Cheddar Bacon Ranch Tailgate Fries

Brace yourselves, friends–Football season is coming. After the first preseason game last week, we are pretty much in football mode here in our house.  Which means in addition to the jeresys, the sunday night games and the cheering for our hawks, comes my favorite part: football food. Last year I made these BBQ Pulled Pork Tailgate Fries and I thought that this year I should try a different version. Something with bacon. Something like these Cheddar Bacon Ranch Tailgate Fries.

Before I get to these fries, let me tell you about the day I had. I keep trying to think of something to write for this post but I keep hitting a brick wall. I keep hitting it because we had one heck of a morning yesterday. It started out as any normal sunny day. I decided to take the boys to the park. Preston in his wagon and Kellan on his bike.

We are playing at the park, I am sitting in one of those spinning chairs playing peekaboo with Preston and what happens? It spins and Preston walks right into it resulting in a bloody nose and lip.


We decide to head home after that to get Preston cleaned up and feeling better when what happens? Oh he falls out of the wagon and lands face first on the ground.

Double awesome.

Then as I am carrying Preston in one arm, pulling the wagon with the other and watching Kellan on his bike, we enter a crosswalk. We were in the right away but for some reason, a woman turning left who was stopped when we entered the crosswalk, started going and TURNED RIGHT INTO US.

It all happened so fast. I saw Kellan hit the ground and thankfully, get up and run to the sidewalk. My heart was pounding and I was shaking as I ran to him making sure he was ok. Thankfully, he didn’t have a scratch on him.

It was the scariest moment of my life. So as I sit here, trying to figure out a way to tell you about these Cheddar Bacon Ranch Tailgate Fries, I can’t find words. I’m just snuggling my babies tonight.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Tailgate Fries Recipe

Makes 4 pouches Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 5 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 (22 ounce) bag waffle cut fries
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 green onions, diced



Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat.


Heat a grill for indirect heat to 450 degrees.


Toss french fries with oil.


ear off 4 12 inch pieces of aluminum foil. Crimp the ends together to make boats,. Divide french fries among the 4 boats so that they lay in a single layer. Cook on grill for 15 minutes. Turn and cook another 10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.


Divide cheese evenly among fries. Sprinkle with bacon. Continue cooking until cheese has melted, about 5 more minutes. Remove from grill, drizzle ranch dressing over the top and sprinkle with green onions. Serve immediately.



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    Melanie | Melanie Makes
    August 20, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Such an amazing tailgate – or anytime! – food! These look amazing!

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    August 20, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Oh, my goodness! That is so scary! Hug those little boys extra hard today and tomorrow and every day after! I can’t even imagine what that must have been like. I think I would have had to eat every single packet of these awesome fries just to get my nerves to calm down!

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    Delicious Meets Healthy
    August 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    oh my!! these fries look so tempting! Can i have this for dinner? Yum!

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    Michelle Nahom
    August 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I love french fries! I want these for lunch!!

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    Lady Gourmet
    August 20, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I must admit once in a while it’s so much fun to indulge in fries! These sound like so much fun…I may not watch a whole lot of football, but I am a big fan of game day food. xo, Catherine

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    August 20, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Yum! These look like my favorite fries from Islands! I have to have these!

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    Kaitie Lawlor
    August 20, 2015 at 6:54 am

    OOOOOO so so so good. I love this combo and ranch and cheese and bacon?! Yes please!!

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    Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats
    August 20, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Golly, I’d eat this straight up as a meal! We are stoked for football season as well!

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    Kristen (amindfullmom)
    August 20, 2015 at 4:34 am

    My husband is going to go crazy with these fries, especially with football season almost here!

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    Manila Spoon
    August 20, 2015 at 1:28 am

    You certainly had me at cheddar and bacon! This looks like tailgating comfort food – cheesy-licious!

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