Crunchy, salty chips; blankets of gooey melted cheese; a collection of big-flavored toppings: These are why nachos are one of the most comforting and enduring American snacks and game-day fixtures. The basic recipe and obsession-worthy combination of textures have inspired countless variations that keep getting more adventurous. Across the nation, chefs are personalizing the versatile dish, building their nachos with venison chili or lobster meat, swapping onion rings for chips and even assembling a vegan version. Here, the nation's most innovative nachos.—Leah Bhabha

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