Air Fryer Nachos

Published Date: August 24, 2022

Category: Air Fryer Appetizers

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When it comes to fast and delicious, Air Fryer Nachos are here for the win! You can enjoy this as an easy snack to share with others or make your own nachos and pile on your favorite toppings as high as they’ll can go! And of course, try our Chicken Nachos and Pulled Pork Nachos!

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There’s a debate that always pops up when we start talking about making these delicious nachos. Is this air fryer nachos recipe a meal, an appetizer, a snack, or all of them in one? If you’re asking me, the best part about eating nachos is that it’s TOTALLY acceptable to eat them any time of the day.

Lunch? You bet. Dinner? For sure. Late at night while you’re binging your show on Netflix? THE BEST.


Once you start snacking and get the texture of the crispy chips with the melted cheese, it’s game on for more recipes like this one! Here are some other yummy options that I think you’ll love, too: Chicken Fajita Crunchwrap, Frito Chili Pie, Taco Bell Creamy Jalapeno Sauce


  • This is a one-basket meal! You can brown the beef directly and assemble your nachos in the air fryer and not dirty other dishes!
  • Crispy nachos make the best nachos!
  • The gooey cheese perfectly covers every surface of these air fry nachos.
  • This is a fun recipe for game day, Cinco de Mayo, and weekend snacking!
  • If you’re worried about how long to cook nachos in the air fryer – I assure it’s a short time! SO FAST!


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  • Ground Beef
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Olive Oil
  • Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Black beans
  • Black olives
  • Green onions
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sour cream

*see recipe card for detailed measurements


  • Air Fryer
  • Wooden Spoon or Spatula
  • Cheese grater (if you’re shredding your own cheese)


Step 1: Start by breaking up the beef by hand and putting it into the air fryer basket. Add a little bit of olive oil on top and sprinkle the taco seasoning over the beef evenly as well.

Step 2: Cook the beef mixture for 5 minutes at 400 degrees. Once the time has passed, open up the air fryer basket and use your wooden spoon to toss the beef around.

Step 3: Once you’ve mixed it up a bit, cook it in the air fryer for another 3-4 minutes. You want to be sure that there is no pink remaining and that it’s browned completely.

Step 4: Put the cooked meat in a small bowl and set it aside for later. Clean the grease that is on the bottom of the air fryer basket and then add a layer of parchment paper. It’s time to start putting together the nachos!

Step 5: Put the chips on the parchment paper and then add on the shredded cheese.

Step 6: Layer on the cooked taco meat, black beans and cheese and put that into the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 350 degrees. You want the cheese to be melted.

Step 7: Once that cooking time has passed, add the cut tomatoes, black olives, sour cream, and other toppings then lift the nachos out of the air fryer using the edges of the parchment paper and put them onto a plate.


  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket – If you don’t add the chips in a single layer, you’re going to end up with soggy nachos! (and seriously – nobody has time for that!)
  • Use parchment paper – If you’re worried about making a mess in the air fryer, lay a little bit of parchment paper on the bottom of the air basket so that it catches all the goodness that may fall off. (and if it catches it, it’s fair game to eat it, too!)
  • You don’t have to cook your meat in the air fryer – If you want to use a skillet, you can brown the ground beef that way, too! This is an easy way to make air fryer nachos with ground beef, too!
  • Don’t have parchment paper? No worries – you can still make these air fryer nachos with ground beef without it! It just might be a little harder to lift them out of the basket.


