Austin is known all around for its one of a kind Tex mex food scene. From tacos and tostadas to tortas and tamales, you can satisfy virtually any Tex Mex craving here. And Whether it’s lunch time or 2 in the morning, nothing hits the spot in Austin like a giant plate of cheesy nachos. Really, what’s not to like about tortilla chips smothered in melted cheese and savory meat? So from Korean nachos to tuna nachos, here’s where you can find the biggest, cheesiest and most delicious nachos in Austin.
Located in north Austin, Taco Flats is known for their amazing tacos and unparalleled Tex mex Cuisine. On the menu you’ll find all the Mexican basics like Ceviche, quesadillas, flautas and tortas. But the dish that makes them famous iMexicanfmenus their loaded nachos. Taco Flat’s Panchos are made with crispy tortilla chips, refried black beans, American yellow cheese, grilled onion, escabeche, guacamole, pico de gallo and your choose of chicken, beef fajitas, picadillo or veggies. It’s a dish to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine
One of Austin’s few vegan Tex mex spots, Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine is known for their flavorful, meat free Mexican cuisine. Here you can find everything from vegan tacos and flautas with soy proteins like picadillo and pastor to vegan chips and queso. And if you want to experience all this veggie Tex mex stand has to offer, try the towering vegan nachos at Nissi. They’re packed with South American flavors, vegan goodies and a little Austin flare.
Austin Taco Project
A one of a kind concept in the city, Austin Taco Project is a unique taco concept that plays with the flavors and traditions of Tex Mex. Austin Taco Project isn’t afraid to take risks when it comes to their inventive dishes, and it pays off deliciously! The menu has everything you need for the perfect Tex mex experience, including craft beer, Tex mex snacks like elotes and fried brussels and, of course, tacos! But one dish that stands out in ingenuity and tastiness is the Korean Nachos. This Asian-inspired dish is made with kimchi and Korean flavored meats for an exotic and excellent nacho flavor unlike any other.
*Due to the ongoing pandemic, Austin Taco Project is temporarily closed until further notice.
A Tex mex institution in Austin, Chuy’s has been serving hungry Austinites for decades. This casual Mexican concept specializes in savory Tex Mex treats that fill your belly and delight your tastebuds. The menu at Chuy’s has everything from queso and tacos to chili rellenos and chuychangas. But folks just can’t stop raving about the huge nacho plates at Chuy’s. Order the regular nachos with refried beans, cheese and jalapeños or kick it up a notch and get the Panchos Nachos with guacamole, pico de gallo and your choice of chicken, fajita beef or ground sirloin. They’ve even got a nacho bar where you can make it your way! No matter what nachos you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
Hecho en Mexico
Boasting a 90 percent gluten free menu, Hecho en Mexico is one of the most authentic Mexican restaurants in Austin. This Yucatan cafe is filled with south of the border flavors and flare in the form of breakfast, lunch and dinner. The guacamole is homemade, the ceviche is fresh and the tastes are incomparable. The menu is filled with Yucatán delights such as tostadas, ensaladas and flautas that will delight your senses. But the must try dish on the menu has to be their Nachos Compuestos. This cheesy dish is made with homemade tortilla chips, guacamole, beans and freshly melted cheese. One bite and you’ll be whisked away to Mexico on a flight of authentic flavors.
Joann’s Fine Foods
Set on iconic South Congress, Joann’s Fine Foods is an eclectic patio bar and cafe that offers great drink specials and casual fare. The ambience is contemporary but casual. This modern hangout offers bomb breakfast, lunch and dinner in the form of tacos, chalupas, enchiladas and more. Not only can you find great cocktails, mezcal, tequila and more, but you can also find a unique and delectable take on your typical nacho plate. Joann’s serves up nachos made with hash browns, sour cream, black beans, queso, charred tomato and pico de gallo. It may be different but it will not disappoint!
A true Austin gem, Pacos Tacos has been dishing out homemade Mexican food for years. With recipes passed down from generations, each plate is prepared fresh and made with a little love. This unassuming restaurant is located on E 51st street and draws people from all around to try their tacos, gorditas, quesadillas and tortas. With breakfast tacos served all day and a long list of savory sensations on the menu, it’s easy to see what makes this place so great. But the dish that people can’t stop raving about is the heaping nacho platter, which comes loaded with refried beans, queso and your choice of picadillo, Beef fajita or chicken fajita. This nacho plate is so big the whole table can enjoy it!
If you’ve got the late night munchies and you’re craving something fresh and authentic, head to El Taquito. Located in east Austin, this casual taqueria is known for their classic dishes, carne platos and traditional tacos. The inside is quaint and cozy, with Mexican memorabilia everywhere. But the food is what brings people back day and night. From tampiquena to tacitos, El Taquito has all the great essentials of a late night Mexican joint. But when it comes to snacking, if you’ve got an insatiable appetite order the nacho plate. This humongous platter is loaded with crispy tortilla chips, sour cream, cheese, guacamole and your choice of carne from al pastor and pollo asado to carne guisada and barbacoa. You can have it any way you want and you definitely won’t leave hungry.