Simple High Protein Chili Cheese Fries

Chili Cheese Fries

What’s better than fries? Fries that are healthy, high in protein, and tastier than any fast food you can pick up at a drive-through. 

Ingredients: Grams/Ounces

340 g Package Frozen Fries, Unseasoned

170 g 96% Lean Ground Beef

53 g Onion, Minced

25 g Tomato Paste

113 g 2% Mexican Cheese (or cheese of choice)

Ingredients: Cups/Spoons

1/2 (24 oz) Package Frozen Fries, Unseasoned

6 oz 96% Lean Ground Beef

1/3 cup Onion, Minced

1-1/2 tbsp Tomato Paste

1 cup 2% Mexican Cheese (or cheese of choice)

EXTRA NOTE – This is for the five ingredient recipe book. If you wish to add extra veggies to the mix feel free. Here is the spice combo I use for mixing the sauce.
1/8 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
4 shakes Tabasco (or hot sauce of choice)
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Sugar (can substitute granulated splenda or one packet stevia)


1. Prepare french fries as directed on package. Take out 5 minutes early.

2. Cook beef until browned, crumble while cooking. Once cooked, add onion and tomato paste. Mix well.

3. Pour meat mixture over fries and sprinkle cheese on top.

4. Put in oven and cook at 350°F until cheese is melted. Serve hot.

Yields 4 Servings

Serving: Calories- 263.1, Protein- 19.02 g, Fat- 10.54 g, Carbs- 23.02 g, Fiber- 2.6 g, Sodium- 572.34 mg

Entire Recipe: Calories- 1052.38, Protein- 76.08 g, Fat- 42.19 g, Carbs- 92.1 g, Fiber- 10.4 g, Sodium- 2289.36 mg


  1. Jill
    January 18, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Yum, yum and yum!!  Can’t wait to try these.

  2. Karen
    January 18, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Leigh can you use any kind of fry with this (sweet potato)?

  3. Katie Nemargut
    January 18, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Karen- It is good with any kind of potato 😉

  4. Brit
    January 18, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I saw the picture on the front page and immediately freaked out.  263 calories?  I CAN EAT THESE!

  5. Travis Alexander
    January 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I don’t think mine would turn out to be so pretty lol

  6. Thomas
    January 18, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    If they are really good then what is there to stop me from eating the whole four servings?
    What do I do with the other three servings? Are they going be just as good in three days?
    Why don’t you suggest making one serving dishes?
    On and on and on

    • Leigh Peele
      January 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm

      Divide by 4.

      340g divided by 4 = 80g of fries

      And so on.


      Most recipes are made in mine to make sore easy family or multiple serving integration. While this can be trickier with the cup measurement system when you utilize grams it becomes a lot easier to divide servings.

      • Thomas
        January 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

        Your saying that I need a metric lab scale to measure the stuff?

  7. Lorren
    January 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Thomas I think you could either not add the topping to the fries or just make one serving, it isn’t rocket science.  Just make less.

    Great recipe Leigh I am going to try this one tonight.

    • RG
      January 19, 2010 at 8:15 pm

      The topping is where all the protein is, I believe, so your nutrutional profile changes dramatically without it.  More surprising to me is the fiber content – I wonder if that’s mostly from tomato paste. 
      Is it just me, or does the chili need seasonings? cumin, garlic, hot pepper, vinegar?

  8. Jim
    January 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks a lot Leigh, now I have dr00l all over my keyboard :0)

  9. Thomas
    January 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I did  not see anyone writing how good any other dish is with or without other things! If it is so simple why does Leigh bother us with her Cookbooks???
    Leigh writing looks good. Any changes to her writing means that the stuff is NG, unless the changes are made by her!!!
    It is rocket science.

  10. Lori
    January 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    1-2 serving recipes are my favorite.  I don’t want to make tons because I will end up eating it.  I love my cookbooks that are made for less servings.  I know it is easy to cut in 1/2 but it is nice when it is done for you.  🙂

  11. Travis Alexander
    January 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    For people who are not used to portion control, it would be very difficult to portion this 😉

  12. Leigh Peele
    January 18, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Sometimes the recipe is just a starting ground anyway. You can take this as an idea and do your own spin easily.

  13. Mike
    January 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I would just eat all 4 servings in one meal and not worry about it. It’s only half of daily intake and with eating 2X/day and using IF, it’s totally a non-issue.

    • Travis Alexander
      January 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm

      You could eat half of it for breakfast and half for lunch and then have a regular dinner, but it doesn’t really matter.

  14. Anna K
    January 19, 2010 at 7:38 am

    These look soooooo good.

  15. Mickey
    January 20, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Has anyone tried it?  Do we need to have the onions in it?  I despise onions…

  16. Anjuli
    January 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you, Leigh 🙂
    I KNOW my husband will love this. I’ll definitely give them a try. 263 calories – Perfect!!

  17. Daniel
    January 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Interesting combination.

  18. Nicole
    January 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

    These sound good! I don’t eat beef, so I’ll use turkey and I’m thinking that will shave some of the fat. Hopefully they will taste just as good. 😉 Thanks!

  19. Paul
    January 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I made this the other night using ground turkey instead of beef and I mixed pico de gallo with the tamato paste and meat instead of just chopped onions.  I ate two servings of it and it was great. 

  20. Alex
    January 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I made a batch this morning and it was great! I added a bit of chili seasoning, tabsaco sauce, and fresh cilantro to the Beef thought.

  21. Terry
    January 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    this looks great. cant wait to try it.

  22. Leigh Peele
    January 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    This was for the 5 ingredient bonus book but here is an addition you can make to the sauce to spice it up if so desire.

    1/8 cumin
    1/2 tsp chili powder
    4 shakes of Tabasco sauce
    1/2 tsp garlic powder
    2 tsp sugar (can substitute granulated splenda or 1 packet stevia)

    Add that and it can spice it up.


    • Thomas
      January 26, 2010 at 9:09 am

      You’re saying calories don’t  count. What kind of diet is that?

      • Daniel
        January 28, 2010 at 6:32 am

        Calories are so outdated. No self respecting fitness professional talks about calories anymore. If you want to know the real truth behind fat loss, you have to sign up for 9,99 at Leigh

  23. Leigh Peele
    January 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I have never said calories don’t count and you obviously haven’t read or looked at any of my work or other blog posts.  If you are coming here for backlinks to your site go somewhere else. If not then read before you post because that comment is pretty much the dumbest one you can say on this site.

    • Thomas
      January 28, 2010 at 10:03 am

      Interesting.  I didn’t know about the back-links. Didn’t you say somewhere at the top, “Leave Comments. A lot. Thanks.”
      Sorry if I got under your skin. MTW I checked the website and people clicks were the highest for two days (after your comment) that I ever seen recorded.
      So if you want me to stop commenting, let me know and please be specific about it as I am pretty dense when it comes to  hints.

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