Emeril's Beef Chili Cheese Fries

"A great Super Bowl or teen party snack (or a hearty nosh for anyone)! Make the chili ahead of time, then just dish it up on some cheesy fries and serve! Emeril's original recipe calls for deep-frying shoestring potatoes yourself, but I use the frozen-fry shortcut! I also seemed to need more masa harina than originally called for. Can also be made with vegetarian meat crumbles. Cook time includes chili preparation."
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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins




  • Season onions with salt and cayenne and saute, stirring, until they begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the beef, chili powder, cumin, red pepper, and oregano, season with salt and cayenne, and cook until meat is done (no pink).
  • Add garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste and 2-1/2 cups beef stock, bring to boil and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Simmer uncovered about 1 hour, stirring occasionally and skimming fat that rises to the surface.
  • Combine masa harina flour with remaining 1/2 cup stock.
  • Slowly add to the pot, stirring to blend, which will thicken the mixture.
  • Cook for 30 minutes and correct seasoning.
  • From here, Emeril deep fries his own shoestring French fries, but I use frozen French fries or waffle fries to save time (and mess!).
  • Prepare frozen potatoes as package directs.
  • Lower oven heat to 400 degrees F, place fries in bottom of a large glass rectangular baking dish.
  • Sprinkle cheeses over the fries and bake for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Remove pan from oven and spoon hot chili over the top of the fries.
  • Garnish with sour cream and jalapeños and serve immediately.

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  1. willey_carolyn_1245
    This is mine & my husband's favorite recipe; have made it several times. I make it exactly as recipe calls and is always 'fantastic'!!!! Actually having it again tomorrow for the NFL playoffs! YUMMY!!!!
  2. tracy.evangelista
    This recipe is fantastic I have cooked several times and for big parties and it always comes out wonderful. It is a little bit of work but worth it. Just make sure you prepare everthing before you start cooking.
  3. Marsha D.
    This was delicious and very fulfilling. I didn't have any tomato paste so I used some ketchup and didn't have any masa harina flour either so I used self rising flour. All turned out great! Didn't use jalapeno peppers either since DH and I don't eat them. I made my own french fries too :) Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! I will be making this again.
  4. rosslare
    Naughty but nice! Keeps the hunger at bay. Never thought of having fries with chili, not to mention cheesy fries, but this was delish. I made this as instructed, using oven fries. Yummy!



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