Keto Nachos

by KetoFocus.com

Every chip is covered with cheesy toppings!

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Layers and layers of gooey, melted cheese covered chips, holding toppings piled on high, make the ultimate keto nachos every time without risk burning or undercooking

This keto nacho recipe ensures perfectly melted cheese without the tortillas chips or cheese burning. With layers of seasoned beef taco meat, olives, pico de gallo, jalapenos, and red onions, every chip is fully loaded.

An air fryer basket holding a pile of nachos topped with melted cheese, sour cream and guacamole.

Creating delicious keto nachos has never been easier with this air fryer recipe that guarantees perfectly melted cheese on every layer without burning the chips or creating mushy toppings.

Why this method is the best

  • Every chip is covered with toppings – There is nothing worse than getting to a second layer of chips, only to find that all of the toppings are gone since they were piled on top leaving a plate of chips with no cheese or toppings to scoop up.  The magic of this keto nacho recipe lies in the layering technique. Each layer of tortilla chips is adorned with cheese, the seasoned taco meat, and the other toppings, ensuring that every chip is fully loaded with savory goodness.
  • No burnt or mushy chips – The secret to perfect nachos is to cook them in the air fryer. Making nachos in the air fryer ensures that the cheese on every layer of tortilla chips is gooey and perfectly melted, while maintaining the crispy texture of the chips without burning the chips, cheese or toppings.  
  • Requires no babysitting – Heating nachos in the air fryer means that you don’t have to hover around the oven to make sure the nachos aren’t burning like you would if you are heating them under the broiler. Making air fryer nachos, you can start the air fryer and walk away to make your creamy horseradish truffle sauce.

 

How to make keto nachos

To make keto nachos, you need three base ingredients: tortilla chips or pork rinds, shredded cheese and/or nacho cheese and toppings. 

  1. Seasoned protein topping: Choose between flavorful beef taco meat using a homemade taco seasoning blend or make shredded chicken or pork.
  2. Layer down the chips: Spread a handful of chips or pork rinds in the basket of the air fryer.
  3. Add base nacho toppings: Sprinkle on cheese or nacho cheese sauce, seasoned protein.
  4. Alternate more toppings: Repeat with another layer of chips and cheese. Then add more toppings like black olives, pickled jalapenos, diced red onions and zesty pico de gallo or salsa.
  5. Final toppings: Lift the nachos out of the air fryer. To elevate them further, a finishing touch of fresh pico de gallo, creamy guacamole, and a homemade horseradish truffle cream sauce.

Air Fryer Nachos Recipe Video

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Beef Taco Meat Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 lb ground beef

Keto Nacho Ingredients

  • 2-3 bags (10-15oz) keto tortilla chips
  • 4 cups shredded Colby Jack Cheese
  • 1 cup pico de gallo, divided
  • 1 small can (2.25oz) sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup pickled jalapenos
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup guacamole

Horseradish Truffle Cream Sauce Ingredients

Keto Nachos Directions

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Keto chip options

Besides making your own keto tortillas chips or keto dortios, you can easily purchase low carb chips from online retailers or at your grocery store. I’ve included my favorite brands of keto chips, some are even gluten-free.

Low carb toppings for nachos

Proteins

  • Seasoned ground beef
  • Shredded seasoned chicken
  • Pulled pork
  • Carne asada (steak)
  • Black soy beans
  • Seasoned ground turkey

Veggies

  • Red onion
  • Green onion
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapenos
  • Olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Zucchini
  • Pico de gallo or salsa
  • Corn
  • Guacamole

Cheese

  • Queso fresco
  • Colby jack cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Monterey jack cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Nacho cheese sauce

Other ideas

 

 

Hands pulling out a pile of nachos from a sheet of parchment paper.

Storage information

Nachos don’t really store very well. The toppings tend to make the chips soggy if left uneaten. They are best consumed right away.

To make your life easier when preparing low carb nachos, you can prepare and prep all of your toppings ahead of time. Store them separately in air tight containers in the refrigerator. Then assemble and bake right before serving.

Keto Nachos: FAQS

What low carb protein options can I add to my keto nachos?

Instead of plain nachos, add more protein by using seasoned beef, carne asada, shredded pork carnitas, or shredded chicken. For a vegetarian option, black soy beans are low carb and higher in protein. They look similar to black beans.

What can I use instead of chips for nachos?

Instead of low carb tortilla chips, try using pork rinds, mini sweet peppers sliced vertically, sliced zucchini or cauliflower florets.

How do I make this lower in carbs?

To lower the carbs, choose keto chips that are the lowest net carbs, decrease the amount of vegetable toppings and sauces added.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Nachos

Servings: 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 449
Fat 37.8g
Protein 19.5g
Total Carbs 12.4g
Net Carbs 6.6g

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