Air Fryer Nachos are a favorite snack and a really fast way to make cheesy nachos!

Tortilla chips topped with heaps of cheese and your favorite toppings need just a few minutes in the air fryer (and no preheating required). Top them with any toppings (or even leftover taco meat) for favorite snack or fun family meal.

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A New Favorite Air Fryer Recipe

I love cheesy nachos but have to admit, cooking them in the air fryer is a game-changer.

  • Save time and clean-up using the air fryer.
  • Ready in 15 minutes (no need to preheat the oven)!
  • Versatile, add your favorite toppings and use any kind of cheese.
  • So easy to make. Just layer, air-fry, then enjoy!

ingredients to make Air Fryer Nachos on a baking sheet

What’s in Air Fryer Nachos?

NACHOS Corn chips come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and even colors! So take your pick. Heavily flavored chips (like Doritos) don’t do as well in this recipe because the flavor can brown too much or even burn.

CHEESE This is one recipe where pre-shredded is a perfect choice. Monterey Jack or a Mexican or Tex Mex blend is great.

VEGGIES Olives, green onions, tomatoes, and jalapeno peppers are perfect for classic nachos (but add or leave off whatever you want). Or, add chili and make chili nachos!

layering Air Fryer Nachos in the air fryer

How to Make Air Fryer Nachos

  1. Overlap a layer of chips in the air fryer basket. Top with half of the cheese & whites of the onions.
  2. Repeat with a second layer of chips, top with remaining cheese & toppings as desired.
  3. Cook according to recipe below, until cheese has melted. Top with diced tomatoes & sliced green onions.


Air fried nachos are super easy to make, but a few ideas will ensure crispy, crunchy, cheesy goodness every time!

  • Choose chips that are restaurant quality for best results, ones that are firm enough to hold up under layers. Thicker chips work better than thin-style chips.
  • Overlapping the chips keeps the cheese from dripping through the tray.
  • Layer up to 3 layers of chips with lots of cheese.


We love loaded nachos, here is a list of our favorite toppings, dips, and sauces.

More Air Fryer Snacks

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Air Fryer Nachos

Cheesy, crispy, and full of fresh toppings, these Air Fryer Nachos are a crowd favorite!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


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  • 2-3 cups tortilla chips
  • 2 cups cheese shredded
  • 1 green onion whites and greens separated
  • ¼ cup black olives
  • ½ cup tomatoes diced
  • ¼ cup jalapenos chopped, optional
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped, optional


  • Place the tortilla chips in a single layer in the air fryer basket making sure to overlap the chips so there are no gaps between them.
  • Top the chips with half of the cheese and whites of the green onion.
  • Add another layer of chips. Top with remaining cheese, green onions, jalapenos, and black olives (if using).
  • Place in the air fryer to 320°F and cook the nachos for 3-5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Remove from the basket and top with diced tomatoes.
  • Serve with salsa and sour cream.
5 from 51 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 527 | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 726mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 517mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Party Food, Snack
Cuisine American
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  1. First I want to say that I trust all of your recipes. This was so easy to scale to servings. You want nachos for one or two? Easy. Speaking of easy, cleanup was a breeze. Totally adaptable to tastes. The temp and time were spot on! Thank you again for a last minute idea sent to my inbox exactly at the time I needed it.5 stars

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Jennifer! It so easy to whip these nachos up any time of the day. Definitely a favourite over here too.

  2. BEST NACHOS EVER! I’m re-heating the leftovers now, and will be making these very often. Thanks for some wicked good nachos, Holly!5 stars

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe Susie! Once I started making nachos in the air fryer I never looked back!

  3. Love love love these nachos. Will definitely be making these again & again. Also I put up a review of the beef stew by accident but it’s also fantastic a family favourite5 stars

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! This is now my midnight snack. . Sad but true! It’s just that convenient and GOOOOOD! Temp and time is on point! You should be awarded! I’m cooking my nachos as I’m writing this so thank you again!5 stars

      1. sounds good! I have never made nachos hos before, but want to use ground beef. when should I add the beef?5 stars

      2. The beef should be browned (I like to add taco seasoning), cooled slightly, and added along with this cheese.

  5. I’m excited to make this. This looks so good. I just got my air fryer yesterday and already made two things..bratwurst n brownies LOL5 stars