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5 from 17 votes
Cook Time : 8 mins
Total Time : 18 mins
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Last Updated on January 28, 2023 by Corinne Schmitt

These Air Fryer Nachos are crispy, crunchy, and full of flavor. Plus, they are so easy to make on busy weeknights when you need to get dinner or a snack on the table quickly! 

If you love nachos then this Velveeta Sausage Dip recipe is the next recipe that you want to try! Cheese, crunchy, and picky eater approved these nachos are sure to satisfy your whole family!

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Air Fryer Nachos on a serving plate., topped with a dollop of sour cream.

Pork Nachos

Pork is a great protein option to add to your nachos because it’s full of nutrients. Not only is pork tender and versatile but also contains nutrients such as vitamin B, iron, and zinc and it’s low in calories.

Not only does the air fryer cook quickly, but the hot air also helps to keep the chips crispy.  I have to admit that thanks to the air fryer this is one of the most delicious recipes for loaded nachos that I’ve ever tried. 

Why I Love This Recipe

These nachos are the perfect meal for busy weeknights. They are crispy, crunchy, and full of flavor, plus, they are so easy to make when you need to get dinner on the table quickly!

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Great appetizer for game day

If you love air fryer recipes, like this one then you may also enjoy this Air Fryer Enchiladas recipe.

Ingredients

Air Fryer Nachos Ingredients.

This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery store. You may even have some of these ingredients on hand already, which can save you a trip to the store. 

  • shredded pulled pork – I like to use leftover pulled pork, however, you can also purchase already-made pulled pork from your favorite bbq restaurant, or at your local grocery store. 
  • taco seasoning – Use your favorite homemade seasoning mix or a packet of your favorite brand. 
  • nacho cheese sauce – My family thinks that Rico’s is the best brand of nacho cheese sauce on the market. 
  • shredded cheese – I like to use the fiesta blend or Mexican blend shredded cheese because I think it melts the best. 

Substitutions

Pork: Instead of pulled pork, you can use bbq chicken or pulled chicken to make air fryer chicken nachos. 

Cheese: Switch out the fiesta cheese, you can use shredded cheddar cheese or your favorite type of cheese. 

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Corn: Whole-kernel corn would be a great addition to this hearty meal. 

Nacho Cheese: Instead of using canned nacho cheese, you can use queso instead. 

Refried Beans: I like black beans on my nachos but you can use refried beans also. 

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few common kitchen tools to help you make this delicious. 

  • air fryer – I like to use an 8-quart air fryer to make these nachos. 
  • pie pan – Make sure that you can fit the oven-safe baking dish in your air fryer. 

How to Make Air Fryer Nachos

Making these pulled pork nachos is so simple, just follow the instructions below and you will have a tasty meal in no time at all. 

Step 1: Mix together the pork and seasonings

Add the pork, taco seasoning, garlic powder, and hot sauce to an oven-safe bowl and mix.

Pork, taco seasoning, garlic powder, and hot sauce in an oven-safe bowl.

Step 2: Air fryer the pork mixture

Place the bowl in the air fryer and cook at 400°F for 3 minutes. 

Cooked meat mixture inside the Air Fryer.

Step 3: Assemble the tortilla chips and cheese

Add tortillas cups to a 9” pie pan. Drizzle nacho cheese sauce over all the chips.

Tortilla chips and cheese inside the Air Fryer.

Step 4: Top with remaining ingredients 

Top with shredded pork, beans, jalapeños, and shredded cheese. 

Nachos inside the Air Fryer.

Step 5: Air fry the nachos

Place pan in the air fryer basket and cook at 400°F for 5 minutes, until chips are extra crispy and cheeses are melted. 

Cooked pork Nachos inside the Air Fryer.

Step 6: Garnish and serve

Layer the top with tomatoes, onions,  salsa, guacamole, green onions,  pico de Gallo, black olives, cilantro, and a dollop of sour cream.  Enjoy!

Air Fryer Nachos on a serving plate., topped with a dollop of sour cream.

Serving Suggestions

I like to serve these nachos with my homemade Air Fryer Tortilla Chips or Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice recipe.

a closeup of a hand holding a Nacho with more nachos on a plate blurred in the background.

Pro Tips

Here are a few tips to make sure that your pulled pork nachos turn out

  • If you or someone in your life is sensitive to spice, you can leave out the hot sauce and jalapenos to make a mild version of these nachos. 
  •  If you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake these nachos in the oven for about 10 minutes at 375°F. 
  • You can easily switch up the toppings and make them your own. 
  • I like to use white corn tortilla chips to make nachos, but you can also use flour chips instead. 
  • You can also use leftover taco meat or ground turkey to make this easy snack.
  • I strongly recommend that you do not make these nachos in the bottom of the air fryer basket, as it can make a mess. Use a pan that will fit in your air fryer. 
  • However, if you have a small air fryer you can line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil and make your loaded nachos on the foil instead. This will protect your air fryer from the grease getting everywhere.

FAQs

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe.

How to store

You can store the leftover nachos toppings in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I recommend storing the chips and toppings together, as the chips will become soggy.

How to reheat

You can reheat these nachos by placing them in the air fryer at 350°F for 2-3 minutes, or until they are hot.

Can I freeze this dish?

Unfortunately, no. However, you can freeze the pulled pork.

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Air Fryer Nachos

Corinne Schmitt
These Air Fryer Nachos are loaded with savory pork, cheese, and all your favorite toppings. They are perfect for your next game day party!
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 2179 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • pie plate

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups shredded pulled pork
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 4-5 cups tortillas chips
  • 1 cup nacho cheese sauce canned Ricos brand is the best
  • 1 cup shredded cheese fiesta blend
  • 1 cup black beans cooked and drained
  • 5-10 pickled jalapeños optional
  • 1 Roma tomato diced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 stalk green onion
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Add the pork, taco seasoning, garlic powder, and hot sauce to an oven safe bowl and mix.
  • Place the bowl in the air fryer and cook at 400°F for 3 minutes.
  • Add tortilla chips to a 9” pie pan. Drizzle nacho cheese sauce over all the chips.
  • Top with shredded pork, beans, jalapeños, and shredded cheese.
  • Place pan in the air fryer basket and cook at 400°F for 5 minutes, until chips are extra crispy and cheeses are melted.
  • Top with tomatoes, onions, cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you or someone in your life is sensitive to spice, you can leave out the hot sauce and jalapenos to make a mild version of these nachos.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake these nachos in the oven for about 10 minutes at 375°F.
  • You can also use leftover taco meat or ground turkey to make this easy snack.
  • I strongly recommend that you do not make these nachos in the bottom of the air fryer basket, as it can make a mess.
  • Use a pan that will fit in your air fryer. However, if you have a small air fryer you can line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil and make your loaded air fryer nachos on the foil instead. This will protect your air fryer from the grease getting everywhere.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 2179kcalCarbohydrates: 237gProtein: 73gFat: 111gSaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 26gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 4392mgPotassium: 1039mgFiber: 22gSugar: 46gVitamin A: 3156IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 830mgIron: 9mg
Keyword Air Fryer Nachos, Pulled Pork Nachos
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