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Chili’s Texas Cheese Fries Recipe

Everyone loves a good plate of cheese fries, and Chili’s Texas Cheese Fries are among the best!

With their crispy, golden fries topped with melted cheese, savory bacon bits, and a touch of jalapeño heat, they are a true delight.

One key trick to getting your fries extra crispy is to rinse and dry the potato slices thoroughly before baking them.

I love how these fries pair so perfectly with a tangy ranch dip, making each bite an irresistible blend of flavors and textures.

How to Make Chili’s Texas Cheese Fries Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 bag Frozen French Fries
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • 1/3 cup Bacon Bits
  • 1/4 cup Pickled Jalapeños (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup Green Onions (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 450°F.

Spread the frozen fries in an even layer on a baking sheet.

Step 2:

Bake the fries for about 14 minutes, then flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes until crispy.

This ensures they are golden and crunchy.

Step 3:

Remove the fries from the oven and sprinkle a generous layer of shredded Cheddar cheese over the top.

Make sure to cover all the fries.

Step 4:

Scatter bacon bits evenly across the cheesy fries.

Add the pickled jalapeños and green onions on top.

Step 5:

Place the baking sheet back in the oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes until the cheese melts completely.

Step 6:

Once the cheese is melted, take the fries out of the oven.

Serve immediately with a side of ranch dressing for dipping.

Tips and Tricks for Making This Recipe

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Get the Right Cheese

Use high-quality Cheddar cheese that melts well.

This will give you the best texture and flavor.

Customize the Toppings

Feel free to add other toppings like black olives or tomatoes to personalize your fries.

Use Fresh Ingredients

Using fresh, quality ingredients ensures better taste and a more enjoyable eating experience.

Serve Immediately

Serve the fries as soon as they come out of the oven for maximum crispiness.

Avoid Overcrowding the Baking Sheet

Spread the fries out in a single layer on the baking sheet to ensure they cook evenly.

Reheat Properly

If you have leftovers, reheat them in the oven at 425°F for 15 minutes to retain crispiness.

What to Serve with Chili Cheese Fries

Buttermilk Coleslaw

Buttermilk coleslaw provides a crunchy and tangy contrast to the rich flavors of chili cheese fries.

The creamy dressing made with buttermilk pairs beautifully with the intense flavors of the chili and cheese.

It’s also quick to prepare, making it a convenient choice!

Guacamole

Guacamole, made with ripe avocados, offers a creamy and refreshing complement to chili cheese fries.

The smooth texture and subtle flavors help to balance the spicy and savory notes of the fries.

Adding a side of guacamole brings a little Mexican flair to your meal.

Pickled Jalapenos

Pickled jalapenos introduce a zesty and piquant flavor that cuts through the richness of the cheese and chili.

The vinegar-based brine adds a nice acidity.

They also provide an extra spicy kick for those who enjoy a bit of heat with their meal.

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple salsa brings a unique twist with its sweet and tangy profile.

The juicy pineapple mixed with fresh veggies and a hint of lime provides a refreshing counterbalance to the hearty chili cheese fries.

This tropical side dish can surprise and delight with its unexpected flavor pairing.

Corn Dogs

Corn dogs make a fun and nostalgic side dish to complement chili cheese fries.

The savory, slightly sweet batter around the hot dogs pairs wonderfully with the chili and cheese.

Corn dogs also add an element of variety with a different texture and taste profile.

Variations and Substitutions

Meat Options

If you want to switch things up, try using ground turkey or chicken instead of beef.

For a spicy twist, chorizo adds a nice kick.

Vegetarians can opt for a meat substitute like soy crumbles or lentils.

Cheese Choices

Cheddar is a classic choice, but you can also try Monterey Jack or pepper jack for extra heat.

A combination of cheeses can add depth to your dish!

For a healthier option, consider using reduced-fat cheese.

Types of Fries

Homemade fries give you control, but frozen fries are convenient and quick.

Sweet potato fries offer a slightly different flavor and are a bit healthier.

For a crunchier option, try using waffle fries or curly fries.

Spices and Add-ins

Add a bit of chipotle powder or smoked paprika to the chili for a smoky flavor.

Throw in some black beans or corn to make the chili heartier.

Top with jalapenos or green onions for some extra zest.

Sauces and Toppings

Drizzle your fries with sour cream or Greek yogurt for a tangy addition.

Guacamole or sliced avocado can add a creamy texture.

A sprinkle of cilantro or parsley adds a fresh finish.

How to Store Leftover Chili Cheese Fries

Making chili cheese fries can end up with delicious leftovers, so knowing how to store them properly is key!

Use Airtight Containers

Pack any leftover fries in airtight containers to maintain freshness.

Seal the container well to keep out air and moisture.

This helps retain the flavor and texture of the fries and chili.

Refrigeration

Store your airtight containers in the refrigerator.

They can last up to 3-4 days when stored at a consistent, cool temperature.

This keeps the ingredients from spoiling, ensuring they remain safe to eat.

Freezing

For longer storage, you can freeze your leftover chili cheese fries.

Place them in freezer-safe, airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.

They can be stored for up to 1-2 months in the freezer, maintaining their taste and texture.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Inconsistent Fry Crispness

Make sure your fries stay crispy!

If you don’t dry your potatoes thoroughly after rinsing off the starch, they can turn out soggy.

Tossing them in the oven without enough oil can also lead to uneven crispness.

Overloading the Fries

Adding too much chili or cheese can overwhelm your fries.

Just add enough chili to coat them without leaving them swimming in it.

You’ll want every fry to have a bit of everything for that perfect bite.

Underseasoning the Fries

Don’t forget to season your fries well before baking them.

A little salt and pepper can go a long way.

If you forget this step, your fries might taste bland.

By following these tips, you’ll avoid these common pitfalls and ensure your chili cheese fries always turn out fantastic!

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Chili's Cheese Fries Recipe

With their crispy, Chili's Texas Cheese Fries are topped with melted cheese, savory bacon bits, and a touch of jalapeño heat, they are a true delight.
One key trick to getting your fries extra crispy is to rinse and dry the potato slices thoroughly before baking them.
I love how these fries pair so perfectly with a tangy ranch dip, making each bite an irresistible blend of flavors and textures.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 4
Ingredients
  
  • 1 bag Frozen French Fries
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup Bacon Bits
  • 1/4 cup Pickled Jalapeños sliced
  • 1/4 cup Green Onions diced
  • 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing
Instructions
 
  • Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  • Spread the frozen fries in an even layer on a baking sheet.
  • Bake the fries for about 14 minutes, then flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes until crispy.
  • This ensures they are golden and crunchy.
  • Remove the fries from the oven and sprinkle a generous layer of shredded Cheddar cheese over the top.
  • Make sure to cover all the fries.
  • Scatter bacon bits evenly across the cheesy fries.
  • Add the pickled jalapeños and green onions on top.
  • Place the baking sheet back in the oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes until the cheese melts completely.
  • Once the cheese is melted, take the fries out of the oven.
  • Serve immediately with a side of ranch dressing for dipping.

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