These quick and easy brisket nachos are made in the air fryer in minutes!

When it comes to leftover brisket this is our favorite way to use it! A platter of delicious nachos, with layers of tender brisket, shredded cheese, and tortilla chips all cooked in the air fryer. Then load them up with your favorite nacho toppings for the perfect game-day snack or appetizer!

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Best Way to Use Leftover Brisket!

  • Use up every bit of leftover brisket in this recipe for hearty, homemade nachos!
  • Brisket is an affordable cut of meat for bigger families and can be used in so many ways!
  • Meaty and robust, brisket can be slow-cooked, oven-roasted, barbecued, or smoked with delicious results!

ingredients assembled to make brisket nachos

Ingredients & Variations

BRISKET: Cut from the lower chest muscle, brisket is an excellent switch from ordinary ground beef or taco meat.

If starting from scratch, Instant Pot Beef Brisket is the best way to get a juicy, tender brisket ready in no time!

CHEESE: Mexican cheese blends are finely shredded and melt easily on nachos!

TOPPINGS: Anything goes! But we like tomatoes, jalapenos, sliced olives, bacon bits, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole!

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How to Make Brisket Nachos

These incredibly tasty nachos are fun and easy to make.

  1. Layer all the ingredients in the air fryer (per the recipe below).

PRO TIP: Overlap the chips so there are no gaps! This way the melted cheese doesn’t drip down between the chips.

  1. Air fry nachos until the cheese is melted and the brisket is heated through.
  2. Remove from the basket and add your favorite toppings!

Serve warm with salsa and sour cream for dipping.

nachos layered with cheese, brisket, jalapeños, and tomatoes in an air fryer tray

Tips for Tasty Beef Brisket Nachos

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Air Fryer Brisket Nachos

These brisket nachos are a filling and cheesy appetizer or snack. Made with leftover brisket this recipe is quick and easy to prepare!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
2 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 8



  • 6 cups tortilla chips
  • 1 ½ cups cooked brisket shredded
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese blend shredded
  • 2 tablespoons red onion diced
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • ¼ cup jalapeno sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • sour cream and salsa for serving optional


  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 320°F.
  • Place half of the tortilla chips in a single layer in the air fryer basket making sure to overlap the chips so there are no gaps. Top the chips with half of the brisket, half of the cheese and half of the red onion.
  • Repeat the layers. Cook the nachos for 3-5 minutes or until cheese has melted and the brisket is heated through.
  • Remove from the basket and top with diced tomatoes, jalapenos, and cilantro.
  • Serve with salsa and sour cream if desired.



If using fresh jalapenos, they can be added before cooking. If using pickled jalapenos, they can be added after cooking.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 418IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 251mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican

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