Texas Cheese Fries: crispy seasoned fries are topped with two types of melted cheese and loaded up with crispy bacon, green onions, jalapeños and sour cream!

Cheese Fries being pulled from pan with melted cheese.

Game day eats, comfort food or party appetizers…I don’t care what you call them, but those are all my favorite foods!

These loaded Texas Cheese Fries take it to the next level. They are like a big, warm, delicious cheese filled hug. 

That may sound strange, but as soon as you dive in and try a few of these cheese fries, you will know exactly what I mean.

Load them up with all the toppings and I promise no one will be able to say no.

Seasoned cheese fries loaded with toppings.

Texas Cheese Fries Toppings:

There are so many types of Cheese Fries recipes floating out in the world and I love just about all of them.

This is the most classic version, most commonly called Texas Cheese Fries, with melted cheese, bacon, jalapeños and green onions.

I was born and raised in Texas, and for the life of me, I can not tell you what *makes* these cheese fries Texan. Maybe the jalapeños?!

But I can tell you, they are absolutely delicious and full of flavor. Both pickled jalapeños or fresh jalapeños work great — use whichever ones you personally prefer. 

Optional fun topping twists on these classic cheese fries:

  • Blue Cheese: in place of the other cheese or in addition to them.
  • Chili: a meat style Texas chili is great on top to create chili cheese fries!
  • Caramelized Onions: always so good.
  • Nacho Cheese: if you want to go Fair Style, this is the cheese you need.
  • Shredded Chicken: adding chicken to these, takes an appetizer or side dish and transforms it into a delicious dinner! 

Fries on a sheet pan and two types of cheese to make cheese fries.

Cheese for Cheese Fries

I like to use a combination of cheeses to get the perfect flavor. My two personal favorites are sharp cheddar and monterrey jack.

The one I don’t consider to be optional is the cheddar, you definitely want to have the cheddar flavor in your cheese fries.

However, there are a lot of other shredded cheese options you can mix in with it: mozzarella, colby, or pepper jack. 

Lastly, if you like it, you can also use 90’s themed nacho cheese or queso. Have fun with your Cheese Fries! 

Cheese Fries in a casserole dish.

What type of fries?

This is a personal choice, but I think the best Cheese Fries are made with steak fries that you season yourself with seasoned salt. 

I don’t recommend the already seasoned steak fries they sell in stores because the flavor can be over whelming when combined with all the toppings. 

Fast food style thinner fries are a good back up option, however they usually don’t hold up to the toppings as well as steak fries. 

Also, in a pinch, a crinkle fry is a good runner up to the steak fry. They are thicker and will do a little better than the thin fries.

Prepare the fries however you would like…in a traditional fryer, air fryer or in the oven. You just need hot fries!

If you are preparing the fries in something other than the oven, make sure you still preheat the oven so you can pop the fries in and melt the cheese right at the end. 

Cheese Fries being pulled out of the pan with a fork.

These Texas Cheese Fries are next level in all the right ways. They are always the first to go at a party. 

If you are looking for some similar fun recipes, you might love my Jalapeño Popper Chicken (it’s low carb!), Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad or Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Chicken Rollups.

Check out my suggestions above on how to make them your own with some fun twists, or keep them classic like my recipe below. 

Either way, make sure and come back and let me know how they turn out for you in the comments below! 

Cheese Fries Recipe

Cheese Fries Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Texas Cheese Fries: crispy seasoned fries are topped with two types of melted cheese and loaded up with crispy bacon, green onions, jalapeños and sour cream!

Ingredients

  • 28 oz frozen steak fries
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • fresh or pickled jalapeño slices, optional
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, optional

Instructions

  1. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Add frozen steak fries to baking sheet and spread in a single layer.
  2. Sprinkle with seasoned salt and toss to coat. Bake according to package directions.
  3. Once fries are baked, remove from oven and immediately top with both kinds of shredded cheese and return to oven until cheese has melted, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle with crumbled bacon, green onions, scallions and jalapeño slices.
  5. Drizzle with sour cream or serve with sour cream on the side for dipping.

Notes

Add some shredded chicken to these and you take an appetizer or side dish and transform it into a delicious dinner!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 servings Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 433 Total Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 44mg Sodium: 689mg Carbohydrates: 35g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 1g Protein: 14g
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