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Turkey Chili Cheese Fries

The ultimate appetizer! Turkey chili simmered and poured over crispy fries and topped with cheddar. Delicious!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Appetizer, Cheddar Cheese, Chili, Turkey
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Leona G.


  • 12 inch casserole skillet or heavy bottomed saucepan
  • Wooden spatula
  • Sheet Pan
  • Blender


  • 1 lb french fires
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 16 oz ground turkey meat
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar dark brown
  • cups water
  • 1 chili powder
  • 1 cumin
  • 1 garlic powder
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vinegar white or ACV


  • While you make the turkey chili, bake your fries in the oven according to the instructions on the bag. Spread them out on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  • In a casserole skillet or a heavy bottomed saucepan, melt down the butter and add the oil until blended together on low-med heat. Add in the ground turkey meat and break it up with a wooden spatula. Cook the meat until browned. Next, add in the grated onion, tomato paste, garlic, worcestershire, mustard and brown sugar. Continue to cook the mixture on low-med heat for 1-2 minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally.
  • Next, add in the water and simmer it for about 20-25 minutes.
  • Once the mixture has simmered and most of the water is reduced, add in your spices. Chili powder, cumin, garlic, crushed red pepper and salt. Cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to a blender and pulse for 10 seconds. Be careful, the mixture will be very HOT. Transfer it back to the saucepan and cook for another 5 minutes. Turn the heat off and add in 2 tsp of vinegar. Stir to combine.
  • Once your fries are done, set your oven to broil. Pour the chili over the fries and top with shredded cheddar. Broil for 6-8 minutes until the cheese is all melted. Top with chopped scallion. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


  • You can buy or make your own fries and fry them instead of using store bought. 
  • If you prefer to use ground chicken instead, or even beef, that will also be great with this recipe. 
  • You can use whatever melty cheese you have on hand. Colby jack works well too!
  • Sweet potato fries are also delicious and a healthier version.
  • This chili is slightly spicy, but you can omit the crushed red pepper.