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You will be hooked on these cheesy and delicious dirty fries. Cook on the grill for a tasty snack or side dish.
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Table of Contents
  1. What are Dirty Fries?
  2. DIRTY FRIES INGREDIENTS
  3. SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
  4. HOW TO MAKE DIRTY FRIES
  5. What to Serve With Dirty Fries
  6. DIRTY FRIES RECIPE STORAGE
  7. DIRTY FRIES RECIPE FAQs
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There’s something about crispy, golden fries that just makes them irresistible, but sometimes they just need a little something extra and these dirty fries are the answer. These bad boys are smothered in cheese, bacon and green onions, making them a perfectly addictive comfort food.

Our chili cheese fries are another variation on the loaded fries idea while our crack potatoes are a creamy and over-the-top delicious side dish.

close up shot of a aluminum foil of Dirty Fries topped with cheese then garnished with bacon bits and green onions

What are Dirty Fries?

Dirty fries are French fries that are loaded with cheese, bacon, veggies, and plenty of other indulgent toppings.

DIRTY FRIES INGREDIENTS

Dirty Fries raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 26-ounce package frozen french fries
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • ½ to 1 cup bacon bits or crumbled bacon
  • ½ to 1 cup sliced green onions

PRO TIP:

It is best to use heavy-duty foil for this recipe to ensure that it doesn’t tear during the cooking process.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHEESE: 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.

TOPPINGS: You can top these with any of your favorite french fry toppings! I like to make them with a scoop of sour cream on top or even a drizzle of ranch dressing.

SPICE: 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.

SEASONING: 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.

HOW TO MAKE DIRTY FRIES

PRO TIP:

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.

STEP ONE: In a medium bowl, toss together frozen french fries and melted butter.

Dirty Fries process shot of French fries and melted butter tossed together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Divide the french fries between four 12-inch square sheets of aluminum foil.

Dirty Fries process shot of French fries placed on a sheet of aluminum foil

STEP THREE: 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.

Dirty Fries process shot of French fries wrapped in sheets of aluminum foil

STEP FOUR: 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.

PRO TIP:

For the grill, I kept one side of the grill on high heat and placed the foil packets on the adjacent grill. 

Dirty Fries process shot of aluminum foiled wrapped fries placed on a pan

STEP FIVE: Open each foil packet and cover french fries with two slices of American cheese.

Dirty Fries process shot of French fries topped with slices of American cheese

STEP SIX: Close the packets back up and return to the grill (indirect heat) until the cheese melts.

Dirty Fries process shot of American cheese melted on top of French fries

STEP SEVEN: Top with bacon and green onions and serve hot, right out of the foil packets.

Dirty Fries process shot of fries topped with bacon bits and green onions

What to Serve With Dirty Fries

Dirty fries can be served alone or as part of a larger meal, including grilled chicken and a Caesar salad.

Why not turn this into a full meal with foil packets? Check out our chicken foil packets for your protein and our campfire apple crisp foil packets or campfire banana boats for dessert. Add a bit of greens with our Caesar salad and you are sorted.

DIRTY FRIES RECIPE STORAGE

These homemade dirty fries are best eaten immediately and we wouldn’t recommend keeping any leftovers.

Can I make this recipe for dirty fries ahead of time?

If you are taking these fries on the go, you can chop all the toppings and store them in ziploc bags. Combine everything right before you are ready to cook the packets.

close up shot of aluminum foils of Dirty Fries topped with cheese then garnished with bacon bits and green onions

I’m not sure what it is about fries that just makes them so darn addicting, but I can’t seem to stop eating them. Sometimes you just need a good greasy fry fix. The fries become crisp and golden, and they take on some of that smokey campfire flavor while they are getting all nice and melty on the grill. Delicious!

DIRTY FRIES RECIPE FAQs

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 save the leftovers of these fries?

These full-loaded dirty chips won’t keep well. They will get soggy and lose their crispiness. We’d recommend eating them right away.

How many calories are in dirty fries?

Our dirty fries recipe is 830 calories per serving.

Can you reheat dirty fries?

You can reheat dirty fries in either the microwave or in the oven until they are piping hot.

What’s the secret to crispy fries?

If you are frying French fries in a deep-fryer or Dutch oven with oil, frying them twice will result in crispier fries. You can also soak the potatoes in water before frying them to draw out the starch, and you will end up with crispy fries.

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You will be hooked on these cheesy and delicious dirty fries. Cook on the grill for a tasty snack or side dish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 26 ounces frozen french fries
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • ½ to 1 cup bacon bits or crumbled bacon
  • ½ to 1 cup sliced green onions

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • Top with bacon and green onions and serve hot, right out of the foil packets.

Notes

PRO TIP: It is best to use heavy-duty foil for this recipe to ensure that it doesn’t tear during the cooking process.
 
PRO TIP: 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.
 
PRO TIP: For the grill, I kept one side of the grill on high heat and placed the foil packets on the adjacent grill.

Nutrition

Calories: 830kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 2180mg | Potassium: 927mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 696IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 496mg | Iron: 3mg
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