I have no idea who invented chili cheese fries, but what I do know is that they are one of the best indulgent treats out there! Want to feel like a kid again? Use my delicious Smoky Chicken Chili and smother up some delicious potato wedges for the best chili cheese fries experience of your life!
You know how food can sometimes trigger memories and bring back all the good feelings of a time when life was maybe a little more care free? I remember going to the Sonic Drive-In and getting either chili cheese fries or tots and calling it dinner. Those were the days for sure!
Now days a treat like that is a rarity, but I decided to recreate the feeling in my own kitchen. I mean, what else should you do with leftover chili? These chili cheese fries use frozen potato wedges cooked to crispy perfection, leftover chili, and cheese and sour cream for a dinner for your family will devour. Also? Good for game day.
What do I use for chili cheese fries? Do chili cheese fries have meat?
There may be plenty of fast food places where you can grab some chili cheese fries, but the point here is to use up your own favorite leftover homemade chili to make yet another delicious meal. Meat or meatless, you won’t go wrong.
I’ve got several chili recipes on my site, and any one of these would work perfectly for this!
- Healthy Chili Recipe
- The Best IPA Beer Chili
- Chipotle Sweet Potato Chili with Black Beans
- Smoky Chicken Chili
They key is to pair up whatever flavor you use with a high quality cheese and sour cream along with the best fries you can find! Alexia Oven Fries were my choice, but use what you like best!
What are the best toppings to use for chili cheese fries?
My advice, keep it simple. You can always go with a cheese sauce, but really a nice shredded cheese works perfectly and is so much easier. I like a sharp cheddar for tons of flavor, but a milder cheese would be great too.
Don’t forget some sour cream and maybe a garnish of some fresh chopped cilantro. And, if you are ever in a bind and really want that fresh cilantro flavor but don’t have any on hand, Litehouse Freeze-Dried Cilantro.
Chili Cheese Fries
- 16 oz frozen potato wedges or home fries
- 3 cups leftover chili
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
- Cook fries according to package directions (I like to add a little extra seasoned salt or other seasoning blend if fries are plain, this is optional)
- Reheat chili to piping hot
- Serve fries topped with chili, cheese, sour cream and cilantro