Loaded Air Fryer Nachos

ingredients for air fryer nachos

Air Fryer Nachos Ingredients

 

When it comes to nachos there are so many different options and varieties. I made this recipe using my favorite toppings for nachos but you can simplify even more if you want or go to town with even more toppings like black olives and the like!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 cups corn tortilla chips  (store-bought or try my homemade air fryer tortilla chips)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar (dairy free or regular – I used Violife dairy free brand)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella (dairy free or regular – I used Violife dairy free brand)

Close up of Air Fryer Nachos on a plate covered with tomatoes, cilantro, onion, jalapeños, cheese, and guacamole

Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños 
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 green onion, diced 
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Serve with:

  • 1/2 cup salsa (homemade or storebought)
  • 1/4 cup guacamole (homemade or storebought)

Close up of air fryer nachos - tortilla chips with melted cheese

How To Make Loaded Air Fryer Nachos

When it comes to making the best nachos in the air fryer, there’s really only a few simple steps to follow!

1. Line the bottom of the air fryer basket with parchment paper or tin foil, rolling up the sides slightly.  

tortilla chips in an air fryer basket

2. Add one layer of tortilla chips, trying not to overlap the chips too much and top with 1/3 of the shredded cheese. 

3. Repeat the process to make three layers of chips and cheese. 

tortilla chips topped with shredded cheese in an air fryer basket

4. Cook in the air fryer for 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees (cooking time depends on the type of cheese you are using, less time for dairy free cheese, more time for regular cheese – check intermittently after the 5 minute mark)

6. Remove the air fryer basket when the cooking time is done and carefully transfer the nachos to a plate using the parchment or foil as a “bowl” to transfer the nachos. 

7. Sprinkle with the toppings and serve with the salsa and guacamole. Alternatively you can layer the toppings (not including the cilantro) with the cheese and cook them, I just prefer my toppings to be fresh not cooked! 

Loaded air fryer nachos on a wood platter with salsa and guacamole on the side

Can you air fry leftover nachos?

 

Yes you can! To reheat, simply place all of the nachos back in the air fryer basket and air fry the for 2-3 minutes at 350 degrees. 

 

These delicious nachos are full of flavour and super versatile. Change up the cheese variety or the toppings for your own twist on my air fried nachos if you want, or enjoy them as is, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Do you have own an air fryer yet? What type of delicious snacks or meals do you plan to try? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later!

Loaded air fryer nachos on a wood platter with salsa and guacamole on the side

Loaded Air Fryer Nachos

Yield: 2-4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

These quick and easy air fryer nachos are healthier than traditional nachos and perfect for snacking. Gluten free and with a dairy free/vegan option too!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup cheddar (dairy free or regular)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella (dairy free or regular)
  • 1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup salsa (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/4 cup guacamole (homemade or store-bought)

Instructions

    1. Line the bottom of the air fryer basket with parchment paper or tin foil, rolling up the sides slightly.  
    2. Add one layer of tortilla chips, trying not to overlap the chips too much and top with 1/3 of the shredded cheese. 
    3. Repeat the process to make three layers of chips and cheese. 
    4. Cook in the air fryer for 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees (cooking time depends on the type of cheese you are using, less time for dairy free cheese, more time for regular cheese - check intermittently after the 5 minute mark). 
    5. Remove the air fryer basket when the cooking time is done and carefully transfer the nachos to a plate using the parchment or foil as a "bowl" to transfer the nachos. 
    6. Sprinkle with the toppings and serve with the salsa and guacamole. Alternatively you can layer the toppings (not including the cilantro) with the cheese and cook them, I just prefer my toppings to be fresh not cooked! 

Notes

** If you are using dairy free/vegan cheese instead of regular cheese, be aware that it does not melt as well as regularl cheese. It still tastes great but will be less "stretchy and gooey"!

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Christal // NITK

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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