Top 10 Nachos (2013 Edition)

Did the sudden influx of Mexican restaurants rattle the current No. 1?

( A few new Mexican (and Mexican-inspired) hubs have opened in the past two years and are serving up baskets and plates of this classic appetizer-slash-bar chow, so we decided it was time to taste-test anew. We hopped around and tried new nacho plates and revisited our favorites.

What we looked for: crunchy and tasty tortilla chips and fresh, flavorful toppings to top off the preamble to a finger-licking Tex-Mex meal.

Read about our Top 10 Nachos (2011 Edition) here.



10. Rue Nachos at Rue Bourbon (P390)

One look at the plate full of yellow, red, and purple tortilla chips topped with melted cheese, jalapeños, and Mexican-style spiced beef and you'll know why this is one of Rue Bourbon's biggest crowd-pleasers. One of the heftiest nacho plates served in Metro Manila, it tastes as good as it looks: the crispy chips are crowned with well-seasoned beef, with a definitive kick from the jalapeños-perfect with Rue Bourbon's Big-Ass Beer mugs.

Rue Bourbon is at the Ground Floor, Aguirre Building, 108 H. V. dela Costa corner Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.

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9. Mr. Jones' BBQ Nach-o-Rama (P450)
Formerly No. 8

Mr. Jones'  take on the Tex-Mex nachos falls under the small plates listing on their menu, but servings are never really  "small" at this joint. This plate piles on black olives, salsa, shredded lettuce, spring onions, jalapeños, cheddar, and chunks of beef instead of the usual ground-up meat or chili con carne. Imagine the mix of flavors from all those ingredients: sharp bitter-sweet tones from the olives, a kick from jalapeño slices, plus barbecue flavors from the beef and the barbecue sauce. Yum!

Mr. Jones is at the Ground Floor, Greenbelt 5, Makati City.



8. T.G.I. Friday's Ball Park Nachos (P375, regular; P545, for sharing)
Formerly No. 7

Mounds of tortilla chips drenched in lightly seasoned picadillo meat and covered in gooey, melted cheddar cheese greets you when you order a plate of this American franchise's super-sized serving of Ball Park nachos. We loved that there were no overwhelming flavors from too much onions or diced tomatoes, plus the salsa served on the side had a rich, fresh tomato flavor, which perfectly complemented the hot-off-the-deep-fryer tortilla chips.

T.G.I. Friday’s had branches all over Metro Manila.



7. Taqueria Mia's Totopos (P175; P189 with jalapeños)
Formerly No. 6

Still on the list is Salcedo Market's Totopos, the best morning market nachos this side of town. Crisp tortilla chips plus ample, fresh toppings with just the right amount of tang from the sour cream, a kick from jalapeño, plus refried beans and pico de gallo. Oh, and be prepared not to share: one serving is good for one nacho-hungry tummy.

Taqueria Mia is at Salcedo Market, Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati.



6. FoodCamp's Nachos (P150)
Formerly No. 4

Food Camp's nachos are deceiving. Seemingly too simple with only ground beef, jalapeño slices, sour cream and cheese drizzled evenly over tortilla chips, this serving rises above with its salty flavors and subtly sweet tones from the sour cream. Credit the perfectly seasoned ground beef and the crunchy tortilla chips they used, this was one of the nachos in the lot that we couldn't stop gushing about. Servings are hefty too, perfect for sharing with the barkada.

FoodCamp is at 225 Katipunan Avenue, Blue Ridge, Quezon City



5. Beef Nachos at Silantro (P160)

The new Fil-Mex neighborhood hangout  in Kapitolyo, Pasig has nachos that will surprise Tex-Mex purists: you’ll get premium Angus beef, tomato chunks, melted cheese, and of course, cilantro, in this nacho basket. The secret, it seems, is the cool-to-the-taste, herby salsa verde it comes with: there are no overwhelming barbecue beef and tomato flavors here, just a party of unexpected flavors.

Silantro is at 75 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.

4. Chihuahua Mexican Grill's Nacho Grande (P245)
Formerly No. 3


Be prepared to eat out of a bowl-Chihuahua fills one to the brim with crunchy tortilla chips topped with fresh salsa, chili, guacamole, grated cheddar cheese, sliced jalapeños and a drizzling of sour cream. The real challenge to finishing off this huge serving is saving the toppings for the rest of the chips at the bottom-the mix of tangy flavors, strong spicy kick, and fresh, ripe tomatoes in the salsa all make for a grand nacho fiesta.

Chihuahua Mexican Grill is at 7838 Makati Avenue (across from A-Venue), Makati City.



3. Chili's Classic Baked Nachos (P485)
Formerly No. 2

The classic still brings it! Each tortilla chip is topped with a layer of melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese, onions, sour cream, and a jalapeño slice, all baked to crispy perfection. This one's flavor-packed: a salty-sour combo from the cheese and sour cream, plus a nice bite from the jalapeños makes it easy to skip the salsa and guacamole served in the middle of the platter. Our only beef with this nacho platter? The too-few pieces had us fighting over the last piece.

Chili’s has branches at Tomas Morato, Quezon City; Greenbelt 5, Makati; and  Powerplant Mall, Makati City.



2. Achiote Nachos at Achiote Taqueria (P395)

A nacho fiesta, that's what comes to mind the minute this nacho plate is served on your table. Mounds of black refried beans, mild-flavored white Mexican cheese, ensalada fresca, sour cream (which are apparently homemade!), cool guacamole, and house salsa on the side. What we love best about Achiote's nachos: thick jalapeño slices for that muy caliente kick.

Achiote is at R1 Powerplant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City.



1. Hermanos Taco Shop's Carne Asada Chips (P195, regular; P250 for sharing)
Formerly (and still) No. 1

Still on the top spot: this satisfyingly sloppy plate loaded with everything you could possibly want in a hefty plate of nachos is the "It" platter to devour. Tangy tones, heat from the thick jalapeño slices, plus refreshing tomato flavors from the salsa served on the side, each tortilla chip bite offers nacho perfection, and won't ever leave you wanting. The tasty toppings had us licking the dripping sauce off of our fingers. Yup, the Carne Asada Chips may just rival the hype behind the beef tamales at this gas station joint.

Hermanos Taco Shop is at 27 Granada Avenue corner Jose O. Vera St., (Petron Gas Station complex near Gilmore St.), Quezon City.

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