Air fryer nachos are a perfect combination of cheese and mixed vegetables. It’s best to try if you are short of time and want to satisfy your cravings.
Air fryer nachos are incredibly tasty and delicious when made with fresh ingredients and colorful seasoning. The air fryer helps to achieve a crispy texture for the tortilla chips while melting the cheese evenly, resulting in a satisfying and flavorful dish.
You can customize the overall ingredients as per your taste. You can add other toppings, including seasoned ground beef or chicken, black beans, chopped tomatoes, jalapenos, olives, and green onions, to improve the flavor. Moreover, you can serve salsa, guacamole, and sour cream alongside your air fryer nachos.
How to Make Air Fryer Nachos
2 cups tortilla chips or corn chips
2 cups cheese shredded
1 green onion
2 tbsp black olives
½ cup tomatoes sliced
1 cup minced ground beef with taco seasoning
¼ cup jalapenos chopped
1/3 cup black beans
1 avocado sliced
Sour cream (Optional)
Step-1: Use aluminum foil to line the basket of your air fryer. While cheese can make a mess as it melts, that’s why using aluminum foil makes it easier to remove the nachos and cleaning will be hassle-free as well.
Step-2: I separately made some ground beef with taco seasoning. You can use chicken as well. But make sure it is cooked before adding it to your nachos.
Step-3: Place tortilla chips or corn chips in the air fryer basket. Try to arrange the chips in one to two layers but don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket as well.
Step-3: Now add the cheese and cover the chips and beef with it.
Step-4: Put the basket back in the air fryer and cook for 4-5 minutes at 350 F.
Step-5: Take out the nachos by picking the corners of aluminum foil and place it on a plate. Now add toppings of your choice and enjoy.
What Type Of Tortilla Chips Work Best In An Air Fryer For Nachos?
You can try different types of chips for air fryer nachos. Tortilla chips that are strong and can withstand heat and toppings are the best kind. Since they offer a sturdy foundation for the cheese and extra toppings without getting mushy or cracking, therefore thicker, restaurant-style tortilla chips are frequently a suitable option. You can also opt for chips made from different types of corn (such as white, yellow, or blue corn) to add variety in flavor and color to your nachos.
According to All Recipes, Below are some of the best chips for air fryer nachos:
Xochitl Corn Tortilla Chips
Mission Tortilla Rounds
Santitas Tortilla Chips
What Are Some Creative Topping Ideas For Air Fryer Nachos?
You can try a variety of toppings for air fryer nachos. It also depends on your personal preferences that how you want to customize your nachos. Some good options are guacamole, shredded lettuce, grilled corn, black beans, black olives, red onions, and shredded chicken. There are endless possibilities for creative air fryer nacho toppings. You can also include seafood options like grilled shrimp or seasoned fish; different types of cheese; a mix of vegetables like bell peppers, onions, or jalapeños; and fruit such as pineapple or mango salsa. You can also experiment with international flavors, like Greek or Indian-inspired nachos, or even make breakfast or dessert nachos. The key is to mix and match toppings to create unique and delicious flavor combinations.
What Is The Best Way To Layer The Chips, Cheese, And Toppings In The Air Fryer To Ensure Even Cooking?
First, line your air fryer with aluminum foil. Then, place tortilla chips in a single layer. You can add the double layer as well, but it will prevent the bottom chips to crisp up properly. Once placing tortilla chips, add warm ground beef or shredded chicken. Then finally spread cheese on top of it.
Tips & Notes
1- Don’t place toppings before cooking in the air fryer, it will make the toppings soft and soggy and you won’t get the desired taste.
2- For better crunch and crispiness, prefer using thick chips.
3- Use aluminum foil to prevent cheese from dripping in the air fryer. Alternatively, you can also use parchment paper as well.
4- You can use two layers of tortilla chips.
5- I love to eat meat and that’s why I added ground beef to my air fryer nachos for a meaty taste.
6- Don’t use raw ground beef for this recipe. Your beef or chicken should be cooked before placing them in the air fryer.
How To Store And Reheat Nachos In The Air Fryer
It’s best to cook fresh air fryer nachos as they taste great. If you want to store leftover air fryer nachos, simply place them in an airtight container and place them in your fridge. They will last for 3 days.
- 2 cups tortilla chips or corn chips
- 2 cups cheese shredded
- 2 tbsp black olives
- 1/2 cup tomatoes sliced
- 1/4 cup jalapenos chopped
- 1/3 cup black beans
- 1 avocado sliced
- sour cream (optional)
- Use aluminum foil to line the basket of your air fryer. While cheese can make a mess as it melts, that’s why using aluminum foil makes it easier to remove the nachos and cleaning will be hassle-free as well.
- I separately made some ground beef with taco seasoning. You can use chicken as well. But make sure it is cooked before adding it to your nachos.
- Place tortilla chips or corn chips in the air fryer basket. Try to arrange the chips in two layers but don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket as well.
- Now add the cheese and cover the chips and beef with it.
- Put the basket back in the air fryer and cook for 4-5 minutes at 350 F.
- Take out the nachos by picking the corners of aluminum foil and placing them on a plate. Now add toppings of your choice and enjoy.