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Irish nachos in a silver serving dish.

Irish Nachos Recipe (Potato Nachos)

A platter of Irish Nachos is pub food at its finest; all the best parts of a loaded baked potato and Tex-Mex nacho ingredients come together in one glorious bite. This recipe is American fusion food at its best!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Irish
Keyword appetizer, potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 435kcal
Author Meggan Hill


For the potatoes:

  • 1 pound Russet potatoes sliced 1/4 of an inch thick on a mandolin slicer, rinsed under cold running water and stored in water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 quarts canola oil or peanut oil
  • Kosher salt

For the nachos:

  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices bacon fried and chopped
  • Sour cream for serving
  • 1 large tomato chopped, for serving
  • 4 scallions thinly sliced, for serving
  • 1 jalapeño sliced, for serving (optional)


To make the potatoes:

  • Drain potatoes. In a large saucepan over high heat, combine vinegar and 2 quarts water. Bring to a boil. 
  • Add potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Drain well and spread in a single layer on rimmed baking sheets lined with paper towels. Dry five minutes.
  • In a Dutch oven, large pot, or deep fryer, heat oil to 400 degrees. Add 1/2 of potato slices and cook, stirring and flipping constantly with wire mesh spider or slotted spoon, until potatoes release no more bubbles, about 3 to 5 minutes (smaller chips may cook faster than large ones and should be removed from the oil as they finish).
  • Transfer potato slices to a rimmed baking sheet lined with paper towels, and sprinkle with salt. Repeat with remaining potato slices.

To make the nachos:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Transfer potato slices to a broiler-proof pie plate or serving platter.
  • Top with cheese and bacon. Bake until the cheese is hot and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Remove from oven and top with sour cream, tomato, scallions, and jalapeño slices, if using.


To substitute frozen potatoes (such as waffle fries), just follow the package directions to bake the fries and then add the toppings for nachos.


Calories: 435kcal