Fiesta Fries

Tired of the same old tacos? Looking to give fries a new life? Then try these Fiesta Fries for dinner or at your next party.

A layout of beef, fries and toppings for Fiesta Fries.

With the holidays behind us, I was ready to just relax on this Mitten Movie Night and make something super easy. These Fiesta Fries were on the table in less than 20 minutes and took ALL THE STUFF I LOVE IN TACOS and loads it on top of crispy french fries.

What TV show pairs well with loaded french fries and beer?

I am on the third episode of Escape At Dannemora. If you are into compelling dramas that are based on actual events, then this show is for you.

Patricia Arquette’s character is really one of the most complex I’ve seen in a long time. You want to hate her. You want to feel sorry for her. I can see why she’s up for awards for this role.

What beer pairs well with Fiesta Fries?

The beer: Tiny Bomb American Pilsner from Wiseacre Brewing Co.

We purchased this while we were on our trip to Nashville in November. This beer was very similar to my favorite type of blonde ale just slightly less sweet. Gave me a serious summertime vibe even in the middle of winter.

Fiesta fries on a plate ready to eat.

Like most people, I’m sure either you asked for an Instant Pot or an Air Fryer for Christmas this year. I asked for the later and have to admit I am so happy I did! For this recipe, I used it to make my fries nice and crispy.

How do you make crispy french fries in the air fryer?

According to my air fryer users guide frozen french fries should be cooked at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

I used this as a start but went 10 minutes at 400 degrees, taking out the basket and shaking, then cooking for another 10 minutes. They turned out perfect! (Fries go great with PB&J Burgers, Michigan Hot Dogs or Roast Beef Sandwiches)

French fries that have been made in an air fryer.

How to make Fiesta Fries:

Next, make the beef with green chili enchilada sauce for the topping on the fries.

Start by browning 1 pound of 80/20 beef with 1/4 cup green onions. Save the green ends for garnish. 

Once the beef is cooked all the way through add the green chili enchilada sauce. Heat through.

Ground beef and green chile enchilada sauce.

For toppings I made avocado ranch dressing, cheese, tomatoes, the rest of the green onions, and jalapenos. I then drizzled with taco sauce. It worked so well with the cooling effect of the avocado ranch.

Fiesta fries on a plate ready to eat.

The nice thing about these fries are they are PERFECT for parties, especially the Super Bowl coming up. Set everything up and let guests load them up as they like.

And here you are…..

Fiesta fries on a plate ready to eat.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Fiesta Fries
Fiesta Fries have green chili enchilada beef, avocado ranch dressing, and spicy taco sauce piled on top of crispy french fries.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Fiesta Fries | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Make the french fries according to package directions or made to air fryer specifications.
  2. Brown 1 pound of 80/20 beef with 1/4 cup green onions. Save the green ends for garnish.
  3. Once the beef is cooked all the way through add the green chili enchilada sauce. Heat through.
  4. Top with avocado ranch dressing, cheese, tomatoes, the rest of the green onions, and jalapenos. Drizzle with taco sauce. Enjoy!

Pesto Fries

Want an out of this world french fry recipe for when you’re craving something salty and crunchy?  Pesto Fries are drizzled with a buttery pesto sauce then sprinkled with cheese.  The perfect snack or side to any main dish.

Pesto Fries on a plate ready to eat!

Who doesn’t love a big pile of hot, crispy french fries?  They are like a really great little black dress, they go with everything and can be dressed up with a few accessories.  The ‘accessories’ for these fries happen to be a delicious pesto sauce that is drizzled on then baked in.  Sprinkle with some cheese and you’ve got a great dish for this Mitten Movie Night.

This recipe is inspired by a hot dog food truck that we had dinner from at our local energy cooperative customer appreciation day.  I was sad that I didn’t get the name of it because if I had, I probably would be following it like a Grateful Dead groupie.

While waiting in line to order the smell coming out of the food truck was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  Once I was up to the window I ordered a bacon-wrapped hot dog and for the side, pesto fries.  They came out piping hot and loaded with pesto, cheese and tasted even better than I expected.

I locked the flavors away in my mind and knew that like most wonderful things I eat, I had to come home and recreate this Pesto Fries recipe and pair it with some great craft beer.

What movie or TV show pairs well with fries and beer?

