This recipe for Irish Nachos is potato chips layered with plenty of cheese and toppings. Potato nachos are a simple yet unique snack that’s perfect for parties!
I think nachos are one of the greatest food inventions. Crispy chips are pretty great on their own, but when you load them up with toppings and put them in the oven they become something magical – the ultimate appetizer!
As much as I love the traditional chips-beans-cheese-salsa flavor combination, I think these Irish nachos are even better. This nachos hack uses potato chips instead of tortilla chips, and I continued the potato theme by topping these nachos with baked potato fixings. Best of all, you can assemble these nachos in minutes!
How to make Irish Nachos
This recipe starts with a bag of kettle cooked potato chips. I use the kettle style chips because they’re sturdier and tend to hold up better underneath all those delicious toppings.
The chips get placed on a pan and topped with a generous amount of cheese. I used cheddar cheese here, but you could do a combination of cheese if you prefer – mozzarella or pepper jack would be a great addition.
Next up is the bacon – you can cook your own or buy pre-cooked bacon, whichever you prefer! The bacon goes on top of the cheese and the whole pan goes into the oven until the cheese is melted.
The final step is to add a good sized dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of fresh tomatoes and chives. Serve these Irish nachos immediately with plenty of napkins!
I served these nachos at a party, and people absolutely loved them – they taste like a loaded baked potato, except you can eat them with your hands instead of a knife and fork. Irish nachos are sometimes made with roasted potato slices or wedges, but I chose to use the potato chips because it’s less work AND you just can’t get the same crunch from roasted potatoes.
These Irish nachos are great for St. Patrick’s Day, perfect for game day, or just for when you want a hearty and filling snack. It’s a unique offering that will have your guests begging for the recipe!
More party snacks
- 4 cups kettle style potato chips
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon
- 1/4 cup finely chopped chives
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup diced tomato
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Place the chips on a sheet pan or in a pie plate.
- Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the chips, then add the bacon on top of the cheese.
- Bake for approximately 5 minutes or until cheese is melted,
- Top with sour cream, tomato and chives and serve immediately.
This post has been sponsored by Frito-Lay. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Dinner at the Zoo possible! This recipe was originally posted on June 6, 2016 and was updated on March 5, 2018 with new content.