Yes, you can make crispy seasoned baked French fries at home without deep-frying in vegetable oil.
- 1 pound potatoes
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- salt to taste
Scrub potatoes, peel if desired, and slice into 1/2-inch strips. Place potatoes into a bowl and cover with cold water. Let the potatoes soak for at least 15 minutes to extract some of the starch.
Preheat your oven to 425˚F.
Add the olive oil, taco seasoning, paprika, and pepper to a large bowl and mix to combine. Set aside.
Drain potatoes, rinse, and dry well with a kitchen towel. Add the potatoes to the large bowl and toss to mix with the seasoned olive oil.
Spread the potatoes out in a single layer on two baking sheets. Bake in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, until crispy. Turn once during baking so the fries brown evenly. Begin watching them at the 30-minute mark, because some potatoes cook faster than others. Add salt to taste and serve warm with homemade marinara sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.
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