Texas Cheese Fries

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins

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! 

Yield: 8 servings

Cheese Fries Recipe

Cheese Fries being pulled from pan with melted cheese.

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!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

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: 433Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 689mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 14g

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37 Responses
  1. Joann

    I make these a lot and I also make a dip for them; take Ranch Salad Dressing (in the bottle) and add some chopped up Jalapenos and some the juice depending on how Hot you like it. We like it kinda hot. Mix well in a bowl and put in fridge to let it merry, the longer it sits the better. Enjoy!!!

  2. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I am 100% making cheese fries this week! These look so good right now… PS. Your post made me laugh, thanks!

  3. Connie

    Just had a link to this cross my FB feed. Now, I’m craving cheese fries. For those wanting sour cream with less guilt, try plain nonfat yogurt. The taste is about the same, but the calories/fat are less. If you go with plain nonfat Greek yogurt, you get extra protein too.

  4. Elizabeth @ The Collegiate Baker

    I had some of these at a restaurant the other night for the first time and loved them. I can’t want to make them for myself now! 🙂

  5. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    These cheese fries are distracting me from bill paying and I love you for that! I know what we are having for lunch now!

  6. Sues

    I love that this dish was inspired by two girls’ silly gym convo. If they only knew!! 🙂 You win- you worked out AND got the cheese fries! They look fabulous!

  7. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    It’s kind of hilarious in a strange way and maybe you shouldn’t avoid them in the future… they might give you more ideas for delicious and easy recipes 🙂

  8. Trysha

    I worked at Outback Steakhouse in college and I can promise that the cheese fries contributed their fair share to my freshman fifteen.

    Oh yes…and smother them with ranch.

  9. Joanne

    WHat was WITH those girls?!?! Some of us work out just so that we can justify eating that ice cream. Because we’re going to eat it anyway, it’s so good. Am I right?

    Mmm cheese fries. I am so grateful I have some Alexia fries in the freezer right now,

  10. Cookbook Queen

    Are you even kidding me with these? Cheese fries are my favorite!!

    Working out is my least favorite. Right along with working out while listening to idiots act like working out is fun and better than food.

  11. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    Those ladies are nuts! Eating is always more fun than working out. While we are at it throw Nachos of any kind into the “things that trump working out” category! I love cheese fries, they are my weakness!

  12. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    Ha ha, I love this story. But it kind of sounds like torture to talk about delicious food while you’re working out, no? Kind of like how I always peruse my favorite food blogs when I’m starving…

  13. Sara

    I love, love, love cheese fries! The major movie theater here has in-movie eating (like it’s set up with little tables and cup holders and waiters deliver food to you during the movie). The loaded cheese fries are almost $9.00, but I can’t help but order them every time!!!

  14. Jessica of My Baking Heart

    This is hilarious… especially because as my sister and I were eating oreo & pb Mixes from Braum’s yesterday, she told me that it was okay since we were going to yoga later on. 🙂

  15. Leila

    I go to the gym so I CAN eat foods like that. Do I have it backwards?? haha Also…I almost always tune my tv to Food Network while I work out. What does this say about me?

  16. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    Seriously those are some real deal fries. I need to have them right away because the pictures are just a bit too enticing!

  17. Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

    OH MY GAWD. These look amazing. And I agree…”nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” is a lie/those people have never eaten anything good.

  18. Diana @ Sweet y Salado

    I bump into those kind of people every once in a while and I’ve come to this conclusion. They’re either lying to me on how much they just LOVE to work out and not eat or they’re lying to themselves. Either way, they’re lying. And please, how can you pass up on a plate full of Texas cheese fries??

  19. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    “Sweating and working out is not better than Ice Cream or Cheese Fries”… truer words were never spoken. 🙂 These fries, UGH. SO. DELICIOUS. LOOKING.

  20. Kelsey @aslolife

    Salad definitely cancels out fries-I’m glad I’m not the only one craving things like this even though its the new year and were not supposed to be eating it. Really, how can you resist–they look fabulous!

  21. Stephanie @Steph Loves Cake

    Thanks for a great laugh! There is no exercise on this planet as good as cheese fries or cake batter ice cream, let’s face it. However everything in moderation I say, and the fries look awesome, I am going to try a homemade ww friendly version this weekend. 🙂

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