Sweet Potato Fries with Chili and Cheese (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)

by Dorothy Reinhold on July 13, 2020

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Sweet Potato Fries with Chili and Cheese feature melted cheese and meaty chili atop sweet potato fries, for the best Chili Cheese Fries lunch or dinner around.

Children can inspire the best culinary creations!

My son adores chili-cheese fries, especially when he is on vacation skiing. There’s something about spuds and chili that just hits the spot for lunch or dinner when you’ve worked up an appetite. And he discovered that they also make a great lunch after a “surf sesh.” So for him, they make the perfect meal, from the mountains to the sea.  

And my daughter and I love sweet potato fries, and will often order them as a side dish if we go out for lunch in our beachside city. No ski trip required. So inspiration struck and I merged the two ideas to make a new favorite around here – Sweet Potato Fries with Chili and Cheese.

Sweet Potato Fries on a white plate with with Chili and Cheese on top on ShockinglyDelicious.comHow to make Sweet Potato Fries with Chili and Cheese

I use shortcuts for both the fries and the chili, although you are welcome to make them from scratch yourself. 

1. I use frozen ready-to-bake sweet potato fries. Put them on a baking sheet and pop into the oven following the directions on the bag. I think you can also do these in the air fryer, if you have one. 

2. My favorite canned chili is Stagg Chili Laredo, but use your own favorite, or certainly use leftover homemade chili if you are lucky enough to have some. Heat it on the stove.

Hand sprinkling cheese on Chili Cheese Sweet Potato Fries on ShockinglyDelicious.com3. When the fries are done, put them on a plate or in a wide bowl, top with chili, and a few pinches of shredded cheese. The heat from the fries and chili will naturally melt the cheese.

4. You can make this with either sweet potato fries, or regular fries from white or yellow potatoes. Suit yourself!

5. To make this an even more complete meal for dinner, add some cooked broccoli to the side, or a fresh green salad!

Easy and cheesy. That’s the way we like our chili fries. 

Sweet Potato Fries with Chili and Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 2

Sweet Potato Fries with Chili and Cheese

Melted cheese and meaty chili top sweet potato fries, for the best Chili Cheese Fries from the mountains to the sea.


  • 4 portions frozen sweet potato fries
  • 1 (15-ounce) can Stagg Chili Laredo (or your favorite variety of chili)
  • 4-6 big pinches finely shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Bake fries as shown on package directions. (I am calling for 4 portions of fries because our experience is that each person will want 2 portions if you are making a meal out of it. Your mileage may vary.)
  2. While fries are baking, heat chili in a small pot on the stove.
  3. When fries are done, place them on 2 plates or in wide, shallow bowls. Top with hot chili and 2-3 big pinches of cheese each. The hot fries and hot chili will melt the cheese.
  4. Serves 2.


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious


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This recipe was originally published June 21, 2014, and has been refreshed and republished today.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Jacque Hastert July 14, 2020 at 1:23 pm

I am loving this idea! A great, delicious, and new way to enjoy chili. I can’t wait to give it a try.


Toni July 14, 2020 at 10:21 am

This is such an amazing flavor combo! So good!


Beti | easyweeknightrecipes July 14, 2020 at 7:57 am

WOW! These sweet potato chili cheese fries are AMAZING!! My family loves them!!


katerina @ diethood.com July 14, 2020 at 7:56 am

Oh my goodness, these look soooo GOOD!! YUM!


Kerri July 13, 2020 at 6:36 pm

Never had chili cheese sweet potato fries, but it looks like that is about to change!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert July 13, 2020 at 6:14 pm

Oooh, these Sweet Potato Fries look heavenly!


Beth July 13, 2020 at 2:22 pm

Yum! This looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try this!


Miss Angie June 25, 2014 at 7:34 am

That looks sooooo yummy!


Dorothy Reinhold June 25, 2014 at 9:44 am

Thank you, Miss Angie, it IS!


Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories June 23, 2014 at 9:29 am

Those look yummy Dorothy! Love the nail polish too =)


Dorothy Reinhold June 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

May teenage daughter’s nail polish!


amber.m June 23, 2014 at 8:07 am

Oh my goodness, YUM! I love sweet potato fries but I’ve never thought to top them with anything! So going to do this maybe tonight! 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold June 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

I smell dinner!


Adam J. Holland June 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Very nice conversion — from death-at-your-doorstep to downright-healthy-delicious. And it still feels guilty. Success! 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold June 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Thank you Adam!


sallybr June 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

Nice fingernails! I looooove blue nail polish…

and the chili fries, no ski trip required either for me! Maybe a little running just to be on the safe side of the size of my waist… 😉


Dorothy Reinhold June 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm

My daughter’s teenager nails!


Dessert June 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

Wow Love it, That looks deliciouis

Delicious Desserts


Dorothy Reinhold June 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I coulda eaten this for lunch AND dinner, honestly.


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