Spiced-Up Shoestring Fries

Don't forget the dipping sauces!

Southern Living Spiced-Up Shoestring Fries on a plate to serve with chipotle mayonnaise.

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely

Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

Although we may not have invented them, French fries are something that Southerners take very seriously. We love them with our hamburgers, our po’boys. Heck, we love them just on their own!

And while it’s hard to beat a freshly fried batch, several brands have made tremendous strides in the frozen French fry market. In case you haven’t tried them, these frozen fries require no skillet full of hot oil to render them crispy, just a good sheet pan and the heat of your oven.

And while yes, you can make homemade fries in your air fryer or oven, it’s OK to give yourself a break and let the freezer aisle do the heavy lifting.

The beauty of oven-baked fries is that you can jazz them up any way you like. We’ve opted to give these Spiced-Up fries the nacho treatment by seasoning them with a blend of cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and extra salt. Paired with an easy chipotle mayonnaise dipping sauce that accompanies our Cheesy Mushroom Sliders, it’s spicy-crispy side that you can whip up in minutes with minimal effort.

When shopping for frozen fries for this recipe, look for shoestring fries, which are thinner than crinkle cut or steak fries. These thin fries have a higher surface area to potato-interior ratio, doubling the crunch factor. 


  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

  • 14 oz. store-bought frozen shoestring fries (such as Ore-Ida) (from 1 [28-oz.] pkg.)

  • Cooking spray

  • Chipotle mayonnaise (optional, recipe below)


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Whisk together cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt in a large bowl. Spread frozen fries in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Bake in preheated 10 minutes. Sprinkle fries with 1 teaspoon of the spice mixture, and toss gently to coat. Return to oven, and bake until browned and crispy, about 10 minutes.

  2. Once fries are cooked, remove from oven, and immediately coat fries with cooking spray. Add fries to bowl with remaining spice mixture, and toss to coat. Place fries on a serving platter, and serve with Chipotle Mayonnaise (recipe below), if desired.

Chipotle Mayonnaise

Stir together 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp. adobo sauce and 1 tsp. chopped chipotle chile (from 1 [7-oz.] can chipotle chile in adobo sauce), and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder in a bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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