Baked Chili Cheese Fries with Bacon and Ranch

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

Baked Chili Cheese Fries with Bacon and Ranch

Yield: serves 4 to 6

Baked Chili Cheese Fries with Bacon and Ranch - These are chili spiced, not topped with chili. I promise you, everyone will love these fries.

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.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g
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This Post Has 57 Comments

  1. the f girl

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

    1. bakedbree

      My pleasure.

  2. Blog is the New Black

    Wow. That’s all. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      LOL.

  3. Priyanka

    That looks yummy….very simple and tempting

    1. bakedbree

      Very, very tempting. These were amazing.

  4. Connecting Four

    Wow that looks amazing! Can you make me some and send it over? ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. bakedbree

      Sure thing!

  5. Brittany

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

    1. bakedbree

      Totally worth the cheat.

  6. Deanna

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

    1. bakedbree

      they were. It really helped.

  7. Paula @ Dishing the Divine

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      I don’t like goopy chili fries, so these are the best of both words, all of the flavor but not as messy.

  8. ErinCroutons

    My word. These look phenomenal!

    1. bakedbree

      they are!

  9. Helene @ Homebound

    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 ;-)}

    1. bakedbree

      Come on over!

  10. Stephanie

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

    1. bakedbree

      Def need a friend to share with!

  11. Bree

    Oh woooowsers-those look amazing!

    1. bakedbree

      they are! Totally worth the splurge.

  12. anita

    French fries are my weakness. Must make this asap!

    1. bakedbree

      Me too Anita! I cannot say no to the good fry.

  13. Heather

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      Me too, but I would much rather have these.

  14. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      my pleasure! These were amazing.

  15. Vicky

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

    1. bakedbree

      they are so good!

  16. Kocinera

    Wow!! Those fries look amazing! The second I saw the bacon I was sold. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Casey

      Where’s the chili? Or is it chili cheese fries because of the chili powders?

      1. bakedbree

        Chili-flavored. Not chili-chili.

    2. bakedbree

      bacon makes everything better.

  17. Lianne

    This looks sinful but so yummy! Love cheesy fries!

    1. bakedbree

      So worth the splurge!

  18. MIlk and Cookies

    Oh, goodness, that looks delicious.

    1. bakedbree

      It is!

  19. Amy

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      I know why, I am LAZY!

      1. Judy Auer

        The potato skin is an excellent source of fibre as well as other nutrients just under the potato skin.

  20. Gina from The High Life

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

    1. bakedbree

      Not much!

  21. Katie

    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! ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. GoddessMel

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      They are so ridiculously good.

  23. Shannon @ TheDrinkBuzz

    This recipe sounds absolutely delicious, I love all the ingredients you are using. This is a must make ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      thank you! Love this recipe!

  24. TERRY

    WOW Just when I was giving up on 2012 with ONLINE recipes

    the found your site…

    Great instruction

    even greater recipes

    did I mention…WOW

    1. bakedbree

      Don’t give up on online recipes!

  25. The Norfolk Chilli Comapny

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

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you!

  26. LindaPV

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      It clearly says 6 slices bacon in the ingredient list.

  27. Ginny

    Gotta try these ASAP!!! I like the idea of the chili powders without having to make the chili and the mess caused by chili, especially when it involves kids/teenagers. I have everything except for 2 ingredients. Off to the supermarket.

    1. bakedbree

      Excellent! Enjoy!

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