Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cheesy Bacon Oven Chips with Chipotle Ranch Sauce


Ok so I can hardly contain my excitement for the Super Bowl tonight, and I decided that a special weekend like this deserves a double post!

Mr. Vittles and I had an appetizer similar to this at a restaurant recently, and I thought I might be able to replicate it at home.

Well, all I can say is - sorry if you had any health-related New Years resolutions, because I'm pretty sure you will not be able to keep them with these puppies around.


The dipping sauce really takes things to the next level.  But if you don't like spicy dips, start with just a tiny bit of cayenne (or none) and adjust from there.

Also, feel free to use more cheese and/or bacon to your taste.  Never hurt anyone except their pants size.

Now... LET'S GO BIG BLUE!

Cheesy Bacon Oven Chips 

  • 1 large, uniformly-shaped russet potato, scrubbed well and sliced into 1/8" rounds*
  • cooking spray
  • 3/4 C. shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 T. crumbled bacon (about 2 slices) - I used real bacon bits
  • chopped parsley or chives, for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Bring sliced potatoes to a boil in cold, salted water to cover for 5 minutes.  Carefully drain, and transfer slices to a paper-towel lined countertop or cutting board.  Pat to dry.

Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray, and lay out potato slices so they are overlapping on it.  Spray lightly with additional cooking spray, then sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste.  Sprinkle evenly with shredded cheese & bacon.  Bake 12-14 minutes in preheated oven until cheese is melted & bubbly.  Serve with chipotle ranch sauce (recipe below).  Serves 2.

*You can use 2 medium-sized potatoes rather than 1 large.  Also, I like to leave the skin on but you can peel the potatoes if you prefer.

Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce

  • 1 T. ranch dressing
  • 3 T. sour cream
  • 1/4 t. chipotle chili powder
  • 1/8 t. cayenne (adjust more or less depending on how spicy you want).
  • 1/8 t. salt
  • 1/8 t. garlic powder

Place all ingredients in a small bowl, and stir to combine.  Refrigerate any leftovers.

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115 comments:

  1. I would totally overeat on those..so tasty, so beautiful..I just want to grab few off the screen! Yummy!

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  2. This is totally my type of snack! My friend would love these..

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  3. Nice! These looks sooo very good!

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  4. These look delish and I'd love to make them...but what temperature do you bake them at?? :)

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    1. So sorry Lisa! The temp is 375, just added it to the recipe. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! :)

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  5. Sign me up! These look delicious. I think my husband would be doubly excited. Great recipe!

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  6. This is what was missing from my indulgence yesterday for the Superbowl!

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  7. Ooooh, this sounds almost too good to be true! Yum!

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  8. This looks truly amazing! Its perfect for my normal-mashed-potatoes substitute that I was looking for :) Thanks for posting, you're an inspiration! Wishing you all the best!

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    1. Aww you're so sweet, thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

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  9. I may have missed the game (or the whole season for all I know about sports) but these - these look insanely good!!! I have got to make them soon.

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  10. Do you think these would work with red potatoes?

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    1. I haven't tried it, but I don't see why not! If you give it a shot, please let me know how it comes out :)

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    2. Have u tried it? Does it work with Red Potatos?

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    3. I just tried it tonight with homegrown redskins.... TO DIE FOR!!!! :D

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  11. Says bring to a boil in cold water??

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    1. Correct- cover the potatoes with cold, salted water. THEN bring to a boil. Hopefully that helps!

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    2. That thought puzzled me for a good five minutes too! I was wondering if you boiled them and THEN put them in cold, salted water. Glad it got corrected. :o)

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    3. haha, you weren't the only one. I was thinking hard about that step as well! Either way, i'm about to try these out for the game tonight!! Thanks for the recipe

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  12. Where do you find chipotle chili powder? Looks great!

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    1. Thanks! I found it in the supermarket, the brand I bought is McCormick - part of their 'Gourmet Collection'.

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  13. Just made these and they are delicious!! I don't eat pork, so I skipped the bacon, but still great! And I had trouble finding some of the ingredients for the dip, so I used ranch, sour cream, crushed red pepper, emeril's essence, and texas pete. Was a great addition to the potatoes!!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked them! Sounds like you did some good improvising with the dipping sauce, yum!

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  14. I cannot wait to try these and the dressing...yummy!

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  15. Dear god these look AMAZING! I can't wait to make them!

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  16. About how long do you boil the potatoes for? Until they are soft on inside or less than that?

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    1. Hi Porscha! You will boil them only about 5 minutes. Not until they are soft, though, they will soften more in the oven.

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    2. For some reason I have to only boil like 3-4 minutes (depending on how strong the boil is)...mine seem to get too soft too quickly and break when I pour them in a colander to drain and then when I try to place them on a paper towel to drain. (plus they majorly stick together!

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    3. I had that problem to I boiled 5 min it was way too long they were throughly cooked and breaking apart. I still baked and they still tasted great just had to eat with a fork more like a scalloped potato dish. But I will make again and just take a few minutes off boiling. Delicious recipe!

