Chili Cheese Fries Made Guilt-Free

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The origin of chili cheese fries is not really clear. Many want to take credit for creating this tasty dish so tracking down the actual origin is hard. There are a few different origin stories. What is known is that Chili Cheese Fries were being offered frozen as early as 1975.

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4 serving. Each serving of chili cheese fries includes ¾ cup chili, 12-15 fries, cheese, salsa and ranch.

*This chili makes 6 cups total. You’ll only use 3 cups for this chili cheese fries recipe. You can freeze the rest for another use.

Chili Cheese Fries Made Guilt-Free


  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 (1.25 pound) package 99% fat free ground turkey breast
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning, I used Lawry’s
  • 12 ounces frozen French fries, I used Alexia 98% fat free frozen fries, see shopping tips
  • ¾ cup (3 ounces) reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup salsa, I used Pace Medium Chunky
  • ¼ cup skinny ranch dressing or fat-free sour cream for each serving


1. To Make Chili: Cook onions in microwave for 1 minute to soften. In a large, nonstick pan, brown turkey. Stir often and break up turkey into a crumble. Stir in onions, tomatoes, beans, water and taco seasonings. Bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. You will only use ½ of this chili recipe (3 cups chili) for the 4 servings.

2. To Bake Fries: While chili is cooking, bake the fries. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and coat all over with cooking spray. Spread the frozen fries evenly over the pan. Bake as directed.

3. To Assemble Each Serving: Line each plate with 12-15 baked fries. Pour ¾ cup chili on top of fries. Dollop a little salsa around the top of chili. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons cheese. Zap in microwave for 1 minute. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon skinny ranch dressing or fat-free sour cream and serve. Repeat for the 3 other servings.

Chili Cheese Fries Made Guilt-Free

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