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baked chili cheese fries with bacon and ranch dressing recipe

I am not even going to bother with chit chat. Let’s just talk about these fries. They are insane. Beyond what I could have ever expected in a French fry. Heaven in a cast iron skillet. Amazing. These might even edge out my love for these babies.

Of all of the things in Joy the Baker’s new cookbook, it surprised me that this was the first thing that I chose to make. Let’s be honest, I am more of a sweet than a savory. If you read this blog regularly, you might have gotten a sense that I have a bit of a sweet tooth. You know what got me though? The cornstarch. It is an intriguing ingredient in a French fry, is it not? It helps crisp up the potatoes. The seasoning blend is smoky and spicy and the cheese and ranch help to cool the whole thing down. And the bacon? Well, why not? These were so good, that it was hard to take pictures because all I wanted to do was finish so that I could eat them.

baked chili cheese fries with bacon and ranch dressing recipe

  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • pinch salt
  • 1 pound bag fingerling potatoes (or 2 medium russet potatoes)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon grill seasoning
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped chives
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • homemade ranch dressing

baked chili cheese fries with bacon and ranch dressing recipe

Mix together cornstarch, chili powders, paprika, cumin, and a pinch of salt. You can add red pepper flakes and a pinch of cayenne if you want, but I didn’t want to make these too spicy in case the kids wanted to try them.

baked chili cheese fries with bacon and ranch dressing recipe

I did not have any regular potatoes, only fingerlings, so I gave them a half peel, and cut them into wedges. Add them to a large bowl, toss the potatoes with olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, and grill seasoning.

baked chili cheese fries with bacon and ranch dressing recipe

Sprinkle the cornstarch mixture over the potatoes.

baked chili cheese fries with bacon and ranch dressing recipe

Toss until the potatoes are completely coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spray with cooking spray. Put the oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 425 degrees. Arrange the potatoes on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Give them a toss a few times during the cooking time.

baked chili cheese fries with bacon and ranch dressing recipe

I transfered my potatoes to a cast iron skillet, but you can keep the fries on the baking sheet if you want.

baked chili cheese fries with bacon and ranch dressing recipe

Cover the fries with cheese.

baked chili cheese fries with bacon and ranch dressing recipe

And bacon.

baked chili cheese fries with bacon and ranch dressing recipe

Put back in the oven until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with chopped chives.

baked chili cheese fries with bacon and ranch dressing recipe

Send it over the top with a generous dollop of homemade ranch dressing.

Baked Chili Cheese Fries with Bacon and Ranch

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • pinch salt
  • 1 pound bag fingerling potatoes (or 2 medium russet potatoes)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon grill seasoning
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped chives
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • homemade ranch dressing

Instructions

  1. Mix together cornstarch, chili powders, paprika, cumin, and a pinch of salt. You can add red pepper flakes and a pinch of cayenne if you want, but I didn’t want to make these too spicy in case the kids wanted to try them.
  2. I did not have any regular potatoes, only fingerlings, so I gave them a half peel, and cut them into wedges. Add them to a large bowl, toss the potatoes with olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, and grill seasoning.
  3. Sprinkle the cornstarch mixture over the potatoes.
  4. Toss until the potatoes are completely coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spray with cooking spray. Put the oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 425 degrees. Arrange the potatoes on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Give them a toss a few times during the cooking time.
  5. I transfered my potatoes to a cast iron skillet, but you can keep the fries on the baking sheet if you want.
  6. Cover the fries with cheese.
  7. And bacon.
  8. Put back in the oven until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with chopped chives.
  9. Send it over the top with a generous dollop of homemade ranch dressing.
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63 Responses to Baked Chili Cheese Fries with Bacon and Ranch

  1. the f girl says:

    Oh boy, that looks delicious. Good chance I am going to make these tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Priyanka says:

    That looks yummy….very simple and tempting

  3. Wow that looks amazing! Can you make me some and send it over? :P

  4. Brittany says:

    Yum!! I’m pregnant and trying to be “good”, but these might just have to be my once a week cheat!!