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    4. Boiling time will differ with altitude.

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  17. I made these this weekend and OMG they were so good. I made with 2 large potatoes and it took about 5 minutes for 4 of us to devour the cookie sheet full of them!!! I love your Chipotle Ranch sauce, it definitely made these Potato Skin Chips.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed them Kristi! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

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    2. Do you use powdered ranch mix, or the actual prepared dressing? It makes sense to me to use the mix, but I use it in a lot of different dishes so may be a little biased.

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  18. What kind/brand of ranch dressing do you as the base?

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    1. Hi Mrs K - I happened to use Hidden Valley but I don't think it matters too much :)

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  19. These look so delicious! I am planning to make it for a big group which means I'm going to quadruple everything lol. If I spread 4 batches of this over 2 baking sheets and put both in the oven side by side, would I have to adjust the baking time?

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    1. That sounds awesome! I would say just rotate the sheets halfway through baking (switch the one on the top rack with the one on bottom rack). That way they should cook pretty evenly. Hope your guests enjoy! :)

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    2. Thanks for the tip! Can't wait to try these!

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  20. These look yummy. I wanted to suggest a couple of shortcuts. When I need to precook potatoes, I do it in the microwave. Slice the potatoes, put them in a glass Pyrex bowl, then microwave on high for 2 minutes. This should cook them enough for the recipe, plus it eliminates the extra step of patting them dry.

    Also, I recently bought a Taco Bell sauce that is probably similar to this dipping sauce. It's Taco Bell Bold & Creamy Chipotle Sauce. There is also a Taco Bell Spicy Ranchero sauce that should be good with these. These are in the taco shell section at the grocery store, near the salsa.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing, Angie, great tips!! :)

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    2. When you put them in the microwave do you add water? And do they need to be in a single layer.

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  21. These were every bit as good as they looked. I loved the dipping sauce. Thanks for sharing these awesome recipes!

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  22. These look so simple and yet so good!

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  23. What a great, EASY recipe. Of course I pinned it immediately and I'm putting it up on the Cabot Facebook page to share with all our followers. Thanks for this wonderful idea!

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  24. just made these for my dinner. cut about 1/4" thick and boiled a couple of min. longer. after 12 min. in the oven, added a dollop of sour cream and cooked about 5 min. longer. covered with fresh chives from a pot I grow year-round - luckily I live in zone 9. I also fry up bacon and keep it in the freezer to use in recipes like this - just never could get used to even "real" bacon bits. thanks for the recipe which I found on Pinterest.

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    1. Thanks for the tips, sounds yummy! I hope you enjoyed them!

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  25. im making these tonight for dinner!

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  26. I would have to quadruple this recipe.

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  27. I could eat this for every meal!!

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  28. I made these tonight and they were delicious! The only problem I had was that the potatoes were so soft that they fell apart but I guess I boiled them long. Either way they were still yummy!!

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  29. Thank you for this recipe! I tested this tonight and ate all of it myself! Eek! This is one of my husband's favorite appetizers when we go out and it's nice to make it at home.

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  30. WOW! Amazing! I made these for my partner and me tonight and he LOVED them! So YUMMY! New favorite! Thank you!!

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  31. OH boy oh boy oh boy oh boy! I'm making these for lunch today, after the kids go down for naps! Mommy's secret treat! ;)

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  32. So THIS is where the pinterest craze originated from!! Love the look and sound of this recipe, I will definitely make this the next time I have the boy over for game night!

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  33. For the ranch dressing do you use 1 tbsp of the powder or 1 tbsp of dressing from the bottle?

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    1. Hi! I used the already-made kind, in the bottle.

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  34. Here from Pinterest. I'm drooling.

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  35. Just made these and they are AWESOME!!!! Adding these to the favorite recipe list...

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  36. These look amazing! Can't wait to try these!! Thank's so much for the recipe!!

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  37. Can't wait to try these..pinning them now..also love the tip about frying up bacon bits and having them in the freezer..never thought of that!! Oh..also pinning your blog on my "Favorite Food Blogs" board!

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  38. do you actually spray the potatoes with the cooking spray after you have them on the sheet?

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    1. Hi Jess, yes you would spray the potatoes lightly after you put them on the sheet. Hope you enjoy!

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  39. I don't think I'd ever be able to stop eating these! Cheese, bacon, and potatoes are just a lethal combination.

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  40. I just made these for supper and they are so delish!!! I will definitely make these again!!! We love anything with bacon on it!!! Thank u for sharing this!!! The sauce is great as a veggie dip too.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed everything Lori! Thank you for sharing your nice comments... good to know the dip is tasty for something healthier than cheese & bacon chips ha!

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  41. I tried these with red potatoes...fantastic! I didn't have brown russet potatoes on hand, but the red ones tasted great!!

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  42. Did you add raw bacon bits or cooked the bacon first?

