Bacon Ranch Air Fryer French Fries

Bacon Ranch Air Fryer French Fries

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Air fryer french fries are the bee’s knees, cats pajamas, and everything in between. They’re crispy, crunchy, and virtually fat free. With normal fries the fat that’s used to fry the potatoes leaves you with a high calorie side all on its own. Add ketchup and you’ve got yourself an absolute calorie bomb. Delicious, no doubt, but difficult to squeeze into a healthy diet.

The beauty of air fryer french fries is that you have a ton of room to play with when it comes to toppings and condiments. Plain ol’ french fries and ketchup is a force to be reckoned with. But when we’re talking about loading french fries up with bacon, cheddar cheese, and lathering all that in ranch, that’s next level.

bacon ranch fries on a cutting board with potatoes

These bacon ranch air fryer french fries are big enough that they should probably be shared with a friend. Let’s say you’re a growing boy or girl like myself, however, and decide to eat the entire thing on your own. They’ll only cost you 378 calories and provide 23 grams of protein in the process. For the sake of comparison, a medium Waffle fries from Chick Fil A has 360 calories and only 5 grams of protein.

Good luck replicating their customer service though.

How to Make Air Fryer French Fries

For this recipe, I used the 5.2L XL Air Fryer from Simple Living Products which they were kind enough to send me. You can check this air fryer out on Amazon here. If you’re using a different air fryer for the recipes below, know that times may vary slightly.

air fryer french fries in the air fryer

Like I mentioned in my initial air fryer recipes roundup, there can be a bit of trial and error involved with air frying. But once you have a recipe pinned down, you’re good to go.

Beyond the air fryer, you really won’t need much else. There are only three primary ingredients for the fries—potatoes, bacon, and cheese. For the optional ranch dipping sauce, you’ll only need Greek yogurt and ranch dip seasoning. So, five ingredients total.

If you wanted to season your fries a bit more, you could use some of the spice blends in the fries recipes at the bottom of this post or check out my air fryer potato chips recipes. 

I don’t have many ingredient notes for you that I haven’t included in the actual recipe notes section below. Though if you’re curious about how to cut potatoes for french fries, you might find the video below helpful.

How to Cut a Potato for French Fries

There are probably a million ways to do this, but the video below demonstrates how I like to do it. The video also goes through the entire recipe in case you have any questions about a step in the recipe.

 

That’s about all ya need to know for these air fryer french fries. It’s a simple recipe, and I’ve probably said too much already in true food blog fashion. 

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Bacon Ranch Air Fryer French Fries

How to make crispy air fryer french fries with bacon, cheddar, and homemade low calorie ranch dipping sauce.

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer french fries
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 190 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 2 (300g) Russet Potatoes thinly sliced
  • 1/4 C (28g) Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar
  • 2 slices Cooked Bacon I used Al Fresco chicken bacon from Walmart
  • 1/8 tsp Salt and Pepper to taste

Ranch Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 C (57g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt plain
  • 1/4 tsp Ranch Dip Mix up to 1/2 tsp to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the potatoes into fries and add to the air fryer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (You can also toss the fries in seasoning in a large bowl before adding for optimal coating.)

  2. Cook at 400 for 10-12 minutes. (Time depends on air fryer and size of potato slices. I will say I've cooked them for 15 minutes without any burning if you like extra crispy.)

  3. When the fries are as crispy as you’d like, top with diced bacon and cheddar before going back in the air fryer for 3-4 minutes.

  4. Mix the Greek yogurt and ranch dip for topping or dipping.

Recipe Notes

  • Each serving has 7 Smart Points.
  • For creamier ranch dipping sauce, add 1-2 Tbsp light mayo to the Greek yogurt and ranch dip mix.
  • Feel free to swap the chicken bacon for pork bacon, turkey bacon, or even raw bacon. If you'd like to learn how to cook raw bacon in the microwave to keep this recipe simple, check out this guide to microwaving bacon
  • There are also fat free cheddar products out there with half the calories of reduced fat cheddar. This would save you 45 calories and 4-5 grams of fat for the entire recipe. 
Nutrition Facts
Bacon Ranch Air Fryer French Fries
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Protein 11g22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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More Air Fryer Fries Recipes You Might Like

If you’ve ever tried the fries from Wingstop, you’ll be thrilled to hear there’s a healthier way to make them. Check out my copycat Wingstop fries recipe

how to make wingstop fries

And for another fast food copycat, check out my Taco Bell Nacho Fries copycat recipe.

two nacho fries dipped in a low calorie cheese dip over a white plate with more fries



3 thoughts on “Bacon Ranch Air Fryer French Fries”

  • My husband is one of those people who can whatever he wants and still be thin, meanwhile I inhale too much air and gain 5 pounds LOL. So healthy changes have been SO much easier and tastier following all of Mathew’s recipes especially Takes on classics like these that don’t feel like you’re giving anything up. And easier on myself not having to make a separate dinner because everyone loves these!!! Hands down so delicious and crispy and the air fryer is a must have item!

    • You could! It definitely gets them a bit crispier. But with “loaded” fries like these, I think it’s almost better to have the thicker cut, slightly softer fries.

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