Crispy tortilla chips, melted cheese, spicy chili, sour cream, guacamole, diced tomatoes and shredded lettuce. Put them all together and you’ve got America’s favorite appetizer. However, with Mexico being Southern California’s next-door neighbor, the nachos in Los Angeles tend to be a bit more authentic than what the rest of the country is used to. The national chains have a certain commercial formula that appeals to the masses, but the “real” nachos are found elsewhere. These local spots are a great place to start when on the hunt for nachos.
8250 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Plancha Tacos has become a big hit over the past several years. And for good reason. Balancing fun and fresh fare, they serve some of the best Mexican food around LA. From tacos to breakfast burritos and more, people from around the city are raving about this West Hollywood spot. If you’re in the mood for nachos (who isn’t?), their “Jimmy Nachos” have become legendary and are even labeled a “favorite” on their menu. Along with ground beef, the tortilla chips are topped off with flowing nacho cheese, sour cream, salsa, and jalapeños. Want to make it extra special? There’s even an option to make it “Supreme,” which adds beans and guacamole for just 75 cents more! Why the name “Jimmy”? Turns out that Jimmy was a family friend that made great Mexican food when the owners were growing up as kids!
The Lobos Truck
142 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Rolling around LA and at different locations each day, The Lobos Truck is known for some pretty delicious eats. One of them though is their “Wachos,” or their version of nachos. They offer some pretty tasty Wachos options too. You can either order the “OG” with all the fixings that sit on waffle cut crispy fries, or other options like the “Buffalo,” with waffle fries tossed in diablo or angel sauce with bleu cheese, bacon, scallions & ranch. Looking for something extra cheesy? Try their “Cheesy Ranch Wachos” with waffle fries smothered in cheddar cheese, house-made cheese sauce and ranch dressing. The “Green Dragon Wachos” are another favorite. Waffle fries with green dragon sauce, guacamole, scallions and ranch draw hundreds to the truck specifically for this decadent and unique nacho dish.
142 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
If you come to Tinga for nachos, come with an big appetite because the plates here are big and piled high. The “Cochinita Pibil” nachos, with orange and achiote-marinated pork with habanero salsa, Monterrey jack, guacamole, pico de gallo, pickled red onions and queso fresco is a must-order dish. The nachos are so big that you’ll wish your stomach was bigger just so you can finish it all by yourself!
Petty Cash Taqueria
7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Along with a great selection of tasty cocktails and delicious Mexican fare like tacos, a great shrimp salad, a ceviche bar and more, this Mid-City spot along with its additional location in the Arts District of downtown LA, offers their “Pig Ear Nachos” dish with crema poblana, fresno chilies and more goodness to feast on. At first, the idea of “pig ear” might scare you off, but trust us, it’s nothing you can’t handle. You’ll thank us after!
El Cholo Restaurant
Los Angeles, CA 91602
El Cholo is one of those legendary Mexican spots in LA that you can just depend on for great food. In the mood for nachos? Well, El Cholo has a few options to choose from. Under their “Antojitos” part of the menu (that means ‘Snacks’ in Spanish), their “Sonora Style Nachos” come with frijoles (beans), tomato salsa, sour cream and guacamole and are a guest favorite. Or, try their “Carmen’s Original Nachos.” With loads of gooey cheese and crispy chips, you can’t go wrong with these classic and simple nachos.
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Mexicali Taco & Co.
702 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Located in LA’s Chinatown area, Mexicali Taco & Co. is known for their tacos, selection of tasty salsas, and of course, for their nachos. With your choice of meat, the meat sits atop their crispy tortilla chips. You can then choose from a variety of cheeses bound together wonderfully by their special salsa raja.
1525 S. Bundy Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90025
When analyzing the anatomy of nachos, it has the same basic components of a taco (meat, cheese, guac, sour cream, pico de gallo, beans, etc.) just broken up and spread out. So when a place headlines its tacos, by default, the nachos have to be good. Taco Plus proves this theory. Enjoy crispy tortilla with fresh toppings and your choice of meat heartily piled on a plate that perfectly serves one. With an affordable price tag, there’s no need to share. Your friends can get their own.
Sky’s Gourmet Tacos
5408 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Making fast casual Mexican food, the options for nachos at Sky’s are plentiful. And, while the nachos may seem simple on the menu, they are anything but. Their nachos are prepared with freshly made tortilla chips, gooey cheese, your choice of black or pinto beans, tomato and cilantro. You then have a choice of adding chicken, beef or turkey, as well as with steak or seafood for an additional cost. Want to add more? Add more meat, guacamole and sour cream as well!
8809 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Launched in 2009, Komodo started off as a food truck traversing the streets of L.A. and has since become a popular eatery with brick and mortar locations serving up modern California Asian fusion dishes. Serving up their Kimchi Nachos, Chef Erwin Tjahyadi puts together his take on a classic. Made with homemade corn nachos, and, of course kimchi, the nachos also come complete with bacon, chicken, green onions, Sriracha aioli, cheese and sour cream. Whether you catch their food truck or stop by their Pico or Venice locations, it’s something you won’t want to miss.
4507 Valley Blvd., Suite 102
Los Angeles, CA 90032
The nachos at King Torta are called super nachos for a reason. Savor a heaping plate of chips smothered in your choice of meat with beans, guac, sour cream and lots of cheese. One serving is enough for two if you’re willing to share. The vegetarian version is equally large. Whichever way you want it, don’t forget to get the red salsa on the side if you like your nachos spicy.
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