These Loaded Taco Fries are a super easy weeknight dinner that takes under 30 minutes to put together. Make the spiced taco meat and prep toppings while your fries bake and then it's as simple as plating the fries and piling on your favorite toppings like fresh tomato, tangy pickled red onions, and a mountain of cheese.
Easy cheesy loaded french fries
Ok, seriously, how totally amazing do these loaded taco fries look? I still have extra toppings prepped in my fridge so guys, guess what's for dinner again tonight? Taco Fries! I can't be stopped.
We all know about my deep and abiding love for loaded french fries right? If you've forgotten or you just got here, then let me just give you a quick rundown on my favorite fries.
- Greek Fries, with a tomato and cucumber salsa and Tzatziki dip. Just as good as my local burger place.
- Chili fries - better than my local burger place with a super savory spiced chili sauce.
- Indian-inspired take on poutine with my Palak Paneer fries, made with a smooth spinach gravy and chunks of paneer cheese.
- English pub-style curry sauce for fries - absolutely addictive but so easy to make.
- For something simple you can bake up some garlic parmesan fries
- Drown your sorrows and your fries in honey dill sauce - enough said.
But let's not discount this loaded Taco Fries recipe. They're like the perfect takeout at home dinner, a comfort food, fast food vibe. This loaded fries recipe makes for an easy dinner any night of the week, and it's healthier than ordering out.
And the best part is you can make it exactly as you want it. We have four people in our house for dinner every night and this recipe is so easy that I can make it exactly as everyone wants it. Just bake the fries, make the beef topping (or black beans), and set up a topping buffet for the rest.
Also, is anything thinking game day snack with all this talk about fully loaded fries? Cuz now I am.
Ingredients for this recipe
- French fries. I think sweet potato fries would be amazing here.
- Taco seasoning mix to sprinkle on the fries before baking and also to make the ground beef topping. Basic instructions here to make that but check my taco seasoning recipe for more specifics. Once you've got that ready, keep reading below for how to make taco fries.
- Toppings of your choice. You can use whatever you want here. I use shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomato, sliced green onions, fresh cilantro, pickled red onions, sliced avocado, and a thinned out yogurt to drizzle. You could also use sour cream, and I think salsa would fit in this recipe. Plus whatever your favorite taco toppings are.
- You could also skip the shredded cheese and make a cheese sauce like my Beer Cheese Sauce and have a sort of fries supreme or nacho fries kinda thing going on.
To make vegetarian taco fries:
Skip the beef and add black beans instead. Saute black beans with some onion and taco seasoning.
Loaded Taco Fries
- 1 bag French Fries (or sweet potato fries)
- 1 teaspoon Taco Seasoning
- taco seasoned ground beef recipe
- 1-2 Roma tomatoes (diced)
- pickled red onions
- 4 green onions (sliced)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup yogurt or sour cream (thinned with splash of water)
- 2 avocados (sliced)
- jarred pickled jalapeno
- bunch cilantro leaves
- Sprinkle the fries with the taco seasoning and then bake them according to package instructions, usually around 20 minutes. In the meantime, make the taco meat and prep toppings.
- To make the taco meat, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until starting to soften and brown. Add beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain off any excess fat and then add the spices and toast for about a minute. Add tomato and stir through. Add water, bring to boil, and then turn down to simmer until needed. The sauce will thicken. (Read the
Taco Salad recipefor exact amounts and instructions)
- To prep toppings: dice the tomato, shred cheese, slice green onions, thin yogurt with a touch of water, slice avocado, pull cilantro leaves off of stems. (Do this while onions and beef are cooking.)
- To assemble: Plate fries. Add beef. Add cheese. Add your favorite toppings. Drizzle with yogurt. Serve.
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.
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How to Make loaded fries with taco toppings
Sprinkle taco seasoning on the fries. Bake the fries according to the package instructions.
Make the ground beef taco topping according to my recipe or your favorite recipe.
While those are cooking, prep your favorite toppings. I used shredded cheddar cheese, tomatoes, avocado, pickled red onions, green onions, cilantro, jalapenos, and a yogurt drizzle.
To assemble: Add fries to a plate. Add beef. Add cheese.
Add the toppings. Add yogurt or sour cream. Spoon it on or thin it out with a splash of water and drizzle it over using either a spoon, a squeeze bottle, or a plastic ziptop bag.
Turn Netflix on (any Outlander fans?), dig in and marvel at the deliciousness.
Tips and Tricks
- Bake your fries up extra crispy so they don't get soggy right away. Don't crowd your baking sheet! Use two sheets if necessary. Your fries will get crispier this way, baking instead of steaming.
- Have everything prepped before you assemble and then assemble quickly so the hot beef mix starts to melt the cheese. Eat right away.
You can put whatever you want on a taco. Common toppings on an American style taco include shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, a cooked ground beef mixture, tomatoes, salsa, and sour cream.