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Chili Cheese Fries

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These incredible easy chili cheese fries are the perfect meal or delicious appetizer! 
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  1. Chili Cheese Fries Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Chili Cheese Fries Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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These chili cheese fries are the stuff that dreams are made of! Golden brown French fries, creamy cheese sauce, and meaty chili make this tasty recipe absolutely epic.

For an alternative chili recipe to use, try our beef and bean chili or our keto chili.

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Chili Cheese Fries Ingredients

You’ll need:

For the Chili

  • ¼ large onion diced
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • ¼ can of water (use the tomato sauce can to measure)
  • ½ of a 15-ounce can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 2-ounce can of green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Cheese Sauce

  • 1½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups of extra sharp cheddar (about one eight-ounce block)
  • 2 cups of shredded pepper jack (about ¼ of a 2-pound block)
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of chili powder

You Will Also Need

  • 1 bag of frozen French fries
  • jalapeños and green onions for garnish

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHILI: Check out our homemade chili recipes. You can make it on the stovetop, in your crockpot, or even try turkey chili. If you have leftover chili from a previous meal, you could even reheat it and use it on top.

TOPPINGS: You can take these up another notch by adding crispy, crumbled bacon on top.

FRIES: You could use potatoes, sweet potato fries, or potato wedges instead of fries or even make homemade fries instead of store-bought.

SPICE: While there are some spicy elements in this recipe, you can always give it an extra little kick with a bit of hot sauce or cayenne pepper in your chili.

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How To Make This Chili Cheese Fries Recipe

PRO TIP:

The chili can be made up to 3 days in advance. You could make a pot of chili for dinner, then use the leftovers the second day to prepare this dish.

STEP ONE: Prepare the French fries according to the package directions on a baking sheet.

STEP TWO: In a skillet, sauté a diced onion until it starts to become translucent.

STEP THREE: Then add the ground beef and cook until all the pink is gone, then drain the fat off.

STEP FOUR: Next add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, green chilies, water, and seasonings. Stir and let simmer for 3 to 5 minutes while you shred the cheese.

PRO TIP:

Go here if you want to make your chili in your crockpot instead.

STEP FIVE: In a medium saucepan, heat up the heavy cream until bubbles start to form around the sides. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cheeses and seasonings until the cheese is completely melted.

Chili Cheese Fries process shot of cheeses and seasonings being added to the pot

STEP SIX: Now you’re ready to assemble the toppings. Spread some of the cheese on the bottom of a plate, then pile the French fries on top of the cheese. Add a little more cheese, then top with chili. Finally, add more cheese sauce and garnish with green onions and jalapeño.

PRO TIP:

Serve your cheese fries right away, as the fries will become soft as they sit under the chili.

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How To Serve

If all the fixings you have already added on top of these classic chili cheese fries aren’t enough, add even more of your favorite toppings. Salsa, sour cream, guacamole, diced tomatoes, and extra shredded cheddar cheese are all great options.

These would be excellent to make for a party on game day. Double your recipe and serve up a great big platter for your guests. Add a few more appetizers including our easy pepperoni rolls and cucumber bites, and you’ll be all set.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: If by some wonder you don’t devour these ultimate cheese fries in one sitting, you clearly have more self-control than me! Should this happen, store your leftovers in an airtight container. Preheat your oven to 350°F and pop your leftovers on a baking sheet. Place in the oven for a few minutes — usually around 10 — and then voilà! You can enjoy more chili cheese fries.

IN THE FREEZER: This recipe will not keep in the freezer as the chili will make the French fries soggy. It is best to make this fresh.

close up shot of a plate of Chili Cheese Fries garnished with green onions and jalapeños on a plate

Crispy fries, spicy homemade beef chili, and melted cheese make for a delicious and fun meal (you’ll want to try our crispy potatoes, too!). Get busy in the kitchen making these incredible chili cheese fries now.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use a different chili recipe or canned chili?

Any type of chili would be yummy on these cheese fries. Pick your favorite recipe or save time and grab a can from the store.

Can I freeze any leftover chili?

Chili freezes exceptionally well. Make a big batch of chili for dinner, freeze the extras in an airtight container and thaw it when you are craving chili cheese fries.

What toppings can I use on chili cheese fries?

In addition to the recommended toppings in the recipe, try salsa, sour cream, guacamole, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese – all great options to make your fries even heartier.

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Chili Cheese Fries

5 from 4 votes
These incredible easy chili cheese fries are the perfect meal or delicious appetizer! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Chili

  • ¼ large onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • ¼ water, (use the tomato sauce can to measure)
  • 7.5 ounces petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 ounces green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cheese Sauce

  • cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups extra-sharp cheddar, I shredded one 8-ounce block
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack, I shredded ¼ of a 2-pound block
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

You'll also need

  • 1 bag frozen French fries
  • jalapeños and green onions for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Prepare French fries according to package directions.
  • In a skillet, sauté diced onion until they start to become translucent. Add the ground beef and cook until all the pink is gone. Drain fat.
  • Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, green chilies, water and seasonings. Stir and let simmer for 3 to 5 minutes while you shred the cheese.
  • In a medium sauce pan, heat up heavy cream until bubbles start to form around the sides. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheeses and seasonings until the cheese is completely melted.
  • To assemble the dish, spread some cheese on the bottom of the plate, then pile the fries on top of the cheese, add a little more cheese, top with chili, more cheese sauce and garnish with green onion and jalapeños.

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Notes

  • The chili can be made up to 3 days in advance. You could make a pot of chili for dinner, then use the leftovers the second day to prepare this dish.
  • Go here if you want to make your chili in your crockpot instead.
  • Serve your cheese fries right away, as the fries will become soft as they sit under the chili.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1207mg | Calcium: 588mg | Vitamin C: 8mg | Vitamin A: 1940IU | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 587mg | Cholesterol: 171mg | Calories: 613kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Fat: 51g | Protein: 30g | Carbohydrates: 10g | Iron: 3mg
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