Irish Nachos

Irish Nacho style waffle fries on a red plate

With St Patrick’s Day approaching, I am in the mood for some good pub-inspired munchies. And these Irish Nachos are the perfect answer!

What are Irish Nachos?

Okay, so let’s be clear: they’re not really Irish and they’re not really nachos. Ha!

The concept of nachos is there, but instead of chips the base is made of some type of potato. That’s the Irish part.

And instead of layering with Mexican flavors, this time we use bacon, green onions, and cheese.

What they really remind me of is baked potato skins, which used to be on every appetizer menu I knew of. Did they go out of style? They must have, but it seems that the concept is born again as Irish Nachos, with the same yummy taste I have always loved!

How to make these Irish nachos

waffle fries, bacon, cheese, green onion

Start with the potatoes. Cook them according to your preference: I used my air fryer for waffle fries.

Then layer the potatoes in a flat baking dish. I use a 10-inch round Pyrex dish which works great. Place half the potatoes (this makes about a single layer) in the dish, then add half the cheese, bacon and onions. Repeat with the remaining potatoes, cheese, bacon and onions.

Bake for 10-15 minutes to warm everything through and get the cheese all nice and melty. Serve immediately, with sour cream.

pan of irish nachos with sour cream

Variations

The potatoes are the backbone of this dish, so I chose waffle fries as they are a little more sturdy and able to really carry the toppings. But you can also use regular french fries or cottage fries. If you like to make your own from fresh potato slices, go for it! Some people try to make these with potato chips which sounds very easy but might get tricky with all the toppings.

For the cheese, I like to buy the bags of pre-shredded cheese. I’ve used both a Cheddar-Monterey Jack blend and a 3 cheese Mexican blend. Both were great. Some might prefer all shredded cheddar cheese. If you have a favorite flavor or blend here, go for it!

The bacon…well, bacon is definitely an expected flavor in potato skins. But since these are IRISH nachos, it seems to me that we could substitute corned beef! I haven’t tried it yet, but I really think it would be a delicious variation!

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Pour a beer and dig right in!

Irish Nacho style waffle fries on a red plate
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5 from 30 votes

Irish Nachos

A new take on potato skin appetizers!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 405kcal
Author: Sula

Ingredients

  • 22 oz frozen waffle fries one bag
  • Cooking spray
  • ½ bunch green onions sliced
  • ½ pound bacon cooked, cooled and chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheese mixed blend

Instructions

  • Cook waffle fries according to method of choice (oven or air fryer).
  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Layer half the waffle fries in a flat baking dish. Sprinkle with half the cheese, bacon and onions.
  • Repeat with the rest of the fries, and the cheese, bacon and onions.
  • Bake in 375F oven for 10-15 minutes until warmed through and cheese is melted.
  • Serve warm, with sour cream if desired.

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Nutrition

Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 745mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 207IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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30 thoughts on “Irish Nachos

    1. I agree, I love all the crispy edges on waffle fries. Making them into these nachos made them even better!

  1. 5 stars
    These bacon and cheese waffle fries have a special place in my heart! Actually, I am lying they are in my tummy. Yummy such a great comfort recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    These are my new favorite way of eating waffle fries! Fully loaded with deliciousness, I also love how easy they are to make!

  3. 5 stars
    I showed this to my english/irish father in law and he loved it. Now I have to make it for him next time he comes over

  4. 5 stars
    Enjoyed this for dinner last night and it did not disappoint! So easy and delicious; looking forward to serving this again for St. Patrick’s Day!

  5. 5 stars
    Irish or not, chips or potatoes, these sound and look amazing! What a delicious appetizer or snack. We have a ‘family fun night’ in our house on Fridays and this would be the perfect snack to serve.

  6. 5 stars
    Mmm, this would be perfect for get-togethers (once we can finally have them with people again)! I bet these would disappear so fast!

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