Copycat Taco Bell Nacho Fries recipe is easy to make at home to enjoy whenever the craving strikes. It doesn’t get much better than crispy seasoned fries dipped in cheese sauce.

Nacho Fries on a plate.

What are Taco Bell Nacho Fries?

If you have tried the Nacho Fries at Taco Bell, you are probably hooked. The fries have the perfect blend of seasoning while being so crispy. Each bite is dipped into decadent cheese sauce for a snack no one can resist.

Copycat Taco Bell Nacho Fries recipe

It is the best comfort food. The only problem is Taco Bell doesn’t always have this on the menu. I decided to recreate this recipe at home and it is spot on.

My kids went crazy over this and they are picky. It definitely tasted amazing and turned out fabulous.

We are so excited to be able to enjoy these Nacho Fries at home.

Nacho Fries on a plate.
Ingredients for Nacho Fries.

Ingredients

  • Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Frozen Fast Food frozen French Fries 
  • Vegetable Oil for Frying 

FOR THE SEASONING MIXTURE: 

  • Paprika 
  • Salt 
  • Chili Powder 
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder 
  • Cayenne Pepper (This is optional but adds a little heat.) 

FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE: 

  • American Cheese 
  • Milk 
  • Liquid from the Jar of Jalapeño Slices 
Nacho Fries on a plate.

How to make Taco Bell Nacho Fries:

  • Combine the seasoning for the fries – Stir together the seasoning mixture ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. 
Fries in skillet.
  • Heat the oil – Fill a saucepan with the oil to at least 3 inches deep in the pan and heat the oil to 350 degrees F.  
  • Add the fries to the pan – Cook the fries in the hot oil over medium high heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until they are crispy. Then move the fries to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the extra oil. 
  • Allow to cool. While the fries are cool slightly, make the cheese sauce. 
Cheese in bowl ready to heat in the microwave.

How to make nacho cheese sauce:

  • Get out a microwave safe bowl – Unwrap the cheese and tear the slices into smaller pieces.  Place the cheese and the other cheese sauce ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. 
Melted cheese in the bowl.
  • Cook until melted – Microwave the mixture uncovered in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until the cheese has melted and is well combined with the other ingredients. 
Seasoned fries in bowl.

How to serve nacho fries:

Then place the French fries in a large mixing bowl and toss them with the seasoning blend.  

Serve the fries with the cheese sauce on the side and enjoy! The fries are best served warm.

Variations:

  • Taco seasoning. Substitute taco seasoning instead of the blend in the recipe. It is similar and an easy variation to try.
  • Sour Cream. We like to serve these with a side of sour cream. The combination with cheese is delicious.
  • Baking Sheet. If you prefer to bake the fries instead of frying, you can do so. This is a healthier alternative to frying.
Fries being dipped in cheese on a fork.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Fries. If you can’t find this specific brand of fries, you can use any crispy frozen fries. The key is the brand needs to be crispy for the desired outcome, Crinkle, curly and other varieties simply won’t result in the same fries we love at Taco Bell.
  • Toppings. While the cheese is definitely the best part, feel free to add all of your favorite nacho toppings. Some ideas include: jalapenos, guacamole, diced onion and more. This recipe can easily be customized for what everyone likes the most.
  • Cheese. Make sure to microwave the cheese in increments. This will prevent the cheese from burning.

Make this easy recipe at home today.

Now, you do not have to worry about if Taco Bell stops selling these tasty fries. You can use this simple recipe to make these at home.

My kids love being able to enjoy these anytime we want. Plus, the recipe is so quick that you might just prefer making them at home instead of going out.

Try this easy copycat recipe and let us know what you think in the comment section. It is sure to be a hit with your family.

Print the recipe for Taco Bell Nacho Fries below:

Taco Bell Nacho Fries Recipe

5 from 19 votes
Copycat Taco Bell Nacho Fries recipe is easy to make at home to enjoy whenever the craving strikes. It doesn't get much better than crispy seasoned fries dipped in cheese sauce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Servings 4
Cuisine Mexican
Course Appetizer
Calories 633
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Frozen Fast Food Fries
  • Vegetable Oil for Frying

FOR THE SEASONING MIXTURE:

  • 2 Tbsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper optional

FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE:

  • 16 slices American Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Liquid from the Jar of Jalapeño Slices

Instructions

  • Stir together the seasoning mixture ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Fill a saucepan with the oil to at least 3 inches deep in the pan and heat the oil to 350 degrees F.
  • Cook the fries in the hot oil for 6-8 minutes or until they are crispy. Then move the fries to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the extra oil.
  • While the fries are cool slightly.  Make the cheese sauce.
  • Unwrap the cheese and tear the slices into smaller pieces.  Place the cheese and the other cheese sauce ingredients into a microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave the mixture uncovered in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until the cheese has melted and is well combined with the other ingredients.
  • Then place the fries in a large mixing bowl and toss them with the seasoning blend.
  • Serve the fries with the cheese sauce on the side and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 633kcal, Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 20g, Fat 45g, Saturated Fat 21g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 17g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 86mg, Sodium 3147mg, Potassium 737mg, Fiber 7g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 2891IU, Vitamin C 7mg, Calcium 921mg, Iron 3mg

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