Loaded fries are a delicious snack or side dish which are sure-fire crowd pleasers.
There are so many different toppings to choose from. Here we’ve found 20 of the best loaded fries recipes.
1. Loaded Pub Fries
Who doesn’t love loaded fries from their local pub? Try making them at home with this recipe. This is a slightly healthier recipe, using turkey bacon instead of real bacon.
Season the fries with paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper. They are tossed in a coating of melted butter and olive oil to help them crispen. Sharp cheddar cheese is melted on top.
Serve with green onion, sour cream, and crispy bacon.
2. Loaded Lobster Fries Recipe
These loaded lobster fries are perfect for a special party snack for a special occasion or around the holidays.
The fries are coated in a crispy Cajun seasoning and topped with tender lobster (see also ‘What Does Lobster Taste Like?‘) cooked in garlic butter and drizzled with zesty lemon mayo.
You can buy lobster meat (see also ‘Can You Freeze Lobster Tails?‘) already prepared if you don’t want to de-shell it at home. Serve with chives and lemon wedges on the side of the dish.
3. Homemade Dirty Fries Recipe
Dirty fries make for a quick and easy dinner side, perfect for a busy weeknight. Frozen french fries can be used here, covered in oil and Cajun seasoning before cooking.
Fry pieces of bacon, red pepper, and onions until soft and bacon cooked.
When the fries are cooked you can add everything together along with some cheese and cook until melted.
More Cajun seasoning can be added before you melt the cheese if you want extra heat in your dish.
4. Pulled Pork Loaded Fries
If you’ve got some leftover pulled pork (see also ‘21 Super Tasty Recipes To Use Leftover Pulled Pork‘), or just fancy doing something different with it why not try making some loaded fries! This recipe uses homemade fries, by creating chunky slices of potato and cooking until golden brown.
When the fries are cooked, top with the pulled pork and grated cheese. Here mozzarella and cheddar are blended, but any cheese that easily melts also works.
Chillies are placed on top for some spice and the combination is cooked until the cheesy goodness has melted. Garnish with extra chillies, spring onions, and fresh parsley.
5. Loaded Bacon And Cheese Fries
Bacon and cheese are the perfect combinations when it comes to loaded fries. These indulgent fries are guaranteed to win over the dinner table.
The key component of this dish is the homemade cheese sauce which contains butter, flour, milk, cheese, and seasoning.
Once the frozen fries are done, drizzle with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with bacon, and serve with some delicious sour cream and green onions on top. Quick and easy to do, perfect for game day or a weeknight dinner.
6. Baked Jalapeno Cheese Fries
These baked jalapeno fries are certain to satisfy your cheesy cravings. Use fresh or frozen fries, once cooked these are topped with shredded cheese.
Mozzarella and cheddar cheese are a great combination to use as they melt well. You can also use Parmesan, Pecorino, or Gruyere.
Top with pickled jalapenos before placing in a hot oven. Once the cheese is melted, scatter chopped chives and more chillies before serving.
7. Chilli Cheese Fries
Leftovers can be a pain to store and often don’t even get used. If you find yourself with some leftover chilli, this chilli cheese fry recipe makes delicious use of it.
Making the chilli topping from scratch will take a little longer so be prepared. Once the chilli is done, cut potatoes into thick sticks and deep-fry (or shallow-fry) until they are golden in color and season.
Using a large serving platter, you can scatter the fries with cheese and grill until melted. Top the fries with chilli and scatter some more cheese on top and continue to melt.
To serve, scatter some fresh coriander and a variety of dips such as sour cream or guacamole. Squeezing some lime wedges over the top of the fries adds an extra tangy flavor.
8. Vegetarian Chilli Cheese Fries
Vegetarians don’t have to miss out on tasty loaded fries using this vegetarian chilli recipe. This simple chilli consists of mushrooms and yellow peppers whizzed in the food processor.
The mixture is cooked with tinned tomatoes and spices until thick and rich.
Use any type of fries you desire, then load up the cooked potatoes with cheese and melt. Alternatively, you can use a cheese sauce.
Top with anything you desire, such as diced tomatoes, chopped green onions, avocado, hot sauce (see also ‘10 Best Hot Sauce Subscription Boxes‘) or a big dollop of sour cream. Anything goes when it comes to loaded fries.
9. Skinny Texas Cheese Fries
Many loaded fries recipes can be quite indulgent and calorie-dense. Here is a much healthier version of your favorite comfort food.
Skin-on fries are seasoned with paprika, chilli, onion powder, garlic, and cumin before baking. Bacon bits are cooked until crispy and added to the top of the cooked fries along with cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and scallions.
The cheese still contains fat, there is just a lot less of it compared to usually loaded recipes which makes it healthier.
10. BBQ Chicken Loaded Cheesy Fries
These barbecue-inspired loaded fries create a delicious smoky side dish. Pulled barbecue chicken is cooked with crispy red onions and smoked paprika. The chicken is topped with BBQ sauce, any type and brand will do.
When the fries are cooked, top with the pulled chicken and cheese to melt. Spoon creamy sour cream over the top and scatter some diced tomatoes and some uncooked crunchy red onion before tucking in.
11. Loaded Food Truck Mexican Nacho Fries
Sweet potatoes are used here to create the perfect Tex-Mex loaded fries. These fries are packed with nutrients, sweet potatoes, corn, avocado, tomatoes and black beans are all used here and provide a ton of health benefits.
The fries are topped with a Chipotle Crema which is composed of Greek-style yogurt, mayonnaise, and pureed chipotle peppers.
