How to Make Chili Frito Pie and Chili Cheese Fries - Kids Cook Monday Easy Recipe

Chili Cheese Fries--one of my favorite dishes!
Chili Cheese Fries--one of my favorite dishes! | Source

Do You Like "Kid" Foods?

I must be a kid at heart, because I love foods that children love. I love hot dogs, I gobble up chicken nuggets, and I salivate at a dish of macaroni and cheese. Throw some chili cheese fries in front of me, and I'm ready to dig in--but perhaps this dish appeals to adults, too (besides me) with the tremendous flavor created from this combination.

I never even thought of chili cheese fries until I noticed restaurants selling them a few years ago. Growing up, though, I had often eaten Frito chili pie, a precursor to my love for chili cheese fries. Frito chili pie is like chili cheese fries with corn chips (Fritos or another brand) replacing the french fries. Both dishes are tasty meals that are quick and easy to put together.

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5 stars from 3 ratings of Chili Cheese Fries

Cook Time for Chili Cheese Fries

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Bag of fries, can chili, block cheese serves 5-6
Frozen fries, canned chili, and cheese (Colby in this photo)
Frozen fries, canned chili, and cheese (Colby in this photo)

Ingredients for Chili Cheese Fries

  • 1 bag frozen french fries, shoe string style
  • 1 can chili, no beans
  • 1 block cheddar cheese, shredded
  • onions, chopped, optional
  • jalapenos, sliced, optional
  • sour cream, optional
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Instructions

  1. Place frozen french fries on baking pan. Cook in oven according to instructions on package.
  2. Open up can of chili. Warm up in pan or microwave.
  3. Grate cheddar cheese.
  4. Chop onions, optional.
  5. Set out optional items, including jalapeno slices, sour cream, even relish or hot sauce.

Frito Chili Pie

As mentioned previously, Frito chili pie and chili cheese fries are very similar. Just replace the french fries in the chili cheese fries with corn chips (Fritos brand, if you wish), and voila! There you have it. Add the same optional toppings, if desired. Serve both entrees on the same night to give options, if you choose.

Chili Cheese Fries with Onions and Sour Cream

Nutritional Comparisons for 1/2 cup chili

Canned Chili
Canned Turkey Chili
 
175 calories
100 calories
 
9 grams fat
1 gram fat
 
40 mg cholesterol
30 mg cholesterol
 
960 mg sodium
600 mg sodium
 
Total calories w/fries & cheese: 505
435 total calories
 
Consider using canned turkey chili to save on calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium!

Calories, Taste, and Moderation

Chili cheese fries aren't the healthiest meal around, but, if you want a quick, delicious meal for your family, this dish is a nice option. If you want to throw in some more nutritious foods, chop up some vegetables on the side and serve fruit for dessert.

Using turkey chili can save you around 75 calories per serving and gobs of fat and sodium. If you want to save more fat and calories, choose reduced fat cheese and make your own baked fries from potatoes.

Conversely, if you don't like turkey chili or any reduced fat products, just splurge and have a fun meal. You probably don't have chili cheese fries or Frito chili pie very often, so it won't hurt to enjoy it--complete with fat and calories--once in a while. "Everything in moderation," my mother always says.

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The Kids Can Help!

This is an easy meal that kids can help with and get the meal even more quickly on the table. They can spread the frozen french fries on the baking pan, open the chili and pour it in the pan, and grate the cheese. Older kids can chop up the onions. Responsible children can get out serving bowls for jalapenos or sour cream, or just set these items out straight from the refrigerator. It depends on how fancy you want to be or how quickly you want to get the meal on the table.

However you serve it, chili cheese fries and Frito chili pie are bound to be a hit!

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Love this recipe for my kids as well as myself. Am sharing, pinning and voting this one up!


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HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

Never tried making a Frito Pie before - although I've heard so much about it! Love chili-cheese fries!


kelleyward 4 years ago

When I use chili I always use the turkey kind because it is so much healthier. This looks great and reminds me of food I grew up eating. Thanks for sharing this. Kelley


Liz Walmoth 4 years ago

This sounds great and may be something my 3 year old grandson will at least try. If not, I can eat them!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Janine for reading and sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

HawaiiHeart--You should make frito pie. I love it!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I love Frito Chili Pie and I have to confess that I usually throw some shredded lettuce or cabbage on top of the cheese for some veggies. :) Awesome hub. VUMS.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

kelley--Good for you with the turkey chili. These meals are still great comfort food!


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

I love chili cheese fries, honestly my favorite one! 5stars!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, you can, Liz! But surely the grandson would like them too!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

TT--Good idea on the lettuce or cabbage thing. I never thought about that but will definitely try it as I AM a veggie girl! VUMS!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome, snowdrops! Thanks for the stars. I may have to make some more chili cheese fries soon. Every time I come to this hub, I get hungry for them!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

This looks awesome! lol! I am such a kid too! I love chips and chilli sauce, chips meaning fries, being English I have to do it the hard way! lol! looks good, and definitely sounds like it tastes good!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This may be listed for kids, but my husband would enjoy these recipes very much. I can't help but eat them also whenever he does have them. Great suggestions and so enjoyable to read.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hey, Nell! Yes, I noticed recently on one of your hubs that chips means fries! :-) Yes, I love this type of food, too!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, teaches! I love this stuff, too!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

You would get along well with my husband. He loves many kid friendly foods like fish sticks and hot dogs. :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

random--Yummy, fish sticks! Corn dogs! All that stuff. Your husband is cool! :-)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Who wouldn't love these? They seem relatively easy to prepare and I know the flavor will make me want to hurry to get it ready to serve. My family will love this for sure.

Thanks for sharing..I am bookmarking this to add to my recipe files.

Sending you Angels this afternoon. :) ps


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

pstraubie--I love eating these recipes! Yummy and easy!


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Saves money to make this yourself. What is not to love? Great comfort food.


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

You know, I love my healthful foods, but I have to take a break from time to time and indulge - this is the perfect indulgence. :) I love, LOVE sour cream and cheese. Okay...I admit it. I eat sour cream and cheese a little too often. I can't help it. So anything with these two ingredients has me weak at the knees. ;)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Healthy is good but we must admit these are the foods that warm our souls ;) Great recipe, so sorry I missed it the first time around!

Voted up, useful, and interesting....delicious would be a good choice too.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

truthfornow It's not very expensive to make at home, and it is absolutely a great comfort food!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CC, I hear ya about sour cream and cheese. If they will go with something, I'll plop it on anything. Probably way too often! Gotta indulge sometimes, though. Life is too short not to. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

tillsontitan - Thanks for stopping by! Having this hug recirculate made me hungry for chili cheese fries, so I made some tonight. LOL!


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

this is super easy, kids can help too, but we do the frying chips, voted up


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Victoria Lynn 22 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Frying chips, peachpurple? What are they? I'm intrigued!


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peachpurple 19 months ago from Home Sweet Home

cut the potato into sticks , sprinkle salt and deep dry in fryer, awesome


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Victoria Lynn 19 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yum! That sounds good, peachpurple! Sometimes I with I had a deep fryer, but I don't. I love homemade fries!

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