Homemade Taco Bell Nacho Fries

  • By KJ

Make the iconic Taco Bell Nacho Fries right in your own home! Homemade golden, crunchy fries are seasoned with robust Mexican spices. Dunk these smoky, zesty nacho fries in cheesy queso for the perfect appetizer or side dish. Since they’re baked, these nacho fries are a healthy alternative to the take-out version—without sacrificing the robust flavor kick.

Homemade Taco Bell Nacho Fries on a sheet pan with queso.

Homemade Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Make the iconic Taco Bell Nacho Fries right in your own home! Homemade golden, crunchy fries are seasoned with robust Mexican spices. Dunk these smoky, zesty nacho fries in cheesy queso for the perfect appetizer or side dish. 

Since they’re baked, these nacho fries are a healthy alternative to the take-out version—without sacrificing the robust flavor kick. 

 

Homemade Taco Bell Nacho Fries on a sheet pan with queso.

Why KJ Loves

Homemade Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Homemade Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Get ready to salsa dance because these homemade Taco Bell nacho fries are FUN and delicious! I love that they are so flavorful, but yet a bit healthier for you since they are baked. A fun appetizer or side dish!

Russet potatoes on a cutting board.

Copycat Taco Bell Nacho Fries

While Taco Bell may be keeping nacho fries on its permanent menu, I don’t want to depend on the company’s menu decisions. 

This copycat recipe can satisfy your nacho fries craving whenever it hits (and with a healthy twist!).

Sliced potatoes on a cutting board.

Homemade Nacho Fries Ingredients

Russet potatoes

We’re using the classic french fry potato for this recipe. You can use peeled potatoes or leave them unpeeled—whatever sounds tasty! Here’s a short video with tips for cutting potatoes into fries

Olive oil

Delicious and healthy. We’ll bake the fries in olive oil until they’re crispy. 

Seasoning blend

Bring this recipe to life with a mix of smoked paprika, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and cumin.

 

Sliced potatoes covered in olive oil on a baking sheet.

How to Make Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. 

Toss the potatoes with the olive oil and bake. Flip the fries halfway through and bake until golden brown and crispy. 

Important Tip: Make sure to space the potatoes out on the baking sheet, so they’re not crowded. This will allow the nacho fries to get nice and crispy. If you need to use two baking sheets so the fries aren’t overcrowded, do it! 

While baking the fries, combine the paprika, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and cumin in a small bowl. 

After the fries come out of the oven, generously sprinkle the seasoning over the cooked fries and toss to coat.

Homemade Taco Bell Nacho Fries seasoning blend.

How to Serve Nacho Fries

Serve nacho fries immediately after you take them out of the oven and toss them with the seasonings. You’ve gotta eat them when they’re hot and crispy! 

Dip the nacho fries in your favorite queso. Then pour yourself a sparking lemon-lime margarita!

Golden brown fries on a baking sheet.

Nacho Fries Recipe Variations

Try out your air fryer.

While I have not personally tried this recipe in an air fryer, these should cook up beautifully in an air fryer. Here are some recommendations for making air fryer french fries. Cook the fries and then toss to coat with the seasonings as directed in this recipe. 

Use frozen french fries.

Short on time or want to do less prep work? Grab a bag of your favorite frozen french fries and cook them according to package instructions. Then, toss to coat with the seasoning blend. 

Make loaded nacho fries.

Who says you need to stop at queso and salsa? Make loaded nacho fries with your favorite toppings, like sour cream, jalapeños, and guacamole!

Seasoned Taco Bell nacho fries.

Taco Bell Nacho Fries FAQs:

What is on Nacho Fries?

Nacho fries are simply regular fries coated in a robust Mexican seasoning. If you want more toppings, you can add queso, salsa, sour cream, and any other favorite nacho toppings. 

Are Taco Bell Nacho Fries fried or baked?

Taco Bell nacho fries are fried. While fried food is delicious, it’s also more time-consuming and messy. We’re baking the fries for this copycat nacho fries recipe to make things easy. 

Can you use Yukon gold potatoes?

You can, but I recommend russet potatoes for this nacho fries recipe. 

A close-up photo of nacho fries on a baking sheet.
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Homemade Taco Bell Nacho Fries on a sheet pan with queso.

Homemade Taco Bell Nacho Fries


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Make the iconic Taco Bell Nacho Fries right in your own home! Homemade golden, crunchy fries are seasoned with robust Mexican spices. Dunk these smoky, zesty nacho fries in cheesy queso for the perfect appetizer or side dish. 

Since they’re baked, these nacho fries are a healthy alternative to the take-out version—without sacrificing the robust flavor kick. 


Ingredients

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  • 45 russet potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch matchsticks
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Evenly arrange the potatoes on 1-2 greased baking sheets depending on size. The key is to not over-crowd the baking sheets, otherwise the potatoes won’t crisp. Evenly toss the potatoes with the olive oil.
  2. Bake for 20 minutes, flip the fries and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the chili powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin and salt in a small bowl. Once the fries come out of the oven and are still hot, generously season with the seasoning blend and toss to combine.
  4. Serve with your favorite queso for dipping and enjoy!

Notes

  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Baking

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar: 2.3g
  • Sodium: 119mg
  • Fat: 5.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.7g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Protein: 2.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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