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The Best Recipe For Chili Cheese Fries! Try Them For Super Bowl Sunday! Quick And Easy Any Night!

Updated on December 30, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday Requires Great Snacks!

Chili cheese fries with bacon on top are a great snack for Super Bowl Sunday, but they are also just as good when used as a main dish on any night of the week! Quick and easy, this recipe can be made with leftover homemade chili or is equally good made with canned chili. It closely resembles the chili cheese fries offered as an appetizer course in many popular restaurants, but is far cheaper and even better tasting when cooked at home. Spice it up with some jalapenos or tone it down for the kids, you can please everyone when you serve this!

The Best Chili Cheese Fries I Have Ever Had!

I came to chili cheese fries late in life, probably a good thing because these may not be great for the ever disappearing waistline! I had never tried them until a few years ago, after I saw my granddaughter relishing them. I took one look and thought, "Can these possibly taste good?" The answer was no, they were a fast food variety and were awful. Then I went to a restaurant with my grown kids and saw them on the appetizer menu. Those were pretty good! My daughter, soon after, came up with her own version, which uses Zestie fries made by Ore-Ida. They are incredible! The best chili cheese fries recipe ever made!

She used canned chili, but they are even better with leftover homemade chili.

Jen's Best Chili Cheese Fries Recipe:

  • Zesties Frozen French Fries, from Ore-Ida, one package
  • 1 pound of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 or 2 cans of chili, or up to 4 cups of homemade chili
  • 8 to 16 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 - 4 diced and seeded tomatoes
  • 2 or 3 diced green onions or 4 to 5 Tablespoons of chopped, fresh chives
  • 3 - 4 sliced jalapenos
  • sour cream, to taste
  • your favorite hot sauce 

Cook, drain and chop the bacon. Put the Zesties on a sprayed large cookie sheet and bake them at the temperature directed on the package. The secret to these is to bake the fries until they are crispy. If they are not crispy, the chili will make them soggy. They take about 10 minutes longer than the package directions say. While the fries are baking, heat up the chili in a pot and prepare the rest of your ingredients.

When the fries are finished, remove the cookie sheet from the oven and push all of the fries closer together towards the middle. Spoon the chili evenly over the fries and top that with the grated cheddar cheese. Add the bacon pieces and chopped onions. Return the cookie sheet to the oven long enough to melt the cheese. Remove them from the oven and garnish with tomatoes, jalapenos and sour cream. This recipe will serve 4 people as a main dish.

Before Super Bowl Sunday, determine how many guests you are having and adjust the recipe accordingly.


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