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  • Food: Chili Cheese Fries
  • Writer: Lizzie Green
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For game day, try this recipe for chili cheese fries! French fries are covered with a coating of cheesy vegan cheese sauce and a layer of smoky, hot plant-based chili.

This weekend, Jack and I can’t wait to tuck into a plate of these chili cheese fries. Although we aren’t huge football fans, Super Bowl Sunday wouldn’t be complete without Super Bowl munchies, right?

I hope you’ll try this recipe if you’re watching the game on Sunday (or even if you’re not!). I add smoky vegan chili and copious amounts of vegan cheese on a bed of crispy French fries.

Yes, you’re right. These fries with chili cheese are entirely vegan. But more importantly, they’re delicious, filling, and just plain entertaining. What more could you ask for in a snack on game day?

Recipe for Chili Cheese Fries Ingredients

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Food: Chili Cheese Fries (Source: Love and Lemons)

As you may undoubtedly infer from the name, this traditional cuisine is mostly composed of three ingredients:

  1. Chilli
  2. Cheese
  3. And fries.

First up is number one: the chili! Typically, beef chili is poured over chili cheese fries. I prepare homemade chili using plant-based ground meat for my vegan variation.

Although I like the robust texture and smoky, spicy flavor of traditional vegetable chili, you can use it instead if you’d like.

The cheese comes next! Toppings like cheese sauce and shredded cheese are frequently used. Here, I take the sauce away and smother my favorite vegan cheese sauce all over my fries.

It’s extremely gooey, oozy, and cheesy! You won’t believe it was cooked with vegan ingredients like nutritional yeast, cashews, and sweet potatoes.

Advice: If there is any sauce left over, top a baked potato with it or use it to make vegan mac and cheese!

The fries aren’t the least, though! I use shop-purchased frozen fries as the foundation of this recipe because I prepare the chili and cheese sauce from scratch.

In this manner, assembling everything just requires a short amount of time after the sauce and the chili are prepared.

Fries should be arranged in a layer in a sizable bowl, on a baking sheet, or a platter. Scoopings of the chili are placed on top, then spoonfuls of the cheese sauce.

Add additional sauce to the top. Add your preferred finishing touches to the fries, then indulge.

Ideas for Chili Cheese Fries Toppings

The best way to enjoy these fries is with lots of toppings, just like nachos and veggie burgers. There are more variations available if you don’t like mine with sliced serranos, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and red onion.

Consider including some pickled jalapenos, diced avocado, green onions, or cashew sour cream. It would also be nice to add a dollop of pico de gallo.

Chili Cheese Fries

20 minutes to prepare
35 minutes for cooking
Serves: 6 to 8

The ideal game-day snack is this recipe! It is fully vegan and is created with a cheesy vegan cheese sauce and a potent plant-based chili.


For the Chili

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinches freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces of plant-based ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 (14-ounce ) can of fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, plus + 3 tablespoons of adobo sauce
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

For the Chili Cheese Fries

  • 1 16 to 20-ounce bag oven French fries
  • ½ cup Vegan Cheese sauce
  • Desired toppings such as tomatoes, jalapeños, red onion, cilantro


Chili Cheese Fries
Food: Chili Cheese Fries (Source: Love and Lemons)
  1. Creating the chili. Over medium heat, warm the oil in a sizable nonstick pot. Cook for 5 minutes after adding the onion, red pepper, salt, and pepper. Use a wooden spoon to break up the vegan ground beef as it cooks for 7 to 8 minutes after being added. Add the lime juice, water, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, tomatoes, and black beans. When the mixture has thickened, lower the heat to low, cover it, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Spread the fries out on a sizable baking sheet, and bake them until crispy according to the package instructions. Scoop the chili over the fries and top with cheese sauce before serving. Add chosen toppings on top.
  3. Keep the leftover chili for lunch the following day. It freezes well as well.