfect for when you’re in a real rush.

It’s got three main ingredients, and will only take you 5 minutes to put together.

You might already have everything you need on hand to – which saves you a trip to the store!

Why we love this recipe: it elevates the humble tomato into something amazing.

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Mexican slaw

Stick with the Mexican theme and Mexify your slaw with lime juice, cilantro, and jalapenos.

Unlike your traditional creamy slaw, this one’s fresh, smokey and tangy all in one.

It’s best paired with meaty nachos like pulled pork nachos or chicken tinga nachos.

Why we love this recipe: it’s filled with crunchy vegetables.

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Cilantro-lime black bean rice

Turn your nachos into a complete meal with some rice.

But don’t go for plain rice – that would be boring.

Flavoring the rice with some fresh cilantro and lime gives it a sharp kick that will cut through the rich cheese on your nachos and keep things light.

Why we love this recipe: it’s effortlessly delicious.

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Mexican roasted zucchini

This roasted Mexican zucchini is the perfect veggie side to serve with your nachos. 

The zucchini is flavored with classic elote spices and then finished with a spritz of lime juice – kind of like elotes but without the corn!

Why we love this recipe: it’s super healthy but doesn’t lack any flavor.

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What dessert to serve with nachos?

The best desserts to serve with nachos are Mexican-inspired ones. For example, you could serve some crispy churros, a Mexican rice pudding, or some sweet cornbread muffins. A caramel flan is never a bad idea either!

The best dessert to serve with nachos:

What To Serve With Nachos

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your nachos.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: nacho side dishes, what to serve with nachos
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 306kcal


  • 1 portion nachos


  • Prepare your nachos according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: edamame guacamole, black bean and corn salad, drunken beans, buffalo chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, mango pico de gallo, homemade chili, carrot and celery sticks, jalapeno popper bites, fresh tomato salad, Mexican slaw, cilantro-lime black bean rice, and Mexican roasted zucchini.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 306kcal

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