100 Favorite OC Dishes, #58: Homemade Super Nachos at Taqueria Los Santos

Gooey, crunchy goodnessEXPAND
Gooey, crunchy goodness
Denise De La Cruz

Drunkards or stoners across Southern California have simultaneously elevated and degraded super nachos. Their munchies fuel the demand for the greasy, cheesy, meaty mountains, but the lot of them are complacent with store-bought tortilla chips dumped out of a plastic bag as the base. Why not strive for better? Thankfully, Taqueria Los Santos in Whittier makes super nachos that become much more than just a cheap, late-night appetizer, as the lonchera makes—nay, fries— their tortilla chips to order. 

Enjoy them fresh out of the fryer, and watch them congeal dollops of sour cream, layers of cheese, and thick-cut carne asada (also try the taqueria's champion meat, al pastor—or why not get both?) together with a handful of pico de gallo and cilantro thrown over it all to keep things fresh. Add guacamole along with red or green salsa to spice things up, and you've got yourself the best damn super nachos around. Salud!

14157-14175 Leffingwell Rd, Whittier, 90604. (Taco Truck); 13307 Telegraph Rd, Whittier, 90605. (562) 325-8242 (Restaurant) 

The List:

59. Strawberry Banana Croissant at Cream Pan 
60. Pla Duk Phat Phet at Vientiane Thai Laos Restaurant 
61. Risotto Con Burrata at Taverna 
62. Pineapple Float at Jollibee 
63. Szechuan Fries at Wok N Tandoor 
64. Banh Xeo at Quan Mii 
65. Chanko Nabe at Torizo 
66. Hamshuka from Hummus Bowl 
67. The Reuben at A Market 
68. Everything Cake from Slice Deli And Cakery 
69. Spicy Shrimp And Eggplant from Brio Tuscan Grille
70. Crawfish Mac & Cheese from The Wharf
71. Malasadas from Dough Doughs Hawaiian Cafe 
72. Salsas from Salsa Bandolera 
73. Chorizo Breakfast Bagel at Spigas Bakery and Cafe 
74. Whole Chicken Combo at Falafelo  
75. Toothpick Lamb at Sichuan Impression 
76. Hainan Chicken Rice at Baos Hog 
77. Fruit- and Ice Cream-Topped Waffles at Crave 
78. Garlic Shrimp Poke at Costco 
79. Chimichurri Fries at Piaggo on Wheels 
80. Torta Cubana at Cancun Juice 
81. Adobo Bowl at Irenia 
82. Garlic Noodles at Krave Asian Fusion 
83. Broccolini at SeaSalt WoodFire Grill 
84. Spicy Tuna Roll at Yard House 
85. Amber Roll at Orange Roll and Sushi 
86. Frito Chili Cheeseburger at Burger Parlor 
87. Maui Sunrise at The Original Banzai Bowls 
88. Meals from The Performance Kitchen 
89. Pizza-Sized Quesadilla at Los Sanchez
90. Filipino Brunch at EATS Kitchen And Bar
91. Mexican Chocolate at the Pie Hole 
92. Biscuits at James Republic 
93. Mushroom Flatbread with Kale and Kumquat Salad at Lemonade 
94. Mexican-Style Gelatins from Santa Ana's Gelatina Goddess 
95. Hot Pastrami Caesar Salad at Bruxie
96. Jalapeño Pupusas at Las Cazuelas
97. Meatball Sliders at Fresh Brothers
98. Buffalo Cauliflower at Mead's Green Door Cafe
99. Raindrop Cake at Sunmerry Bakery
100. Doughrito at Surfin' Donuts


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