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The 15 Best Nachos in Houston

Published On 04/20/2015 Published On 04/20/2015

Question: what happens when a Tex-Mex classic that gets seriously abused at movie theaters comes to Houston and melds with things like BBQ, Vietnamese, and Gulf Coast seafood? Answer: The most glorious of all the nachos to ever exist ever, as seen in their full, absurdly cheesy splendor here:

Nancy Ames Nachos

Molina’s (address and info)
Multiple locations
The Nancy Ames nachos are reason enough to visit this Tex-Mex institution. We’re not sure if the American folk songstress created or simply inspired the dish, but the spicy beef, beans, guacamole, cheese, diced tomatoes, and jalapeño-loaded chips make us love her as much as we love that guy Jose who created our favorite dip.


Monster Kong Nachos

Chacho’s (address and info)
Multiple locations
Pile-high nachos come in 1/4 or 1/2 plates, but we have no idea why you wouldn’t go for the full, save the fact that maybe you don’t want to get a heart attack today. But if you do want one, go for the Monster Kong: a nacho variety plate stacked with an ungodly amount melted cheese; refried beans; chicken & mesquite beef fajitas; shredded chicken; picadillo beef; and a spread of spicy queso, sour cream, and guac. Monster Kong it is.

Ninfa's Original on Navigation

Nacho specials

Ninfa’s on Navigation (address and info)
East End 
Obviously, the chicken & beef fajitas nachos at this Tex-Mex OG are awe-inspiring, but when Executive Chef Alex Padilla pulls out things like cheesy and decadent lobster nachos, it’s game-over.

Char-grilled pork or chicken nachos

Nobi Public House (address and info)
It doesn’t get more Houston than a Viet-Tex-Mex craft beer bar. It also doesn’t get more addicting -- because said Viet-Tex-Mex craft beer bar dishes out char-grilled pork-, pickled jalapeño-, and queso-coated nachos for you to gulp down with your brews.

The El Cantina Superior

Nachos Solamente

The El Cantina Superior (address and info)
Clearly, this Tex-Mex newcomer cares for you deeply. That’s why it individually crafts each of its nachos to include asadero cheese, fresh jalapeño, black beans, pico, cilantro ranch -- plus smoked brisket, fried chicken, or fajitas -- on Every. Single. Bite.

Nachos Rocio

Teotihuacan Mexican CafĂ© (address and info)
Multiple locations
Home-style Tex-Mex means your nachos are loaded with classically delicious offerings like steak & chicken fajitas, beans, cheese, sour cream, guac, and jalapeños. But we love the Nachos Rocio, where spiced ground beef adds a greasy, meaty punch.

El Tiempo Cantina

Jumbo lump crab nachos

El Tiempo (address and info
Multiple locations
Refried black beans, gooey cheese, and tender jumbo lump crab meat top these individually constructed nacho masterpieces. They are like a work of art. A very cheesy and delicious work of art.

Steak, chicken, shrimp, pork, or crab nachos

Fusion Taco (address and info)
Get your heaping plate of hot and beautifully greasy chips with a more-than-generous heap of steak, chicken, shrimp, pork, or crab (maybe they can do all?), gooey chile con queso, black beans, corn salsa, pickled jalapeños, and sour cream & guac -- because they’re cool like that.

MAX's Wine Dive Houston

Nacho Mama’s Oysters

Max’s Wine Dive (address and info
Multiple locations
These are nacho mama’s nachos. Unless your mama made nachos with slippery fried Gulf oysters, garlic aioli, habanero salsa, and hot & fresh wonton chips -- in which case, you have the best mom ever.

Build-it-your-way nachos

Bodegas Taco Shop (address and info)
Museum District
Construct your own nacho masterpiece by piling on things like rotisserie chicken, steak fajitas, pork carnitas, queso, roasted corn relish, pico, olives, refried black beans, jalapeños, and -- screw it -- cilantro-lime rice. Why? BECAUSE YOU CAN.

Los Tios Mexican Restaurant

Off-the-menu special #15

Los Tios (address and info)
Multiple locations
Loyal patrons know to order the off-the-menu special #15. Because when you can get your taco meat-, refried bean-, and chile con queso-loaded chips with a side of Mexican rice, puffy queso, and cheese enchilada, you do.

Stockyard Bar-B-Q

BBQ nachos

Stockyard Bar-B-Q (address and info)
Hot and freshly fried tortilla chips come fully loaded with an inhumane amount of queso, jalapeños, and your choice of lip-smackingly good BBQ chicken, pork, and brisket. You can also add sour cream. And you should. You always should.

