Chili Cheese Fries are a fast and easy appetizer or meal. If you have 20 minutes, you have time to make up these fries smothering in chili and gooey cheese. Get your napkins ready – you’re going to need them!

Table of Contents
  1. Loaded Chili Cheese Fries
  2. Ingredients to make this Chili Cheese Fries Recipe
  3. How to make Chili Cheese Fries
  4. Recipe Tips
  5. Why are my fries soggy?
  6. How do I make chili cheese fries spicy?
  7. How to reheat chili fries
  8. Can I use homemade french fries instead of frozen fries?
  9. Can I cook the fries in the air fryer?
  10. What are some good chili cheese fries toppings?
  11. What to serve it with
  12. Chili Cheese Fries Recipe

Loaded Chili Cheese Fries

The first time I ever had a bite of these Chili Cheese Fries, I knew life was never going to be the same. I love chili, I love cheese – and I love fries, so this recipe just makes delicious sense.

I actually use frozen french fries for this recipe but if you want to make your own homemade fries, go for it. It will extend the prep time, but anything homemade will also enhance the flavor.

Ingredients to make this Chili Cheese Fries Recipe

  • Frozen French fries – You can always make your own
  • Chili without beans
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Jalapeno pepper
  • Hot sauce (we used Tapatio)
  • Green onions
  • Sour cream
  • Salt

How to make Chili Cheese Fries

You’re going to love how simple it is to make chili fries. Fast, easy, and delicious.

  1. Bake fries according to package directions
  2. While fries are baking, heat chili per directions on the can. Add Tapatio and Jalapeno pepper and mix well.
  3. Take fries out of the oven and salt.  Start the broiler and move the rack up top. Put half the cheese over the fries. Spread chili on top of the cheese. Add the remaining cheese on top of the chili. Put under the broiler for a minute or two. Just enough time to melt the cheese.
  4. Serve hot with green onion garnish and a dollop of sour cream.

Recipe Tips

Change up the type of chili – Since you’re using canned chili for this recipe, you can try all different types and brands. Beanless, more meat, spicy – you name it.

Add various toppings – Once you learn how to make chili cheese fries with canned chili, change up the toppings. You can add shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, or even some cayenne pepper or chili pepper flakes.

Why are my fries soggy?

There’s really nothing that you can do about keeping the fries from getting soggy. Once you add the chili on top, just dig in.

The fries will be smothered in chili in about 2.5 seconds, and you’re probably going to need a fork to eat them after that.

But don’t worry. After you take a bite, you’re not going to care about the texture of the fries – at all.

Chili Cheese Fries in a light colored Bowl

How do I make chili cheese fries spicy?

It’s all about adding spicy ingredients. You can mix in some hot sauce to the chili, add cayenne pepper or red pepper chili flakes, or chop up fresh jalapenos and add them right on top.

How to reheat chili fries

If you’re lucky enough to have leftover chili fries, that just means that you’ll get to enjoy this flavor over and over again.

To reheat the chili cheese fries, just add them to a plate and reheat in the microwave or put them on a baking sheet and warm up low and slow in the oven.

Can I use homemade french fries instead of frozen fries?

Yes, you can. If you want to get potatoes, slice them up, fry them, and then proceed with the rest of the chili fries recipe, go for it! (and save me some because my mouth is drooling!)

Can I cook the fries in the air fryer?

Absolutely. If you want to cook the fries in the air fryer instead of the oven, you can. The air fryer may be a great solution to keeping the fries just a little bit crispier so that they don’t get soggy under all that delicious chili.

What are some good chili cheese fries toppings?

Have fun with the toppings. Add onions, cheese, black beans, pickled jalapenos, and anything else that you want.

What to serve it with

What I like best about this chili cheese fries recipe is that it goes well with so many other types of food.

You can also treat this like an appetizer or just decide that all you want to eat is a massive plate of chili cheese fries. It’s totally up to you.

Change it up and enjoy every single bite loaded with cheese and chili. Loaded fries don’t get any better than this!

Chili Cheese Fries in a light colored Bowl

Chili Cheese Fries

5 from 1 vote
This is a great appetizer but can also be your main course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 1 32- ounce package frozen French fries
  • 2 15- ounce cans chili without beans I like lots of chili. One can is fine if you want less
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped small
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce we used Tapatio
  • Green onions chopped for garnish
  • Sour cream for topping Dollop
  • Salt To taste

Instructions

  • Bake fries according to package directions
  • While fries are baking, heat chili per directions on the can. Add Tapatio and Jalapeno pepper and mix well.
  • Take fries out of oven and salt. Start broiler and move rack up top. Put half the cheese over the fries. Spread chili on top of the cheese. Add the remaining cheese on top of the chili. Put under broiler for a minute or two. Just enough time to melt the cheese.
  • Serve hot with green onion garnish and a dollop of sour cream.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1019mg | Potassium: 641mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 303IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chili, chili cheese fries, french fries
Collage of Chili Cheese Fries in a light colored Bowl

Chili Cheese Fries are a great appetizer or main course. Bring your fork!

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