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Loaded Buffalo Ranch Fries with Cheese

These delicious loaded buffalo ranch fries with cheese are the perfect appetizer for game day! They are flavorful, cheesy, and a tad spicy.

Make buffalo ranch fries at home using an air fryer, or oven, for a simple but delicious appetizer that tastes like it came from your favorite sports bar. These fries are topped with spicy buffalo sauce, creamy ranch dressing, sharp cheddar cheese, and goat cheese crumbles. It’s a cheesy, tangy, and spicy snack. They are perfect for game day, a cookout side dish, or movie night!

Loaded buffalo ranch fries with cheese.

Ingredients for Buffalo Ranch Fries

  • Frozen French Fries – Use regular cut or shoestring fries for this appetizer. They are the best option because they are crispy and crunchy. And they hold the perfect amount of sauce and cheese. You can make homemade french fries if you wish, but I like to keep it quick and easy.
  • Cheddar Cheese – Freshly grated sharp cheddar is best for this recipe. It melts more evenly than pre-shredded cheese.
  • Buffalo Sauce – Use your favorite buffalo or wing sauce on these amazing fries. My personal favorite is Frank’s Red Hot Original Buffalo Sauce. I use it on my buffalo chicken dip!
  • Ranch Dressing – A bottle of your favorite Ranch dressing, or homemade ranch dressing, is perfect for drizzling over the fries. Sub for blue cheese dressing if you prefer.
  • Goat Cheese (or Blue Cheese) – Goat cheese adds an extra tangy flavor to this delicious appetizer. If you like blue cheese with wings, then use that instead. (I’m not a blue cheese fan so I don’t use it!)
  • Green Onion – Sprinkle a little freshly chopped green onions over the top of the fries. They add a little extra flavor, crunch, and fresh taste to your fries.
Close up of buffalo ranch fries with cheese and green onion.

How to Make Buffalo Ranch Fries in the Air Fryer

These loaded fries are simple to make and taste amazing. All you need is an air fryer or oven! I personally prefer the air fryer because the fries turn out crispier.

Step 1 – Line your air fryer drawer with a parchment liner for easy cleanup. If you have an oven air fryer, spray the basket with a bit of cooking spray.

Step 2 – Add the fries to the basket. Arrange them in an even layer for cooking. Air fry for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees.

Step 3 – Remove the crispy french fries and immediately cover them in cheddar cheese. The heat from the fresh fries should melt all of the cheese. If it doesn’t add them back to the air fryer for 2-3 minutes.

Step 4 – Place the melty cheese fries in a bowl or large plate. Drizzle them with buffalo sauce. Then add a drizzle of Ranch dressing. Crumble goat cheese or blue cheese on top.

Step 5 – Sprinkle diced green onion over the top of the fries.

Loaded buffalo ranch fries

Step 6 – Serve them hot! Use your fingers to eat the fries like nachos. Or use a fork for less mess and bites full of flavor.

Make Them in the Oven

If you don’t have an air fryer you can still make this buffalo cheese fries recipe! Arrange the frozen fries in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Follow the oven cooking instructions on your bag of frozen fries.

Once the fries are a lovely golden brown, top them with cheddar cheese. Then place the pan back in the oven for 3-5 minutes. Follow steps 4 and 5 above to finish cooking this appetizer.

Ideas for Additional Toppings

If you want to load these buffalo ranch fries with more toppings, consider a few of these for added flavor.

  • Bacon Bits
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Celery Sticks
Buffalo ranch cheese fries eaten with a fork.

Best Way to Serve Buffalo Ranch Fries

These cheesy buffalo ranch fries are perfect for a game-day party with a lot of friends. Or enjoy them alone while watching your favorite show.

Serving to a Group

If you’re serving these buffalo fries to a group, place them in a large bowl or serving dish with tongs. Guests can use the tongs to place fries on their plates. Consider placing additional buffalo sauce and ranch dressing, alongside bowls of shredded cheese, Blue cheese, and green peppers for guests to add additional toppings.

Serving for One

Serve the fries on a large plate to enjoy yourself, or share them with your spouse and family. Use your fingers and eat the loaded fries like nachos. Or use a fork so you can load up with more fries and toppings in each bite.

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Loaded Buffalo Ranch Fries with Cheese

These delicious loaded buffalo ranch fries with cheese are the perfect appetizer for game day! They are flavorful, cheesy, and a tad spicy.
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • air fryer

Ingredients
  

  • Frozen French fries
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/8 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/8 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup green onion chopped

Instructions
 

  • Line air fryer drawer with a parchment liner for easy cleanup. For an oven air fryer, spray the basket with a bit of cooking spray.
  • Add the fries to the basket. Arrange them in an even layer for cooking.
  • Air fry for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Remove the crispy french fries and immediately cover them in cheddar cheese. The heat from the fresh fries should melt all of the cheese. If it doesn't add them back to the air fryer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Place the fries in a bowl or large plate. Drizzle them with buffalo sauce and ranch dressing.
  • Crumble goat cheese over the fries.
  • Top with diced green onion.
Keyword air fryer, buffalo sauce, french fries

One Comment

  1. These look and sound delicious, and so simple to make! Will definitely give these a whirl soon. I’m always a fan of buffalo ranch-flavored food!

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