Irish Nachos Recipe

This Irish Nachos recipe is the answer to your Irish appetizer dreams! Using shepherd’s pie filling, topped with cheesy goodness. These Irish nachos with french fries are next level appetizer status!

irish nachos on plate

Irish Pub Nachos
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Irish Pub Nachos

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I created these on a whim, and my gosh they are AMAZING!

Decadent and cheesy, and all on top of the perfect steak fry. I mean, these nachos are going to punch you right in the taste buds. In the best way EVER!

Obviously this would make a great St Patrick’s Day appetizer, but it is also the perfect football food too! You can make a tray of these nachos with french fries, and everyone will stand in awe of your football appetizer amazingness!

Keeping it real if you are looking for a lighter option for a party appetizer…this is not it! But, feel free to check out these Caprese Toast Points, or these Easy Black Bean Tostadas for a healthier option. πŸ™‚


irish nachos easy party appetizer

What In The World Are Irish Nachos?

First, let me give you a little bit of background into this amazing dish.

When we fist moved into our new home, let’s just say it wasn’t the most thrilling experience for me. We were in new a city, I knew no one, my husband was working a lot, and we were in a fixer upper too.

I also had two young children at my feet, and pretty much felt like I was barely keeping my head above water!

In our old city, we would frequent an amazing authentic Irish Pub, that was pretty much our second home.

If you aren’t familiar with people of Irish descent there are a few things you should know. We take family, friends (which means you are now family), fun, and food very seriously!

I was missing the songs, laughter, dancing, and incredible food. Basically, I missed home!

So, to ‘process’ AKA not completely lose my mind, in the whirlwind of our recent move. I did my own version of therapy.

This means one of two things: cooking or crafting. You feel me?

On a whim, this Irish nachos recipe was born! And, gosh the comfort and amazingness of this dish…it just felt like home!

And, I am so excited to share it with you! Because, there will always be certain moments that we all need the comforting amazingness that only a super special dish can provide.

So, are you ready to get started on these Irish nachos? Let’s do this!

irish nachos on plate

Irish Nachos Ingredients

First things first, let’s take a minute to discuss the steak fries situation!

No, steak fries are not my most favorite french fry in the entire world…in fact they rank pretty low for me on the hierarchy of fries.

But, they are a MUST for the Irish Nachos!

I have tried other options, but honestly no other fry compares to the wonder that is steak fries in this recipe. They hold up perfectly, and can handle ALL the meaty gravy goodness! Annnddd rant over! πŸ˜‰

DISCLAIMER: I am fully aware that Irish nachos are in fact not an authentic Irish dish. But, I will say it is the perfect dish for a party, gathering, and basically having a wonderful time with family and friends. Which is what my Irish heritage is all about!

How To Make Irish Nachos

While your fries are cooking (I suggest cooking for 5-10 minutes longer then suggested to crisp them up a bit), go ahead and start your meat. Add the garlic and onion powder to the browning meat, and then add the peas and carrots.

Next, you will add the Worcestershire, ketchup, and thyme. Once that is mixed really well, and the meat has finished browning, add the flour.

Now, it’s time to make the gravy deliciousness! Add the chicken broth to the meat, and let simmer and reduce for about 10 minutes.

It should look something like this.

irish nachos meat filling in skillet

Once the fries are ready, top with the meat mixture and shredded cheese.

irish nachos on pan with cheese on top

Place back in the oven, and bake on 350 for 5-10 minutes. You really are just looking for melted cheese yumminess.

irish nachos finished baking on pan

Let the Irish nachos sit for about 5 minutes, and then you are ready to serve! We love to top ours with sour cream, tomatoes, and green onions. But, feel free to garnish your nachos however you see fit!

A quick word of advice. Be sure to make you a plate quickly, because these nachos will be gone in a flash!

What will you put on top of your Irish nachos?

irish nachos on plate

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Irish Pub Nachos

  • Author: Amanda | Jasper and Willow
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


This Irish Nachos recipe is the answer to your Irish appetizer dreams! Using shepherd’s pie filling, topped with cheesy goodness. These Irish nachos with french fries are next level appetizer status!


  • 1 bag Steak Fries
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots blend
  • 1 Tsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Worscestershire
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp All purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack
  • sour cream, tomatoes, green onions (optional garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to bake steak fries. I suggest baking the steak fries 5-10 minutes longer than the suggested time.
  2. Start browning your meat, and add the garlic and onion powder.
  3. Next add the peas and carrots and the thyme.
  4. Once meat is almost browned, add the Worcestershire and ketchup. Mix well.
  5. Add the flour to the meat mixture, and mix well.
  6. Add the chicken broth to the meat mixture to make the gravy. Simmer and reduce to thicken the gravy.
  7. Once fries are done baking, drop the oven temp to 350.
  8. Place meat mixture on top of fries, and add shredded cheese.
  9. Place in the oven and bake 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  10. Let Irish Pub Nachos sit for at least 5 minutes.
  11. Garnish with sour cream, tomatoes, and green onions. Enjoy!


On a personal note, I honestly believe that steak fries are the best french fry for this Irish Nachos recipe. You need the ‘meatiness’ of the steak fry to keep up with the delicious shepherd’s pie filling and gravy!

Feel free to garnish these nachos with whatever toppings you desire! Or you can keep them plain. They will be delicious no matter what you decide!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 675
  • Fat: 33g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 56g

Keywords: Irish nachos, Irish appetizers, St. Patrick's Day appetizer, Irish appetizer recipe, football food, football appetizers

Irish nachos make for a perfect football party food. An easy snack or football appetizer ideas that is perfect for watching the game at home, or for tailgating. Be sure to keep reading to see what makes this appetizer so delicious! #footballfood #footballparty #appetizers




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    1. Yes! That would be incredibly delicious too! You could try it with veggie crumbles. or add in more veggies! And use veggie broth instead of chicken broth. And now I’m hungry…LOL! XO Amanda

  1. OMG! Just whem I’ve decided to eat healthier, you share this recipe! Tucking it away for a cheat meal…

  2. These look so yummy! Definitely worth a try. I would just have to omit the peas and carrots for the sake of my husband ??‍♀️??‍♀️?.

  3. I love nachos and the photos looks just as amazing as it probably tastes! I’m literally salivating! I Your post is perfect timing – I will be making this for the Superbowl party this weekend! Thanks!

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