Tex-Mex Oven Fries with 2 Dipping Sauces

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.