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 are 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 flavor going on here. I love it when you can put together a few simple ingredients and end up with something so delicious! 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 streamline its assembly, allowing 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, flavor, and fiber! 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 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 flavors 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.
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 dirty fries are anything but dirty. They get their name from their appearance, which can be somewhat cluttered-looking! Then, they make an excellent finger food or snack to be served on game nights. However, ensure you have plenty of cold dips and ice-cold drinks, and pass the napkins!
They are not just reserved for snacks and entertaining, however. Then, they also make a fabulous side dish for the family, going very well served alongside most grilled meats and poultry. We also enjoy them with hot dogs or chicken burgers.
Let us face it, they are just plain delicious with everything!
Additionally, you can amp up the flavors by adding spicy ingredients 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. Also, 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 favorite! Loaded with flavors and textures, you can make them as naughty or as nice as you like, simply by swapping out higher calorie/fat ingredients, such as turkey bacon or low-fat cheese. Also, we always enjoy them full-on full fat. Then 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.