The ultimate snack to share with friends, perfect for game day, or to enjoy while binging your favorite series!

A big pile of crispy french fries smothered in melty cheese and bacon and topped with green onion and your fave toppings!

Serve these fries with sour cream and homemade ranch for dipping!

tray of loaded cheese fries with a bowl of dip on the side

There’s just something about a big pile of cheesy fries. Perfect for snacking on during the big game or for casual nights when you just want something to snack on with friends.

ingredients to make loaded cheese fries

Ingredients for Cheese Fries

French Fries – To make cheese fries you’ll need fries of course! You can make them from scratch (check the notes of the recipe) or use frozen fries for a faster snack.

We find thicker steak fries, crinkle fries, or even wedges work well and hold up to the toppings. Make them in the air fryer or try oven-baked fries. Season them with kosher salt & pepper.

Cheese – We choose shredded cheese over cheese sauce because we find the fries don’t get soggy this way.

Shredded cheddar or a shredded cheddar mozzarella cheese blend is great on fries. For most recipes, I recommend that you shred your own cheese but this is one place (along with nachos) where the bagged shredded cheeses work well!

Bacon – Everything is better with bacon, including cheese fries! If you want to fry up some bacon and crumble it on top, that works well but real bacon bits (or precooked) works just as well too!

Other Toppings – Green onions are a favorite to sprinkle on cheese fries (reminiscent of potato skins). Make these into loaded cheese fries by adding any of the following to suit your tastes:

  • Ground beef, browned sausage, or taco meat.
  • Brown gravy (trust me, it makes them AMAZING), a take from our fave poutine recipe.
  • Diced tomatoes, sliced jalapenos, avocado, burger sauce, or even a big scoop of leftover chili.
  • Sour cream or homemade ranch for dipping.

How to Make Cheese Fries

  1. Cook Fries: Air fry, deep fry, or bake french fries in a single layer per the recipe below until they’re extra crisp.
  2. Broil Cheese & Bacon: Sprinkle shredded cheese and cooked bacon over the crispy fries and broil under high heat until melted and bubbly.
  3. Add Fresh Toppings: Add any fresh toppings (like diced tomatoes or sliced green onions) and a drizzle of sour cream or dipping sauce.
a plate of loaded cheese fries topped with sour cream

Feeling Saucy?

While we prefer to make these with shredded cheese to keep the fries more crisp, you can use a cheese sauce instead.

Whisk together a quick homemade cheese sauce with shredded cheeses. For a shortcut, use a premade nacho cheese sauce from the store and drizzle it overtop.

If you’re feeling extra saucy, heat up some brown gravy and pour it overtop. Sounds crazy but it’s SO GOOD!

fully loaded cheese fries on a plate with green onions

For dipping, try any of the following:

a pan of cooked cheese fries with bacon
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Loaded Cheese Fries

A big pile of crispy french fries smothered in melty cheese and bacon, topped with green onions and your fave toppings!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6


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  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons bacon cooked and crumbled, or real bacon bits
  • 1 cup brown gravy homemade or packet, optional
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (or cook fries in the air fryer per directions in the notes).
  • Add the fries to a rimmed baking sheet and cook for 25-30 minutes or until extra crisp, stirring after 15 minutes.
  • Once the fries are crisp, remove them from the oven and turn the broiler on to 500°F.
  • Top the fries with cheddar and bacon and place back into the oven for 1-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Top with green onions. If using, drizzle with brown gravy and top with sour cream. Serve immediately.


Thicker fries may need more time, thinner fries may need a bit less time. Appliances can vary but it is easy to check on the fries a couple of minutes early and add more time if needed.
To make frozen fries in the air fryer, cook several smaller batches. Cook each batch at 390°F for 10 to 14 minutes or until crisp. Once ready to serve, add all fries to the air fryer basket reheat for 2 to 3 minutes.  Top with cheese and bacon and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 577 | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 1257mg | Potassium: 707mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 442IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Party Food, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Hi Marianne, the fries are getting fully cooked in the air fryer in the first 10-14 minutes and then the last few minutes are once topped with cheese to get the cheese melty! I hope this helps.