I’m sure you have probably heard of a little show that is sweeping the horror scene called, The Haunting of Hill House.  While Halloween is over this show will keep you in the creeps for a long time.  My recommendation when you start watching is to plan for a binge session because you will NOT be able to turn away.

What beer pairs well with Pesto Fries?

The beer: Sunspot Hefeweizen Ale from Greenbush Brewing Company. 

This beer was in a mixed 6 pack of Michigan beers that my husband picked up at one of his favorite beer store in Southwest Michigan.

Pesto Fries on a pan ready to eat!

What makes a Hefeweizen a great beer to pair food with?

This German beer is a drinkable beer that pairs well with nearly everything.  It’s light and drinkable and you can enjoy it while you fill up on delicious food, not the beer.

Better yet, Hefeweizen has a fruity, lemony appeal so it may lend as a little breath refresher for all the garlic on these Pesto Fries.

How to make Pesto Fries:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees or to the temperature that is on the package of fries.

On a sheet place parchment paper.  Spread the whole bag of frozen french fries to the pan in a single layer.

Cook according to package directions, mine took about 30 minutes flipping halfway through.

Frozen fries ready to cook.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking, make the pesto sauce to go on top.

In a heatproof cup or glass measuring cup melt the butter.

To the melted butter add the minced garlic.

Ingredients and steps to make pesto sauce for pesto fries.

Add the prepared pesto sauce.

Finally, pour in the olive oil.  Stir to combine completely.

Take the french fries out the of the oven and pour the pesto sauce over the fries.  Put back into the oven for 5 minutes.

Take out and serve individually with parmesan-romano cheese sprinkled on it.

Looking for a dish to serve with Pesto Fries?

And here you are……

Pesto Fries on a plate ready to eat!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Pesto Fries

Crispy fries smothered in a buttery pesto sauce, sprinkled with parmesan-romano cheese. Pesto Fries make a great snack or side for burgers and sandwiches.

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

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Ingredients

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients

Pesto Fries | Bottom Left of the Mitten


Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees or to the temperature that is on the package of fries.

  2. On a sheet place parchment paper. Spread the whole bag of frozen french fries to the pan in a single layer.

  3. Cook according to package directions, mine took about 30 minutes flipping halfway through.

  4. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, make the pesto sauce to go on top.

  5. In a heatproof cup or glass measuring cup melt the butter.

  6. To the melted butter add the minced garlic.

  7. Add the prepared pesto sauce.

  8. Finally, pour in the olive oil. Stir to combine completely.

  9. Take the french fries out the of the oven and pour the pesto sauce over the fries. Put back into the oven for 5 minutes.

  10. Take out and serve individually with parmesan-romano cheese sprinkled on it. Enjoy!

Wing Sauce Sliders

Crispy chicken is slathered in two different kinds of wing sauce then put on top of soft slider buns and topped with a crunchy Blue Cheese sauce.  Wing Sauce Sliders have all the things you love about wings on a slider!

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I’ll be upfront right now. And this may make me unpopular but for a long time, I couldn’t even smell Buffalo Wing Sauce. In fact, it’s been over a decade that even looking at the sauce would give me chills. Flashback 2003….my husband had just won Virginia’s Strongest Man. We actually had friends in the area so we went out and celebrated afterward at a local wing place. Well, let’s just say that I ‘Celebrated’ a little too much **insert you shaking your head here because most of us have ‘been there’**.

But I can FINALLY say that after my pregnancy with my youngest my taste buds must have been awakened because I craved spicy stuff constantly and have been on the Wing Sauce bandwagon ever since. I’m like ‘Let’s put it on everything!’ Just like I do with these Wing Sauce Sliders.

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Not only have my tastes changed over the years but my entertainment habits have too.  Now instead of going out and getting crazy I much prefer staying at home and spending Mitten Movie Nights making a great meal and pairing it with some great beer while watching some great entertainment.  Ok, now on to the food!

How to make Wing Sauce Sliders:

First, prepare the chicken. Cut the pieces down to size for as many sliders as you are expecting to prepare. After cutting them into as many pieces as you have buns (I had 12) pound them out with a mallet to thin them out. This helps to tenderize them and you don’t have to cook them as long so they turn out a little juicer.

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How to make Wing Sauce Sliders:

Add vegetable oil to the pan. I usually use about 1/2 cup. Bring oil to a temperature that will ‘fry’ the chicken breasts. You can test by adding a little of the dredging mixture and see if it sizzles.

