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One of the best parts about the summer coming is grilling outside. While I love making nachos on the grill, the rain likes to ruin our plans. That’s how these air fryer nachos came to be.
This recipe is made in just 5 minutes and will have you serving it at every party or even as a quick nightly snack.
These air fryer nachos are vegetarian as is, but I’ve included an easy way to add ground beef for those who want it.
I’ve also included grilling directions for those gorgeous summer nights with friends and family. If the grill is already on, this recipe takes just one minute to make! That makes to the perfect addition to any dinner.
These nachos were carefully put together with specific ingredients to give the best flavor and taste you can get when cooking nachos in an air fryer.
The Green Mountain Gringo® Original Tortilla Strips are the perfect size for picking up your loaded nachos because of their strip format.
They’re about an inch and a half wide and three and a half inches long. That means you can take the perfect 2 bites with one chip without it breaking.
The salsa is made with pasilla and jalapeno peppers which gives it a unique spicy taste that’s the perfect flavor in nachos.
We ordered our Green Mountain Gringo® products right on the website, but they are also available at Target, Walmart, and Tops.
See what local stores carry the products near you using their store locator (You’re really going to want to try these).
How to Make Air Fryer Nachos
Take a piece of aluminum foil and press it down into your air fryer basket. Make sure it goes up at least 2 sides of your air fryer a little bit. This will help you take out the nachos safely.
Take the aluminum foil back out of the air fryer but keeps its shape.
Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees.
Place the Green Mountain Gringo® Original Tortilla Strips onto the aluminum foil and top with Green Mountain Gringo® Medium Salsa and black beans. Pour the lime juice on top of the toppings evenly then top with Mexican cheese.
Carefully place the nachos in the air fryer and cook for 1-2 minutes, just until the cheese has melted.
Using the aluminum foil, remove the nachos from the air fryer. Add diced avocados, green onions, and drizzle with sour cream.
If you want to take it up a notch, drizzle this 5-minute Avocado Lime Crema on top. You just add the ingredients in a blender, blend it up, and it’s good to go!
Grilling Directions for Those Gorgeous Days
Grilling these nachos are just as easy as making them in the air fryer. Prepare the nachos as stated above on a sheet of aluminum foil (approximately 9 inches by 9 inches).
Heat the grill to a medium temperature, around 350 degrees. Place the nachos on the grill and close the grill for 1-2 minutes just until the cheese has melted.
Remove the nachos from the grill and top with avocados, green onions, and sour cream.
Adding Ground Beef to the Loaded Nachos
This recipe turns into delicious air fryer beef nachos with the addition of ground beef. Simply add in the ground beef to this recipe or replace the substitute ground beef for the black beans.
Heat a quarter pound of ground beef on the stove on medium heat. Stir occasionally until the ground beef is no longer pink.
Carefully drain out any liquid then add in 3 teaspoons of taco seasoning and 1 tablespoon of water. Cook for 1-2 additional minutes until the water evaporates.
Remove from the stove and add to nachos.
Are These Air Fryer Nachos Healthy?
Yes! They’re made with all whole ingredients, including the chips and salsa.
This recipe is intended for those looking for a healthy snacking option, but just want something to indulge in.
The Green Mountain Gringo® brand has had a long history of making delicious products with high-quality clean ingredients and you can taste it when you take that first bite.
You can even check out their backside and read the ingredient label to see for yourself.
I knew the company delivered quality healthy food but was even more impressed when I checked out their full ingredient label. They aren’t messing around!
Can you Reheat Nachos in the Air Fryer?
Yes! Using an air fryer is a great way to reheat any nachos. It will help keep them crisp, especially with the Green Mountain Gringo® Original Tortilla Strips.
Cook your nachos in a preheated air fryer set at 320 degrees for 2-3 minutes. The lower temperature will help heat all the components in the nachos evenly without burning the cheese.
These directions will work with reheating nachos with any toppings.
What is the Best Cheese for Nachos?
Cheese plays a huge part in creating nachos, right behind the chips and salsa. You want the cheese to have an ooey-gooey quality while still providing a lot of flavor.
I love using Mexican cheese as it’s typically a blend of Monterey Jack, Cheddar, and Quesadillas cheese that give you a combination of everything you need.
What Else Can I Add on Nachos?
My favorite part about nachos is all the ingredients you can add to make it your own.
Just some more ideas include:
- Ground beef
- Refried beans
- Avocado lime crema
- Jalapeno peppers
- Shredded chicken
- Black olives
Other Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Love:
- 2 cups Green Mountain Gringo® Original Tortilla Strips
- 1/2 cup Green Mountain Gringo® Medium Salsa
- 1/3 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 teaspoon lime juice
- 1/2 cup Mexican cheese
- 1 avocado, diced
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Sour cream, for drizzling
- Press a piece of aluminum foil down into your air fryer to form a flat bottom. Make sure the sides go up the air fryer at least 2 inches (so you can safely remove the nachos after heating). Remove foil from air fryer keeping its form.
- Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees.
- Add chips to the aluminum foil then add salsa, black beans, and lime juice on top. Sprinkle cheese across the top of the nachos.
- Carefully place the nachos inside the air fryer and cook for 1-2 minutes, until cheese is just melted.
- Remove nachos from the air fryer and top with avocados, green onions, and sour cream.
- Enjoy immediately.
To reheat nachos:
Cook nachos in a preheated air fryer at 320 degrees for 2-3 minutes until warmed thoroughly.
Place nachos on grill heated to approximately 350 degrees and cook for 1 minute with the grill closed.
To add ground beef:
Cook 1 quarter pound of ground beef in a pan on medium heat until browned. Drain any liquid, then add 3 teaspoons of taco seasoning and 1 tablespoon of water. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, then add to nachos prior to air frying/grilling.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 261mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 8gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.