Here’s a recipe from Paula Deen featuring one of the classic comfort food snacks; chili cheese fries. It’s messy, it’s goopy and it’s fun.
Pros; cons. Glass half full; glass half empty. Positive outlook; negative thinking.
No matter what you call it, we all do it. Everything’s brought down to the good stuff and the bad.
Being the one who does the cooking for the family, for instance.
There’s plenty on the bad side, isn’t there.
Bowl, utensils, pots, pans, skillets, all these things used in making good food need to be cleaned afterward. Washing dishes all the time is bad.
While I love grocery shopping, there’s the whole spending money aspect to it. Not just spending money; having to show the budget keeper in the family the receipts plays into that too. Not good.
Pull into play the rest of the cleaning; mopping floors because of spills, wiping down walls and the hood after a greasy frying spree, the semi-annual cupboard clean-outs, the fridge [shudder]. Definitely bad.
Finally, if you’re like me, there are the injuries. Knife cuts, zester scrapes, mandolin digit removals, it’s all part of the price paid.
Then there’s the good.
I love to cook.
I get to be the one that decides what we eat for dinner.
And that, my friends, makes it all worthwhile.
This may be the most unique way I’ve every seen to make chili. It’s easy, that’s for sure. The only prep required is chopping an onion and mincing a garlic clove. Other than that, if you can open cans and jar and rip packages, you’re good to go.
I chose to stop at a local diner and pick up a batch of fries over cooking my own. Unfortunately, they were a bit over-fried, but they were tasty.
Hubby and I were pretty underwhelmed by this. For me, it was my first experience with chili cheese fries and it could very well be that I just don’t like them. I found them to be very heavy and goopy. I like goopy in some cases, but not when I’m trying to pick it up with breakable sticks of food. Hubby thought the chili was bland (so did I).
Dudette, on the other hand, loved this. She thought….well, you can see for yourself what she thought.
What I’d Do Different Next Time
I’d serve something else.
- 2 pounds ground round
- ½ cup chopped yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1-ounce package mild taco seasoning mix
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 taespoon salt
- 2 cups spicy vegetable juice
- ⅔ cup ketchup
- 2 16-ounce packages frozen French fries
- 2 9-ounce cans mild Cheddar cheese dip
- Garnish: chopped green onion
- In a medium Dutch oven, cook ground round, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.
- Sprinkle taco seasoning mix, chili powder and salt over beef mixture. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Stir in vegetable juice and ketchup. Bring to a low boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for 45 to 50 minutes or until mixture thickens.
- Meanwhile, prepare French fries according to package directions. Heat cheese dip according to package directions, if desired.
- Serve fries topped with chili and cheese dip. Garnish with green onions, if desired.