Bacon and Cheese Loaded Fries

Crispy French Fries topped with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese with bacon bits and green onions are an easy appetizer or side dish for a party or regular family meal.

Our Loaded Fries recipe is so easy that my kids enjoy making them! With a few minutes of prep they’re ready in under 25 minutes!

Large pile of bacon cheese fries with cheddar, Monterey Jack cheese, chopped onions and sour cream on foil.

Loaded Fries Recipe

We love making these bacon and cheese loaded fries in the air fryer or regular oven. Also known as Pub Fries this delicious recipe is like a Loaded Baked Potato that’s much faster to make and easy to snack on!

When we set the air fryer basket full of French fries topped with two kinds of melted cheese, generous pieces of bacon and thinly sliced green onions on the table four hands immediately reach right in. All of us LOVE these bacon cheese fries, especially as a game day snack!

My son asked if these could count as his vegetables since they have green onions. I just laughed and gave him some Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli to eat along with the loaded cheese fries and turkey wrap!

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We love to serve fresh loaded fries with a dollop of sour cream, for more flavor. The same reason that sour cream tastes great on a Twice Baked Potato is why it works so well on French fries loaded with bacon and cheese.

Close up of crispy French fries topped with generous amounts of cheese, bacon bit, green onions and a dollop of sour cream.

These loaded fries are a more basic loaded fry. For an over the top recipe that also works well with steak fries check out these Pulled Pork Loaded Waffle Fries!

We’ve recently gotten into using our Ninja Air Fryer Oven combo and love all of the easy recipes. Our family loves Triscuit Pizzas, roasted mushrooms, and French Fries and making them in the air fryer saves so much time.

Bacon Cheese Fries

We were celebrating a milestone birthday for my father-in-law and enjoying Stuffed Mushrooms when I first saw Bacon Cheese Fries on the menu.

So we began been practicing making our own bacon cheese loaded fries. It reminded us of how much we like our copycat restaurant recipes like Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Carbonara and Pasta E Fagioli Soup.

Pile of french fries loaded with cheese, bacon and green onions in air fryer basket

We know how bacon and cheese can really amp up potatoes because we’ve done it so many times in our Twice Baked Potato Casserole and Crock Pot Loaded Red Potatoes.

Fresh potatoes can be cut into fries and baked or prepared in the air fryer. We typically use frozen fries because they’re just easier and quicker!

Sometimes we like some easy recipes to snack on for small plate meals or easy appetizers for entertaining friends. These loaded fries make a great arrangement of options along with Buffalo Bacon Cauliflower, Taco Crescents and BBQ Pulled Pork Crescents.

Tips For Making Cheesy Fries

  • Stirring or shaking the fries a couple of times while in the fryer or oven helps them bake more evenly
  • Almost any shredded cheese will work just fine – I prefer using at least two cheeses for maximum flavor
  • Pre-cooked bacon bits save time, but bacon can be prepared and crumbled as well
  • Fries can be sprinkled with cheese and bacon and eaten or returned to the oven for a minute or two for the cheese to melt
  • Chopped white onion or sweet onion can be cooked on top of the fries for the last 7 minutes or added raw once fries have been prepared if green onion isn’t available
  • Warm cheese sauce can be drizzled over fried or baked fries if you prefer not to use shredded cheese
  • Ranch lovers may enjoy dipping the fries in ranch dressing before enjoying too
  • Adding some French Fry Seasoning is another way to personalize this recipe.

How to Make Bacon & Cheese Loaded Fries

We like the extra crispiness of making French Fries in our air fryer. The fries can also be prepared in the oven according to the directions on the package.

Line the air fryer tray or a baking sheet with foil. Spread fries out as evenly as possible in an even layer.

Set air fryer toaster oven to air fry and 400 degrees F. Bake for 12 – 14 minutes. Stir or shake a couple of times while baking, but keep the fries in a single layer. Shake salt on fries to reach desired flavor.

Partially baked fries on a foil covered tray.

Once fries have reached desired level of doneness pile the fries up in the center of the basket or pan. I like to take blocks of cheese and shred cheese evenly over the top of the tries.

Freshly shredded cheddar and white cheese sprinkled across partially baked fries on foil.

Monterey Jack and cheddar are my favorite combination, but the restaurant that inspired this recipe uses mozzarella and cheddar. Lots of combinations will be delicious!

Sprinkle bacon bits over the cheesy goodness.

Return to oven for 1-2 minutes at 350°F until cheese is melted.

Melted cheese and crispy bacon on cheddar fries on a foil lined air fryer basket.

Garnish with green onions and serve warm with a dollop of sour cream in the center or on the side.

Overhead of golden brown fries loaded with chopped bacon, melted cheese and slices of green onion with a spoon full of sour cream in the center of the foil covered tray.

What To Serve With Loaded Fries

Warm fries with crispy edges with melted cheese laying across the potatoes and a generous layer of bacon on top and a bit of sour cream covered in green onions in the center.

Bacon and Cheese Loaded French Fries

Servings 6 people
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Crispy French Fries topped with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese with bacon bits and green onions are a perfect easy appetizer or side dish for a party or regular family meal.
Our Loaded Fries recipe is so easy that my kids enjoy making them! With a few minutes of prep they're ready in under 25 minutes!
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 14 ounces Shoestring French Fries frozen
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese freshly shredded
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese freshly shredded
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1/3 cup sour cream

Instructions
 

  • Set air fryer toaster oven to air fry and 400°F. Place a single layer of French fries in air fryer basket.
    14 ounces Shoestring French Fries
  • Air fry for 12 – 14 minutes until fries reach desired crispiness. Shake the basket 2 or 3 times during frying.
  • Pile fries in center of basket and cover with freshly shredded cheese and bacon bits. Return to air fryer for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted.
    1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup bacon bits
  • Sprinkle green onions on top and serve with sour cream for dipping.
    2 green onions, 1/3 cup sour cream

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 9gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 599mgPotassium: 342mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 255IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 148mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally shared on March 24, 2020 with updates made on January 11, 2024.

Bacon cheese loaded french fries with slices of green onions made in air fryer.

4 Comments

  1. This looks so good with all that cheesy goodness! I’m hoping to get an air fryer soon and will have to try this.

    1. Thanks! Hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

  2. 5 stars
    These look bomb! Can’t wait to make this recipe for Super Bowl weekend! It will definitely be a hit with my guys.

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