Loaded Chili Fries
Another loaded fries recipe? Yep. I believe you can never have too many fries and this weekend is the big game! The perfect excuse to eat some Loaded Chili Fries.
Both my Greek Style Fries with Tzatziki and Feta and these Loaded Chili Fries would be perfect to serve on game day this Sunday. They both have big flavor, but easy prep. Just make your toppings before hand (the day before even!) and then when you’re ready to serve, bake some fries and you’re ready to go.
This recipe is sort of inspired by the Greek fast food restaurants I’ve been to in my city as well – including the one I used to work at. Although we made the chili in a giant pot there and added breadcrumbs before topping fries and burgers with it. No bread crumbs here! The ingredients list may look a bit long, but it’s mostly spices, they’re pretty common ones, and it’s all worth it!
The trick to making this chili saucy instead of having big chunks of beef in it, is to whisk the meat while it cooks. This breaks it down far quicker and easier than anything else I’ve tried. So once the onion and garlic is cooked, then you add the beef and whisk until it’s evenly browned. Add the spices and tomato paste and a little bit of water to reach the consistency you want and then simmer until you’re ready to serve. I like to cook mine for a few hours but you can serve after 20-30 minutes – once all the flavors have had a chance to get together nicely. Just keep adding water a little at a time, as needed to maintain a saucy consistency.
And if you make it the day ahead of serving, the flavors will really have a chance to mingle! Just reheat in a sauce pan with a little water before serving.
Loaded Chili Fries
Full flavored chili sauce for topping your burgers and fries.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ small onion minced
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- Water as needed
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Pinch cayenne or to taste
Melt the butter in a pan, over medium heat.
Add the onion and garlic, and fry until translucent, about 5 minutes or so.
Add the ground beef and, using a whisk break it up, cook until browned.
Add the spices and tomato paste, fry until fragrant paste.
Add a small amount of water, turn heat to low and simmer until ready to serve (I simmered for 5 hours). But you could serve anywhere after about 20 minutes or so.
Add water as needed, while simmering, when beef is looking a bit dry.
Top French fries, burgers or hot dogs.
If you liked this recipe, you’ll love this: Greek Style Fries with Tzatziki and Feta