Chili cheese fries are no longer just something to nosh on while you watch a game or while you’re at happy hour with your friends. Now you can make delicious, from-scratch chili cheese fries right at home!
Our chili cheese fries start with a base of crispy, seasoned baked fries. Then they are topped with our speedy stovetop chili, tons of cheese, and all of your favorite toppings! Grab the napkins and dig right in.
How do I make my fries crispy?
I’m going to let you in on the secret to crispy homemade french fries: soaking! If you’ve never soaked fries before making them, I highly, highly recommend you try it out. Soaking the fries helps remove extra starch that makes potatoes stick together and lose their crispness—something that is important regardless of your cooking method, but particularly important when you are making oven fries.
Soaking potatoes before you make oven fries is the difference between roasted potatoes and fries. Crisp and crunchy on the outside. Soft and fluffy on the inside. Seriously kids, soak your potatoes.
Did you say these fries are beer soaked?
Yes! You don’t have to use beer if you don’t want—plain ole water works, too (although, c’mon, beer-soaked fries, people). These don’t really taste overwhelmingly like beer, but they do have a light beer hint to the taste—I think it’s really nice, because I’m a huge beer fan, but if beer isn’t your cup of tea (pint of brew?), you could use water and get the same crisp-fry-making results.
Tell me about this homemade chili.
This speedy chili recipe is a nice way to quickly whip up a small batch of chili without slaving over a stove all day. It’s also the perfect consistency for all your chili-topping needs—coney dogs, baked potatoes, chili mac.
It comes together in about half an hour, too. Just brown the ground beef, sauté it with some onion and garlic, and then simmer it with the rest of the ingredients for 15-20 minutes. Easy-peasy!
What cheese is good for chili?
I like to use a good old sharp cheddar because its flavor stands up well to the strong flavors in the chili, and it has a great texture when melted. We recommend shredding your own cheese for the best taste and texture, but bagged shredded cheddar cheese will also do the trick.
What do I do with leftovers?
Unfortunately, even when reheated, leftover fries are pretty lackluster. We recommend gathering your friends and family and eating as much of these fries as possible fresh out of the oven. If you do have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge, and then reheat in a 350°F conventional or toaster oven until warm and gooey.
Can these chili cheese fries be frozen?
We don’t recommend it. Potatoes tend to behave unpredictably when stuck in the freezer. This is a dish to enjoy fresh.
Recipe Variations To Try:
- Swap out the potato fries for our life-changing Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries!
- Use one of our fun chili recipes for an interesting variation—Taco Chili, Chicken Chili, or even our White Chicken Chili would all be awesome!
- Instead of shredded cheese, try using a simple cheese sauce drizzled on the fries. We like the cheese sauce from our Bacon and Sriracha Mac and Cheese, but for a plant-based version, you can also try our Cashew Queso.