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skillet loaded cheese fries

It is officially camping season! That also means summer cookout season, backyard grilling season and everything-in-a-skillet season! When we’re out camping, we love meals that can be made in our cast-iron skillet or on our cast-iron grill. They’re the perfect tools to use over the fire!

Another summer staple for us? Bush’s® Baked Beans! We always have a few cans on hand at home, in the pantry, or in the trailer! Not only are Bush’s® Beans convenient, they pack premium quality, variety and flavor into every single can! We always choose Bush’s® because we know they taste great. And the kids love it too!

These skillet loaded cheese fries are the PERFECT summer skillet dish for you and your family. It’s super easy, hearty, and full of flavor. The kids will go crazy for the cheesy fries smothered in saucy beans and sour cream!

skillet loaded cheese fries

How do you make skillet loaded cheese fries?

You will need a few simple ingredients for these cheesy fries, most of which you probably already have in your pantry!

This recipe requires 3 yellow-skinned potatoes. You could also use red potatoes but the yellow are definitely the way to go! Along with the potatoes, you need:

  • bacon
  • cheese
  • Bush’s® baked beans
  • paprika
  • salt
  • sour cream, jalapeno, green onion for topping!

Start the recipe by cooking the bacon in the skillet. Once crisped up and delicious, grab the bacon and place it on a paper-towel lined plate, leaving the bacon grease in the skillet.

Slice the potatoes into 1/2″ long strips. Add the diced potatoes to the hot bacon grease, and give them a stir every few minutes. If your skillet has a lid, place the lid on for a few minutes at a time, stirring in between. Add the paprika and salt and give everything another stir.

Cook the potatoes until they are just about fork-tender, then turn off the heat. Turn the oven to 350 F and spread the Bush’s® beans evenly over the fries.

Sprinkle the cheese all over the top of the beans. I used Bush’s® Homestyle Baked Beans for this recipe, but Bush’s® comes in 7 different flavors, all slow-cooked with their signature blend of spices. Any of their baked beans would be terrific with this recipe!

Place the skillet in the oven and cook for 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and gooey, and then remove it from the oven. Top the skillet with sour cream, green onions, sliced jalapeno and the crisped-up bacon!

This dish can be shared right from the skillet with multiple forks, or you can use a spatula and serve it up on individual dishes!

You can make this dish in your house, or even over the fire! It’s delicious no matter how you serve it up. We love Bush’s® and I know you will too. They’re a family company that’s been around for over 100 years, and they’re STILL a family company! Choose Bush’s® for your family too and make this loaded skillet this summer!

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skillet loaded cheese fries

Skillet Loaded Cheese Fries

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  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 45 servings 1x


These skillet loaded cheese fries are easy, cheesy and full of flavor. Perfect for camping or a summer cook-out, these are the best cheese fries!


  • 4 strips bacon
  • 3 potatoes, sliced into 1/2” strips
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 can Bush’s® Homestyle Baked Beans
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • optional: green onion, sliced jalapeno for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Add the bacon strips in an even layer to a 10″ or 12″ cast iron skillet on the stove, over medium heat. Cook the bacon, flipping once, until brown and crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined plate.
  2. Add the sliced potatoes to the pan, with the leftover bacon grease, and give them a stir. Cook the fries for 20-22 minutes, stirring often. If your pan has a lid, you can put the lid on every so often to help the potatoes cook faster. Once the fries are just about fork tender, add the sea salt, paprika and chili powder and give everything another stir. Remove the skillet from heat.
  3. Add the can of Bush’s® Baked Beans, including the sauce, over the top of the potatoes, spreading them out. Add the cheddar cheese on top. Place the entire skillet into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Once the skillet is removed, add the sour cream and top with green onion, and/or jalapeno! Serve immediately.

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 2-3 days.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: american
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Skillet Loaded Cheese Fries

About Katherine

Heeey! Thank you for stopping by! I like 30-minute dinners and giant peanut butter cups made with only 3 ingredients. I LOVE food! If you do too, you're in the right place.

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  1. Those baked beans transform your gorgeous cheesy fries into a meal all by themselves. What a fabulous summer treat!

  2. A total meal Katherine! My family would really enjoy these fries. Can’t wait to try your recipe this summer when the boys come home!

    1. Thanks Mary Ann! My kids definitely dug into this one. I bet your boys will love it!

  3. Love it ! Few days ago, I made nachos to publish and made something similar to this one since I wanted to use all the leftovers. Great one and so budget friendly !!!!!!!

    1. Definitely budget friendly and so cheesy delicious!! Looking forward to seeing your nachos!

  4. This dish looks amazing for a fun and delicious appetizer! I’d probably eat it all by myself! 🙂

  5. These Loaded Skillet Fries looks fabulous Katherine!! I love the added protein from the beans and I’m with Kim, I could absolutely eat these all by myself too!

    1. Thanks Catherine! The added protein is definitely a bonus especially for the kids!

  6. What’s not to love here? Tender potatoes, baked beans, cheese, jalapeno…it all looks incredible together and perfect for sharing!