French Fries with Chiltepín Salt and Cotija


French Fries with Chiltepín Salt and Cotija

French Fries with Chiltepín Salt and Cotija

Papas Fritas con Sal de Chiltepín y Queso Cotija

Recipe Yield

4 to 6 servings

Cooking time

35 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.67 from 6 votes


  • Vegetable or peanut oil for frying
  • 4 russet potatoes washed and scrubbed
  • 1 teaspoon dried chiltepín chiles
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Cotija cheese
  • Habanero Tartar Sauce or ketchup for serving

To Prepare

  • Fill a large Dutch oven or casserole a little less than halfway with oil. Place over medium heat and bring to 325°F degrees — or test by dropping in a small piece of potato, if the oil bubbles all around it, it’s ready.
  • While the oil is heating up, fill a large bowl with ice water. Place a cooling rack on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Cut the potatoes into 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch matchsticks. Add them to the ice water immediately after cutting, stirring occasionally to make sure the potatoes are not sticking to each other.
  • Remove about a quarter of the potatoes from the water. Pat dry with clean kitchen towels or paper towels. Once dry, carefully add them to the hot oil and fry for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring with tongs or a spider to make sure they aren’t sticking to each other. The fries should start to look creamy and matte in color. If they begin to brown, take them out. Transfer the fries to the baking sheet with the cooling rack and repeat the process with the remaining potatoes.
  • When all the potatoes have been fried and transferred to the baking sheet with the rack, raise the heat of the oil to 375°F to 400°F, or raise the heat under the casserole to medium-high.
  • While the oil is heating, crush the chiltepín chiles and mix with the salt, lime zest, a few cracks of black pepper, and the Cotija cheese. Set aside.
  • Once the oil is ready, add the fries back into the oil in 4 batches. Cook each batch for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the fries are golden brown. Transfer the fries back to the baking sheet with the rack.
  • If you are not going to eat immediately, keep warm in a 250°F oven. Just before serving, toss the finished fries in the cheese mixture until coated. Serve with habanero tartar sauce and/or ketchup.


4comments inFrench Fries with Chiltepín Salt and Cotija

  1. Bebek

    Jan 06

    I can’t wait to make French fries in this way! I LOVE potatoes anyway!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 14

      Let me know how you liked them Bebek 🙂

  2. robert blalock

    May 22

    Hi patty: Loved your French fries dip. A good mixture ,with zest of lime. You may try some sour cream. with tatar sauce.It blends so well. It offsets the HOT HABANERO. Double cooked fries,the best trick for the crunchy fries. Love your show.Be blessed,well.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 23

      Great ideas and suggestions, thanks for the feedback Robert!

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