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Game Day Loaded Potato Chips Appetizer

There’s a little bar and grill downtown in our small suburb that we probably eat at just a little too frequently. Good food, good service, and a positive atmosphere, not to mention an ultra convenient location, keep us coming back often.

We often indulge in an appetizer with our meals there , and a family fave is the loaded potato chips — fresh, hot potato chips, smothered in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce, topped with diced tomato, crumbled bacon, and chopped green onions. Seriously, does it get much better?

Tip: Try baking your bacon in the oven for perfectly cooked bacon with less mess!

Recreating my favorite restaurant foods at home is a little hobby of mine, so I figured I’d give these loaded potato chips for a game day snack. While I chose to go the completely homemade route, making my own potato chips and cheddar cheese sauce, you could easily just use store bought chips and melted Velveeta cheese — promise I won’t judge!

But if you do want give the homemade version a try, I’ll share my favorite cheddar cheese sauce with you. It only takes about five minutes to make, and when you use a nice, sharp cheddar cheese (I chose Cracker Barrel sharp cheddar from Walmart), the flavor is delicious.

Loaded Potato Chips Recipe

One thing I would note is that homemade cheese sauces are best eaten immediately, since they will firm back up as they cool. So if you’re planning to serve this at a party where your guests may pick at it, rather than devour it immediately like my family, I’d probably recommend you use Velveeta instead.

Loaded Potato Chips

Loaded Potato Chips

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


Homemade Cheese Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese

Loaded Chips

  • potato chips
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • green onions, chopped


For the cheese sauce:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in the flour and keep whisking until the mixture thickens up. Whisk in the milk until there are no lumps, and continue to mix until it thickens up again.
  3. Turn off the heat and whisk in the cheddar cheese until melted.
  4. Serve immediately.

For the loaded chips:

  1. Arrange chips on a plate. Drizzle cheese sauce over them, and top with diced tomato, crumbled bacon, and chopped green onions.

How much did you LOVE this recipe?

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When I choose a recipe that requires a number of steps like this for a get together, I’ll typically choose something simpler to balance it out for the main course. I could have just ordered delivery pizza, but instead I picked up a couple of these Marketside take & bake pizzas at Walmart while I was picking up the ingredients for the loaded chips.

If you have yet to try these, I highly recommend them! Priced very reasonably ($6.98 for the large cheese and $7.98 for the large pepperoni), they bake up quickly to satisfy any appetite. I popped them in the oven while we were enjoying our appetizer, and they were ready by the time we finished.

Here are a few more game day faves you may want to try:

To finish it all off, treat your guests to some of these easy Indoor S’Mores — such a yummy treat!

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Carla B

Saturday 19th of January 2013

These could only be improved with olives and sour cream. YUM!!!


Saturday 19th of January 2013

These look amazing too, got to try them, especially since I just cleaned my deep fryer and it has new oil!

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

Friday 18th of January 2013

Awesome plate of chips - love this!!

Paula - bell'alimento

Friday 18th of January 2013

These are definitely trouble, which can only mean I need to make them immediately ; )

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Friday 18th of January 2013

Oh my goodness, these would get me in trouble, for sure!