No need to wait for the county fair to indulge in chili cheese fries, they’re super easy to make at home!

Crispy fries are loaded up with a super quick stovetop chili, lots of cheese, and our favorite toppings! Short on time? We’ve got you covered, find our fave shortcuts below!

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CHILI This super easy recipe starts with a quick stovetop chili. Ground beef is simmered with kidney beans, a rich tomato sauce, and seasonings.

FRENCH FRIES The chili is scooped over a pile of hot, crunchy French fries. Use baked fries, frozen or even air fryer fries. Skinny, curly fries, or steak fries—the choice is yours!

CHEESE Shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream make this the perfect appetizer for dipping!

ingredients to make Chili Cheese Fries

How to Make Chili Cheese Fries

Chili cheese fries are a savory treat that’s ready in no time.

  1. Make Chili: Brown beef & onions, add tomato sauce and seasonings, and simmer.
  2. Make Fries: While chili simmers, prepare fries according to package directions, or whip up a batch of crispy oven fries. Set them aside, but keep them warm in the oven.
  3. Load ‘Em Up: Divide the hot fries over serving plates and top with chili. Add toppings and serve immediately.

Time Saving Swaps

Fries – swap homemade fries for frozen fries of any variety. Use the air fryer to make it fast!

Chili – use leftover chili to make this recipe fast (or canned chili in a pinch).

Cheese – this is one recipe where pre-shredded cheeses work perfectly!

process of mixing ingredients to make Chili Cheese Fries

Recipe Variations

For a little bit of a healthy twist, use sweet potato fries, turkey chili, and low-fat cheese.

Swap chili for sloppy joe mix (or lentil sloppy joe mix for a veggie version).

Trade out the chili for homemade taco meat.

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Chili Cheese Fries

These Chili Cheese Fries are cheesy, delicious, and so easy to make!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
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  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 15 ounces kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef stock or broth
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

For Serving

  • 6 cups hot cooked french fries about 32 ounces frozen
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • sour cream for topping
  • green onions chopped
  • tomatoes diced


  • Cook fries according to recipe or package directions (we love this baked fries recipe).
  • In large skillet brown ground beef, onions, and bell pepper until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Stir in remaining chili ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes or until the stock has cooked down and the chili sauce has thickened.
  • Divide fries over 4 plates. Top with hot chili and cheese. Add additional toppings as desired.


For chili cheese fries the chili is slightly thicker than a traditional chili.
Place the cheese under the chili (and some on top if you'd like) so it melts from the heat of the chili.
Time-Saving Swaps
Fries - swap homemade fries for frozen fries of any variety. Use the air fryer to make it fast!
Chili - use leftover chili to make this recipe fast (or canned chili in a pinch).
Cheese - this is one recipe where pre-shredded cheeses work perfectly!
5 from 11 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 987 | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 1645mg | Potassium: 1605mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1497IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 610mg | Iron: 7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Party Food, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
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  1. Guessed right that this would be a great meal to have while watching football on TV! I will definitely use the chili recipe again – even without serving with fries!5 stars

  2. I have never had chili cheese fries before but if I had known they tasted this good I made them for supper last night and they were such a hit! I went a little heavy on the red pepper flakes because we like it a bit spicier! But oh so good!5 stars