15 Great Meal Ideas That Start with a Bag of Frozen Fries

published Apr 17, 2023
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We know frozen french fries are great with a dollop of ketchup, draped in melty nacho cheese, or salted and served alongside a juicy burger, but that’s really just the beginning. Did you know you can even stud an omelet with fries? You can, and it’s a perfect breakfast for dinner

Infinite possibilities for incredibly simple, fabulously satisfying meals open up when you reach for a bag of your favorite crinkle-cuts, shoestrings, waffle fries, or tater tots from the freezer aisle. Here are 15 ideas that creatively transform frozen fries from a blank canvas into a truly impressive meal. These recipes also work great for when you want to zhuzh up leftover fries from a takeout place. (If you’re in it to overachieve, freezing your french fries is also an option.)   

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Pittsburgh Salad

Turns out, french fries are a great way to add salinity and crispiness to a cold salad. Toss with creamy ranch dressing and a dinner salad is served.

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Cheesy Scrambled Egg and Tater Tot Breakfast Pizza

Grab pizza dough, a bag of frozen fries, and a few breakfast staples and you've got yourself a fresh, hot pizza to kickstart your morning. Whatever you do, don’t skip out on the honey drizzle.

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Air Fryer Fish

Thanks to the rapid hot air circulation of the air fryer, frozen steak fries can come together with battered cod fish to make a pub food experience any time the craving strikes.

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Chips Mayai (French Fry Omelet)

This Tanzanian street food dish is a tasty omelette consisting of fries and mayai, the Swahili word for eggs, and aromatics. Making your own fries is suggested here, but that should not stop you from using a stash of the frozen store-bought variety.

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Easy Cheesy Tater Tot Frittata

This marriage of potatoes and eggs in one single dish can be made and eaten at absolutely any time of the day ... not unlike plain ol' tater tots!

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Sheet Pan Burgers and Fries

Dinner on a sheet pan keeps things easy and hands-off. For a meal better than fast food, we’re packing big onion flavor into beefy burgers and baking frozen crinkle-cut fries, and we're doing it all on a single sheet pan.

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You simply can't go wrong with this classic Canadian comfort dish made of fried potatoes covered in cheddar cheese curds and rich brown gravy. While the recipe opts for homemade fries, frozen fries are a very welcome substitute.

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Tater Tot Casserole

This hearty casserole checks off all the boxes for protein, vegetables, and a whole lot of tots.

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Instant Pot Green Chili Cheese Fries

These loaded fries are warm and crisp on the inside, ridiculously saucy and cheesy on the outside, and the makings for a fun and filling dinner. Potatoes are a vegetable, after all.

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Chili Cheese Fries Recipe

Sticking frozen fries lets you to focus on the toppings. With their nooks and crannies, waffle fries will catch the chili and cheese for a satisfying bar food bite.

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Carne Asada Fries

Carne asada fries are everything you love about tacos, loaded nachos, and a plate of french fries all piled high in a sharable dish.

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Nacho Fries

Using frozen french fries keeps this over-the-top crossover between fries and nachos as a dish you can make in just about 30 minutes. Look for extra-seasoned french fries in the frozen aisle; the extra seasoning makes the nachos tastier.

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Cauliflower and Mushroom Tater Tot Casserole

Broken-up and crisped tater tots serve as the thin, crackly topping of a distinctly savory and comforting breakfast bake that rivals its meatier counterparts.

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Chicken Pot Tot Hotdish
The combination of crispy tater tots, chicken, and veggies featured in this Midwestern casserole is the utter definition of comfort food.
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Flamin' Hot Tots
A Flamin' Hot Cheetos-inspired take on tater tots, which are tossed in a spicy dry rub and served with spicy queso dip.
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