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Texas Chili Fries

The delicious chili goes together in minutes and then cooks while you run errands. The only way to make it even better is to pour it over crisp french fries and sprinkle with cheese. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat (cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Mexican diced tomatoes
  • 1 envelope (1.25 ounces) chili seasoning mix
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 packages (32 ounces each) frozen french-fried potatoes
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings: Sour cream and sliced jalapeno peppers


  • Place onion and carrot in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Toss beef with 2 tablespoons flour. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; brown beef in batches. Transfer meat to slow cooker.
  • Drain tomatoes; reserving liquid. In a small bowl, whisk drained liquid, chili seasoning and remaining flour until blended; pour over beef. Stir in the tomatoes, beans and peppers. Cook, covered, on low until meat is tender, about 6 hours.
  • Prepare fries according to package directions. Serve chili over fries; sprinkle with cheese. If desired, top with sour cream and jalapeno slices.

Test Kitchen tips
  • This is a fun appetizer, but it can also be served as a main dish, or the chili can be served alone.
  • Substitute a jack cheese—Monterey or pepper—for the cheddar.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 374 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 824mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 19g protein.

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    • ms11145
      Aug 6, 2020

      Chili Cheese fries is a huge hit in my family. It is a great way to use up left over chili or french fries. I also like adding a can or mexicorn to the chili.

    • John
      Jan 18, 2020

      Justin beth must have lost their tastebuds. We foumd this to be an excellent flavoursome recipe. Great stuff.. Tony kingscliff

    • justmbeth
      Feb 24, 2019

      I like the overall concept of chili cheese fries and make them often with leftover chili. However, this recipe was disappointing. I found the chili itself to be bland. It took hot sauce and other toppings on the fries to zip it up. A better recommendation would be to use your favorite hearty chili in place of the chili outlined here.