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
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.
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!
Pour a beer and dig right in!
- 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
- 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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Mmm, this would be perfect for get-togethers (once we can finally have them with people again)! I bet these would disappear so fast!
Yes they are very popular!
My teens loved this recipe! So excited to make this again later this week! Saved for later! Thanks!
I can't imagine any teen walking away from these! LOL
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.
Oh a family fun night is such a great idea and yes these would be just perfect!
Yesss! So good. Nachos are the best and the fries make it even better
We never grow tired of these!
what a great idea~ This looks marvelous the best of comfort foods!
Oh yes, comfort food in snackable form!
This is such a clever idea! Like loaded fries but with an Irish twist! Love it!
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!
Yes I think I could serve this once a week, year-round, and no one would get tired of it!
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
Oh he will love it!
This is a pub favourite of mine! I never realised how simple they were to make at home!
Sometimes that pub food is just the best!
These are my new favorite way of eating waffle fries! Fully loaded with deliciousness, I also love how easy they are to make!
Fully loaded = fully delicious!
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!
LOL yes, they are pretty irresistible!
Waffle fries are my absolute favorite. This looks so delicious.
I agree, I love all the crispy edges on waffle fries. Making them into these nachos made them even better!
Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady
OMG a big yes to this recipe? Is there anything better than potatoes, bacon, cheese and sour cream?
Let me answer that: no, there really is NOTHING better! LOL
What a creative dish! This is premium snackage!
Very well said! 🙂