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nacho fries

I made these on a whim last week and knew they needed to be repeated + documented for your eating pleasure.

And ours.

Meet my new favorite way to cut potatoes for baked fries.  In the past week I’ve made fries 3 times.  You must try cutting them this way.  Typically, I try to cut them in and actual fry shape but this method gives them a thicker, heartier texture while also maintaining a golden brown crispiness.

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Well, the sweet taters aren’t quite as crispy.  They’re just softer by nature when baked. 

nacho fries | edible perspective

So back to last week.

I was on night 2 in a row of making fries and on night 0 of making nachos.

While they baked I whipped up a bean, corn, pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, etc. mixture on the stovetop.  Then, I piled the fries high, layered them with cheese, and spooned the mixture on top.

Broil + done.

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Or, skip the cheese and pile on avocado + baby heirloom tomatoes.

Or, a million other variations…

salsa, greek yogurt, hot sauce, ketchup, nacho cheeze sauce, guacamole, etc.

Hmmm…I’m thinking a sunny side up egg would be spectacular on top.  But when am I not thinking that?

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Print this!

Nacho Fries [serves 3-4]

  • 4 medium sized sweet or russet potatoes
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sallt
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne [optional]
  • shredded cheese [optional]

Black Bean Topping

  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 medium bell pepper, seeded + chopped
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 small can mild green chiles
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • black pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 425* and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. [If you don’t have parchment, lightly grease your pans.]
  2. Slice your potatoes lengthwise in half.  Lay on its flat side and cut slices lengthwise about 1/8-1/4” thick.
  3. Mix spices together in a small bowl.
  4. Place potatoes in a large bowl and toss with oil and spices until evenly coated.
  5. Bake for about 35-40min total, flipping once at 20 minutes.  Check at 35 minutes and bake until they’re done to your liking.
  6. While baking, heat a pan over medium and add the oil.
  7. Once hot add in the pepper and onion, stirring for about 5-7 minutes until starting to soften.
  8. Add in the garlic and spices and stir for 30 seconds.
  9. Mix in the corn [fresh or frozen] and black beans.
  10. Let cook about 5-7 minutes, stirring a few times.
  11. Stir in the green chiles for 1-2 minutes until hot.
  12. Remove fries from the oven and turn your broiler on low.
  13. Make piles with the fries on the parchment paper.  Layer with cheese and the been mixture or just the bean mixture.  Add any other toppings you want to be hot.  I typically make 1 layer of fries, then the beans, then cheese, then repeat with a little extra bean mixture on top.
  14. Place the pan on the top rack and broil, watching carefully, for 2-4 minutes until the cheese is bubbly.
  15. Top however you like: avocado, guacamole, greek yogurt, sour cream, tomatoes, hot sauce, salsa, ketchup, eggs, etc.

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I just wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU ALL for your congrats and well wishes with the book!  I tried to respond to as many of you as possible and answer any questions you had.  Your comments left me grinning all weekend long and even more excited than before to start this project.  As I briefly mentioned things are about to get crazy from now until early December.  My blogging may be a little more sporadic so thank you in advance for hanging with me!  I will keep you updated on the doughnut front and also share a few new recipes that will appear in the book.

Thank you again.


Reader Comments (27)

Nacho fries using sweet potatoes? Genious! And I do especially love the idea of the black bean topping. What an amazing vegan treat - or even meal this is. Who says nachos have to be greasy and unhealthy?
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKsenija
Yum! This makes for one tasty meal or snack! I always mix sweet potatoes and black beams together for a sort of southwestern taste. They are a match made in heaven.
I love this idea! I too used to make my fry shapes smaller, but recently when I make fries I make them into bigger cuts, and I love them. I love how creative you were with your toppings!
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Great idea on cutting fries that way. I've been enjoying a sweet potato every day for the past... oh, 2 months maybe? So I am 100% confident when I say: I'm TOTALLY trying this recipe tonight!
@Ksenija - Yes, we definitely ate these for a meal!

