These Taco Bell nacho fries taste even better than the real deal! This recipe makes incredibly crispy french fries that are fluffy on the inside and loaded with the perfect balance of spices. And best of all, this copycat recipe takes just 15 minutes to make!
If you've never tried the nacho fries at Taco Bell, you're seriously missing out. Honestly, I think they're the best french fries ever created, so I had to try and recreate them at home. And let me tell ya, one bite of these perfectly seasoned french fries, and you'll never want to drive to Taco Bell to get them again!
I seriously think these crispy fries are just as good, if not better than the ones from Taco Bell. From the blend of spices to the wonderfully crispy texture on the outside yet fluffiness on the inside, it really doesn't get better than this. Well, that is until you dip these homemade fries in my Taco Bell nacho cheese sauce! Talk about a winning combination.
Table of Contents
- Frozen fries- your favorite ones!
- Paprika powder and chili powder- for a tiny bit of spice. You can also use taco seasoning.
- Garlic powder and onion powder- for a little savory flavor.
- Salt- just a pinch.
- Cayenne pepper- optional for more spice.
- Taco Bell nacho cheese dip- to serve with.
By the way, if you love french fries as much as I do, you'll definitely want to check out my McDonald's french fries recipe next!
How To Make Taco Bell Nacho Fries
Step 1: Season The Fries
First, you'll want to measure out all of your seasonings and put them in a bowl. Then you can whisk the seasoning together until they combine.
Next, you can place the fries in a small bowl and add a few inches of the seasoning over top of the fries. You won't want to use up all of the seasonings here because you'll need some for later on. Anyway, now you can toss the fries in the seasoning until they're fully coated.
Step 2: Fry The Fries
Up next, you'll want to heat 1 inch of oil in a deep skillet. Then once the oil is hot, you can add the fries to the hot skillet and cook them until they're golden brown on all sides and crispy.
While the first batch is frying, prepare a plate by lining it with paper towels. Oh, and you may need to cook the fries in batches depending on how big your skillet is - if you overcrowd the pan, the fries won't be as crispy.
Now, once the fries are golden brown, you'll want to carefully remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon and transfer them to your paper towel-lined plate.
Step 3: Season And Serve
As soon as all of the fries are fried to perfection, you can transfer them to a bowl and add the remaining spices on top. Then you'll want to toss the hot fries to fully coat them again in the spices.
Finally, you can serve these copycat Taco Bell nacho fries with warm nacho cheese sauce on the side for dipping. For loaded fries, serve with a dollop of sour cream, some shredded cheddar cheese, cheese sauce, sliced jalapenos, diced tomatoes, black beans, and seasoned ground beef on top.
How To Store Leftover Fries
This recipe for Taco Bell nacho cheese fries makes about 4 servings, so it should be the perfect amount for a snack any time of day or to eat alongside dinner. Honestly, I wouldn't expect to have many leftovers since they're usually gone before they've even cooled down! But with that said, if you do end up with leftovers, you can store the fries in an airtight container or sealed bag in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Alternatively - and in my opinion, for best results - I recommend freezing your fries. They tend to reheat better this way, and they keep for a lot longer too. To freeze french fries, just transfer 'em to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag and freeze them for up to 10 months.
How To Reheat French Fries
When you're ready to enjoy your Taco Bell french fries again, they're definitely best reheated. The best way to reheat French fries is to use the oven or air fryer. If you're heating the french fries from the fridge, just transfer them to a baking sheet in a single layer and cook them at 425°F for 8-10 minutes, flipping the fries halfway through. And if you're using the air fryer, put them in the air fryer basket and cook at the same temperature but for about 4 minutes.
For crispy frozen fries, you can reheat them straight from the freezer the same way in the oven or air fryer, but just add a few more minutes to each cooking time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Nacho Fries back in 2023?
Yes, Taco Bell recently announced they'd be bringing back the nacho fries as a permanent part of the menu in 2023. But you don't have to wait until then to have them, thanks to this copycat Taco Bell nacho fries recipe!
How long will Nacho Fries be at Taco Bell?
Supposedly, Taco Bell nacho fries will become a permanent fixture on the menu, though, at this time, they're not currently on the menu.
Is Taco Bell still making Nacho Fries?
Taco Bell is still making nacho fries, though they've only been available seasonally. They're usually on the menu during summertime and then taken off the menu for the rest of the year.
More Copycat Recipes
If this Taco Bell nacho fries recipe has you craving more copycat recipes, we've got you covered! Check out all of these easy copycat recipes:
- Taco Bell Mexican pizza
- Taco Bell chicken quesadilla
- Panera broccoli cheese soup
- Taco Bell grilled cheese burrito
- Chipotle steak
- Best beef nachos recipe
- Moe's queso
- Chick fil a chicken nuggets
- Chick fil a mac and cheese
- 1lb. Frozen fries
- 2 tablespoon paprika powder
- 2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Salt, to taste
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
- To serve with; taco bell nacho cheese dip
- Combine seasonings in a bowl and set them aside.
- Place the fries in a small bowl and add a few inches of the seasoning over the fries. Toss to coat them.
- Heat 1 inch of oil in a skillet.
- Add the fries and cook, in batches, until they are golden brown.
- Remove the fries from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels.
- Transfer the fries to a bowl, and add the remaining spices. Toss the fries well and serve warm with Taco Bell nacho cheese dip.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g