While that is heating up put 1/2 cup flour onto a plate. Dredge the chicken so it is coated on all sides of the chicken. Test to see if oil is hot enough. If it is, add chicken to pan.  Cook first side around 6-8 minutes–DO NOT TOUCH IT once it’s in the oil. I’m telling you, you want the crunchy part of this chicken to stay intact because it’s delicious and you will ruin it if you mess with it. Ok, rant over :’)

Flip over (again, only 1 time) and cook another 6-8 minutes. Remove from pan and let drain on paper towel.

While your chicken is cooking make up the sauces to go with these.

How to make Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce:

Mix all the ingredients together in a covered bowl. Once the chicken is cooked take the amount of you want to have the Garlic Parmesan sauce on it and add to bowl with the combined sauce.

Cover & shake. Go ahead and get your arm workout for the day.

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For the Buffalo Wing sliders just take some Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce and add it to a covered bowl.

Just like with the Garlic Parmesan sauce shake the daylights out of it until the sauce covers all parts of the chicken.

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How to make Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce:

The topper for these sliders is a Blue Cheese Sauce that is a perfect combination with the bite of the cheese, creaminess and then the crunch of the celery.  The perfect topping!

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Put chicken onto your slider buns. Viola!

Take your sauce & slather it all over the top of your sliders.

Add tomato and lettuce so you get your veggies.

And here you are……

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Originally published May, 2016. Updated photos & recipe.

Garlic Parmesan Sauce adapted from Raining Hot Coupons

Blue Cheese Dressing adapted from Domestic Superhero

 

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Wing Sauce Sliders
Wing Sauce Sliders have crunchy chicken, soft slider buns, two kinds of wing sauce slathered in Wing then topped with Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce.
Wing Sauce Sliders | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sliders
Ingredients
Chicken for Wing Sauce Sliders
Garlic Parmesan Sauce
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sliders
Ingredients
Chicken for Wing Sauce Sliders
Garlic Parmesan Sauce
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce
Wing Sauce Sliders | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Chicken for Wing Sauce Sliders
  1. Add vegetable oil to the pan. Bring oil to a temperature that will 'fry' the chicken breasts.
  2. Dredge the chicken in flour so it is coated on all sides of the chicken. Test to see if oil is hot enough. If it is add chicken to pan.
  3. Cook 6-8 minutes each side. Only turning once.
  4. Remove from pan and let drain on paper towel.
Garlic Parmesan Sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a covered bowl.
  2. Add cooked chicken to covered bowl. Cover & shake.
Buffalo Wing Sauce
  1. Add sauce and cooked chicken to covered bowl. Cover & shake.
Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce
  1. Chop your celery and mix with all other ingredients together.

8 Ways to ‘Celebrate’ for French Fries Day

Thick cut or thin. Dipped or loaded.  Fried or baked.
Time to ‘Celebrate with 8’ for French Fries Day!

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If you’re a true French Fry lover this Antique Pewter French Fries Charm is for you.  You can get it at Michigan based Etsy shop, Bead Barn Supply.  Flaunt your fry love.

Antique Pewter French Fries Charm from beadbarnsupplies

For the serious home fryer try out this Ace Premium French Fry Cutter.  Includes a recipe eBook so you will never run out of crispy ideas.


Have you seen the new technology in fryers?  This DELLA© Electric Air Fryer makes food crispy without the oil.  As someone who is trying to lose weight, this is a great product.


Load up your french fries as I do with smoked beef, toppings then smothered with a delicious cheese sauce.

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If you’re not into naked fries you can serve them with this Copycat Zax Sauce Recipe from Domestic Superhero.  You probably have all the ingredients in your fridge already so why not?

Copycat Zax Sauce Recipe from Domestic Superhero
While it’s extreme there may be a wild & wacky fry lover out there who this French Fry Lip Balm would be a perfect gift for.

I can’t overlook the sweeter side of French Fries so try these Garlic Butter Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Feta Dip from How Sweet It Is.  Sweet & Creamy is a combination that can’t be beaten.

Garlic Butter Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Feta Dip from How Sweet It Is
Now let’s talk loaded fries.  Let’s talk French Fry Nachos from Cake N Knife.  Beef, cheese, beans…I can go on and on how loaded these are so I’ll just leave it up to you to try them.

French Fry Nachos from Cake N Knife
Stock up on spuds. Heat up the fryer or preheat the oven.  Celebrate.

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