The Best Nachos in Toronto
The best nachos in Toronto keep to the classic formula of chips, cheese and toppings. This line-up of sports bars, pubs and Mexican grills really distinguishes itself in their use of top-notch toppings and skilled layering techniques.
This killer batch of nachos starts with great sturdy chips - in some instances, kettle-cooked tortillas or fried wontons. Next, it comes down to nuanced layering techniques: What gets smothered by cheese? (Onions, yes - pico, never!) Maximum cheese coverage is paramount. Oh, and having extras like blackened chicken, pulled pork or fried calamari doesn't hurt either.
Here are the best nachos in Toronto.
A favourite of Sneaky's College and Bathurst clientele for almost 25 years, the nachos here get creative with over a half dozen varieties, including Greek or Hawaiian-style options. The King’s Crown ($17.50) is among the most famous, featuring an oversized portion of corn tortillas covered with melted cheese, salsa roja, frijoles, ground beef, fresh veggies, jalapeños and dollops of guacamole and sour cream. More »
The menu at this popular Little Italy cafe and grill boasts five nacho variations that start with fresh corn tortilla chips layered with melted cheeses, salsa, jalapeños, veggie chili and sour cream. Try the veggie version for $12, or add chicken ($13), steak ($14) or shrimp ($15). Better still, order the namesake Utopia nacho platter, which includes chicken, steak and guac. On Mondays, nachos are half-off from 4pm to 6pm. More »
This Dundas West sports bar has been known to skip the standard tortillas for wonton chips when it makes its nachos ($10). For ultimate cheese-sauce coverage, they're spread across a platter, then layered with salsa, pickled jalapeños, crema and your choice of house chorizo or beans. More »
The Ballroom's loaded nachos ($17) come with charred corn salsa, scallions, three cheeses, jalapeños, kalamata olives and sour cream. Add bacon or guac for $2, or pulled pork or grilled chicken for $4. Forget the tortilla chips altogether, and voila - badass chili fries. More »
The signature nachos ($11) at this Mirvish Village cafe and grill are covered with a classic combination of cheddar and mozzarella, red peppers, jalapeños, salsa and sour cream. Have the whole mess topped with veggie chili or guacamole for an extra $2 each. More »
Located in Bloor West Village, the Nachos el Kennedio ($16) are built over sturdy kettle-cooked tortilla chips and smothered with jalapeños jack cheese sauce, a trio of sweet and hot peppers, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, salsa verde and lime ancho sour cream. Extras like steak, chicken, pulled pork or baked beans are optional. More »
The Parkdale pub serves Mile High Nachos ($15/full or $9/half) covered with a trinity of melted cheddar, jack and mozzarella cheeses, then laden with chipotle tomato salsa, refried beans, fresh guacamole and southwest-spiced sour cream. Prices are slashed in half every Tuesday. More »
Located in Bloor West Village, Bryden's serves “The Best Damn Nachos” ($8.95/$11.95) that start with a foundation of multi-coloured tortilla chips topped with tomatoes and jalapeños, and crowned with melted mozza and cheddar. Guac, salsa and sour cream are included on the side, or add blackened chicken, pulled pork or spiced beef for $3 to cover all the essential food groups. More »
The basic nachos ($12) at this public house on The Esplanade sees monterey jack and cheddar melted over corn tortillas and finished with jalapeños, diced tomato and green onion. Break with tradition and make it a Nachomari ($18) with added calamari, or opt for the "Loaded" ($16) smothered with extra cheese and chili. More »