Can You Put Nachos In An Air Fryer? (read this first)

Nachos make a great snack or evening meal and the beauty of air fried nachos is you can make as much, or as little as you like. Nachos to share or just for one person, it’s all easy to do in the air fryer.

If you like nachos and want an easy way to make them in your own home using your air fryer, keep reading.

How To Make Air Fryer Nachos

This first recipe shows how to make a nacho meal in the air fryer in less than 20 minutes.


  • 225g (½ lb) Minced Beef
  • 85g (3 ounces) Tortilla Chips
  • 170g (6 ounces) Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Taco Seasoning


  1. Place the minced beef in a pan and cook for around 5 minutes or until it is browned
  2. Drain the fat from the pan
  3. Add ¼ cup of water and the taco seasoning and stir
  4. Cook for 5 minutes or until the liquid has reduced
  5. Remove the pan from the stove
  6. Line the inside of the air fryer basket loosely with aluminium foil
  7. Place a single layer of tortilla chips on top of the foil in the bottom of the basket
  8. Add a thin layer of grated cheese then top with seasoned minced beef
  9. Add another layer of tortilla chips and repeat the layering process
  10. Air fry at 180 C (350 F) for 3 to 5 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted
  11. Remove the nacho from the air fryer basket 
  12. Serve

Air Fried Nachos Cooking Tips

  • Nachos are done when all of the cheese has melted
  • If the middle layer of cheese hasn’t melted air fry for a further minute or two
  • All air fryers are different so cooking times are approximate
  • You can use any minced meat for this recipe (beef, turkey, pork, chicken)
  • You can add any toppings you prefer for instance;
    • Jalapeno Peppers
    • Bell Peppers
    • Onions
    • Olives
    • Tomatoes
  • Serve with your favourite sauce
  • We used cheddar cheese, but any hard cheese can be used

How To Make Easy Nachos In An Air Fryer

These easy nachos can be made in less than 5 minutes and make a great snack. We used foil trays to save on mess and make the nachos easy to serve.


  • 85g (3 ounces) Tortilla Chips
  • 170g (6 ounces) Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 200g  (7 ounces) Salsa


  1. Place a layer of tortilla chips in the foil tray
  2. Top with salsa and grated cheese
  3. Add another layer of each ending with grated cheese
  4. Place the foil tray in the air fryer basket
  5. Air fry at 200 C (400 F) for 2 minutes
  6. Open the basket and check. If the cheese is fully melted, it’s done
  7. If not air fry for a further minute or two or until the cheese is all melted
  8. Remove from the air fryer
  9. Serve

Easy Air Fried Nachos Cooking Tips

  • You can use any tortilla chips for this recipe
  • You can use any salsa you prefer for this recipe
  • Cooking times may vary depending on the make and model of your air fryer
  • You can use any grated cheese for this recipe
  • Take care that the tortilla chips don’t get burnt
  • Take care as the foil trays will be hot after cooking!

Can You Reheat Nachos In An Air Fryer?

You can reheat nachos in an air fryer as long as you remove all of the cold toppings (salsa, sour cream, guacamole) first. 

Then spray the air fryer basket with oil to prevent the nacho from sticking. Then just place the nacho in the air fryer basket and cook for 6 minutes at 180 C (350 F).

What did the big nacho say to the little nacho?
I’m nacho daddy! 😂


Frequently Asked Questions

Can you heat up nachos in the air fryer?

You can reheat nachos in the air fryer just remove any cold toppings like sour cream, guacamole or salsa first. Then air fry for around 5 to 7 minutes at 180 C (350 F).

Should I air fry or microwave nachos?

Nachos work best in the air fryer rather than a microwave. You can use a microwave to make nachos but the air fryer will produce better results.

What goes on nachos first?

You should start with a layer of tortilla chips, then cover with cooked meat topped with cheese.

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