Nacho Fries

When the drive-thru doesn't have nacho fries in stock, make your own! This delicious nacho fries recipe features taco-seasoned fries and a finger-licking good cheese sauce. Take things up a notch and make loaded nacho fries complete with taco meat and your favorite fixings.

plate of fries topped with nacho cheese, taco meat, lettuce, tomato, and shredded cheese
Photo: Katlyn Moncada
Total Time:
45 mins
6 cups


  • 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 2 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Vegetable oil for deep-fat frying

  • Nacho Cheese Sauce


  1. Immerse potatoes in a large bowl of cold water until ready to cut. Cut potatoes lengthwise into 1/4- to 1/2-inch wide strips. Return potatoes to water.

  2. In a heavy deep pot or deep-fat fryer heat oil to 375°F over medium heat (fill pot about 1/3 full with oil). Drain potatoes and place on paper towels; pat dry.

  3. In a large bowl sir together flour, paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Add potatoes and toss to coat.

  4. Preheat oven to 200°F. Add potatoes in batches (about 1/8 at a time) to hot oil. Cook 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Transfer to a shallow pan. Keep warm in oven while frying remaining potatoes. Serve with Nacho Cheese Sauce.


If desired, use 1, 32-ounce package frozen unseasoned French fried potatoes in place of fresh potatoes. Toss potatoes with spice mixture and fry as above.

Air Fryer:

Omit frying in oil. Preheat air fryer at 400°F. Drizzle potatoes with 2 T oil after coating with spice; toss to coat. Place one-fourth of the potatoes in the basket of fryer. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until tender and of desired browning, shaking basket occasionally. Place in a shallow baking pan. Keep warm in a 200°F oven while frying remaining potatoes.Nutrition analysis per serving: 377 calories, 11 g protein, 40 g carbohydrate, 21 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 7 g total sugar, 14% Vitamin A, 11% Vitamin C, 1934 mg sodium, 20% calcium, 10% iron

Nacho Cheese Sauce:

In a small saucepan whisk together 1 15-ounce jar cheese dip, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup jarred sliced jalapeno brine, and 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix. Cook over medium heat until heated through.Nutrition analysis per serving: 208 calories, 7 g protein, 10 g carbohydrate, 15 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 5 g total sugar, 2% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 1151 mg sodium, 18% calcium, 1% iron

Loaded Nacho Fries:

In a large skillet cook 1 pound ground beef until browned, stirring to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat. Stir in 1 package taco seasoning mix and 3/4 cup water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until liquid is almost evaporated, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Divide fries among 6 serving dishes. Top with beef mixture, 1 red or green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces, 2 chopped fresh tomatoes, 2 cups shredded fresh romaine lettuce, and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Serve with Nacho Cheese Sauce and bottled ranch dressing.Nutrition analysis per serving: 707 calories, 23 g protein, 37 g carbohydrate, 53 g total fat (11 g sat. fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 4 g total sugar, 68% Vitamin A, 46% Vitamin C, 1387 mg sodium, 14% calcium, 22% iron

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

657 Calories
52g Fat
40g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 657
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 52g 67%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 1934mg 84%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 9.5mg 48%
Calcium 262mg 20%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Potassium 876mg 19%
Folate, total 26mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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