  5. [...] Print Baked Chili Cheese Fries with Bacon and Ranch Ingredients2 Tablespoons cornstarch 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon cumin pinch salt 1 pound bag fingerling potatoes (or 2 medium russet potatoes) 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 Tablespoon grill seasoning 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 2 Tablespoons chopped chives 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled homemade ranch dressingInstructionsMix together cornstarch, chili powders, paprika, cumin, and a pinch of salt. You can add red pepper flakes and a pinch of cayenne if you want, but I didn’t want to make these too spicy in case the kids wanted to try them. I did not have any regular potatoes, only fingerlings, so I gave them a half peel, and cut them into wedges. Add them to a large bowl, toss the potatoes with olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, and grill seasoning. Sprinkle the cornstarch mixture over the potatoes. Toss until the potatoes are completely coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spray with cooking spray. Put the oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 425 degrees. Arrange the potatoes on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Give them a toss a few times during the cooking time. I transfered my potatoes to a cast iron skillet, but you can keep the fries on the baking sheet if you want. Cover the fries with cheese. And bacon. Put back in the oven until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with chopped chives. Send it over the top with a generous dollop of homemade ranch dressing.Google Recipe View Microformatting by ZipList Recipe Plugin1.4http://bakedbree.com/baked-chili-cheese-fries-with-bacon-and-ranch [...]

  6. Deanna says:

    The corn starch is a really interesting addition. I bet the fries were super crispy.

  7. I don’t usually love chili cheese fries, but you may have just convinced me to try these anyway. Those photos and your comments are pretty convincing!

  8. ErinCroutons says:

    My word. These look phenomenal!

  9. oh my, this looks so delicious. i have to make it one of these days… thanks for sharing {even though it is only visual sharing, i wish i could’ve gotten a bite from yours ;-)}

  10. Stephanie says:

    These look soooo delicious! I’d only make them if someone was there to share/save me from eating all of them!

  11. Bree says:

    Oh woooowsers-those look amazing!

  12. anita says:

    French fries are my weakness. Must make this asap!

  13. Heather says:

    Looks delicious but when I think of “chili cheese fries”, I think of fries with yummy warm chili on top, not just chili powder. I will be making these in any case though!

  14. I’ve bookmarked this recipe in her book and I plan on making it very soon, with the added bacon of course. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Vicky says:

    hmmm I looove chili cheese fries! These look sooooo good!

  16. Kocinera says:

    Wow!! Those fries look amazing! The second I saw the bacon I was sold. :D

  17. Lianne says:

    This looks sinful but so yummy! Love cheesy fries!

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  19. Oh, goodness, that looks delicious.

  20. Amy says:

    OMG, I do the same thing! I think you said, “half-peel” and I call it “sorta peel.” Do you know why you do that? Because I don’t. I don’t want them totally peeled, but I feel the need to get rid of some of the skins?? How does that even make sense?

    Anyway, thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try the cornstarch for some added crunchiness. I would’ve NEVER thought of that! Such a great tip!

  21. Bacon, cheese and potatoes… What more could you ask for?

  22. Katie says:

    My crazy boyfriend doesn’t like beans, but he loves savory & spicy… Whenever I make bean dishes, he will pass, or pick them out of his portion. This dish is perfect, I get the taste of chili and he doesn’t have to pick out beans! Thank you for providing me with another way for me to impress him in the kitchen! :D

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  24. GoddessMel says:

    I am TOTALLY trying these out on the weekend! Hubby loves bacon anything, and ranch on everything, so I think these will be a hit.

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  26. This recipe sounds absolutely delicious, I love all the ingredients you are using. This is a must make :)

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  31. I like the idea of using cornstarch to give them a good crunch!

  32. LindaPV says:

    Where’s the bacon in the recipe? Picture & recipe name was a wow. Read the recipe 3x and no bacon mentioned or if it’s only for decoration at least mention how many slices.

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