Chili Cheese Fries


This comes together pretty quick and is very satisfying and filling.



  • 4 large potatoes, cut lengthwise into wedges (6 or so per potato)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Additional seasoning if desired


  •  2lbs ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2tb chili powder
  • 2ts cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3tb tomato paste
  • 2tb Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2c beef stock/broth

Cheese (we use this cheese sauce to top veggies in other meals, too!):

  • 3tb butter
  • 3tb flour
  • 3tb mustard
  • 1c milk
  • 1c chicken broth
  • 1-1/2-2c shredded cheddar cheese



  1. Preheat your oven to 450F.
  2. Place potatoes, a good sprinkling of olive oil, salt, pepper and any additional seasonings you may like into a bowl.  Stir well to combine.
  3. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Roast until crispy and golden brown, about 40 minutes.

Note:  Any variety of frozen fries will work as well.  I like to freeze my own fries each fall when we preserve potatoes for the year to come.   It’s not hard at all.


  1.  Begin browning meat in a skillet.  When meat is nearly browned, drain the fat off and return meat to the skillet.  Add the onion and saute until soft.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well, cooking until meat mixture has thickened.  As the meat mixture is heating and thickening, begin your cheese sauce.

Cheese Sauce

  1. Melt the butter over medium high heat. When butter is melted, whisk in the flour.  Cook until mixture is bubbly and just begins to turn slightly golden.
  2. Add milk and chicken stock and whisk well.  Add in mustard and continue cooking until mixture thickens.
  3. When mixture has thickened, remove pot from heat and stir in cheese until melted.

To put it all together, put a later of fries on a plate.  Pour enough meat sauce over them to cover, then smother it in cheese.

Note:  The cheese sauce is great over steamed veggies – I like to cook up a normandy mix (cauliflower, carrots and broccoli) and top it with cheese as a side for other dishes.  It freezes well.

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