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    1. Hi! Use cooked bacon or prepackaged (and precooked) real bacon bits. :)

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  43. Looks good! Do you think regular chili powder would work in the dip or not so much? I have all the other ingrediente except that...

    Thanks!
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    1. Hi Sara, I think that would work fine it just won't have the smoky flavor of chipotle!

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  44. I can't wait to make these! If it weren't after midnight, I would probably go to the store now to get the few things I need!

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  46. I made this for dinner tonight and it was incredible! My whole family loved them. They were so easy to make!

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  47. I just made these for my family. They did not turn out as crispy as yours look. But they still loved them can you maybe tell me where I might have gone wrong.

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    1. Hi! I wouldn't say you did anything wrong, mine actually weren't that crispy either... But if you wanted them to be, you could try leaving them in the oven an extra couple minutes. Just keep an eye on them to make sure the toppings don't start burning. (If you want them to stay in the oven even longer than that, I'd suggest laying out the potatoes on the sheet and spraying them but baking them bare for a little while first to give them a chance to crisp up - THEN add the toppings, & bake more until cheese is melted). Hope this helps!

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  48. Those look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  49. These were amazing! Can't wait to try the chipotle dip!

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  50. That sauce is even better if you use the Adobe from canned chipotle peppers instead of the chipotle powder.

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  51. Hi, I found your lovely recipe on Pinterest and used your Printer-Friendly feature to print it out. Unfortunately, all the comments printed along with the recipe. Thirteen pages! lol Just wanted you to know.

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  52. The blog has no control over how you print things on your computer. That is an error you made. Next time pay more attention to how many pages you print, the blog cant control your computer.

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  53. Thank you for your recipe! It went viral on pinterest and I had to share my twist on it on my own blog. :) http://thefinishedplate.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/cheesy-bacon-potato-dippers/.

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  54. Hi! Our family loves your cheesy potato chips! I linked up to them our our blog today. Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think! Keep the great recipes coming!

    www.thegraceelizabeth.com

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  55. These look amazing. I'll be making them for Sunday. I'll be reading while hubby watches the Super Bowl but I'll still enjoy the snacks.

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    1. Great, I hope you enjoy them! I really like football, but I think I may still like the snacks more :)

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  56. These were great! My family loved them. Check out my review of your recipe at:
    http://jleebeholdallthingsnew.blogspot.com/

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  57. Made these for dinner tonight! Very easy & fast to throw together! They were given a thumbs up from my husband & his friend. Very good!!

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  58. Thank you for sharing!! What an amazing recipe! Made this recipe tonight for my blog and mentioned you! Have a great weekend
    http://chickwhocooks.blogspot.com/

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  59. Have made these a few times now. My Fiance requests them frequently. Tonight I am preparing them to take to a beer tasting party... As a twist on these I have added chopped green and red peppers. Just like having nacho's!! So delish!!!

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    1. That sounds awesome Jodi! Glad you and your fiance are enjoying the recipe :)

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  60. I have made these several times and they are soooo good!! I have never boiled my potato slices, however. They are thin enough that they bake up just fine.

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  61. I am not sure how I feel about spraying the sliced boiled potatoes with more baking spray - it's a chemical, so why wouldn't you drizzle with a little olive oil???

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  62. Is this ranch dressing in the bottle or the powdered ranch?

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  63. OK... disregard my question above. If I'd read through all the posts, I would have seen you answered that already!

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  64. Making these with steak tonight. They look amazing!

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  65. Made these and did not really care for them. They were basically a baked potatoe with cheese and bacon. They were not crispy at all. I am going to try them again today but I am going to put the potatoes in the oven first so they can get crispy. Once crispy I will add the cheese and bacon.

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  66. I agree with the statement above. I tried my hand at these today. While they came out tender and the base flavors were there. The potatoes were not crispy at all and I even baked them for 7mins extra before admitting defeat. I also think that either the oven should be cranked up or that the potatoes should be prebaked before adding the toppings.

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  67. Very tasty! Thanks for the idea. We get these when we go out but I had never really thought to make them at home. We had some leftovers which we microwaved the next day and I thought they tasted even better then!

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  69. Made these for Christmas Eve for my whole family...everything bit was gone within five minutes. They were delicious, and the dipping sauce was great too.

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    1. I'm so glad you all enjoyed them, thank you for sharing your story!

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  70. Im still a little confused about the cold boil water? I just started cooking so i wanted to pick a simple yummie snack :) sounds tasty

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    1. That means that before you put the pot on the burner, the water should be cold. (Do not use hot or warm water from the tap :)) Also, if you do not have cooking spray you should definitely oil the pan, and you could try drizzling the slices LIGHTLY with a little more oil. It may also work to just cooking them bare. But you definitely need the pan to be greased so the slices don't stick

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  71. Also what can i replace with if i dont have cooking spray

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  72. I made these tonight as a side with steaks. Delicious.....and easy!

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  73. Try laying them on parchment paper. That's my plan. Less mess, easier cleanup!

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