You Don't Have to Be Irish to Love These Loaded Irish Nachos


Irish nachos are the ultimate crowd-favorite snack for but after one taste, you'll want to make them for every occasion. Just picture it: Crispy golden potatoes are piled with mounds of melted cheese, crunchy bacon bits, and every other topping you can dream up. If you're a fan of  or someone who loves , then you'll love this . Just serve 'em straight from the baking sheet for an  that requires minimal cleanup.

Are Irish nachos actually Irish?

Not really, but that's okay! Irish nachos are the brainchild of savvy pub owners who coined the name after swapping classic corn chips for Ireland's beloved potato in a hearty spin on nachos.


They may not be a traditional Irish dish but they sure are good.

What potatoes are best for Irish nachos?

Small, waxy, easy-to-slice potatoes with thin peels are best for Irish nachos. Skip the jumbo, starchy russets and go with Yukon gold or red . Those varieties tend to hold their shape and make for a sturdier scoop for all the tastiest toppings.

What cheese goes on Irish nachos?

Cheddar jack is a hit on these nachos, but regular sharp cheddar pairs well. Shred it yourself, if you can. Freshly shredded cheese melts much better than pre-shredded bagged cheese.

What goes on top of Irish nachos?

The easier question might be what doesn't go on top of Irish nachos? Start with a healthy layer of melty shredded cheese and crispy bits of bacon, followed by sour cream, salsa, and green onion.


Next, add some zippy quick-pickled red onions, which are optional but easy to make and so worth it. Heck, you know what would also be great? A ladleful of chili, jalapeño slices, creamy , cooked ground beef, or spicy pickle relish. Or, if you want to go all in for St. Patrick's Day, you could even top them with .

Can you make Irish nachos with chips?

Sure! If you want to go a more traditional nacho route, feel free to use chips—just make sure that they are sturdy enough to hold toppings. Kettle-cooked potato chips are a great base option for a quick-fix snack. Just sprinkle on the bacon and cheese and pop the chips in the oven for a few minutes for the cheese to melt.


Then, carry on with all the toppings! 

What other Irish-inspired dishes work well for St. Patrick's Day?

Irish nachos are a great start to any festive feast, but no St. Patrick's Day meal is complete without and . Don't forget a pint . Cheers!

3 lb.

Yukon gold potatoes

4 tbsp.

olive oil

1 tsp.

ground black pepper

1 tsp.

garlic powder

Nonstick cooking spray

2 tsp.

kosher salt


slices cooked bacon, crumbled

2 c.

shredded cheddar-jack cheese

Quick pickled onions (optional), sliced green onion, sour cream, and salsa, for serving


small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

1/2 c.

white vinegar

1 tsp.


1/2 tsp.

kosher salt



1 Preheat the oven to 425°F.  Step  2 Wash the potatoes and pat dry thoroughly. Slice the potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. In a large bowl, stir together the potatoes, oil, pepper, and garlic powder until well combined. Step  3 Spray 2 rimmed baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray. Divide the potatoes equally between the pans and arrange them in an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes then remove the pans from the oven. Flip the potatoes, rotate the pans, and return to the oven. Bake until the potatoes are golden brown, about 10 to 15 minutes more. Step  4 Remove the potatoes from the oven and sprinkle evenly with the salt.


Let cool 5 minutes. Combine the potatoes on one pan and sprinkle with the bacon and cheese. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes more. Sprinkle with the quick-pickled onions, if you like, and green onions; top with salsa and sour cream. Step  5 To make the quick-pickled onions: In a small microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, combine the onion, vinegar, 1/2 cup water, sugar, and salt. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes.


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