Chili Cheese Fries are an amazing combo from chili and fries, and baked to cheesy perfection. Who doesn’t really love this combination? I guess no one will ever get enough of it. A keeper that everyone will enjoy and make on repeat.
This Chili Cheese Fries are no exception and here are the reasons why you should make them:
It is truly an amazing combination from fries and simple chili that tastes so good that it belongs in a great restaurant.
A really budget friendly recipe that you can easily make in a bigger batch.
You can use any fries that you like and want.
What you need for this Chili Cheese Fries recipe
I use pantry staples so it is really easy to prepare, but big in flavor.
Fries: I use frozen, because that will save a good amount of time. I bake them right before, but you can easily make ahead of time the night before. You will bake the fries, chili and cheese on top to get them hot and crispy again.
Oil: you can use a milder or olive oil that is a matter of preference.
Onions and garlic: these both infuse our chili with lots of amazing flavors.
Black beans: I use canned, again I like these are really inexpensive and save me time.
Tomato paste and sauce: I like to use them both. The sauce is a great base for chili and the paste intensifies the flavors.
Chili powder, smoked paprika and cumin: I tested a lot in and out what to add to our chili and to prove it can be really simple. This is the most amazing combo of seasonings which tastes so good.
Cheddar: I top my chili cheese fries with vegan cheddar and bake them until melted. Wow, so good and delicious flavor.
How to make Chili Cheese Fries
Preheat oven to 410F, and then we start with preparing the Chili.
In a pot, heat oil and add onions, garlic, vegan ground beef and cook for 3 minutes.
Then, mix in the tomato sauce, paste, black beans, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes more.
When the Chili is done, take a casserole dish and distribute fries, top with chili and finally cheese. Bake for 10 minutes and serve.
Tips and tricks
These Chili Cheese Fries are a dish that you should serve always immediately. I find leftovers are ok, but really best is fresh.
You can serve this as it is or with avocado slices on top, with cilantro, green onions, sour cream or anything that you like.
If you have leftover fries, you can use them from the day before.
The chili can also be make ahead around 2 days before. You have everything ready and will save even more time. Dump everything into your casserole, bake and enjoy.
Other recipes to try
- 1 lb fries, cooked
- 8 oz vegan ground beef
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1/3 cup onions, diced
- 15 oz black beans, drained
- 2 Tbs tomato paste
- 10 oz tomato sauce
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 3/4 cup vegan cheddar cheese
- salt, pepper taste
- Preheat your oven to 410F.
- In a pot heat up oil, then add onions, garlic, vegan ground beef and cook for 3 minutes.
- Then, add further tomato sauce, paste, black beans, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika and a pinch of salt and pepper. Let cook for 5 minutes more.
- In a casserole dish, distribute fries, top with chili and cheese. Bake for 10 minutes, enjoy immediately.
- This is a dish that you should always serve fresh. Leftovers are ok in my book, but really best is fresh.
- Serve Chili Cheese Fries as it is or serve them with avocados sliced on top, cilantro, green onions, or sour cream.
- Chili can be make ahead around 2 days before. Have everything ready and save even more time!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 746Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 587mgCarbohydrates: 84gFiber: 16gSugar: 2gProtein: 34g