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chili cheese fries

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

This is a plate of pure indulgence! So delicious and satisfying, they can be enjoyed as an appetizer or main course.

yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 25 Min
cook time 1 Hr 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For chili cheese fries

  • 1 Tbsp
    canola oil
  • 1 c
    diced white onions
  • ground Himalayan pink salt, to taste
  • 1/2 c
    diced red peppers
  • 1 lg
    jalapeño pepper (about 1/4 cup), seeded, ribs removed, and finely chopped
  • 3 lg
    cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 1/2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste (I always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1 can
    tomato sauce (15 oz)
  • 1 can
    fire roasted diced tomatoes (15 oz)
  • 1 can
    kidney beans, drained and rinsed (15 oz)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    chipotle chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    hot sauce, such as Cholula
  • 1/2 c
    low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 bag
    frozen french fries (26 oz each)
  • 2 1/2 c
    cheddar cheese sauce
  • 1 c
    sour cream, or as needed, for garnish
  • 2 lg
    green onions, sliced

How To Make chili cheese fries

  • 1
    In a Dutch oven over medium heat, add oil. When it shimmers, add onions and season with ground sea salt. Sauté until they soften, about 1 ½ to 2 minutes.
  • 2
    Add red peppers and jalapeño peppers; sauté them for 3 minutes.
  • 3
    Add pressed garlic and quickly sauté for only 30 seconds.
  • 4
    Add ground beef and break it into small pieces. Cook the meat halfway before seasoning with freshly ground black pepper; cook until no longer pink.
  • 5
    Add the tomato paste and stir to coat.
  • 6
    Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, chipotle chili powder, brown sugar, ground cumin, oregano, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Stir to combine before pouring in beef broth; stir again.
  • 7
    Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 1:15 to 1:30 hours or until the chili thickens, stirring often.
  • 8
    About 20 minutes before the cooking time is over, make the Cheddar Cheese Sauce.
  • 9
    When the chili is done, spoon a generous amount on the fries, drizzle the Cheddar Cheese Sauce over and top with a big dollop of sour cream; garnish with green onions.
  • 10
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