With the sheer number of Tex-Mex spots in this city, it’s no secret that nachos have become a staple of Houston cuisine. So in honor of National Nacho Day (which we just found out exists and is Friday, November 6), we’ve rounded up some of the more memorable queso-smothered chips in town.
Here’s Where to Get Yo’ Nacho on in Houston this holiday:
Fusion Taco, 801 Congress
What you’re getting: BBQ Berkshire Pork Nachos
First up in none other than our 2015 Best of Houston winner for Best Nachos. This food truck turned gourmet taco spot overloads its freshly fried corn chips so that each and every crevice is dripping in house queso. That queso, by the way, is spiced up with daily made fiery salsa, ground chipotle peppers and heavy cream (no wonder it's so heavenly). There's also a generous heap of things like marinated steak, tender pork and seared shrimp before things get really crazy with black beans, fresh corn salsa, pickled jalapeños, and sour cream AND guacamole — because at this point, why the hell not? Get a plate for $10.95 (for steak, chicken, and pork) or $13.95 (for shrimp or crab).
Nobi Public House, 241 East NASA
What you’re getting: Viet-Tex-Mex Nachos
This fully loaded plate ($7) is also available in French Fry form, but today, it’s all about the nacho. Piled high with freshly fried tortilla chips, Vietnamese-style chargrilled chicken, pork, or tofu, gooey queso, chopped onion, salsa and pickled jalapeños – this is one guilty pleasure that is worth every single bite.
Teotihuacan Mexican Café, 1511 Airline
What you’re getting: Steak Fajita Nachos
This festive and cheap as hell neighborhood haunt does steak nachos a service by layering each chip with silky refried beans, melted cheddar, and charred and tender hunks of marinated fajita beef. The usual suspects – sour cream, guac, and pickled jalapeños – make for friendly companions. The result is comfort Tex-Mex to the max. Get a small order for $7.99 and a large for $10.99. But who are we kidding, you want the large.
Molina's Cantina, multiple locations
What you're getting: Nancy Ames Nachos
These individually stacked stunners come with blankets of with spicy beef, beans, guacamole, melty cheese, diced tomatoes and jalapeños, just like their namesake, an American folksinger and songwriter, always liked. Get them for $10.95, available daily at all three locations on Washington, Bellaire and Westheimer.
El Real Tex Mex, 1201 Westheimer
What you’re getting: Ground Beef Nachos
This star-studded collaboration from Tex Mex guru Robb Walsh and celebrity chef Bryan Caswell delivers vintage Tex-Mex that is worth a visit for the chips and salsa alone. But even better is when the deep fried corn tortillas ($11.95) are smothered with seasoned ground beef, melted cheeses, and refried beans made with pure, house-rendered lard. Old school never tasted so good.
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Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith
What you’re getting: Blue Crab & Caviar Nachos
All you ballers out there better get your wallets primed – because nothing tops this über luxurious plate of chips. The $100 bar menu special comes positively loaded with a full pound of Louisiana Jumbo lump crab, fire roasted corn, St. Andre queso, avocado, pico de gallo and lime crema before being crowned with an ounce of Petrossian caviar. It’s a nacho plate fit for royalty.