Ultimate pub food – totchos

For years there’s been a void between the humble pub chip and it’s south-of-the-border cousin, nachos. Thanks to our recent trip to San Francisco, the missing link has now been found; the void filled. This has to be the ultimate pub food – not to mention a trip down memory lane.

Mr and Mrs Romance - Ultimate Nachos - Try Totchos

We were out with friends to watch a game of American football when it happened.

Mrs Romance and I were both very excited about going out with real 49ers fans to watch a game we neither particularly liked nor fully comprehended. But we felt sure by the end of the second half – we presumed it was a game of halves – those attitudes would be reversed entirely.

Perched on our bar stools, learning the ropes to gridiron and drinking our way through a rainy San Fran afternoon, we happened to glance at the pub’s menu.

Everything seemed in order until our eye was caught like a quarterback’s pass into the end zone (we learn football good!).


Mr and Mrs Romance - Ultimate Nachos - Totchos

What on earth are they? A rare type of Mexican delicacy we hadn’t seen before perhaps. How do you even say it?

We asked our friends, who thought it was an even weirder question than any of our football-related queries.

When we found out, we ordered two lots of them.

Simply put, ‘totchos’ is nachos but made with tater tots! God bless America indeed.

But you know what’s even better than totchos? The uber-totchos our excellent friend Steph from LipstickAndCake.com has created.

Here’s Lipstick & Cake’s delicious version of totchos – a dish so bad it’s great.

Mr and Mrs Romance - The Ultimate Nachos - Totchos

What’s your favourite pub snack? Have you ever had totchos before? When was the last time you had tater tots? Tell us in the comments!

Images by Mrs Romance using an Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera.


  • Ooh i love Nachos but never had Totchos! They do look very good!.:)

    • Reply March 12, 2015

      Mr Romance

      I know, Kat! We were full of wonder and joy when we realised what they were! So tasty… just like everything that’s bad for you. 🙁

  • Ooooh the totcho’s you had look so, so good! Might have to head to San Fran to get me a plate or two 🙂
    Thanks for sharing mine you guys, I owe you a big batch of them when we catch up in a few weeks. xxx

    • Reply March 15, 2015

      Mr Romance

      That’s a deal, Steph! Your addition of pulled pork is a stroke of genius. You’re an inspiration. Definitely get up to San Fran though. The totchos alone are enough of a draw card!

      • Just saw totchos ON a burger! WHAAAAAAAT!

        • Reply April 7, 2015

          Mr Romance

          That! Sounds amazing! If there’s one thing you’ve got to admire the Americans for, it’s food innovation. Tochos burgers? That’s thinking outside the pizza box!

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