Crispy Fries with Cheesy Homemade Cheese Sauce are the ultimate comfort food. They make a delicious side or a quick midnight snack/meal.

There is nothing more addictive than cheese fries. When I eat something fried, I make sure it tastes good so that I know it’s worth the calories and these cheese fries do not disappoint.

Before a friend of mine told me about this recipe, I used to try melting the Cheese in the Microwave but as soon as we started eating it the cheese was already firm and uncheesy.  This nacho cheese stays nice and runny and makes the perfect topping.

What You Will Need

To get started you will need to gather all your ingredients.

The Potatoe: Can you use any type of potatoes you have on hand but russet potatoes typically make the best fries. You can peel them or simply cut them with the skin.

The Milk: For the milk, you can use any type of milk desired. Non-dairy milk such as almond or coconut will also work. For the creamiest sauce, try to use whole milk or milk with a higher fat percentage. Half & Half also works great.

The Cheese: The cheese is the essential part of the cheese sauce. I recommend using cheddar cheese or a blend of cheddar and mozzarella or Italian cheese. Freshly grated cheese is preferred over the pre-shredded cheese because it does not contain anti-caking agents which might make your sauce grainy.

How to Make Nacho Cheese Fries

Start off by peeling and cutting the potatoes into thin strips. You can leave the skin on or off. Next, place them in deep oil at a high temperature until you begin to see golden color then remove the fries from the oil and dry on paper towels or wax paper. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper.

How to Make Cheese Sauce for French Fries

To make cheese sauce for fries, you will need shredded cheese, milk, cornstarch, and seasoning.

While the fries are cooking combine the ingredients for the cheese sauce in a small pot or pan and heat on medium until it begins to simmer.

Mix it so it doesn’t clump up together.

After the sauce has come together, carefully pour into on the fries and top with pickled jalapenos, crumbled bacon, or your favorite toppings!

4 from 5 votes

Homemade Nacho Cheese Fries

Crispy Fries with Cheesy Homemade Cheese Sauce is the ultimate comfort food. They make a delicious side or a quick midnight snack/meal.
Prep10 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Servings 4 people


French Fries

Nacho Cheese Sauce


French Fries

  • Peal and cut the potatoes into 1/2 inch fries then dry on napkin to remove excess water
  • place in boiling oil on high until golden
  • remove from oil onto napkin or cooling rack, sprinkle with salt

Nacho Cheese Sauce

  • Mix all the ingredients in a small sauce pan
  • boil over medium heat while constantly mixing for about 3 minutes until all the cheese is melted and blended well
  • remove from heat and pour over hot fries

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, french fries, nacho
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  1. my sauce looked grainy. l used block cheese and l even used the cheese grader. l was thinking it was the corn starch maybe it was too much but l used the same amount that was in the recipe

  2. I followed every step and my cheese came out so thick. It ended up looking like pieces of chicken when I poured it on my fries. It must have been the cornstarch. Why is cornstarch even added when the purpose of it is to thicken up the something.

  3. Holy Canoli these look amazing! Heading into my pantry to make these for lunch. Thanks for sharing an awesome recipe. If I post about these I’ll make sure to link back to you for my inspiration!

  4. UMM YES! So much YES! I’m all about cheese, and I’m all about fries! My mouth is drooling thanks to you hehe 🙂

    I would love it if you stopped by our Facebook page, and said “hello!”

    Your fan,
    ~Cathy Mini

    1. Drooling is a good sign Cathy! Love your blog 🙂

  5. my mouth is watering just looking at these pics! I always wondering how they make the cheese stay nice and runny in restaurants! Thanks layla. Im def pinning this!

    1. You left out all of the ingredients (seasonings) in addition to the pepper. Clearly you’ve added either cayenne powder or chili powder because there is something red in the bowl,

      1. Hi,
        Something went wrong with the system and the recipes were not showing up. We have the problem fixed now and you should be able to see the recipe above. And yes it does contain paprika and cayenne pepper but that’s optional 🙂