How to Make Brisket Waffle Fry Nachos


Let’s make Brisket Waffly Fry Nachos!

Brisket waffle fry nachos loaded with decadent nacho cheese, brisket, pico de gallo, jalapeños, bbq sauce, sour cream, cilantro, and guacamole! This recipe is easy, cheesy, and meaty! It’s a great way to repurpose leftover barbecue and makes for a delicious appetizer to share!

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What are Brisket Waffle Fry Nachos?

Brisket waffle fry nachos are a fun take on the famous concession stand nachos. Instead of using tortilla chips as the base, this recipe uses waffle fries! Fries are my biggest weakness and I would choose it over chips any day so I thought this would be a fun swap!

Also took it a step further and loaded it up with brisket, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, bbq sauce, sour cream, cilantro, guacamole, and limes. Waffle fries are the perfect vessel because it has that lattice shape which makes it nice and strong to scoop up all the delicious toppings! Go big or go home!

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When to Make Brisket Waffle Fry Nachos

This is a great recipe to make when you have leftover barbecue. I live in Austin, TX so we have a ton of amazing barbecue spots. My favorite local spot is Terry Black’s BBQ. When anyone comes to visit us, we always go and have a big barbecue feast.

However, our eyes are often bigger than our stomachs. I love taking home leftovers and finding fun ways to repurpose them. Of course it will taste wonderful with fresh brisket as well. It’s perfect as an appetizer, snack, or finger food for hosting friends on game day, potlucks, you name it!

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Substitutions for Brisket

If you don’t have or can’t eat beef brisket, any meat that you can find at a barbecue spot would make great substitutes. I love that smoky barbecue flavor that I can’t quite replicate at home. Pulled pork or smoked turkey would be my top picks for substitutes! If you are a vegetarian, the recipe would still be delicious without any substitutes.

However, I think meat substitutes like plant-based ground beef, chicken, or tofu crumbles would be great! Adding beans, peppers, zucchini, squash, and additional veggies would help to make it more hearty too.

beef brisket from Terry Black's BBQ in Austin, Texas

How to Cook Fries

Fries that are deep fried in oil will always be the gold standard taste wise. However, I absolutely hate deep frying at home. It always makes such a huge mess and there is oil splatter everywhere. I recently purchased an air-fryer this year that I am in love with – linked here. Personally, this is my ideal way to cook fries at home. You don’t have to use so much oil, easy cleanup, and a bit healthier too!

If you don’t have an air-fryer, baking it in the oven would work as well. The best way to achieve the perfect texture is to use a wire rack. That way air can circulate underneath the fries too and get crispy all around.

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Brisket Waffle Fry Nachos

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 can (15 oz) nacho cheese sauce
  • 1.5 lb waffle fries
  • ½ lb brisket, chopped


  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • ½ small purple onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 1 lime
  • pickled jalapeños
  • bbq sauce
  • sour cream
  • cilantro, roughly chopped


  • Air-fry waffle fries for ~15 mins, tossing every 5 mins until golden and crispy.
  • Heat nacho cheese in a small saucepan for 10 mins on medium heat.
  • Mix together all ingredients for pico de gallo in small bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mash together avocado and 2 spoonfuls of pico de gallo to make guacamole.
  • In a large serving dish, layer fries, nacho cheese, brisket, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, bbq sauce, sour cream, cilantro, guacamole, limes and enjoy!



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