With a homemade chili and cheese sauce these Chili Cheese Fries are an easy, family friendly staple that you will want to make over and over.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Keyword Cheese Fries, Chili Cheese Fries
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 45minutes
Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
For the chili:
1cupcanned pinto beansdrained and rinsed
15ouncecan tomato sauce
For the cheese sauce:
3cupsshredded sharp cheddar cheesedivided
Thinly sliced scallionsoptional
Cook the fries per the directions on the bag. Once the fries are cooked, lower the heat to 350°F.
While the fries are cooking, in a large skillet over medium-high heat add the beef, onion, and garlic, breaking up the beef. Brown the beef and cook until no longer pink, about 5-8 minutes. Drain the excess fat.
Add the beans, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and cumin. Stir to combine, cook until the spices are fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add the tomato sauce and beef stock, stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and lower the heat to low and simmer, covered for 15 minutes.
In a medium-size saucepan melt the butter over medium-low. Whisk in the flour, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and paprika. Cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally.
Slowly stream in the milk while whisking constantly to ensure there are no lumps. Cook until thickened, just until it comes to a simmer, stirring constantly. Take off the heat and add half of the cheese, stir it in until melted and smooth.
You can do this for a large crowd or individually. Layer fries on a parchment-lined sheet tray. Top with some of the cheese sauce, add some chili, top with more cheese sauce. Add shredded cheese. Place the sheet tray in the oven just until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Top with scallions if desired and serve immediately.
Make sure that you are using freshly shredded cheese for this recipe, it melts best.
You can swap the pinto beans for red kidney beans or leave them out.
The chili sauce can be made ahead of time, see my tips above.
You can use homemade french fries if you'd like.
You can double this recipe to serve larger crowds.
Chili Cheese Fries Recipe found on https://thissillygirlskitchen.com/chili-cheese-fries/ *All nutritional information is approximate and may not be 100% accurate. Please consult a nutritionist for more specific information.