Chili Cheese Fries

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CHILI. CHEESE. FRIES. I mean what else can I say? You already know the vibes and that chili cheese fries are slamming. This recipe is super easy and perfect for a main dish or an appetizer on game day.

Chili cheese fries close up with shredded cheese and sour cream.

Ingredients for chili cheese fries

This is not a recipe with a small ingredient list. Since you’ll be making your own chili for this lots of things are needed but it’s so worth it. It may seem like a lot but it comes together easily.

For this recipe you will need:

  • ground beef
  • salt & pepper
  • red onion
  • habanero pepper
  • a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • red pepper chili flakes
  • cajun seasoning
  • paprika
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • brown sugar
  • beef broth
  • red kidney beans
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • Frozen french fries
  • Scallions and sour cream for the toppings

How to make chili cheese fries

Making this recipe is easier than you think. You’ll need a large pan to make the chili first. Brown the ground beef then add the onions and peppers. After a few minutes add the diced tomatoes and all the seasonings. Lastly add the beef broth and red kidney beans.

While the chili is cooking, “cook” the frozen french fries according to the packaged directions. Serve the chili on top of the fries with the shredded cheese, scallions and sour cream.

The full directions with measurements are below on the recipe card.

Faqs & Tips for this recipe

Feel free to melt the cheese on top of the chili cheese fries. To do this preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the fries on a baking sheet and top with the chili and cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted.

Instead of a habanero pepper you can use a jalapeño pepper.

If you want it less spicy, use half the amount of chili powder.

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Fries covered with chili and cheese with a dollop of sour cream.

Chili Cheese Fries

These chili cheese fries are super hearty. It's filling enough as a meal on its own or as an appetizer on game day.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup red onion , diced
  • 1/2 tsp habanero pepper , diced
  • 15 oz fire roasted tomatoes, diced can
  • 2 tsp red pepper chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 15 oz red kidney beans , can drained & rinsed
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb frozen french fries
  • Scallions & sour cream for topping


  • Preheat your oven to 425.
  • In a large pan over medium high heat, brown the ground beef with some salt and pepper, stirring occasionally. This takes about 5 minutes. Drain the ground beef, remove from pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan over medium heat, add some olive oil to the pan. Add the onion and pepper and cook stirring frequently until it’s nice and soft. Put the ground beef back in the pan.
  • Add the diced tomatoes and stir to combine. Add the red pepper chilli flakes, cajun, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, brown sugar and cumin to the mixture.
  • Pour the beef both and beans in, stir to combine. Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime cook the frozen french fries according to the package.
  • Uncover and let simmer for 20 additional minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should be thickened when it’s finished.
  • Turn off the heat & stir in half of the shredded cheese into the chili until it’s melted.
  • Spoon the chili over the fries and top with scallions, sour cream and the remainder of the cheese.
  • Eat and enjoy! This can be a main dish or an appetizer.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 735mg | Potassium: 889mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1857IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 306mg | Iron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 592
Keyword: Quick and easy
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