Potatoes, cheese, and bacon? What's not to love about Irish nachos, perhaps the perfect snack!

To give you some background on these party treats, Irish nachos are fried or baked potato slices topped with all the delicious things you’d expect to find on nachos and some tasty extras in this case, bacon.

This genius dish, perfect for any summer gathering, is said to have been invented by J. Gilligan’s Irish Bar and Grill in Arlington, Texas.

You know the Texans! It’s "go big or go home," as the Americans say.

Why not mix up the topping on these bad boys for the vegetarians in your lives and try them with pepper or olives. You could even whip up a nice salsa to go on the side.

The combination of the warm and creamy cheese with the crunchy potatoes and salty bacon is a classic Irish flavor combination that is sure to delight.

One of the best things about Irish nachos is their versatility. They can be served as a snack, a main course, or even as a side dish. They are a perfect addition to any pub menu or as a fun and creative way to enjoy some traditional Irish flavors in a new and exciting way.

Your guests will definitely thank you for this recipe for any gatherings you might have throughout the year.

Irish nachos recipe

Serves: 8 to 12

Time: 50 minutes


  • 5 to 6 potatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • Sour cream
  • Chives/spring onion


Preheat oven to 450F

Slice potatoes and put them in a bowl.

Add in olive oil and toss

Add salt and pepper. 

Add to a foil / parchment-lined baking tray. Cook for 20 minutes at 450F.

Layer cooked slices into a pan/shallow dish.

Sprinkle cheese and bacon on top. Bake for 5 minutes at 450F.

Top with sour cream and chopped chives/spring onions to garnish.

Sit back and enjoy!

* Originally published in 2017. Updated in October 2023.