Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Taco Bell Nacho Fries are deliciously seasoned with Mexican spices and served with creamy cheese sauce. So if you love the crispy texture of the fries, bold seasoning, and warm nacho cheese sauce, you must make this copycat recipe.

overhead view of homemade Taco Bell nacho fries and cheese sauce

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Best Fusion of Fries and Nachos

Were you ever forced to choose between ordering french fries or nachos? No one should have to make such a heart-wrenching decision. But don’t worry. Taco Bell has your back with their one-of-a-kind Nacho Fries.

If you are a Taco Bell fan, you know how the Taco Bell menu has many items that are shared only for a limited time. Warmed with this copycat recipe, you can make your own beloved nacho fries box anytime!

Get the Right Fries and the Rest Will Follow

Sorry. This is one recipe where your gourmet, hand-cut, homemade fries won’t work. So save them for another time and get a big bag of Ore-Ida Extra Crispy FAST FOOD FRIES®. If you can’t find them in your local supermarket, look for another brand of “extra crispy” frozen fries. Whatever you do, don’t settle for regular frozen fries. They won’t have the crunchy exterior needed to stand up to the cheesy sauce.

Once you get the french fries home, use it if you are lucky enough to have a deep fryer. Really. It is so worth any extra fat and calories. However, if you don’t have a deep fryer, then sure, you can use the oven, but know you’ll lose a lot of the texture that makes the recipe unique.

As a lower-fat alternative to deep-frying, you can use an air fryer if you have one. You can even try “double frying” the french fries. First, cook the frozen french fries in a preheated air fryer for 10 minutes at 360 degrees. Let the fries cool for at least 30 minutes, then cook them in a preheated air fryer at 400 degrees for 6 minutes.

The Secret Taco Bell Cheese Sauce

This spicy nacho sauce beats any cheese sauce in a can. Don’t try to save a few minutes by using ready-made nacho sauce when making it fresh is simple and much better!

While the recipe calls for using slices of American cheese, buying a block of processed mild-tasting cheese costs less and works just as well if you cut it into small pieces before melting. Whether you choose the original Taco Bell nacho cheese sauce route and use orange cheese is up to you.

Taco Bell Nacho Fries Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Frozen Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Fast Food Fries
  • Salted butter
  • Salt
  • Whole milk
  • Deli American cheese or Kraft American Cheese Deluxe slices
  • Tabasco Jalapeno Green Sauce or liquid from jarred pickled jalapeno slices
  • Paprika 
  • Chili powder 
  • Garlic powder 
  • Onion powder 
Taco Bell Nacho Fries ingredients

How to Make Taco Bell Nacho Fries

  1. If you have a spice grinder or a mini food processor, process salt, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder to finely grind them.
  2. If not, combine the seasonings in a bowl.
homemade Taco Bell nacho fries seasoning in a bowl
  1. Place butter, salt, milk, American cheese, and jalapeno sauce in a saucepan.
homemade Taco Bell nacho fries cheese sauce ingredients in a pan
  1. Heat on low, occasionally stirring, until the cheese melts.
homemade Taco Bell cheese sauce in a pan
  1. Deep fry the fries according to the package instructions.
deep frying French fries in a pot
  1. Liberally season the fries with the spice blend as soon as you remove them from the oil.
nacho seasoned fries on paper towels
  1. Serve nacho fries with cheese sauce.
homemade Taco Bell nacho fries and a bowl of cheese sauce

Tips for Making and Serving Taco Bell Nacho Fries

  • Add a few toppings. Plain nachos are good, but loaded nachos are great. Dress those fries with sliced jalapenos, diced onions, a dollop of sour cream, and guacamole.
  • Toast those spices. Heat a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Pour in the spice mixture and stir slowly with a wooden spatula until you can smell them. Put the spices directly into a spice grinder and grind them into the consistency of talcum powder.
  • They were tossing hot fries with the fry seasoning. Toss one portion of hot fries in a large metal bowl with a tablespoon of the fry seasoning mixture. Grab the fries and shake them over the bowl to remove excess seasoning before serving.
  • Take this recipe to the next level by turning this into a 7-Layer nacho fries by adding extra toppings like hot sauce, black beans, low-fat sour cream, cheddar cheese, seasoned ground beef, and other toppings.

Check out our other french fry recipes on YouTube!

Frequently asked questions

Are nacho fries vegan?

No, they are not vegan; they are vegetarian. You can use vegan queso and make them at home.

Did Taco Bell discontinue nacho fries?

Taco Bell has not discontinued its famous nacho fries, but they do appear for limited limes only. So be patient; just the McRib will make a return appearance.

Are nacho fries made from potatoes?

Yes, nacho fries are made from potatoes. They are made from French fried potatoes.

homemade Taco Bell Nacho Fries and cheese sauce on a plate

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homemade Taco Bell Nacho Fries and cheese sauce on a plate

Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Enjoy Taco Bell Nacho fries when you make them at home.
4.97 from 62 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Taco Bell Nacho Fries
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 688kcal


Taco Bell Nacho Cheese

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 8 ounces American cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Tobasco Jalapeno sauce or juice from a jar of jalapeno slices for nachos

French Fry Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder like McCormick's
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder do not use garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder do not use onion salt

French Fries

  • 1 pound Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Frozen Fast Food Fries
  • vegetable oil for frying


Seasoning blend instructions

  • If you have a spice grinder or a mini food processor, process spices to grind them more finely, if not, skip this step. Store spice blend in a salt shaker or another shaker. You will have some left over, you can use this for tacos, or another batch of fries.

Taco Bell Nacho Cheese Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a small pot, heat on low until the cheese melts, stir to combine.

French Fries Instructions

  • Fill a large pot with enough vegetable oil to fill the pot 4 inches deep. Heat the oil to 350 degrees.
  • Cook the fries for 6 to 8 minutes or until crispy. Remove fries from the oil and place on a wire rack that is resting on a baking sheet, and sprinkle liberally with the seasoning blend.

How to assemble and serve

  • Place some of the fries onto an individual serving plate, and then serve with a small bowl of cheese sauce.



Calories: 688kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 2715mg | Potassium: 707mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2545IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 651mg | 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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Reader Interactions


  1. Nacho fry lover

    The tacobell nacho fries have a hint of sweetness to them, almost like the Zaxby’s seasoning. People always swear its purely seasoning salt, but the restaurants doing it right always have that hint of sweet/tang at the end of the salt. Its why I enjoy taco bells nacho fries so much.
    I’ve been to a franchise that clearly just ran out and were using more generic fry seasoning or salt and it was noticeably different and worse. But the other Taco Bells tasted right ( across multiple cities)

  2. Roselyn

    3 stars
    The fries were okay, but didn’t taste like the tacobell ones at all and I followed the recipe right down to grinding the spices. I’d call it just nacho fry recipe than a tacobell copykat.

    • P J Keenum

      Johnie, at what temp. & for how long did you air fry the fries? I don’t like frying anything if I can cook it another way.

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