Chili Lime French Fries with Cotija Cheese

chili lime french fries with cotija cheese

Our 4th Alexia Foods “Reinvent a Classic” French Fry challenge has us exploring Mexican flavors.  It’s a flavor profile that is popular and compliments so many different foods.  Chili and lime is a classic Mexican combination that works.  You get the spicy kick from the tajin and the fresh tang from the lime zest and juice with a touch of saltiness from the sea salt and the mild and crumbly cotija cheese.   The flavors are bright and addicting. 

Tajin (salsa en polvo) is a popular Mexican blend of chili peppers, lime and salt.  It’s commonly sprinkled on fruits such as mangoes and apples. It actually makes my mouthwater thinking about pairing this up with fruit.   It’s also great on cucumbers with a light sprinkle of salt and a squeeze of lime. My co-workers lead me on to this tasty snack. Our friends agree… chili lime French fries with cotija cheese this is a winning flavor combination. 

french fry prep

Here's Derrick julienning the potatoes and then soaking them in water.

Chili Lime French Fries with Cotija Cheese

Ingredients – these are just guidelines – season to your taste:

1 to 1½ extra large russet potato

½ to 1 Tbs of tajin or salsa en polvo (if you can’t find this you can substitute with a little cayenne pepper and paprika)

couple pinches of sea salt 

zest of ½ a lime

juice of ½ a lime

½ to 1 Tbs of crumbled cotija cheese

Season to taste.

Prepare your potatoes according to the directions and tips found on the Roasted Black Sesame Seed, Sea Salt & Yuzu post.

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  1. kitchenrunway says:

    Yvette G.: Thank you!!

    Rachelsdigestif: Thank you – I think the lime adds a bright summer touch to it! 🙂

  2. Amanda says:

    Wow, what an interesting recipe! I’m excited to try it… I love all things spicy. And I bet the the lime makes a great addition! 🙂

  3. Danielle says:

    Yum, what a great flavor combination! My boyfriend is a spicy food lover and these look right up his alley 🙂 can’t wait to try them!

  4. kitchenrunway says:

    Amanda: Thank you – it’s such a fun flavor combination – hope you enjoy it!

    Danielle: Thank you! There’s just something addicting about spicy foods… love it!

    Jen: Thank you!! The lime definitely makes it summery!

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