@Christina - Sweet potatoes and black beans are one of my favorite combos!

@Liz - Glad I'm not the only one who likes the thick cut fries!
August 20, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
Ashley you just combined my two favorite worlds: "fries" and mexican food! This is absolutely amazing and I now wish the farmer's market was open today instead of tomorrow so I could buy some potatoes from him :)
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina
Oh wow, these look amazing! They would be awesome with a beer (or as hangover food :))
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill in Chicago
Yum! Those are the classic cut for steak fries! My favorite.
Oh my gosh! Why have I never thought of this? I'm totally recreating this ASAP!!
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkim@hungryhealthygirl
This reminds me of poutine! Yummmm.
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
This made me crave potatoes! I love them but haven't made them for too long. That is changing tonight :)
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
We make baked fries pretty frequently--but I don't think we've ever topped them with nacho fixings! Clearly I must remedy this ASAP. :)
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
Yeahhh, I would probably spoon that black bean topping over pretty much anything. Sounds amazing!
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
I've been so hungry for chips & guac, but have been resisting because I always wind up eating way too many chips. This is a perfect solution! I looooooove crisp baked potato fries, but never thought to turn them into nachos!
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarissa
Baked fries are the best! Especially when they're thick cut like these. I love the nacho topping idea too! Black beans and sweet potatoes are so good together.
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
You've combined two of my favorite guilty pleasures!
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ Savory Simple
Holy cow, this looks AMAZING!! I absolutely love sweet potatoes and I'm so happy that sweet potato season is right around the corner! I will definitely be buying some next time I get groceries so I can try this dish :)
Baked fries are my favorite. FAVORITE. I could literally eat them every day for the rest of my life and not be sick of them. Let's get together - you bring the fries, I'll bring the ice cream ;)
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshlae | Oh, ladycakes
Nachos are so easy to make (but nevertheless delicious!), but these nacho fries take it to a whole new level! ...and you're right, the toppings are endless. I'll take extra olives and jalapenos on mine, please! :)

P.S. I'm SO envious that you're writing a book, I've always wanted to write a book! All jealousy aside, congratulations!!! I'm a fairly new reader to Edible Perspective, but I am so happy for you! Make sure you share the release date when you get it, I'm sure many of us would love to buy a copy!
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon
@Carissa - Haha, I often have the same problem. This is so much more satiating and fills you up pretty quickly...unlike tortilla chips which I can chow down on like nobodies business.

@Jen - Win! :)

@Rachel - Not sure I've come across local sweet potatoes around here. I'll have to hunt a little more and see if I can find them.

@Ashlae - You've got yourself a deal, my dear.

@Brandon - Thanks for the congratulations and for saying hello!
August 20, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
i've been waiting all day just to say, "NOT-CHO FRIES!"

lame, i know. just couldn't help myself!
August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)
Those look so good. Your blog is making me hungry :-)
August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan@eatmybeets
First time commenting here! I have been following your blog for a while and have tried many of your recipes (all of which I love). I had to get on here and say that these nacho fries are amazing!!! Everyone in my house loved them including my 5 year old and 18 month old...always a plus. I wish I create things like this "on a whim"!!
August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAudra
This is one of my favorite dinners!! I often make it twice a week....and it is fantastic with a sunny side up egg on top!! :)
August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSydney
Oh my goodness! I made this for my husband and myself for dinner tonight, and it was the best dinner in the history of dinners. I love these fries! I also threw some of the black bean mix into a tortilla with some cheese and leftover taco-spiced TVP and it made a wicked awesome burrito. I can't wait for lunch tomorrow. Thank you for this recipe! I'm composing a list of friends I'm going to share it with...
August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara PJ
Those nacho fries look absolutely amazing; I could eat them all day. Unfortunately for me I have high blood pressure so I need to watch what I eat. To keep my blood pressure down I use MegaRed ( to keep my heart in check so I can eat more yummy foods like those delicious looking nacho fries.
September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephen
These were awesome!
April 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

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