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Smothered in cheese, bacon, and green onions, dirty fries take loaded fries to a whole new level. Just one bite and you will be hooked on these cheesy and delicious dirty fries.
Dirty fries are crisp and golden, and they take on some of that smokey campfire flavor while they are getting all nice and melty on the grill. A perfectly addictive comfort food, you can cook dirty fries on the grill for a tasty snack or side dish.
Also known as loaded fries or dirty chips, dirty fries can be served as a snack or a side dish. You can also serve them as part of a larger meal, as they can pair with just about anything.
Unimaginably tasty, dirty fries are simple and quick to make, ready to eat in just about 30 minutes. Your whole family will love the flavors in these fries that make them so hard to stop eating!
Dirty Fries Ingredients
- Frozen French fries
- Butter - salted butter
- Cheese - slices of American cheese
- Bacon bits - or crumbled bacon
- Green onions
You can top these with any of your favorite French fry toppings! We like to make them with a scoop of sour cream on top or even a drizzle of ranch dressing. This basic recipe doesn’t add any extra seasoning but you could certainly mix it up a bit. Go for Cajun seasoning or another favorite spice blend. A dash of cayenne pepper, diced jalapeño peppers or banana peppers, or a little bit of hot sauce would all give these a great kick.
You can substitute any type of cheese that you like. Cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, Monterey jack, or pepper jack would all work well. If you do use grated cheese, it is best to grate it at home as the pre-shredded cheese doesn’t melt quite as well due to being coated with an anti-caking agent.
It is best to use heavy-duty foil for this recipe to ensure that it doesn’t tear during the cooking process. For the grill, I kept one side of the grill on high heat and placed the foil packets on the adjacent grill.
How to Make Dirty Fries
FIRST STEP: In a medium bowl, toss together frozen French fries and melted butter.
SECOND STEP: Divide the French fries between four 12-inch square sheets of aluminum foil.
THIRD STEP: Fold the aluminum foil up and around the French fries to create a packet or boat - leaving just a small bit open at the top to allow steam to escape.
FOURTH STEP: Place foil packets over indirect heat on a grill or campfire grate and cook for about 20 minutes, until fries are crispy and beginning to brown (you can cook longer or to desired crispness.
FIFTH STEP: Open each foil packet and cover French fries with two slices of American cheese.
SIXTH STEP: Close the packets back up and return to the grill (indirect heat) until the cheese is melted.
SEVENTH STEP: Top with bacon and green onions and serve hot, right out of the foil packets.
What are dirty fries?
Dirty fries are French fries that are loaded with cheese, bacon, veggies, and plenty of other indulgent toppings.
Can I cook dirty fries on the barbecue at home?
These easy fries would be delicious cooked on the barbecue grill at home. Just follow the same directions and add them to your grill over indirect heat until they get all melty and golden brown.
Can I make this recipe for dirty fries ahead of time?
If you’re taking the dirty fries on the go, the various components can be prepared in advance. Slice the onions and crumble the bacon ahead of time. If you are using shredded cheese, you can grate that too.
How to Store Dirty Fries
IN THE FRIDGE: These homemade dirty fries are best eaten immediately and we wouldn’t recommend keeping any leftovers.
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- frozen french fries 26 ounces
- salted butter (melted) 2 tablespoons
- American cheese 8 slices
- of bacon bits (or crumbled bacon) ½ to 1 cup
- sliced green onions ½ to 1 cup
- In a medium bowl, toss together frozen french fries and melted butter.
- Divide the french fries between four 12-inch square sheets of aluminum foil.
- Fold the aluminum foil up and around the french fries to create a packet or boat - leaving just a small bit open at the top to allow steam to escape.
- Place foil packets over indirect heat on a grill or campfire grate and cook for about 20 minutes, until fries are crispy and beginning to brown (you can cook longer or to desired crispness.
- Open each foil packet and cover french fries with two slices of American cheese.
- Close the packets back up and return to the grill (indirect heat) until the cheese is melted.