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Chili Cheese Fries

These Chili Cheese Fries are slathered with a beefy bean chili sauce and lots of melted cheese. Great for a side dish or a whole meal.
Course Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Food to Drink to
Keyword air fryer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • air fryer, optional for making French fries
  • large sheet pan
  • parchment paper


  • 32 ounces frozen french fries cooked to package directions
  • 1 pound ground beef I use 80/20
  • 10 ounce red enchilada sauce
  • 2 15-ounce chili with beans
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Spanish paprika
  • 2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
  • 2 stalks green onions chopped


  • Make the frozen fries according to package directions. *See notes on how I made mine in the air fryer.
  • Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
  • In a large-sized sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Remove the meat from the pan and drain the grease using a mesh strainer over a bowl.
  • Wipe the pan of grease then add the beef back to the pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add the can of enchilada sauce and cans of chili with beans. Add the spices then heat everything through for 2-3 minutes.
  • On a large baking sheet add a sheet of parchment paper.
  • Spread the fries over the pan into a unified layer.
  • Spoon the chili mixture over the top of the fries. Finish by sprinkling cheese and green onions on the top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes to melt all the cheese on top. Enjoy!


Tips for making Chili Cheese Fries:
  • I find that using my air fryer is the best way to make crispy French fries. Air fry at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Using a large pan makes sure that everything is spread evenly and the toppings get spread out on all the fries, not just on top of a heap.