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Homemade Air Fried Loaded Fries

A beloved party favorite homemade loaded cheese fries. Ditch those frozen fries and make these with potatoes, bacon, onions, and lots of cheese. It's crispy, gooey, and absolutely delicious. Ultimate comfort food. Serve these loaded fries with sour cream or ranch. And smother them in chili sauce if you want a bit of a spicy kick. Potluck perfect.
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A beloved party favorite homemade loaded cheese fries. Ditch those frozen fries and make these with potatoes, bacon, onions, and lots of cheese. It's crispy, gooey, and absolutely delicious. Ultimate comfort food. Serve these loaded fries with sour cream or ranch. And smother them in chili sauce if you want a bit of a spicy kick. Potluck perfect.

How To Make Loaded Fries Using Air Fryer

How To Prepare Fresh Potatoes For Air-Fried Loaded Fries

Using potatoes instead of frozen fries makes these loaded fries extra savory. Prep your potatoes following these steps:
  • Wash the potatoes thoroughly, don’t peel. Chop your potatoes, about 1/4-inch thick.
  • Let potatoes soak in a bowl of cold water for 1 hour, changing the water after 30 minutes with fresh new cold water. This helps remove some of the starch, which will help them crisp up better.
  • Drain the water from the potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels. Make sure your fries are very very dry.
  • Put all the seasoning together and toss the dried potatoes in the mixture and oil.

How To Cook French Fries In An Air Fryer

Spread the potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket and leave a little space between each one. If they’re too crowded, the potatoes will steam inside the air fryer, and they won’t get crispy. Work in batches. Set your air fryer to 370 degrees F (185 degrees C). Air fry for 10 minutes in batches so as to not overcrowd the fryer. Give them a shake after 5 minutes. Taste a fry from each batch to make sure it’s tender on the inside and crisp on the outside before you move on to a new batch.

How To Assemble Air Fryer Homemade Loaded Fries

Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, add the fries, and top with bacon and onions, Shredded Cheese. Place into your preheated oven and bake until the cheese is melted. Or Toss them all together after the last batch is done, top with bacon and onions, Shredded Cheese, and return to the air fryer for a couple of minutes to let the cheese melt.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Potatoes -Russets are very starchy but have the least moisture content making them perfect for that crispy on the outside and soft on the inside potato fries.
  • Bacon - You can use smoked bacon or any of your favorite flavor-infused bacon.
  • Onion - You can use yellow onions or white onions for this, they tend to taste sweet once cooked.
  • Sour Cream - a great topping or dip to complement this flavorful loaded fries. You can also substitute it with some Homemade Ranch Dressing too.

Tips & Suggestions

Adding different powders and seasonings will help your fries take on new flavors easily - try some of these or come up with your own!
  • Add onion powder or garlic powder over oiled fries for a bit more flavor.
  • Add herbs de Provence salt for a rustic French twist.
  • Cajun seasoning sprinkled over fries gives a spicy Five Guys like french fry flavor - straight from your air fryer.
  • Brush fries in the final 15 minutes of baking time with butter, diced garlic, and finely diced parsley for a rich garlic butter fries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I skip soaking potatoes?

Soaking potatoes in cold water removes excess potato starch and helps achieve crispy fries. Without soaking, your fries will not be as crispy on the outside and fluffy inside.

Do I need to dry potatoes?

For best results, pat drying the potatoes can be very beneficial. It will help the heat penetrate quicker and create the golden brown color and crispy texture.

What potatoes can I use instead of russet?

You can substitute Yukon Gold potatoes.

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Total Time
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Cost Per Serving

Ingredients

Servings
4
US / METRIC
5
Potatoes , scrubbed, julienned
2
Medium Onions
1/2 Tbsp
Vegetable Oil
or Canola or Olive Oil
1/2 Tbsp
Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp
Onion Powder
1/2 Tbsp
1/2 Tbsp
Chili Powder
1 tsp
Dried Thyme
1/2 Tbsp
to taste
Shredded Cheese
to taste
or Ranch Dressing
to taste
For Garnish
or Fresh Parsley
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
424
FAT
23.7 g
PROTEIN
12.8 g
CARBS
40.9 g

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (162 degrees C).
Step 2
Chop the Potatoes (5) and let them soak in a bowl of cold water for 1 hour.
Step 3
Slice the Onions (2) .
Step 4
Chop the Wright® Brand Smoked Bacon (8 oz) and place in a separate bowl.
Step 5
Drain the water from the potatoes and and pat them dry with paper towels. In a bowl with the potatoes slices add Vegetable Oil (1/2 Tbsp) , Garlic Powder (1/2 Tbsp) , Onion Powder (1 Tbsp) , Sweet Paprika (1 Tbsp) , Dried Basil (1/2 Tbsp) , Chili Powder (1/2 Tbsp) , Dried Oregano (1 tsp) , Dried Thyme (1 tsp) , Kosher Salt (1/2 Tbsp) , Ground Black Pepper (1/2 Tbsp) and toss together.
Step 6
Set your air fryer to 370 degrees F (187 degrees C). Air fry for 10 minutes in batches so as to not overcrowd the fryer. Give them a shake after 5 minutes.
Step 7
Remove all the fries and let them cool for 30 minutes before frying them again at 400 degrees F (204 degrees C) for 18 minutes. Give them a shake at around 9 minutes.
Step 8
While your fries are cooking, in a pan fry the bacon and onions together.
Step 9
Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, add the fries, and top with bacon and onions, Shredded Cheese (to taste) , and Dried Parsley (to taste) . Place into your preheated oven and bake until cheese is melted.
Step 10
Serve with Sour Cream (to taste) .

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
424
% Daily Value*
Fat
23.7 g
30%
Saturated Fat
9.1 g
45%
Trans Fat
0.1 g
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Cholesterol
37.4 mg
12%
Carbohydrates
40.9 g
15%
Fiber
6.2 g
22%
Sugars
3.6 g
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Protein
12.8 g
26%
Sodium
1827.0 mg
79%
Vitamin D
0.2 µg
1%
Calcium
63.1 mg
5%
Iron
2.5 mg
14%
Potassium
318.7 mg
7%
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