Baked Chili Cheese Fries Recipe

Jennifer W. | The Scrumptious Pumpkin Updated

Baked Chili Cheese Fries are healthy and vegetarian. Great comfort food without the guilt.

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As much as I love summer for all of the fresh-from-the-garden vegetables, sweet berries, and light salads that mark that season, I have to give credit to the cold weather months.

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Because this is the season of comfort food. There is nothing like a cold and damp day - where the skies grow dark by 4:30 pm - to help a person truly appreciate the wonderfulness of a warm, cozy table indoors and a hot-from-the-oven, cheesy, rich and satisfying dinner.

These baked chili cheese fries are definitely just the thing for those cold weather comfort food cravings. And, since the “fries” are actually roasted in the oven (until they’re crisp and golden) and since the 10-minute chili is vegetarian (made with black beans and a tasty mix of veggies), this complete dinner is also very healthy and filled with nutrition too. The chili isn’t spicy at all – the seasonings add a rich, smoky flavor instead – so this dish is definitely great for kids too.

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These chili cheese fries are also really easy. The most time-consuming part of the recipe is the cook time for the potatoes (they require about 30 minutes in the oven to get nice and crispy and golden). So be sure to get the potatoes into the oven as the first step.

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Then chop up the veggies and cook up the chili while the potatoes are roasting away.

I love to top this dish with two ingredients that are the keys to lots of flavor.

The first is grated sharp cheddar cheese for rich, salty deliciousness. Layer handfuls of the oven fries, topped with spoonfuls of chili onto serving plates. Then immediately add the sharp cheddar - the heat helps the cheese just melt right in.

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Last step (and the second key to flavor): top with lots of chopped chives for the slightest tasty hint of delicate onion flavor.

This is just the kind of meal a person craves on a chilly, damp evening. And it’s full of healthy, nourishing ingredients too. An easy meatless meal to please a crowd!

We'd love to settle in with these baked chili cheese fries and a cocktail or two - maybe a rob roy or Dan's apple bourbon bellini. Who's in?

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Baked Chili Cheese Fries Recipe

    6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large Baking Potatoes, Cut into quarter-inch-thick strips (like Russet)
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil, Divided
  • 1 medium Onion, Diced
  • 2 cloves Garlics, Minced
  • 1 large Orange Bell Pepper, Or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 15 oz can Black Beans, Drained and thoroughly rinsed
  • 2/3 cup Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Chives, Chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Pile the potato strips onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and add 3 tablespoons olive oil. Season thoroughly with salt and pepper. Toss and mix the potatoes until all potatoes are well coated with oil. Arrange potatoes on baking sheet so that they are evenly spread and not overlapping. Cook in the oven until crisp and golden, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, as potatoes are cooking, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Cook onion, garlic, and bell pepper until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add black beans and chopped tomatoes and season thoroughly with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, and chili powder, and stir until well combined.
  4. Arrange the oven fries on serving plates and top with heaping spoonfuls of the black bean chili. Top with cheddar cheese and chopped chives. Serve immediately.

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Author: Jennifer W.
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 117
Calories 342

% Daily Value*
23%
Total Fat 15g
20%
  Saturated Fat 4g
6%
Sodium 153mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate 40g
7%
  Dietary Fiber 6g
  Sugars 3g
25%
Protein 13g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Jennifer W.

About Jennifer

Jen is a lifelong lover of fresh, healthy eating. She shares this love on The Scrumptious Pumpkin. Here on Food Fanatic, she's sharing her best Healthy Comfort Food.