Nachos make the quintessential Texas snack, but that doesn’t mean everyone agrees on what should go on them. Some keep it simple, others put almost anything on a tortilla chip bed. Readers joined our experts, in an extremely close vote, to identify the following as the best:
5 – Nacho Nachos, Pearland. You can get ‘em with smoked brisket, queso, peppers, zucchini, chicken, shrimp and much, much more. There are even dessert nachos with cinnamon, sugar, maple bacon, and whipped cream.
4 – El Braceros Mexican Grill & Cantina, Amarillo. Offerings range from the simple bean and cheese (or just cheese) to the sublime, with spinach and shrimp. Others have pork or beef and chicken fajitas.
3 – Tacos A Go Go, Houston and Katy. Texas Monthly declares its street tacos among “tacos you must eat before you die.” But locals also love the nachos a go go: tortilla chips covered with refried or black beans, pickled jalapenos, pico de gallo, sour cream, and – if you want – taco meat and guacamole.
2 – Chacho’s, San Antonio and Houston. All the standard offerings, piled high or in single layers, plus breakfast nachos with chips, refried beans, eggs, cheese, and breakfast meats. Now that’s how you can get a special start to the day.
And the No. 1 best nachos in Texas … Cora’s 471 Grill in Castroville, which outright screams that it has “the best nachos in Texas!” You know what – nearly everyone seems to agree. It offers three sizes and cheese, bean, and super versions – all prepared the same way as when Cora Burrell started the restaurant in the 1930s.
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