Elevate your snack game with these irresistible Loaded Fries recipe. Crispy golden fries, smothered in cheddar cheese and topped with crispy bacon and fresh green onions, are a great way to enjoy an appetizer, side dish, or a rich snack that’s packed with flavor.
Loaded fries are a tasty dish made with crispy french fries topped with a savory combination of melted cheese, crispy bacon bits, and fresh green onions. They are typically served in restaurants, fast food joints (like Burger King or Zaxby’s), or bars as an appetizer, but you can easily make them right at home for a party or as a hearty snack using simple ingredients, including frozen french fries!
Start by baking a bag of frozen french fries until they're golden and crispy. Once the fries are done, sprinkle on shredded cheddar cheese and chopped bacon, then pop them back in the oven for a quick broil until the cheese gets melty and gooey. Finish it off with sliced green onions for a complimentary mild onion flavor and a pop of natural color, and you've got yourself a satisfying plate of french fries with a rich and indulgent twist!
Whether you're hosting a game day or a Super Bowl party, a movie night at home, or just craving a satisfying snack, these loaded fries are a go-to recipe. Plus, they are easily customizable – serve them with a side of Wingstop Ranch Dressing for dipping, or pair them with your favorite burgers and hot dogs for a perfect meal combo!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Loaded fries are packed with flavor, combining crispy fries with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and green onions for a winning combination.
- It comes together very quickly with the help of frozen french fries, making it a quick party appetizer you can whip up whenever you need to.
- If you're a fan of dipping, loaded fries pair well with homemade ranch dressing, making it a delicious snack both kids and adults will enjoy.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Frozen French Fries - The base of the recipe, frozen french fries become crispy when baked, providing the perfect foundation for the loaded toppings.
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese - Adds a rich, creamy texture and a savory, cheesy flavor that covers the fries when melted.
- Green Onions - Offer a refreshing, mild onion flavor, as well as a pop of vibrant green color that brightens up the dish.
- Cooked Bacon - Provide a salty and smoky element, adding a satisfying crunch and savory depth of flavor.
- Homemade Ranch Dressing - Complements the overall taste profile with its creamy, tangy goodness, making each bite even more irresistible.
How To Make Loaded Cheese Fries
Bake the frozen french fries: Preheat the oven to 425℉ or whatever temperature is indicated on the package. Arrange the frozen fries onto a baking sheet that has raised edges. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the fries are crispy and golden, making sure to flip halfway.
Cook the bacon: Add the bacon to a large skillet and turn the heat to medium-high. Cook the bacon, rendering the fat until it becomes crispy. Drain it on paper towels on a plate. Once cooled, chop into bite-sized pieces and set aside for topping later.
Broil the fries: Remove the crispy fries from the oven and then turn the oven to broil (500°F). Evenly distribute the shredded cheese and cooked bacon over the fries. Place them back in the oven and broil for up to 3 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted.
Garnish and serve: Remove the fries from the oven. Garnish with sliced green onions and serve with ranch dressing. Enjoy!
- Spread out the french fries in a single layer on the baking sheet with raised edges. This helps them cook evenly and become crispy without steaming.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat before placing the fries on them to prevent sticking.
- When broiling the loaded fries with cheese and bacon, watch them closely to avoid over-browning. The broiling process is typically quick, so be ready to remove them as soon as the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- For an extra layer of flavor, season the frozen fries with a pinch of salt or your favorite seasoning blend before baking.
- If you're short on time, you can use pre-cooked bacon bits or bacon crumbles, making the prep even quicker.
- For a meatless option, skip the bacon and add sautéed mushrooms or black beans for a flavorful alternative.
- Sprinkle some crushed red pepper flakes over the loaded fries, or drizzle them with hot sauce before serving for a spicy twist.
- Drizzle your favorite barbecue sauce over the loaded fries before serving to infuse them with smoky, sweet, and tangy flavors.
- Add a Tex-Mex flair by layering on some cooked ground beef or seasoned grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, and a dollop of sour cream, creating loaded nacho fries.
- Make them with the flavor of pizza by adding sliced black olives, diced bell peppers, and a sprinkle of dried oregano to the loaded fries. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
- Top your fries with crumbled feta cheese, chopped kalamata olives, diced cucumber, and a drizzle of tzatziki sauce for a Mediterranean twist.
- Enjoy loaded fries for breakfast by adding scrambled eggs, crumbled breakfast sausage, and a touch of maple syrup for a sweet and savory morning.
Loaded Fries Topping Ideas
- Sour Cream
- Jalapeño Slices
- Pulled Pork
- Buffalo Sauce
- Blue Cheese Crumbles
- Fried Onions
- Fried Egg
- Avocado Slices
- Diced Tomatoes
- Pickled Red Onions
- Sriracha Drizzle
To store any leftover loaded fries, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two days. When reheating, use an oven set to 350°F to help maintain their crispy texture. Avoid microwaving, as it may make the fries soggy.
Freezing is not recommended as it can negatively affect the texture and quality of the loaded fries because they were already frozen before. Freezing will cause them to become soggy when reheated.
Yes, you can use fresh potatoes. Cut them into fries, parboil, or soak them in cold water to remove excess starch, then follow the recipe steps for baking and topping.
If you're out of cheddar cheese, you can use other melty cheeses like mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or Swiss to achieve a gooey, cheesy topping with a slightly different flavor profile.
You can opt for baked sweet potato fries instead of regular fries, use turkey bacon or bacon alternatives, and choose a reduced-fat cheese to cut down on calories and saturated fat.
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- 1 (32 oz) bag frozen french fries
- 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 3 green onions (sliced)
- 8 strips bacon (*see instructions)
- ⅓ cup homemade ranch (optional for dipping)
- Preheat the oven to 425℉. Or follow the temperature indicated on the package instructions.
- Place the fries onto a baking sheet with raised edges and bake for 25-30 minutes or until they have a crispy texture; stir them halfway through the cooking time, around 15 minutes.
- While the fries are baking, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the bacon reaches your desired level of crispiness, move it to paper towels on a plate. When cooled, chop into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
- Once the fries are done baking, remove them from the oven and turn the oven to broil or 500°F.
- Sprinkle shredded cheese and bacon over the top of the fries. Then, place them back in the oven and broil for 1-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Top with green onions before serving, and Enjoy!
- You can also make them in the air fryer; it's best to cook them in multiple smaller batches. Set the air fryer to 390°F and cook each batch for 10 to 14 minutes until they reach a crisp texture. When all the batches are ready to serve, place them back into the air fryer basket and reheat for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle cheese and bacon on top and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes until the cheese melts.
- You can opt for baked sweet potato fries instead of regular fries, use turkey bacon or bacon alternatives, and choose a reduced-fat cheese to cut down on calories and saturated fat.
*All nutrition information provided is automatically calculated and is an estimate and will vary based on ingredients, brands, and changes in cooking methods listed in the recipe. If you need exact numbers on your ingredients, I would recommend calculating them with your prefered nutrition calculator.