Slideshow: Five Nacho Variations

Cheesesteak Nachos
Cheesesteak Nachos
Some of the best nachos have the ability to bridge the gap of feuding families. Philly Cheesesteak nachos do just that, taking the attention away from Pat's and Geno's just long enough for you to say yum. Ubiquitous in the recipe is every carnivore's favorite food, steak, caramelized onions and peppers and plenty of cheese. The only thing missing? The chemically orange Cheese Whiz.

[Photograph: The Manly Housewife]

Carne Asada Fries
Carne Asada Fries
While "nachos" is not included in the name, Carne Asada Fries takes the nacho to a potato-centric level. Hailing from San Diego, the dish takes a layer of fries, usually shoestring, and begins piling on the toppings with cheddar cheese, thinly-sliced carne asada beef, scoops of sour cream and guacamole, and spice in the way of pico de gallo. And these pack a punch, while no one is exclaiming the healthiness of the nacho, the average Carne Asada Fries can have up to 2,000 calories.

[Flickr: dongkwan]

Buffalo Chicken Nachos
Buffalo Chicken Nachos
When it comes to Super Bowl Sunday, every ideal party has a tall order of nachos, but they often get outranked by one food: the buffalo wing.

With spicy, cheesy buffalo chicken nachos, one appetizer in the hand really is worth two on the menu. The concept is so simple, it seems like it happened when a waiter dropped a plate of wing on their nachos grande. What you end up with: a pile of chips with chunks of boneless buffalo chicken, hot sauce, bleu cheese and scallions. And probably, heartburn.

[Photograph: Lee Frank]

Dessert Nachos
Dessert Nachos
Got a sweet tooth, but still want crunch? At NYC’s Treats Truck, you can have that with their over-the-top dessert nachos. This nacho is the furthest departure. Can it even claim the word “nachos”? With chips replaced by chocolate and caramel crème triangle cookies, pieces of brownie and Rice Krispie treats, and chocolate sauce, you get a referral for the dentist while you’re ordering.

[Photograph: Nozomi Sawa]