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Air Fryer Nachos

Easy to make air fryer nachos with ground beef.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: nachos
Servings: 8
Calories: 390kcal
Author: Heather


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 lb ground beef (Use 1/2 lb beef for one batch.)
  • 1 can refried beans (Use 1/2 can beans for one batch.)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (Use 1/2 packet of spices for one batch.)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (1 cup of cheese for one batch.)
  • 2-3 cups tortilla chips


  • Start by placing a sheet of aluminum foil in the air fryer basket forming a "basket" to hold the chips. This helps to easily remove the nachos once finished cooking.
  • Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Break it up into crumbles when cooking. Once cooked through, drain off excess grease. Stir in spices, water and beans. Stir to combine.
  • Place tortilla chips on top of foil. Top with half of the beef mixture and then top with around 1 cup of cheese.
  • Cook at 380 degrees F for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Remove basket from air fryer. Carefully lift up foil and nachos to remove from basket.
  • Add your favorite toppings and serve.
  • Repeat the process to make a second batch of nachos or store the leftover beef and bean mixture in the refrigerator until ready to use.



The beef and bean mixture makes enough for 2 batches of nachos using a 5.8 quart air fryer. It's enough for a crowd of 8 people. 
If you would like to make one batch, enough for 2- 4 people, use 1/2 pound beef, 1/2 can refried beans, 1/2 spices and 1 cup cheese. 


Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 514mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 216IU | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 2mg