Chili Cheese Fries

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This quick and easy Chili Cheese Fries recipe is perfect for a casual, fun get-together family dinner! These crispy American chili fries are filled with seasoned meat, cheese, and tomatoes. An easy to make homemade ground beef seasoning that makes this very flavorful and juiciest. These are the Best Chili Cheese Fries and they are very versatile.

Chili Cheese Fries
Chili Cheese Fries

I have first tried chili cheese fries in Texas, a fast-food called chop house burger. It was delicious and I recommend it strongly. Usual chili cheese fries are pretty simple to make- on a layer of hot French fries, topped with melted cheese and hot chili.  

Chili Cheese Fries invention

The dish originated in the United States, although its exact birthplace is still widely disputed. Cheese fries have been said to grow in popularity in the United States after canned cheese products such as Cheez Whiz hit the U.S. markets in 1952. Don A. Jenkins is said to have invented a variation of the cheese fry (the chili cheese fry), at the age of 16, in Tomball, Texas. Another report claims that a young fry cook named Austin Ruse was the first to serve this dish while working at Dairy Queen in St. Charles, MO.

Chili Cheese Fries

Localized Variations

Throughout the Southwest US, cheese fries are often covered in melted cheddar cheese, bacon bits, jalapeño slices, and chives, and served with ranch dressing. Alternately, they are also served as carne asada fries. In Philadelphia, pizza fries are topped with melted mozzarella and served with pizza sauce on the side, while “mega fries” are topped with cheddar (or sometimes Cheez Whiz) and mozzarella cheese and bacon. Usually served with a side of ranch dressing. In New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey, they are covered with American, mozzarella, or Swiss cheese, then melted. In New Jersey and certain New York City diners, Disco Fries are served with mozzarella and brown gravy. In other parts of the US, nacho cheese is often used, especially in snack stand-type settings.

What spices are in the Chili Cheese Fries?

The spices that are used in this homemade chili seasoning are chili powder, cumin, coriander, and salt.

Spices for Chili Cheese Fries
Spices for Chili Cheese Fries


First of all, grab a large skillet and set it over medium-high heat. Drizzle with oil and add your onion. The sizes of the onion depend on you, I like to dice my onions super small. On the other hand, if you don’t want to add onion, skip this step.

  • Cook the onion until soft and add the ground beef and cook it for 5-7 minutes. Make sure you stir it and break it into small pieces.
  • Remove the skillet and drain the extra fat or grease.
  • Return the skillet back to medium heat and add the taco seasoning.
  • Let it cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add a little bit of water so the meat gets fully cooked.
  • Simmer for approximately 15 minutes.
  • After the meat is fully cooked, it’s time to make the French fries!

The perfect French fries

  1. Peel and rinse the potatoes. Then cut them into sticks.
  2. Place them in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Allow them to soak for about 2-3 hours. You can also put it in a fridge and soak overnight.
  3. When you are ready to make the fries, drain all the water and use paper towels for any remaining water.
  4. Heat a few inches of the oil in a pot at 300° F. In multiple batches cook the potatoes until it becomes soft. You are not looking for a brown texture as of yet. Remove each batch and dry it with a paper towel
  5. Once all the potatoes have been fried at 300° F, turn up the heat to 400° F and start frying the potatoes again in batches. At this point, you will fry them until it gets the crispy brown texture.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

Nutritional Content

Serving Size of 1 (100 g)- Calories (kcal) 806 Fat (g) 38 Saturated Fat (g) 17 Cholesterol (mg) 129 Carbohydrates (g) 63 Dietary Fiber (g) 6 Total Sugars (g) 2 Protein (g) 50 Sodium (mg) 572