Missing Taco Bell’s cheesy fiesta potatoes? This copycat recipe is just like the classic fast-food side dish, made at home whenever you’re craving it! Savory potatoes covered with Taco Bell-style nacho cheese sauce, and a dollop of sour cream – the real deal.
With cheesy fiesta potatoes being retired from Taco Bell, I knew I had to make a copycat recipe for those late nights when only cheesy, perfectly seasoned potatoes will do. While Cheez Whiz is not something I usually keep around the house, it does give this recipe its authentic Taco Bell Flavor. Plus, making your own potatoes at home is healthier than fast food!
What Makes This Recipe So Good
Brine from pickled jalapeños – A secret ingredient, a little jalapeño juice gives the nacho cheese just a little heat.
Potatoes – Perfectly seasoned with garlic powder, cumin, and onion powder, these potato cubes are crispy and flavorful.
How To Make Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes
The full recipe is below, but here you’ll find all the steps for making this recipe perfectly the first and 100th time, along with useful tips and info!
Add the garlic powder and cumin to a resealable plastic sandwich bag, then add the cubed potatoes. Seal the bag and toss it all together until the potatoes are completely coated.
In a large skillet, melt the butter and oil. Add the seasoned potatoes and cook until they’re golden brown, stirring frequently. Cover the skillet and let the potatoes cook until they’re tender. After they’ve cooked, season them with salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer the potatoes to a baking sheet and bake until the potatoes are nice and crispy.
While the potatoes are cooking, mix together the ingredients for the nacho cheese in a small bowl.
Divide the cooked potatoes between bowls and pour the nacho cheese on top. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and green onions, if you like!
Top Tips For Making
- Want cheesy fiesta potatoes but without the Cheese Whiz? Try it with my vegan queso or vegan nacho cheese sauce.
- If you’d rather not make your potatoes from scratch, you can use frozen seasoned potatoes.
More Copycat Recipes
- Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Recipe
- Chick-Fil-A Copycat Nuggets
- Whole30 Chipotle Beef & Avocado Bowls (Paleo Sofritas Copycat)
- Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls (Cinnabon Copycat)
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Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes
This copycat version of the Taco Bell retiree is just as cheesy and perfectly seasoned as the original
- 1 15-ounce jar Cheez Whiz cheese dip
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4-5 tablespoons brine from pickled jalapeños
- cayenne pepper to taste
- green onions
- sour cream
Preheat oven to 475º F. In a resealable plastic sandwich bag, mix the garlic powder and cumin together. Add the cubed potatoes, seal the bag, and toss it all together until potatoes are coated evenly. In a large, heavy skillet over medium heat melt the oil and butter together. Add the seasoned potatoes and cook, stirring frequently, until they're a nice, golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cover and cook an additional 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
While the potatoes are cooking, mix together the ingredients for the nacho cheese in a small bowl. Transfer the cooked potatoes to a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are nice and crisp. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and green onions, if desired.
- Cheese dip options: Try vegan queso or vegan nacho cheese sauce
- Potatoes: Can also use frozen cubed potatoes
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– Rosé spritzer (also in cans!), like Epic Pursuit Rosé Wine Spritzer
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