Once the fries and corn are cooked, they are covered in cheese, black beans, tomatoes, and jalapeno slices before being melted. When everything is nice and gooey, the finished dish is topped with creamy chipotle crema, cilantro, and lime.
This is the perfect balance of spice and cooling toppings for the best loaded fries you’ll have.
12. Easy Philly Steak And Cheese Fries
Waffle fries are used here, but any frozen fries work well with this dish. The waffle fries are layered with freshly sliced steak pieces, sliced green pepper, and onion.
Ribeye or flank steak works best here as more marbling takes place, which means more flavor for your dish.
Any white cheese can be melted on top of the fries, but cheeses such as cheddar melt well. Season with a simple salt and pepper combination and serve.
This quick and easy dish is great for any occasion, especially when cooking for a bigger crowd.
13. Vegan Bean Chilli Fries
This Mexican-inspired dish is perfect for plant-based parties. Guacamole is made from scratch with tangy lime, crunchy red onion, and tomatoes.
Chipotle paste, cumin, cilantro, and garlic form a delicious and flavorful paste that is added to fried beans and chopped tomatoes to create a bean coating.
When the fries are ready, tip the bean chilli, guacamole, some dairy-free creme fraiche, and crispy fried onions on top, and serve with lime wedges for added citrus flavor.
14. Lazy Loaded Fries
As the title suggests, these loaded fries are quick and easy to make. Beef is cooked until brown with chilli powder and water.
A sauce goes with these fries made from mayonnaise, ketchup, and relish, seasoned with salt and pepper to your liking.
When the fries are cooked, place them in a bowl and layer with beef and cheese topped with the sauce, and microwave for 20 seconds to melt the cheese.
We meant it when we said lazy. Perfect for a drunken feast or lazy snack.
15. Loaded Beef Chilli Cheese Fries With Zesty Slaw
Smoky chilli cheese fries are a classic Tex-Mex dish. Minced beef is used to create the chilli, mixed with spicy chipotle paste, tomato paste herbs, and spices.
The zesty slaw dressing you serve is made from mayonnaise, the zest and juice of a lime, a generous helping of salt and pepper, and a little water.
The slaw itself is made from grated carrots, gem lettuce, and the dressing for the perfect accompaniment for these loaded fries.
When homemade or frozen fries along with the chilli are cooked, pile together on a baking tray and covered in cheddar cheese to melt. Garnish with some lime wedges for an extra tangy flavor.
16. Caramelized Onion And Chorizo Loaded Fries
Caramelized onions make a great topping for loaded fries bringing a sweet and rich element to the dish. Onion is cooked with the chorizo to form the caramelized mixture.
Cheese is sprinkled on the chips and topped with the onion mixture to be melted.
A combination of tomatoes, shallots, jalapenos, lime juice, and cilantro is mixed in a bowl to provide a spicy slaw-style topping to the fries which adds extra flavor and freshness.
17. Lamb Satay Disco Fries
These dairy-free (see also ‘The Only 33 Dairy-Free Recipes You Will Ever Need‘) fries are a delicious alternative for our lactose-intolerant fry loving family and friends. Plus, this is a great way to use any leftover lamb you may have lying around.
The lamb is cooked with a mixture of cumin, cilantro, cinnamon, and salt for a simple but tasty seasoning.
If you want to make your satay sauce, this recipe indicates how to do it with a few simple ingredients, but using sauce from a jar is a great time-saving trick.
With a base of crispy french fries, the dish is topped with sliced spring onions, crispy and crunchy fried onions, and some mayonnaise alongside the lamb and satay sauce to complete.
18. Vegan Pulled ‘Pork’ Loaded Fries
Jackfruit (see also ‘29 Vegetarian And Vegan Jackfruit Recipes‘) is a great vegan alternative to pulled pork due to its meaty texture. The jackfruit is cooked with BBQ sauce, loaded onto the oven fries, and topped with homemade coleslaw.
The coleslaw is made from red onion, cabbage, and carrots. BBQ sauce, maple syrup, and tabasco are added to the coleslaw for a smoky and flavorful taste that everyone will love.
19. French Fries With Bulgogi And Caramelized Kimchi
Bulgogi is a Korean barbecue style of cooking (see also ‘25 Delicious Korean Barbecue Recipes‘) in which thin slices of beef are marinated in a sweet-savory sauce and cooked quickly.
Caramelized kimchi is a staple Korean (see also ‘17 Delicious And Easy To Make Side Dishes Originating From Korea‘) ingredient made from a range of vegetables, garlic, ginger and fish sauce. Fries are topped with these components alongside mayonnaise (see also ‘How Long Does Mayonnaise Last?‘) and spicy Sriracha for a full flavored and spicy dish.
20. Cheesy Oven Baked Pizza Fries
This easy tray bake recipe is perfect to feed the family. Can’t decide between pizza and chips? Why not have both! Fries are topped with a simple homemade pizza sauce, cheese and your favorite toppings.
For example, a margherita would mean adding mozzarella and basil and pepperoni would require oregano and pepperoni slices.
You can see this is such a versatile side dish you make, so you know there’s something perfect for everyone.
Here are 20 of the most delicious loaded fries recipes you must try at home. We hope you have found some inspiration for your next loaded recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s Another Name For Loaded Fries?
Loaded fries are otherwise known as dirty fries, french fry nachos, cheese fries or poutine. This involves variations of a number of toppings and ingredients on top of french fries served in a pan or skillet.
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