Baked Chili Cheese Fries!

What do you do when your 18-year-old is hungry? Put him to work making dinner!

Actually this was a sneaky way to kill two birds with one stone. I’m in a Facebook group called “Sundays with Joy!” and we are cooking and baking our way through Joy The Baker’s cookbook “100 simple and comforting recipes.” When I was working, I didn’t have time to do a recipe a week. Now that I’m off, I can catch up.

Handing “The Kid” a list of recipes yet to accomplish and a cookbook was amusing. I figured I’d be making some type of dessert, but when he came across these Baked Chili Cheese Fries we had our winner!

He was excited to make french fries from scratch, though slightly disappointed the “Chili” in this recipe refers to the spice, not a can of chili he thought he’d be pouring over the top. Insert amused Momma Moment here. 🙂

He started by mixing all the spices together in a bowl. Chili powder, paprika, cumin, red chili flakes and a pinch of cayenne pepper. These are some flavorful fries!

After cutting up two russet potatoes and tossing them with olive oil, Worcestershire sauce and some steak seasoning, our fries looked like this:

He added all the delicious (not from a can 🙂 ) chili spices and tossed again.

These went into a 425 degree oven and baked for 35 minutes. Easy, right? When they were done, we covered them with cheese, chopped green onion, and diced chicken. Then they went back into the oven for a few minutes to get all melty and delicious!

Topped off with a dollop of sour cream and dinner was served!! Thanks to Joy, we had a great Mother/Son dinner and I barely had to lift a finger. Talk about a Win-Win!

P.S. So, the deal was, if he made dinner and I would make dessert. Can you guess what my next post will be?

Until then foodie friends, lots of love and cookies to you from our Imperfect Kitchen!

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  1. Such a great thing to have mommy & son moments…even better when good food is involved! 🙂

    • My thoughts exactly Becca! I love cooking for my family. Especially now that they are older and nearly out of the house…. It’s nice creating memories with them. xoxo


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