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12 easy, cheesy nacho recipes to devour on Super Bowl Sunday

Nachos are to the Super Bowl as turkey is to Thanksgiving. Like candy to Halloween. Champagne to New Year's Eve. So, yeah, there's a lot of pressure on those triangular chips. Your nacho recipe could make or break your Super Bowl party. The good news is nachos are super easy to get right.

Here are the keys to a successful nacho situation:

1. Sturdy chips

2. A sharp cheese that melts well, like cheddar or Monterey Jack

3. Shredded or pulled meat (unless vegetarian, of course) combined with beans

4. Fresh, acidic and spicy components: Cilantro, jalapeños, salsa, guacamole and sour cream

5. An even structure: Layer all your components, starting with a layer of chips, on a baking sheet, then meat and beans, then lots (LOTS!) of cheese, then repeat until it's a few layers high. After baking, top with your "fresh" components.

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But if you want to go beyond basic, really deck 'em out, we've rounded up a bunch of our favorite nacho recipes that your Super Bowl party guests will likely devour in minutes — possibly seconds. So make sure you enforce proper nacho etiquette!

Loaded Potato Skin Nachos
Adam Rappaport of Bon Apetit concocts five-part, 50-ingredient loaded Super Bowl nachos
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With bacon, potato skins and two types of cheese, could you really ask for anything more?

Spicy Pork Belly Nachos

kimchi MOM / TODAY Food Club

Forgo your traditional Mexican nachos for Korean-inspired nachos loaded with pork belly and gochujang.

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These nacho packets cook directly on a grill for melty, cheesy, crispy goodness on the go — topped with all the fixings you crave.

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Super Nachos for Super Bowl Sunday

Go all out and feed your Super Bowl party guests a platter of super nachos loaded with spare ribs and Buffalo chicken.

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This one-pot meal of tortillas simmered in salsa makes everyone happy — especially since you can use whatever your favorite salsa happens to be to make this meal your own. It's the ultimate Mexican comfort food.

Beef & Bean Oven Nachos

Erin Chase / 5 Dollar Dinners / TODAY Food Club

This is basically just classic beef chili in nacho form. In other words: It's hearty enough to be the only dish you serve. Score!

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Lobster Nachos, Corn Salsa, Heirloom Tomato & Avocado
Lobster Nachos, Corn Salsa, Heirloom Tomato & Avocado
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With lobster, caramelized onions, tomatoes and avocado, it won't just be a party in your mouth — it'll be a really fancy party.

Sheet Pan Nachos
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Using a sheet pan is the key to making sure that every chip is properly loaded with all of the delicious toppings.

Philly Cheese Steak Nachos

Erin Brighton / TODAY Food Club

This is a perfect game day marriage of two classic comfort foods.

Vegan Chili Cheese Nachos
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Ashely McLaughlin / Oh She Glows Every Day
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You won't believe how decadent tasting — yet wholesome — the cheese sauce is, and how satisfying the smoky lentil and kidney bean chili is.

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Chicken Chili Verde Nachos
Chicken Chili Verde Nachos
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Warm chicken chili verde is delicious on its own, but load it on top of nachos with gooey, warm queso fundido and you've got an irresistible Super Bowl dish.

Grilled Nachos

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Add a charred, smoky spin to your traditional Buffalo chicken nachos.

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