  • If you want to make this low carb, you can make your own homemade tortilla chips by using a low carb wrap and cutting it into triangles. Add a little bit of olive oil to each slice and cook them up in the air fryer for a few minutes.
  • Change up the cheese – More cheese, please! You can use any type of cheese that you’d like. Some great options are Mexican cheese, Cheddar cheese, and any type of Mexican blend shredded cheese that you can create, combine, or think of. Any cheese is the best cheese, in my opinion.
  • Add all the toppings – This is where you can change up the flavor of these easy air fryer nachos each and every time. Pile high the good stuff and enjoy! Add some refried beans, black beans, or just stick to making classic nachos that are more simple, too. Don’t forget that fresh cilantro adds so much flavor!
  • Make your own taco seasoning – If you don’t have store-bought taco seasoning on hand, no stress! Make your own homemade taco seasoning for these air fryer loaded nachos by combining  1 tbsp chili powder, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp oregano, ½ tsp paprika, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp of table salt, and ½ tsp pepper.
  • Make chicken nachos – Simply by changing out the beef with chicken, you can create epic air fryer chicken nachos, too!
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Leftover nachos just really aren’t the best. It pains me to say that, but it’s true. If you want to store some of the leftover taco meat to make fresh nachos, add it to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. Otherwise, make this air fryer nachos recipe fresh every time.


How Can I Use Leftover Taco Meat?

If you have taco meat leftover, use it in an omelet! Pairing that with eggs and cheese makes for a killer way to start the day!

Can I layer chips in the air fryer?

I don’t recommend it. The hot air needs to be able to circulate to crisp up these air fryer loaded nachos. If you stack the chips too high, they won’t crisp up!

What are the best toppings for nachos?

I could write a whole book on toppings for nachos! Think pico de Gallo, salsa, nacho cheese sauce, sliced black olives, diced onions, and even chopped-up jalapeno peppers! The more toppings, the better!

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Air Fryer Nachos

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Servings 2
Calories 1170 kcal
These nachos made in the air fryer are the crispiest, cheesiest, most topping loaded hearty snack you can make! You can brown the meat, layer your nachos and melt the cheese all in one basket!


  • Air Fryer
  • Parchment Paper
  • Spatula


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Black Beans, drained
  • 2 cups Tortilla Chips
  • 1 Shredded Cheese
  • 1 Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Green Onion , chopped
  • 1/4 Black Olives
  • 2 tbsp Sour Cream


  • Crumble the ground beef by hand and place it  into the air fryer basket, drizzle the olive oil on top then sprinkle taco seasoning all over the beef evenly.
  • Cook the beef at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Open the basket and use a spatula or wooden spoon to lightly toss the beef. Cook for another 3 to 5 minutes until browned completely through and no pink is left.
  • Remove the basket, place the meat in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Clean out the grease from the bottom of the airfryer then line the basket with parchment paper and begin to assemble your nachos.
  • Spread the tortilla chips over the parchment paper then sprinkle on the shredded cheese.
  • Add your cooked taco meat and black beans to the nachos and return to the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Sprinkle on diced tomatoes, green onions, black olives, sour cream and any other desired toppings.
  • Use the edges of the parchment paper to easily lift the nachos out of the basket and transfer to a plate.


Storage Instructions:
  • I don’t recommend making these and storing them. If you wanted to make the meat ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until the nacho cravings hit, that would be a better idea. Nachos don’t typically keep and reheat well. 
Other FAQ suggestions: 
  1. Do you lose a lot of beef through the grate of the air fryer while browning it? You lose some, but very little. Just make sure to crumble the beef by hand before placing it in the basket, don’t try to crumble in the basket itself.
  2. Do I have to cook the meat in the air fryer? No, you can cook the beef in a pan on the stove top but It’s nice to be able to make it all in one place and the air fryer drains the grease very well! 
  3. I don’t have taco seasoning packets on hand, what can I substitute? If you have the spices on a hand you can mix together 1 tbsp chili powder, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp oregano, ½ tsp paprika, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp of table salt, ½ tsp pepper. Or if you don’t care for taco meat, you can just add oil and salt and pepper to season your meat.
  4. I don’t have parchment paper, do I have to use it? No, you don’t have to use parchment paper to make these nachos. It’s just much easier to get the nachos out the air fryer with it. 


Serving: 2gCalories: 1170kcalCarbohydrates: 113gProtein: 55gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 3gCholesterol: 169mgSodium: 2292mgPotassium: 1237mgFiber: 13gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 2431IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 266mgIron: 9mg
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