Healthier Chili Cheese Fries

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Make Chili Cheese Fries a little bit “good for you” with homemade chili, oven fries, and shredded cheddar.

Chili Cheese Fries

When I was in high school, chili cheese fries were a staple of life. Our high school cantine offered french fries, slathered with movie theatre-style cheese sauce and canned Hormel chili. And honestly? I loved it.

I don’t think I would love it today, but back then I did.

Based on that experience, one could expect to rank Chili Cheese Fries in the Halls of Junk Food forever. But, what happens when you top oven fries with homemade chili and shredded cheddar cheese?

Well, you get the novelty and fun factor of Chili Cheese Factor with a lot less processed and a helping extra of “good for you”.

This chili is simple to pull together with regular kitchen staples. Feel free to serve it without the fries. My girls each ate two bowls full. The chili is freezer friendly; you can make a double batch and freeze the extras for another night. It also goes great on hot dogs, over chips, and anytime you just want “a bowl of red.”

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Erin says

    Yum. You know, I spent 30 years in Ohio and there they like to eat chili on spaghetti with onions and cheddar cheese. I bet you could even use whole wheat pasta, might have to give it a try…

  2. Lia says

    Yum! The Texas Chili from your freezer cookbook would be great on fries, too. In fact, I made and canned some to use for quick chili dogs, so now I may just be making some chili cheese fries this week.

    • Jessica says

      Yes! Hubs would have preferred that for the spice. The kids like this one better; the tomato paste makes it just a bit sweet.

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