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Air Fryer Nachos Recipe

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Ultimate Air Fryer Nachos


Bring the fiesta to your kitchen with Ultimate Air Fryer Nachos, a quick and easy recipe that delivers all the cheesy, crunchy goodness of classic nachos with a fraction of the oil. Perfect for a casual snack, game day, or a fun dinner, these nachos are customizable with your favorite toppings and cooked to perfection in the air fryer.

The result is a deliciously melty and crispy treat that's sure to satisfy your nacho cravings.

Ingredients List

  • 1 bag (about 8 oz) tortilla chips

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • 1/2 lb ground beef, cooked and seasoned

  • 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1/4 cup sliced jalapeños

  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes

  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives

  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped

  • Sour cream, salsa, and guacamole, for serving

Step by Step Cooking Instructions

  1. Layer the Nachos: In a heat-proof dish that fits in your air fryer, create a layer of tortilla chips. Sprinkle a mix of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese over the chips, followed by cooked ground beef, black beans, and another layer of chips and cheese. Repeat until all ingredients are used, finishing with a generous layer of cheese on top.

  2. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (177°C) for about 3 minutes.

  3. Cook: Carefully place the dish in the air fryer basket. Air fry for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and the chips are slightly golden.

  4. Add Fresh Toppings: Once cooked, remove the nachos from the air fryer and top with sliced jalapeños, diced tomatoes, black olives, and green onions.

  5. Serve: Serve the nachos immediately, with sour cream, salsa, and guacamole on the side for dipping.

close up of plate of nachos

Pro Tips and Suggestions

  • Customize your nachos with additional toppings like corn, diced red onion, or cilantro for extra flavor and color.

  • For vegetarian nachos, substitute the ground beef with a mix of sautéed vegetables or a meatless alternative.

  • To ensure even cooking, avoid overcrowding the dish with too many layers of chips and toppings.

Interesting Alterations You May Want to Try - Air Fryer Nachos Recipe

  • Try using different types of cheese, such as pepper jack or queso fresco, for varied flavors.

  • For a spicy version, drizzle the nachos with hot sauce or sprinkle with chili powder before serving.

  • Add a layer of refried beans under the first layer of chips for extra heartiness.

Key Takeaways and Calories

  • Ultimate Air Fryer Nachos offer a delicious, customizable snack or meal that combines the convenience of air frying with the classic taste of nachos.

  • This recipe is perfect for quick entertaining or satisfying a craving for something cheesy and crunchy.

  • A serving of these nachos, excluding additional serving sauces, is approximately 300-400 calories, depending on the toppings used.


Ultimate Air Fryer Nachos are a testament to the versatility and convenience of air frying, allowing you to enjoy your favorite snacks with less guilt. Whether you're hosting a party, enjoying a family movie night, or just need a quick and satisfying meal, these nachos are sure to be a hit. With endless customization options and easy preparation, they're a fun and flavorful way to make any occasion a little more special.



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