Tex-Mex Oven Fries with 2 Dipping Sauces

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I’ve been wanting to tweak my favorite recipe for oven baked sweet potato fries into something with a little bit different flavor profile.

Thinking of our Fajita Burgers with Peppers and Guacamole convinced me that I should create some Spicy Tex-Mex Fries with some fun dipping sauces to serve with them.

Tex Mex Oven Fries with Two Dipping Sauces

Madeline loves oven baked sweet potato fries. They are a great way for me to get her to eat extra vegetables without her caring that she is eating extra vegetables.

I happen to like oven baked sweet potato fries a little bit myself, but this time I decided to mix things up and use a combination – half sweet potatoes and half russet potatoes to give some color contrast to the fries.

Both varieties of sliced potatoes are tossed with melted coconut oil, sprinkled with salt and chipotle powder and baked, then tossed with a cilantro lime garlic mixture as soon as they come out of the oven.

Tex Mex Oven Fries with Two Dipping Sauces

Instead dipping these Tex-Mex Oven Fries in the traditional ketchup, we dipped them in 2 new dipping sauces that I whipped up in just a couple minutes: Chipotle Lime Ranch Dipping Sauce and Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce.

I love Marzetti’s new Simply Dressed® Ranch Dressing. It is great to have on hand to whip up fun recipes like this

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Tex Mex Oven Fries with Two Dipping Sauces

It is safe to say that these Tex-Mex Oven Fries were a hit. I ate a few, ok more than a few, with my lunch after photographing them.

And again when I served them for dinner last night with those tasty burgers. Eric, who is normally not a french fry kind of guy, was spotting serving himself seconds and thirds of these Tex-Mex Oven Fries. That’s always a good sign.

Eric and I couldn’t decide which dipping sauce we liked better between the Chipotle Lime Ranch Dipping Sauce and the Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce. I think the two dipping sauces are a great match for each other, one spicy and the other creamy and cool.

Madeline says she liked the Chipotle Lime Ranch Dipping Sauce best because it was peach, kind of like her favorite color pink. You’ll have to let me know what you decide.

What is your favorite way to eat fries?

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Tex-Mex Oven Fries with Chipotle Lime Ranch and Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauces

Yield: serves 4 - 6

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For the Tex-Mex Oven Fries:

1 lb orange fleshed sweet potatoes
1 lb russet baking potatoes
2 1/2 tablespoons melted, but cool, coconut oil
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
chipotle powder or chili powder
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
zest of 1 lime
1 clove garlic, minced

For the Chipotle Lime Ranch Dipping Sauce:

3/4 cup Marzetti Simply Dressed® Ranch Salad Dressing
zest of 1 large lime
Canned Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce

For the Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce:

1/2 cup Marzetti Simply Dressed® Ranch Salad Dressing
5 ounces ripe avocado


For the Tex-Mex Oven Fries:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Rinse and dry the potatoes. Cut potatoes lengthwise, without peeling them, into slices 1/2 inch thick, then cut each slice into batons about 1/4 inch wide and 3-4 inches long.

Place the potatoes in a large zip top bag. Pour the melted, but cool coconut oil into the bag (if it is hot it will melt the plastic), zip the bag, and shake to coat.

Arrange in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet (I lined mine with a parchment paper so they wouldn't stick) and sprinkle with 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle lightly with chipotle powder or chili powder - the amount is up to you according to your heat preferences. I used about 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder.

Roast, stirring with a spatula midway through baking time, until tender and browned on the edges, about 20-30 minutes.

In a bowl, mix cilantro, lime zest, and garlic. Sprinkle over warm oven fries and mix gently to coat. Season to taste with additional salt, if desired, and serve immediately. Serve with Chipotle Lime Ranch Dipping Sauce and Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce.

For the Chipotle Lime Ranch Dipping Sauce:

Combine the ranch dressing, zest of 1 lime and 1 chipotle pepper from the can in a small food processor. Puree until smooth. Taste for heat intensity. If you would like a hotter dipping sauce, add additional pepper(s). Serve in a bowl alongside the fries.

For the Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce:

Combine the avocado and ranch in a small food processor. Puree until smooth. Serve in a bowl alongside the fries.

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    Julie in TX - February 01, 2013 @ 7:06 am

    I love just eating them plain with salt. I’m not a fan of ketchup, so I can’t wait to try the sauces.


  • 2
    Eric - February 01, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    With Sirracha Mayo


  • 3
    Laura J. - February 01, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    I don’t eat fries-crazy I know. But I would like to make these for my family!


  • 4
    Rena - February 01, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    baked spicy sweet potato fries are my favorite!


  • 5
    Caroline - February 01, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    My family is a huge fan of sweet potato fries, but I like the idea to mix both sweet and regular potatoes. I like them with sirracha ketchup!


