Air Fryer Nachos

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Craving cheesy, loaded nachos that are ready in minutes? Air fryer nachos are definitely worth your time!

Easy to make and topped just how you like them, nachos in the air fryer are a simple way to enjoy this popular appetizer or snack for the big game!

cheesy loaded nachos on large blue plate with towel behind
Air fryer nachos – loaded and delicious!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you make these air fryer cheese nachos, have a read through these recipe tips so that you achieve the best nachos in the end!

  • We use large “restaurant-style” tortilla chips for our nachos because they are bigger and make it easier to cover the bottom of the air fryer tray.
  • You can absolutely add or subtract toppings as you see fit. Some people might want to add ground beef or pulled chicken pieces to the nachos. If you want to do that, we’d recommend pre-cooking the meat before adding it to the nachos. The cooking time in the air fryer is so short that the meat might not get fully cooked otherwise.
  • The cooking time will vary by air fryer, your preference of cheese meltiness, and how much stuff you loaded on top of your nachos.
  • Be careful when removing the nachos from the air fryer since the air fryer basket will be hot! We don’t usually have a problem removing them with a flipper if we stacked the tortilla chips well initially.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

For the instructions on how to make nachos in the air fryer, you can check out this section with some process photos.

This way you can see just how we made our nachos!

If you are feeling confident about making air fryer loaded nachos and don’t like visuals, you can skip to the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

black air fryer tray lined with tortilla chips on white counter
Line the air fryer with tortilla chips.

First, line the bottom of your air fryer basket with tortilla chips, overlapping them a bit so that there are no gaps to the bottom of the tray.

tortilla chips in black air fryer tray with black beans on top
Add black beans.

Next, add the black beans (optional). Of course, you can also add them on top of the cheese if preferred.

shredded cheese covering tortilla chips in black air fryer tray on white counter
Add the cheese.

Then add the grated cheese. Make sure to spread it out evenly so that all the nachos are covered in cheese.

jalapeno peppers on uncooked nachos in black air fryer tray on white counter
Add the other toppings.

Finally, top the nachos with black olives, green onion, and jalapeño peppers (optional). You can also add any other toppings that you prefer.

melted cheesy nachos in black air fryer tray on counter top
Cook the nachos until the cheese has melted.

Air fry the nachos at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 4-7 minutes until the cheese has melted and has crisped up slightly (no need to preheat).

The exact cooking time can vary depending on your personal preference of meltiness and your air fryer.

large plate of nachos with sour cream salsa and guacamole on top
These loaded nachos are waiting to be enjoyed.

Once the nachos are done, carefully remove the nachos from the air fryer and place them on a large plate or platter.

You can serve them with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and/or chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

If you have air fried loaded nachos leftover, you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge.

We would recommend storing any sour cream, guacamole, or salsa separate from the nachos so that they don’t get too soggy in the fridge.

Make sure to eat the leftovers within 2 days.

To reheat them, we’d recommend the air fryer to bring the nachos back to a bit of a crisp texture!

Related Recipes

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large plate of nachos with sour cream salsa and guacamole on top

Air Fryer Nachos

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Air Fryer Nachos are a great way to make nachos! Ready in minutes and topped just how you like them, these loaded nachos can be served with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole for the full experience!

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces tortilla chips (approximately; use enough to line the bottom of your air fryer basket with some overlap)
  • 1/4 cup black beans, rinsed (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup black olives, rinsed and sliced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 small jalapeño pepper, sliced (optional)
  • sour cream, guacamole, salsa, chopped cilantro to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line the bottom of your air fryer basket with tortilla chips, overlapping them a bit so that there are no gaps to the bottom of the tray.
  2. Add the black beans, then add the grated cheese. Finally, top the nachos with black olives, green onion, and jalapeño peppers (optional).
  3. Air fry the nachos at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 4-7 minutes until the cheese has melted and has crisped up slightly (no need to preheat). The exact cooking time can vary depending on your personal preference of meltiness and your air fryer.
  4. Once the nachos are done, carefully remove the nachos from the air fryer and place them on a large plate or platter. You can serve them with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and/or chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

Notes

  • We recommend using larger restaurant-style tortilla chips for making nachos.
  • You can add/change toppings to your liking, e.g. you could add some already cooked chicken pieces. You can also garnish the nachos with freshly chopped tomatoes instead of salsa when they are done.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 530mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 14g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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