Loaded Cheese Fries

Cheesy bacon goodness! These Loaded Cheese Fries are so easy to make with frozen fries, a simple creamy cheese sauce, bacon, and green onions. They’re perfect for game day, parties, or random Friday nights when you’re craving bar snacks but want to stay in your jammies.

a pan of loaded cheese fries.

I love bar food, but I hate going out. The idea of fighting a Friday night happy hour crowd ranks dead last in my “things I want to do this weekend” agenda, and so, out of necessity, I make my own snacky treats.

It’s a win-win. We get to stay in our comfy clothes and, in this case, treat ourselves to a batch of old-school loaded cheese fries. It’s how my homebody fortyish-year-old self indulges the cravings of her inner 20ish-year-old self without leaving the house. It’s awesome.

So, if you’re on team Friday night jammy pants with a penchant for bar snacks, I think you’re going to love this recipe.

ingredients for loaded cheese fries.

Ingredients

  • Frozen French fries – I like to use your basic run-of-the-mill frozen fries, but you can use your favorite kind. Just make sure they’re sturdy enough to hold up to the toppings. I would avoid thin shoe-string style fries but thicker ones like steak fries or wedges would work great. You could use tater tots, too.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese – you’ll use this to make the creamy cheese sauce, plus some to sprinkle over the fries before you bake them. For the best sauce, I recommend shredding some block cheese – it will melt better. You can use packaged shredded cheese, but the sauce will be a little more stretchy instead of creamy.
  • Cornstarch
  • Heavy cream
  • Bacon bits – You can cook bacon and finely chop it or skip all that and use real bacon bits to make it really easy.
  • Sliced green onions – Or diced red onion, yellow onion, or skip the onion stuff and sprinkle some sliced chives over the top.

How to Make Them

Cook the fries: You can follow the baking instructions on the package, but I like to cook them in the air fryer until they’re extra crispy. The extra crispiness ensures they don’t get soggy after you add the toppings.

Make the cheese sauce: Place the shredded cheese in a small saucepan, toss it with some cornstarch, and add the cream. Warm the mixture up on the stove and whisk until the cheese melts and the sauce is smooth. It only takes a couple of minutes.

the fries with all of the topping ready to be baked.

Assemble: Spread half of the crispy French fries in a single layer on a small baking sheet or in a shallow baking dish. You can also do what I do and make a foil boat to bake them in – makes clean-up easier. Top the first layer of fries with drizzles of cheese sauce, some shredded cheddar, and a sprinkle of bacon. Do another layer of cooked fries on top and add the rest of the toppings.

Bake: Bake the fries for about five minutes or until they’re warmed up, and the shredded cheese is melted. Sprinkle the green onions over the top for serving.

loaded cheese fries in foil on sheet pan.

Recipe Tips

  • Other topping ideas: Consider these cheese fries your canvas – serve them with a dollop of sour cream or add other toppings like diced avocado, olives, jalapenos, guacamole, or a drizzle of hot sauce.
  • Dipping sauce: Add some ranch dressing, BBQ sauce, or blue cheese dip on the side.
  • Loaded French fries are best when they’re made and don’t keep well. So, indulge! Treat yourself! Technically, they serve four, but honestly? The recipe is perfect for two to share for dinner. It’s for Friday, remember? It’s all good.

Happy snacking!

April
cheese fries in foil with two forks.

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Loaded Cheese Fries

loaded cheese fries in foil on sheet pan.

These loaded cheese fries are easy to make with frozen fries, a simple cheese sauce, bacon, and green onions!

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pound frozen French fries
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits
  • 1 green onion, sliced

Instructions

  1. Bake or air fry the fries following the package instructions. When they’re done, set them aside and adjust the oven heat to 375°F.
  2. Mix the shredded cheddar and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Add the cream and warm the pan over medium heat. As it warms, stir the cheese mixture until it’s smooth and creamy. Take it off the heat.
  3. Place half of the crispy fries on a small sheet pan or shallow baking dish. Drizzle half of the cheese sauce over the top, followed by half of the shredded cheese and chopped bacon. Top this layer with the rest of the fries and repeat the toppings.
  4. Place the sheet pan or dish in the oven and warm the fries until the cheese is melted, about five minutes. Garnish with the sliced onions and serve.

Notes

Use shredded block cheddar cheese for the best cheese sauce. It melts better so the sauce is creamier. You can use pre-shredded cheese, but the sauce will have a stretchy consistency. It’s not bad, but not as good as block cheese.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 342
  • Sugar: 0.9g
  • Sodium: 727.6mg
  • Fat: 21.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.7g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Protein: 11.1g
  • Cholesterol: 38.9mg

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  1. Made this the other day and LOVED it! I get a feeling I will be making these a lot more in the future. Thanks for yet another easy, delicious and fun recipe.

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