Chili Cheese Oven Fries
Oven French Fries
1 ½ lbs Russet potatoes
¼ cup canola or vegetable oil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 lb ground beef
1 tbsp tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion diced
1 green bell pepper finely chopped
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp coriander
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 cup crushed tomatoes
½ cup water
1 tomato seeded and diced
Shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese
green onions chopped
Anything else you may want such as sliced Jalapeno, salsa, pico de gallo, avocado, guacamole, olives, lettuce, etc.
Clean and pat dry the potatoes. Do not remove the skin.
Slice into desired thickness.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F with the rack on the lower level.
In a large bowl toss the potatoes with the oil, salt and pepper and any other toppings you like.
Place on the baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake for 25-35 minutes tossing the fries in the middle of baking time.
While the fries are baking prepare the chili. Cook the meat in a 12 inch cast iron skillet until browned, breaking up the meat up as it cooks. Remove the meat from the skillet with a slotted spoon. Discard oil.
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a the same skillet, no need to wash it. Saute the onion for 5-6 minutes until softened and fragrant.
Add the bell pepper and cook a few more minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil and then to a simmer for 20 minutes or until chili thickens.
Plate the fries in a bake safe casserole dish or single serving dishes. Top with chili and handfuls of cheese. Bake for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted. Serve hot with various toppings.
~ Marla Meridith