Homemade crispy fries seasoned with chile powder and hit with a dose of lime. Perfect side dish to any Mexican dish or just snacking on!

Welcome to the ultimate crispy baked french fry. These little bad boys are everything a french fry should be. Crispy and crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and loaded up with flavor. These ones just so happen to be seasoned with chile and lime.

Homemade crispy fries seasoned with chile powder and hit with a dose of lime. Perfect side dish to any Mexican dish or just snacking on!

Typically on Saturdays the hubs and I will order out some type of comfort food. This last weekend I just so happened to try out a new Mexican food place and after looking at the photos on Yelp I had to go with the Asada Torta. And you guuuyyysss.  It was so good. So good I’m thinking this weekend should be a repeat.

The only downside? Well, it came with french fries. Which at first I was like, “YEA french fries!” even though I was wanting Mexican food, I am not one to turn down fries. But then I ate a fry. And it was everything a french fry should not be. It was greasy, soft, and…limp. No one wants limp fries.

Enter my mom mode of ‘if I want something done right I gotta do it myself’.

Homemade crispy fries seasoned with chile powder and hit with a dose of lime. Perfect side dish to any Mexican dish or just snacking on!

Enter these homemade crispy baked fries.  And not just any crispy baked fries. These fries are loaded up with chile powder, lime zest and lime juice. Making them the perfect side dish to any Mexican meal, like an asada torta.

The trick to getting these shoestring style curly fries is using a spiralizer.  (This is the kind that I have here. )

Homemade crispy fries seasoned with chile powder and hit with a dose of lime. Perfect side dish to any Mexican dish or just snacking on!

As for getting them crispy, just bake em at a high temperature. And yes, these fries are BAKED. Not fried in oil. Meaning that not only are these healthier, but they are so much easier!

I tried baking these fries straight after cutting them up and did another batch where I soaked the fries to get as much starch off of them before baking as possible. My conclusion: it didn’t make a difference. So to save time, don’t feel bad about not soaking your potatoes prior to baking.

The most important thing you can do to make sure these get as crispy as possible, is to take the care to lay them out in a single layer.  I baked these fries on 2 different pans to keep the fries in a single layer. If they’re piled up on the baking sheet then the fries won’t crisp up, and we’ll be left with the dreaded limp fries.

Homemade crispy fries seasoned with chile powder and hit with a dose of lime. Perfect side dish to any Mexican dish or just snacking on!

And just a word about this wonderful Roasted Jalapeño Dipping Sauce you see in the photos. Divine. That’s it. Just a word.

Ok, maybe a couple more words..

You don’t have to roast the jalapeños, but you should. And you can use more or less based on taste preference. Same with leaving the seeds or discarding. But you should be aware, that as the sauce sits and the ingredients get to know each other in an intimate bonding ritual, the heat will multiply. So just don’t go overboard on the seeds.

Homemade crispy fries seasoned with chile powder and hit with a dose of lime. Perfect side dish to any Mexican dish or just snacking on!

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Homemade crispy fries seasoned with chile powder and hit with a dose of lime. Perfect side dish to any Mexican dish or just snacking on!

Chile Lime Crispy Baked Fries


  • Author: Serene
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Homemade crispy baked fries seasoned with chile powder and hit with a dose of lime. Perfect side dish to any Mexican dish or just snacking on!


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Ingredients

Chile Lime Baked Fries

  • 2 Medium size russet potatoes spiraled (or thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • zest of 1 small lime
  • juice from 1 lime

Roasted Jalapeno Dipping Sauce

  • 4 jalapeños cut in half and deseeded
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about half a lemon)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream


Instructions

Chile Lime Baked Fries

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spray 2 large baking sheets with non stick baking spray.
  3. Toss the potatoes with the olive oil, salt, chile powder, lime zest and lime juice.
  4. Spread the potatoes out in a thin layer on the baking sheets. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until fries are browned and crispy. Rotate the pans halfway through if needed to ensure all fries are baking evenly.

Roasted Jalapeno Dipping Sauce

  1. Set the oven to broil. Lay the jalapeños on a foil lined baking sheet and place in oven to roast for about 10 minutes. Or until the skin is blackened. Remove and allow to cool for several minutes prior to handling.
  2. Add all ingredients to food processor and blend for about 1 minute until sauce is creamy and no large chunks of jalapeño remain. Store in sealed container in refrigerator.