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Easy Potato Chip Nachos (Irish Nachos)

Potato chip nachos, also called Irish nachos, are extra salty and a delicious appetizer with all your favorite nacho toppings! The perfect game day food.

plate of loaded potato chip nachos on a checkered napkin

Every year, I get really into football. It’s a big joke (to myself) because I can’t decide what I like more – the game or the food.

Game day recipes are seriously my favorite.

These easy potato chip nachos are fabulous, better than traditional nachos (that use tortilla chips), and you can use any of your favorite nacho toppings. 

closeup photo of ridged potato chip nachos

How to Make Potato Chip Nachos

Grab a bag of your favorite potato chips. You can use regular ridged potato chips or thick kettle chips – whichever is your favorite.

Both types of chips will hold all the toppings better than thin potato chips and, in my opinion, tortilla chips. 

Pour the kettle potato chips onto a large microwaveable plate. Then sprinkle shredded cheese on top – make sure you use plenty of cheese for that cheesy goodness. 

Place the plate in the microwave in 30-second increments until the cheese is completely melted. Pull the plate from the microwave and top the cheese with your favorite toppings.

hand holding a chip topped with melted cheese, black beans, and ground beef

If you are anti-microwave, put the chips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and broil the cheese for a few minutes. Remove the sheet pan when the whole pan is full of cheesy chips. 

Seriously, it’s that easy.

You may even be wondering why you haven’t thought of this yourself. But that’s what I’m here for.

Irish nachos topped with jalapeños red onion ground beef cheese and black beans

Irish Nacho Toppings

When I made Sheet Pan Loaded Chicken Nachos, I used every topping I could imagine to create a unique recipe. For these nachos, I suggest using your favorite things.

I start with cooked ground beef and black beans. Then I go a little crazy. 

My suggestions include diced tomato, pickled jalapeno slices, chopped cilantro, and red onion. Suggestions for additional fun toppings include:

  • sour cream
  • green onions
  • ​bacon bits
closeup photo of photo chip nachos
plate of loaded potato chip nachos on a checkered napkin

Easy Potato Chip Nachos

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Potato chip nachos, also called Irish nachos, are extra salty and a delicious appetizer with all your favorite nacho toppings! The perfect game day food.


  • 5 ounces potato chips
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ pound ground beef, cooked
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed


  • diced tomato
  • jalapeno slices
  • chopped cilantro
  • diced onion


  1. Pour the potato chips onto a microwave-safe plate. Top the chips with the shredded cheese. Place the plate in the microwave and cook in 30-second increments until the cheese is melted. Remove the plate from the microwave.
  2. Spoon the ground beef and black beans on top of the melted cheese.
  3. Then, place your selected toppings on the chips liberally.



Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 334mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 16g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not be correct.

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Wednesday 4th of October 2017

Oh, yummy! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party @DearCreatives Pinned & sharing.

Miz Helen

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

Yes, Yes Yes, who wouldn't just love your Nachos! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon! Miz Helen

Judi Graber

Saturday 30th of September 2017

My family loves nachos - interesting idea to use potato chips and there are so many kinds to choose from. I might have to go with a spicier one! Happy Fiesta Friday and thanks for sharing with us.


Friday 29th of September 2017

I've never made nachos with potato chips, what a cool recipe! I can't wait to try these out. Thank you for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday!

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