Texas Chili Fries

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours


16 servings

Updated: May. 18, 2023
The delicious chili goes together in minutes and then cooks while you run errands. The only way to make it even better is to pour it over crisp french fries and sprinkle with cheese to make Texas chili fries. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
Texas Chili Fries Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat (cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Mexican diced tomatoes
  • 1 envelope (1.25 ounces) chili seasoning mix
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 packages (32 ounces each) frozen french-fried potatoes
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings: Sour cream and sliced jalapeno peppers


  1. Place onion and carrot in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Toss beef with 2 tablespoons flour. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; brown beef in batches. Transfer meat to slow cooker.
  2. Drain tomatoes; reserving liquid. In a small bowl, whisk reserved liquid, chili seasoning and remaining 1 Tbsp. flour until blended; pour over beef. Stir in the tomatoes, beans and peppers. Cook, covered, on low until meat is tender, about 6 hours.
  3. Prepare fries according to package directions. Serve chili over fries; sprinkle with cheese. If desired, top with sour cream and jalapeno slices.
Texas Chili Fries Tips

Can you use different kinds of fries to make Texas chili fries?

Absolutely. You can use whatever you have on hand, whether it’s waffle fries, curly fries, or even tater tots. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can make your own french fries from scratch rather than using frozen.

What toppings can you put on chili fries?

This dish is very similar to several nacho recipes, so add some or all of your favorite nacho ingredients to spice these up. My personal favorites are pico de gallo and tangy sour cream.

Can you make the chili on the stovetop instead of the slow cooker?

Our classic chili recipe offers a great substitute to the slow cooker method. If you're looking to save time, the great thing about Texas chili fries is that you can make them ahead of time, freeze the fries in portions, and have them on hand whenever you're ready to eat. If you liked this recipe, be sure to try more of our slow-cooker beef recipes next.

—Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 374 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 824mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 19g protein.