You know those situations when your house is a complete disaster and everyone's like "I'm hungry, feed me"? That was me all weekend. I have a few recipes that serve as the ermergherd what do I make butt-savers. One is my pasta with olive oil and garlic (you literally can't go wrong with that recipe cause it has infinite possibilities). Chili Cheese Fries are another.
It's great, because 1) nobody argues with French fries for supper. Nobody. 2) You can make this one in 20 minutes. 3) You can keep cans of chili for dinner emergencies, or individually freeze small quantities of your own favourite chili whenever you make it for this purpose. 4) Did I mention these chili cheese fries are ready in the same time it takes to bake the French fries?
I don't always make chili, but when I do, I have enough to feed a small army, so this is a great way to use it up.
A few fries, a sprinkle of cheese, and a heap of chili make a super satisfying comfort food meal. And I bake my fries - they still turn out crispy, and you can feel less guilty about treating yourself to a few fries once in a while.
1 can of your favourite chili (or two cups homemade)
1 cup sharp grated cheddar cheese
1 (650g) bag of French Fries
Olive oil, salt & pepper
Jalapeño, sour cream, and scallions for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 450F.
Toss fries with a little bit of olive oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread in one flat layer on a nonstick cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until desired crispiness, turning once.
Heat up the chili in a small saucepan till simmering and hot all the way through.
Transfer fries to plates and top with hot chili, cheese, and your favourite extras.