Sunny Anderson’s Easy Chili Cheese Fries Get Major Flavour From a Secret Shortcut

Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
35 min
4-6 servings

The food experts on The Kitchen are all about making delicious dishes quick, easy and fun — and these super-simple chili cheese fries from co-host Sunny Anderson are like a fast-pass to flavour city.

Sunny’s genius nunya business shortcut? Pre-made marinara sauce makes a hearty chili in a fraction of the time. Once it comes together, the rich, beefy chili teams up with tangy nacho cheese sauce, all poured over a mountain of hot crinkle-cut fries. Why choose crinkle over straight or shoestring varieties? The crinkled ridges are essential for catching all the yummy, saucy goodness. The final result? These fries are the perfect pick for a crowd-pleasing game-day — or any day, really — snack.

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One 28-to-32-oz bag frozen crinkle-cut french fries
tsp kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
Tbsp olive oil
onion, chopped
clove garlic, grated on a rasp
Tbsp chili powder
Tbsp ground cumin
lb ground beef (80 per cent meat/20 per cent fat)
Freshly ground black pepper
cups marinara sauce (pick one with personality!)
One 15 oz jar nacho cheese sauce (mild, medium, spicy — your choice)
scallions, sliced on the bias
cup sliced pickled jalapenos


Step 1

Line a sheet tray with aluminum foil. Arrange the fries on the sheet tray in a single layer. Bake according to the package instructions. Season with salt.

Step 2

Heat the olive oil in a large cast-iron pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, chili powder and cumin and cook until the spices are fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the beef, salt and a few grinds of black pepper and cook, breaking the beef into bits while browning, until fully cooked, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the marinara sauce and stir to coat. Let cook for 5 minutes to let the flavours meld.

Step 3

Heat the nacho cheese sauce according to the package instructions. Top the fries with the chili and nacho cheese sauce, then garnish with the scallions and pickled jalapenos.

Sunny Anderson holds up her chili cheese fries

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