Dirty fries! Also known as Dirty Chips or Loaded Fries, these are unimaginably tasty! Whether you are enjoying them as a side dish or as a snack, there is one thing you can count on, these are going to be incredibly popular with anyone you serve them to!
Spicey, coated with cheese, and topped with bacon, these fabulous fries go wonderfully with just about anything. They are simple and quick to make as well and make for the perfect weekend indulgence!
Quick and easy to make this recipe uses a four-serving package of frozen French fries. Frozen French fries are a great store cupboard ingredient. I always have a package of them in the freezer and I use them as a side for big mac sliders, for example.
They come in really handy for those nights when you are lacking in inspiration or are just plain dog tired after a hard day or week at work. You may not have the energy to really cook anything complicated. This is where you will find that this recipe comes in quite handy!!
What You Need To Make Dirty Fries
Once again, simple ingredients put together in a most delicious way!
|1 (4 serving size) bag of frozen french fries|
|2 tsp Cajun seasoning (or to your taste|
|1 TBS Worcestershire sauce|
|4 green onions thinly sliced|
|1/2 each red and yellow bell pepper, finely chopped|
|8 slices of smoked bacon, cooked and then crumbled|
|2/3 cup grated medium cheese|
There is a tremendous amount of flavour going on here. I love it when you can put together a few simple ingredients and end up with something so incredibly tasty! Let’s face it, if bacon is involved, there are not many who can say no! I use it on everything, from fried cabbage to chicken casserole.
Hints And Tips To Make The Best Dirty Fries
1. Read through the recipe several times to make sure you are familiar with all of the ingredients, equipment, and steps you will need to take to make the recipe. This also gives you a chance to pick up anything you don’t already have on hand.
2. Assemble all of your ingredients and equipment before you begin. This can help to prevent you from leaving anything out which is integral to the recipe as well as streamlining its assembly, helping it to go together much more quickly.
3. I like to use the frozen skinny French fries with the skin still on them. This adds interest, flavour, and fibre! You could of course cook your chips from scratch, but using frozen ones is a lot more convenient, and somewhat healthier. It’s also a lot less messy and much quicker than frying chips from scratch.
4. I always cook the French fries first on a baking sheet in the oven according to the instructions on the packet. I add the Worcestershire sauce and Cajun seasoning to them prior to baking which really helps to get the flavours in there!
5. I cook my bacon while the fries are baking. I don’t like to cook it overly crisp as it will cook a bit more when you add it to the topping.
6. A good pair of sharp kitchen scissors is a great tool to snip it into pieces. Just crumble it into a tumbler and then cut down into the tumbler with the kitchen scissors to break it up even further.
7. Its not necessary to grate your own cheese for this, but I always like to. They add things to ready grated cheese in order to make it flow better out of the bag. Grating your own will always give you a much better result.
8. Make sure you chop your vegetables very finely. They are a lot easier to eat with smaller pieces of garnish.
9. If you are really fond of spice, you can also add chopped jalapeno pepper. It’s really healthy too!
10. Make sure to serve some nice dips with your fries if you are serving these as a snack. Ranch Dressing goes very well, as does Thousand Island.
How To Make This Recipe
Nothing complicated here!
Preheat the oven to 425*F. Line a baking tray with some foil and spray with low-fat cooking spray.
Toss the frozen chips with the Cajun seasoning and the Worcestershire sauce. Spread them out on the baking sheet. Bake for the baking time according to the package directions. Remove from the oven.
Spray a large baking dish, or iron skillet with some low-fat cooking spray.
Pile the baked chips into the dish. Sprinkle with the grated cheese, then the chopped peppers, spring onions, and bacon bits. Return to the oven briefly to melt the cheese and warm things up.
Serving Suggestions For Dirty Fries
Contrary to the title, these delicious fries are anything but dirty. They get their name from their appearance which can be somewhat cluttered looking! They make an excellent finger food or snack to be served on game nights. Make sure you serve plenty of cold dips, ice-cold drinks, and pass the napkins!
They are not just reserved for snacks and entertaining, however. They also make a fabulous side dish for the family, going very well served alongside most grilled meats and poultry. We enjoy them with hot dogs or chicken burgers.
Let us face it, they are just plain delicious with everything!
You can amp up the flavours by adding spicy flavours such as raw or pickled jalapeno peppers, banana peppers, or even chopped tomatoes.
You can also drizzle them with thinned mayonnaise. (Just thin with a bit of milk.) I prefer to serve them with dips. Some great dips are Ranch or Thousand Island Dressing. You can also make a really tasty and spicy dip by mixing together equal parts of sour cream and sweet chili sauce!
These dirty fries are seriously going to become a real family favourite! Loaded with flavours, and textures you can make them as naughty or as nice as you like, simply by swapping out to lower calorie/fat ingredients, such as turkey bacon, or low-fat cheese. We always enjoy them full-on full fat. And why not! In for a penny, in for a pound! Enjoy!
- 1 (4 serving size) bag of frozen french fries
- 2 tsp Cajun seasoning (or to your taste)
- 1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
- 4 green onions thinly sliced
- 1/2 each red and yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
- 8 slices of smoked bacon, cooked and then crumbled
- 2/3 cup grated medium cheese
- Preheat the oven to 425*F. Line a baking tray with some foil and spray with low-fat cooking spray.
- Toss the frozen chips with the Cajun seasoning and the Worcestershire sauce. Spread them out on the baking sheet. Bake for the baking time according to the package directions. Remove from the oven.
- Spray a large baking dish or iron skillet with some low-fat cooking spray.
- Pile the baked chips into the dish. Sprinkle with the grated cheese, then the chopped peppers, spring onions, and bacon bits. Return to the oven briefly to melt the cheese and warm things up.
- Serve immediately.
I don't like things overly spicy so I err on the side of caution when it comes to using Cajun spice People can always add more at the table if they want to blow their socks off! Ranch dressing is also nice with these for dipping.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436
Marie Rayner is a retired Chef, freelance writer, recipe developer, food blogger, and Cookbook author. She makes her home in Chester, UK, where she lives with her husband, Todd, and their much beloved English Cocker, Mitzie. Her motto is “Life is far too short to eat bad food,” and her goal is to share delicious and easy recipes which anyone can enjoy and cook in the comfort of their own home.