Difficulty:Â Medium, Cook Time: 1 Hour 5 Minutes, Core Ingredient:Â Potatoes, Servings:Â 4, Calories: 410Â
Description:Â Crispy FrenchÂ fries combined with a punchyÂ fiery chili all topped of with freshly meltedÂ cheddar! There is no better way than this to eat the best veggie around town!
For the Fries
4 large Â potatoes, scrubbed clean, cut into Â˝” fries
2 teaspoons salt
â…“ cup vegetable, canola, or olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
For the Chili
Â˝ pound ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1â€“14 ounce can diced tomato
1 cup salsa
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 cup water
1â€“14 ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Salt and pepper, to taste
For the Toppings
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 green onions, sliced
Place the fries and salt in a large mixing bowl, and then fill the bowl with water until the fries are completely submerged. Soak in the refrigerator for at least two hours, but preferably overnight.
Preheat oven to 425Â°. Drain the fries, rinse thoroughly, and then pat dry.
Whisk together the oil, paprika, and garlic powder in a large mixing bowl, add in the fries, and toss to coat. Spread the fries out on a large baking sheet, making sure fries are only in one layer (you may need more than one baking sheet if your potatoes were particularly large).
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, flipping once halfway through baking. The fries will be golden brown on the outside, and soft and tender on the inside.
Meanwhile, begin preparing the chili by browning the ground beef in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Add in the onion and garlic and cook until just fragrant and tender, about five minutes.
Add in the diced tomatoes with chilies, salsa, chili powder, cumin, water, beans, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
To assemble the fries, preheat the broiler. Pile the fries in the middle of a baking sheet, spoon on the chili (you might not need it all), and then sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Place under broiler for 2-3 minutes, or just until the cheese is melted. Top with sliced green onions and serve.
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