  • 6
    Amy D - February 01, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    I love shoe string fries!


  • 7
    Kat - February 01, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    I usually use ketchup but I think I would like the Chipotle Lime Ranch Dipping Sauce better. I’m cooking these fries next week, they look great. Thanks for the giveaway.


  • 8
    GuRLiee - February 01, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    I like soggy limp fries….I know I know but I LIKE THEM THAT WAY…..also fries cooked in bacon fat….delish!


  • 9
    Aejin H - February 01, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

    Nice and crisp, with ketchup.


  • 10
    kesha - February 02, 2013 @ 4:40 am

    I love my fries with honey mustard or mayo


  • 11
    Pamela Christopher - February 02, 2013 @ 4:52 am

    Crispy with ketchup. But I plan to try these new sauces. Thank you Justin time for the Superbowl .


  • 12
    Jeffrey - February 02, 2013 @ 4:52 am

    I like my sweet potato fries with a bit of brown sugar and a drizzle of honey.


  • 13
    Erin - February 02, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    I love sweet potato fries with ranch.


  • 14
    Sarah - February 02, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Wow! I too love sweet potato fries, though I haven’t used coconut oil before? Does this work better then regular oil, or is it just your preference?



    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — February 2nd, 2013 @ 11:05 AM

      Just thought I would give it a try because I know coconut oil is good for you and is a good oil for high temperature cooking. I thought it worked great!

  • 15
    Gianna - February 02, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    Dipped in red gold ketchup!


  • 16
    Natalie S - February 02, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    I love baked fries with garlic, parmesan cheese, and ketchup.


  • 17
    Hannah - February 02, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    I love fries with spicy ketchup!


  • 18
    mary fanara coleman - February 02, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    I love them with salt and vinegar.


  • 19
    Jen W. - February 02, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    I love garlic cheese fries, dipped in ketchup!


  • 20
    Mb - February 03, 2013 @ 1:48 am

    with BBQ sauce!


  • 21
    Jo - February 03, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    French fries the only thing I eat ketchup on and even then, it’s better when the ketchup has a splash of mustard added! I also like them with mayonnaise.


  • 22
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - February 03, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    Mmm these sound fabulous! Both dipping sauces look awesome.


  • 23
    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs - February 03, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    Oh yum- I’m drooling looking at these pictures! Perfect dish for the Super Bowl tonight!


  • 24
    Cassie | Bake Your Day - February 04, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    These are amazing, Katie. Fries are my food weakness!


  • 25
    Carla @ Carla's Confections - February 04, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    Mmm, I think this is going to be my new favorite way to eat them, all my ways are boring haha. I need to try this one :)


  • 26
    Allison - February 05, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    I love fries with a good burger. I also love fries just to munch on their own. These look great!


  • 27
    Michelle - February 06, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    These sound yummy! I often mix regular and sweet potatoes, so I’ll have to try your seasoning. =)


  • 28
    A - February 06, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    Garlic and the cilantro lime sound sooo good. I love any sort of french fry recipe. I want to make these!


  • 29
    Suzanne @ Willow House - February 06, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    We’ve just become fans of Cajun fries (thanks to Five Guys), sprinkling McCormick Cajun seasoning on any kind of fries we fix!


  • 30
    Laura - February 06, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    Frech fries are my favorite! I love dipping them in a cheese sauce (either cheap nacho cheese or homemade cheddar cheese sauce).


  • 31
    Michelle - February 06, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

    Cool giveaway!! Love to win!!


  • 32
    Angela - February 06, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    I love sweet potato fries with a little bit of blue cheese and aioli dipping sauce. Not very healthy, but delicious!


  • 33
    Catherine Mae - February 06, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

    I’m not a huge french fry lover, I’m more of a JoJos lover. They are so good, but when I do have fries it’s usually salted fries then dipped in a milkshake!


  • 34
    Tiffany - February 07, 2013 @ 4:19 am

    I’m old school and eat them with ketchup. I LOVE sweet potato fries, though, and usually eat those plain! Love your recipe idea, though!


  • 35
    Erica - February 08, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    I love eating fries with pepper, ketchup, and ranch.


  • 36
    teri pastorino - February 18, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    i love making spicy mayo, usually siricha


  • 37
    melanie - February 18, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    Those fries look so good. Can’t wait to try them


  • 38
    Alexandria - February 19, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    If my time in Australia taught me one thing it’s this: Nothing beats a fresh and crispy french fry dipped in (or drizzle with) malt vinegar!


  • 39
    Loretti - March 10, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

    Literally just made this 20 mins ago… amazingly delish! Just like everything I try on this blog ;) what an awesome snowy-day lunch treat :)


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