Loaded Chili Fries - This is a full-flavored, Greek restaurant style chili sauce, perfect for topping your burgers, hot dogs and french 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 burger + fry restaurants in my city, including the one I used to work at. At that restaurant we made the chili in a giant pot and then 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!
How to make a chili sauce for burgers and fries
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 are cooked, 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
- 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 these: Greek Style Fries with Tzatziki and Feta
Try these Palak Paneer Fries
How about Garlic Parmesan Fries?
Or some Honey Dill Sauce to dip your fries into