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Air Fryer Nachos

Craving deliciously crispy and cheesy nachos? Discover guilt-free air fryer nachos, a 5 minute masterpiece with perfectly golden chips and irresistible fresh toppings in every bite.

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Air Fryer nachos in air fryer basker

Prepare to experience the ultimate flavor explosion with air fryer nachos. The combination of  gooey melted cheese and crispy corn tortilla chips is pure magic! 

Once you learn how to make nachos in an air fryer, it will become your go-to quick and easy meal or game day appetizer! Air frying creates the perfect crispy texture while maintaining the cheesy goodness. Top it off with dollops of sour cream, fire roasted tomatoes, and green onion for a burst of flavor. 

Whether you’re hosting a gathering or craving a simple snack, this easy air fryer nachos recipe is the ideal choice. Embrace the cheesy, crispy goodness of homemade nachos and bring your appetizers to the next level.

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Ingredients needed to make air fryer nachos

How to Make Nachos in the Air Fryer

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

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STEP ONE: Brown your ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat with the chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Drain it and set aside.

You can also brown the ground beef in the air fryer too.

STEP TWO: Preheat your air fryer to 320 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Torrtillas in air fryer basket with parchment paper underneath

STEP THREE: Line the basket with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Add half the chips to the bottom of the basket, then layer on half the cheese, half the tomato, half the pepper and half the beef.

STEP FOUR: Repeat the layers, starting with the chips, then air fry the nachos for 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Nachos in air fryer basket before being cooked

STEP FIVE: Top the nachos with scallions and minced parsley. You can serve it with sour cream and/or salsa if desired.

Nachos in air fryer basket before being cooked

Tips for the Best Air Fryer Nachos 

  • Layering is key. Layer your ingredients evenly to ensure that each chip gets a taste of all the delicious toppings.
  • Avoid overcrowding. Make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket, the hot air needs to circulate evenly around the nachos for that crispy perfection.
  • Serve immediately. Air fryer nachos are best enjoyed immediately while they’re still hot and crispy.
Closeup of chip being pulled from loaded nachos

Favorite Toppings to Add to Nachos

My favorite nacho toppings are a flavorful symphony. I start with ground beef cooked to perfection or leftover taco meat, then I pile on gooey melted cheese — cheddar and Monterey Jack for extra yum. 

If you aren’t a fan of whole beans, try refried beans instead! Diced tomatoes, pickled jalapenos, and chopped fresh cilantro add freshness, while tangy sour cream balances it all. 

Each bite combines crisp chips, creamy cheese, and a burst of flavors. These toppings make every gathering a flavorful fiesta!

What to Serve with Air Fryer Nachos

Nachos in air fryer basket with sliced green onions on top

Variations of Air Fryer Nachos Recipe

  • Make them vegan. Load up on black beans, corn, bell peppers, onions, and your favorite plant based cheese.
  • Drizzle on sauces. Finish your nachos with drizzles of sour cream, salsa, guacamole, or hot sauce to enhance the overall taste.
  • Add extra protein! Make easy taco meat with browned ground beef and homemade taco seasoning. Beef nachos are extra hearty and a great weeknight meal.
  • Combine sweet and spicy flavors. Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with chili powder, top with jalapeno slices, and sprinkle with crumbled queso fresco.
  • Swap the tortillas chips for Doritos: For an extra burst of flavor, try Doritos Nacho Cheese or Spicy Nacho chips as a cheesy base for your crispy nachos!

More Air Fryer Appetizers

Closeup of air fryer nachos

How to Reheat Nachos in the Air Fryer 

Preheat your air fryer to 320 degrees Fahrenheit and cook the nachos for about 2-3 minutes at a low temperature. Once reheated, you can add any fresh toppings you’d like. 

To store your nachos, allow them to cool completely after cooking. Place them in an airtight container, separating any layers with parchment paper or wax paper to prevent sticking. Store the nachos in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. 

Loaded air fryer nacho being pulled from nachos with cheese attached

How Long to Cook Nachos in the Air Fryer

One thing I love about these air fryer nachos is how little time they take!

It only takes 1-2 minutes to cook them initially, and 2-3 minutes to reheat them without burning the cheese. 

What’s the Best Cheese for Nachos?

Any cheese that melts beautifully over those crispy chips is great!

Some of my personal favorites are shredded cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack, or a blend of Mexican cheeses.

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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Nachos

Air Fryer nachos in air fryer basker

A delicious healthy snack to enjoy whether it's raining or gorgeous outside. It's loaded with tasty ingredients!

Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • ½ bell pepper, diced
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • Minced fresh parsley
  • Sour cream for serving

Instructions

  1. Brown the beef in a large skillet over medium heat with the chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper; drain and set aside.
  2. preheat the air fryer to 320 F, line with parchment paper.
  3. Add half the chips to the bottom of the basket, then layer on half the cheese, half the tomato, half the pepper and half the beef.
  4. Repeat the layers, starting with the chips, then air fry for 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  5. Top with sliced scallions and minced parsley, serve with sour cream if desired.

Notes

To reheat nachos:

Cook nachos in a preheated air fryer at 320 degrees for 2-3 minutes until warmed thoroughly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 551Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 813mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 31g

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.

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10 thoughts on “Air Fryer Nachos”

    • Yes! We’ve been snacking on these nachos every night lately. We can’t get enough!

  1. I see so many tasty air fryer recipes, but I still have not invested in one. I really need to because I’m loving the recipe options! #client

    Reply
    • Air fryers will change the way you cook, Melanie! It’s amazing how many things you can make in them. We barely use our oven anymore!

  2. Hi,
    I am new to air fryer cooking and I just LOVE your recipes and I have tried quite a few with great success. However, I have read in other recipes that you should not cover the holes in the air fryer basket because the air needs to circulate the food in side. This recipe looks as thought the holes are totally covered by the parchment paper. The description of the recipe says to use foil and the recipe and pictures show parchment paper. I’m assuming you can use either one?? So, is it or is it not okay to completely cover the holes in the air fryer basket? Thanks, I would appreciate some clarification 🙂

    Reply
    • I’m thrilled to hear that you’ve been enjoying air fryer cooking and finding success with the recipes. While it is essential to allow the air to circulate in the air fryer, I’ve found no issues with using parchment paper or foil to line the bottom of the air fryer for easy clean up. In this case, you can use either foil or parchment paper. Thanks for asking this question!

  3. Hi, It’s me again. Just double checking on the temperature. In the description it says to preheat air fryer to 370 F. On the recipe print out it says 320 F. Thank You

    Reply
  4. Hi I live alone and have been using air fryer a long time (I went through 3 air fryers LOL)I love your recipes as they are easy and fast and right to the point. So happy you have the time to test these recipes for us. Takes away a lot of the trial and error I used to experience. I have to say I dont know what I did before the air fryer. Guess I used microwave alot as my time is short for cooking as so many other things I have to do at night .Again thank you for great food recipes.

    Reply
    • It’s awesome to hear you’re a solo air fryer pro, even going through three of them – that’s dedication! I’m thrilled the quick and straightforward recipes are a hit, saving you trial and error. The air fryer’s a game-changer for busy nights. Thanks for the kind words, and I’m here anytime you need more tasty recipes.

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