Taco Bell Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes

Taco Bell Cheesy Fiesta potatoes were a much-loved menu item that was recently discontinued from the Taco Bell menu. You can enjoy these crispy golden potatoes topped with cheese and a dollop of sour cream in no time at all when you make them fresh at home. So Taco Bell fans can rejoice when they make these savory potatoes!

two bowls of homemade Taco Bell Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes bowls


What makes these potatoes so good?

This is one of the most popular Taco Bell copycat recipes because these crispy potatoes are seasoned perfectly. The potato cubes are topped with low-fat sour cream and a deliciously creamy cheese sauce.

Why you should try this recipe

You are in the right place if you want to recreate this simple recipe. This is a great menu item to recreate if you are looking for a hearty meatless meal. So enjoy the return of their beloved potatoes when you prepare this recipe!

Picking the Right Potato

It all starts with the perfect potato. There are tons of different types, but for cheesy Fiesta potatoes, keep things simple and go with the standard Russet potato.

Russet potatoes are ideal because they have high-starch content, thick skins, and mild flavor. The starch helps Russets develop a crispy, even-colored crust when fried, and the mild taste does not overpower any of the other seasoning flavors.

If you are someone who chooses to leave the skin on the potatoes (and you really should be that kind of person since much of the nutrition is in the potato peel), you will find the skin of the Russet doesn’t get soggy or fall apart when fried.

No Russets at home? There is no need to make a special trip to the store. The second best choice is an Idaho potato, but any starchy variety will do.

Almost Endless Versatility

A cheesy potato bowl is just the beginning. Fill a bowl with lettuce or rice and add the seasoned potato bites, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and any of your favorite Mexican salad toppings. Grab a fork and enjoy delicious fiesta bowls!

Taco Bell Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes make a great vegetarian replacement for meat in any number of Mexican dishes.

With enough spices and toppings like cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, and hot sauce, even the most diehard carnivore won’t mind that the beef or chicken is missing. And no one ever said you couldn’t add cheesy potatoes to regular burritos or make spicy potato tacos. Let your creativity go wild!

Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you will need:

  • Russet potatoes 
  • All-purpose flour 
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Oil for frying
  • Canned nacho cheese 
  • Sour cream

Optional toppings: Guacamole, chopped onions, and shredded cheese.

Taco Bell Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes ingredients

How to Make Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes

  1. Wash and peel potatoes.
  2. Cut potatoes into ½-inch to ¾-inch cubes.
  3. Rinse potatoes off, and pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Prepare seasoned flour for potatoes by combining flour, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a medium-sized bowl. 
seasoning mix for Taco Bell Fiesta potatoes in a bowl
  1. Drop the cubed potatoes into the flour and toss to coat well.
  2. Shake off excess seasoned flour before placing the coated potatoes into the deep fryer.
  3. Deep fry the potatoes for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown.
fried Fiesta seasoned potatoes on a baking sheet
  1. Remove cooked potatoes from the fryer and drain on a wire rack over a baking sheet.
  2. Top the spicy potatoes with nacho cheese sauce and sour cream.
  3. Garnish the Taco Bell potatoes with a sprinkle of cilantro, green onions, or scallions if desired.
bowls of homemade Taco Bell Fiesta potatoes topped with nacho cheese and sour cream

Tips for Making and Storing Taco Bell Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes

  • Store Fiesta potatoes in the fridge. Place them in an air-tight container or plastic ziptop bag. Leftover potatoes should be good to eat for a few days after making them, but they will never have the crunch of fresh ones.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan when frying the potatoes. Potatoes that are too close together will steam and never develop a good crunch.
  • You can reheat the potatoes in an air fryer. Place them in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Air fry at 325°F for 3 minutes or until warmed.
  • You can reheat the potatoes in the oven. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 5 to 10 minutes.

Say ‘Hello’ Again to the Taco Bell Potato Griller

If you never had a Taco Bell Potato Griller at the restaurant, you haven’t lost your chance to try this crunchy vegetarian wrap. It is a snap to make. All you need is the Fiesta potatoes from the recipe below, nacho sauce, sour cream, and some flour tortillas. Here’s how to make cheesy potato grillers:

  1. Put the tortilla on the counter. Spoon about a cup of Fiesta potatoes on the bottom third of the tortilla. Using room-temperature potatoes makes assembling easier. Make sure that the potatoes are at least an inch from the bottom and sides. Add nacho sauce and sour cream on top of the potatoes.
  2. Fold the sides of the tortilla in about an inch on both sides. Start rolling from the bottom and make sure the filling is completely enclosed.
  3. Place a pan over medium-low heat. Let it heat up, and then place the wrap with the seam-side down in the pan. Cook until the bottom begins to color — about 3 minutes. If it colors too quickly, turns down the heat. Flip and repeat.
  4. Let the Taco Bell Potato Griller cool slightly before cutting on a slight diagonal and serving.

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Taco Bell Fiesta Potatoes

Taco Bell Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes are crispy, spicy, and topped with nacho cheese and sour cream. Get the easy copycat recipe to make them at home.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Taco Bell Fiesta Potatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 405kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 8 ounces canned cheese sauce
  • 4 ounces sour cream

Instructions

  • Wash and peel potatoes.  Cut potatoes into ½ inch to ¾ inch cubes.  Rinse potatoes off, and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Heat oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare seasoned flour for potatoes by combining flour, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Drop potato chunks into the flour, and coat well.  Shake off excess seasoned flour before placing into the deep fryer.
  •  Deep fry for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown.  Remove potatoes from the fryer, and drain on wire rack.
  • Heat cheese sauce, pour 2 ounces of cheese sauce over potatoes, and top with 1 ounce of sour cream.

Notes

You can also top these with guacamole, chopped onions, and shredded cheese.

Equipment

Deep fryer

Nutrition

Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 1002mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 594IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Comments

  1. Jackie

    5 stars
    These were sooo good! They were gone in minutes so I’m thinking I need to double the recipe. Will the cooking time go up or should I fry to separate batches?

  2. Ginger

    5 stars
    Delicious! I left the skins on my potatoes and they were nice and crispy on the outside and soft inside. The kids loved them.

  3. Taylor

    Could I make these in the air fryer? Possibly toss with olive oil first then coat in seasoning. I might just try it!

  4. Nicole Lavallee

    5 stars
    These taste Just like the fiesta potatoes! Thank you for this recipe, I literally made them 10 days in a row lol 😂 They are also quick to make which is awesome. Thank you!

  5. Katie

    5 stars
    Dare I say that these are even better than the ones at the ever so popular fast food joint? I love that I can tweak the spices to make it spicier or not so much depending on who I’m making them for.

  6. wilhelmina

    5 stars
    These potatoes are really delish! I was sad that Taco Bell took them away and I love being able to make them at home!

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