Nachos Jorge

Arnoldo Richard’s Picos (address and info)
Upper Kirby
This nacho plate rises to a new level of brilliance thanks to Chihuahua cheese, marinated red onions, jalapeños, guacamole, refried black beans, and a gorgeous pile of cochinita pibil -- a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork that is marinated in achiote paste before ending up all over your face.

Barbacoa nachos

Pistolero’s (address and info)
This taco-and-tequila joint tops its fresh-out-the-deep-fryer corn chips with the usual suspects, plus mouthwatering barbacoa, two types of cheese, and some more cheese in the form of QUESO. Therefore, we can only assume it loves you.

Yucatan Taco Stand

Carne de puerco, tequila lime chicken, & other nachos

Yucatan Taco Stand (address and info)
The Woodlands
With a laundry list of ingredients, including but not limited to roasted garlic aioli sauce; guac & sour cream; shredded pork, beef, or chicken; and three (three!!!) modes of cheese, these monster chip towers make the perfect companion to the tequila flights you’re for some reason doing after work on a Tuesday. Worth it!

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1. Ninfa's on Navigation 2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003 (East End)

The fajitas at the original Tex-Mex outpost on Navigation earn their cook the title of Mexican fare experts. Alongside the fajitas, staples like mole enchiladas, Oaxacan-style pork tamales, and jalapeño-stuffed Shrimp Diablo (not to mention the head-sized frozen margaritas) take some serious culinary chops, which means these dishes go far above and beyond Houston's other Tex-Mex eateries.

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2. Nobi Public House 241 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77598

Located in a strip mall in Clear Lake, Nobi Public House is an unassuming craft beer hall serving Vietnamese-inspired pub fare. The draft selection -- nitro tap system and cask engine in place -- boasts nearly 50 beers, and they’re served in pints, snifters, or tulips for the proper drinking experience. The list of bottles on offer hits nearly 150, and there’s a growler fill station to take your favorite brew on the road. Enjoy beers with Vietnamese dishes like char siu pork nachos, the Nobi Dog -- a beef dog topped with grilled pork, pickled carrots and daikon, onions, and house Sriracha mayo -- or butter garlic wings. And for dessert, the Bittersweet Sundae topped with two ounces of draft beer.

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3. The El Cantina Superior 602 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77007 (The Greater Heights)

This Tex-Mex spot in the Heights offers delicious, home-style dishes like fajitas, enchiladas, and nachos, plus great margaritas.

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4. Fusion Taco 801 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)

Part taco truck, part restaurant, Fusion Taco blends Asian and South American flare for exciting dishes like Chili con Queso and Chicken Tikka Masala tacos.

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5. Bodegas Taco Shop 1200 Binz #160, Houston, TX 77004

At this Museum District Tex-Mex spot, you can order combos, or get build-it-your-way burritos, tacos, nachos, salads quesadillas, tostadas, and bowls.

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6. Stockyard Bar-B-Q 6504 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057 (Uptown)

This Galleria BBQ Spot offers great meat and sides, as well as delicious BBQ nachos -- hot and freshly fried tortilla chips come fully loaded with an inhumane amount of queso, jalapeños, and your choice of lip-smackingly good BBQ chicken, pork, and brisket. You can also add sour cream. And you should. You always should.

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7. Arnaldo Richards' Picos Restaurant 3601 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

Formerly known as Pico’s Mex Mex, we still consider this new spot kinda Tex-Mex. That’s because although they have some pretty sick authentic Mexican fare, they also have nachos, charbroiled beef fajitas, and most importantly, a 48oz margarita that is bigger than your head. It just doesn’t get more Texican than that.

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8. Pistolero's 1517 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

This Montrose taco and tequila temple covers all the bases when you're craving Mexican. From Dia de los Muertos decor to street-style corn and house-infused tequilas, you're getting a fiesta with every visit. It's known for great happy hour deals in addition to Taco Tuesday, when you can snag the stuffed tortillas for $1 each.

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9. Yucatan Taco Stand 24 Waterway Ave, Suite 160, The Woodlands, TX 77380 (The Woodlands)

You can expect great tacos, coconut margaritas, and some of the best nachos in Houston at this Woodlands spot. The nachos come with a laundry list of ingredients, including but not limited to roasted garlic aioli sauce; guac & sour cream; shredded pork, beef, or chicken; and three (three!!!) modes of cheese. They make the perfect companion to the tequila flights you’re definitely doing.