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Cheesy Loaded Fries

These Loaded Fries are made with crisp, golden baked fries, loaded with cheese, bacon, and pickled jalapeños. Topped with fresh green onions and drizzled with tangy sour cream, loaded french fries are great as an appetizer or side dish, but also make an easy, kid-friendly dinner.

French fries loaded with cheese, bacon, and jalapeños, topped with green onions and drizzled with sour cream in a white baking dish.

Loaded Cheese Fries

Fries are a great side dish for quick dinners on busy weeknights and party spreads for occasions like game day, but they can sometimes be plain and a bit boring compared with other dishes on offer.

However, this loaded fries recipe will take your fries to the next level, incorporating meat, cheese, and veggies with classic oven baked crispy fries. Your french fry sides will no longer fade into the background, they will be center stage of your table with this crowd-pleasing recipe.

Loaded Fries are also known as French Fry Nachos or Cheesy Fries. Whatever you call them there is no mistake that french fries loaded with two cheeses, bacon, jalapeños and sour cream are deliciously addictive! They taste amazing with most meals, but we love to have them with crack chicken sliders and hot dogs.

This recipe is so flavorful with smoky bacon bits, two kinds of cheese, and green onions sprinkled on top, but you can customize it to feature your own favorite cheeses, more or less spice, and more veggies too! Nacho cheese sauce or homemade ranch dip would taste great with these bacon loaded fries too!

Why this recipe is awesome

  • Full of flavor
  • Great for adults and kids
  • Customizable with your favorite toppings
Top view of ingredients for loaded fries including a bag of frozen fries, and then bowls in various sizes filled with green onions, Monterey Jack cheese, bacon crumbles, jalapeños and at the bottom of the picture there is a freezer bag with sour cream in it.

What’s on Loaded Fries?

Shredded Cheese – I use a combination of shredded cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack.

Pickled jalapeños – Use fresh for more heat. You can also substitute chopped green chilies instead.

Bacon – For best results, use real cooked bacon that has been cooled and chopped. You can also use real bacon crumbles.

Sour Cream – This is an optional topping but I love the cool sour cream with the spicy cheese and peppers.

Frozen french fries – I prefer the straight cut or crinkle cut fries. Freshly fried chips or waffle fries will also work.

How to make Loaded Fries

FIRST: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil or parchment paper. Spread out the fries in a single layer. Bake the fries according to the package instructions. Approximately 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

SECOND: Once baked, remove the crispy French fries from the oven. Top with the shredded cheeses, bacon, and jalapeños. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted fully.

THIRD: Carefully remove from the oven. Top with sliced green onions and drizzle with sour cream. Serve while warm.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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What are the best toppings for fries?

One of the best things about loaded fries is that you can choose anything to top them. Our favorite toppings include:

How do you make this ahead of time?

To make ahead, combine the shredded cheeses, bacon and jalapeños and place in an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

You can also bake the fries and store them. Simply top and bake in the oven when ready to enjoy.

How do I store them?

Loaded fries can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

Can loaded fries be reheated?

You can reheat them in an oven at 350°F for 10 minutes or until heated through, though they are best enjoyed the same day.

A forkful of loaded fries is being lifted mid-air above a plate full of loaded fries with a casserole dish of bacon and jalapeño loaded fries in the background.

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • These are best consumed the same day, but they can also be reheated the next day in the oven or microwave.
  • For an easy cleanup, put aluminum foil in the bottom of the baking dish before the fries. Bake the fries and add your toppings as per instructions. When you have finished eating, simply remove the foil and everything on top and put it in the trash!
  • Leave them bare and separate into smaller portions. Let your guests top their own with the favorite toppings for personalized loaded fries.
  • Try steak fries, waffle fries, and even sweet potato fries!

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Make these easy loaded french fries, topped with goodies for your next family gathering or meal, and start experimenting!

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French fries loaded with cheese, bacon, and jalapeños, topped with green onions and drizzled with sour cream in a white baking dish on a table.

Loaded Fries

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Loaded french fries are great as an appetizer or side dish, but also make an easy, kid-friendly dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 (32 ounce) bag frozen French fries
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack
  • 2⁄3 cup chopped cooked bacon
  • 1⁄2 cup pickled jalapeños
  • 1⁄3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1⁄2 cup sour cream

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
    2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
    3. Spread out the fries in a single layer.
    4. Bake according to the package instructions. Approximately 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
    5. Once baked, remove the crispy French fries from the oven.
    6. Top with the shredded cheeses, bacon, and peppers.
    7. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted.
    8. Carefully remove from the oven.
    9. Top with sliced green onions and drizzle with sour cream.
    10. Serve while warm.

Notes

  • These loaded fries are best consumed the same day, but they can also be reheated the next day in the oven or microwave.
  • For an easy cleanup, put aluminum foil in the bottom of the baking dish before the fries. Bake the fries and add your toppings as per instructions. When you have finished eating, simply remove the foil and everything on top and put it in the trash!
  • Leave them bare and separate into smaller portions. Let your guests top their own with the favorite toppings for personalized loaded fries.
  • Try steak fries, waffle fries, and even sweet potato fries!
  • Loaded fries may be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 day after making.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 403Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 847mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 22g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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