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Campfire Chili Cheese Fries Tin Foil Dinner

Campfire Chili Cheese Fries Tin Foil Dinner

If anyone would make chili cheese fries on the BBQ, I swear, it would be me.

Yes. On the BBQ. In tinfoil.

You are welcome for this crazy addition to your junk food cooking repertoire.


To be fair, it’s not that bad for you, if you buy a healthy chili, low fat cheese and some non-oil laden fries. I’m serious. In the grand scheme of junk, this ain’t that bad.

Fine, it’s not that healthy either, but hey, we were camping!



Ever since I had this idea, my son and Mr Magpie have been pestering me non-stop to make them and honestly, can you blame them? I don’t ever make chili cheese fries at home. It’s like when we are camping it’s no holds barred. Junkier food is allowed and dessert happens more often then it doesn’t.

You simply take a small package of fries and place them in a cooking oil sprayed tin foil packet. Then you cook them on the BBQ at the same heat as the package dictates (usually around the 425 degree F mark) and voila!

Fries! With little brown grill marks even!

Campfire Chili Cheese Fries Tin Foil Dinner

Then you pour a can of chili on top and sprinkle cheese….

Campfire Chili Cheese Fries Tin Foil Dinner

..return them to the BBQ until…

Cheesy Chili Magic Happens!

So. Good. You. Guys.

Campfire Chili Cheese Fries Tin Foil Dinner from @kitchenmagpie

Now I know you are going to ask and yes you can make this in the oven. Heck, I would, because dudes, you are totally saving on washing dishes! We got out four forks and chowed down like wolves.

I uh, don’t suggest the wolf part, but you know what I mean. And you know how I hate washing dishes.

Happy Cooking my loves!


Campfire Chili Cheese Fries Tin Foil Dinner from @kitchenmagpie


Campfire Chili Cheese Fries Tin Foil Dinner

  • Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • Prep Time: 1 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 26 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: BBQ


Easy, delicious and done on the BBQ! These chili cheese fries won’t heat up your kitchen and can by made when you are camping!


  • 1 small package frozen french fries not mega family size
  • one can of chili of choice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Spray the inside of a large doubled-up sheet of foil with cooking spray.
  2. Place the frozen fries in the middle of the sheet; fold to enclose.
  3. Cook the fries on your BBQ or over a campfire until they are cooked – around 15-20 minutes.
  4. Spread the chili and cheese over the fries.
  5. Close the packet again and cook until the chili is hot and the cheese has melted.
  6. Remove, cool slightly and enjoy! We just ate it with forks right out of the package!


  • Serving Size: 4

Nutritional information is only an estimate. Actual nutritional numbers will vary due to cooking methods, your ingredient measurements and brands of products used.



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    January 3, 2018 at 3:10 am

    Top class Karlynn!!!

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    May 21, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Can these packets be frozen before or after cooking?

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    angela hammill
    March 22, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    these are so yummmy!! we make every camping trip , my kids love them

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    Karen Donaldson
    August 29, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Doing this tonite

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    Mason Kerry Livermore
    August 27, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Why not use real fries. Cutting a potatoe. Seems way more logical for camping…

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      August 27, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      The sky is the limit! All recipes are just a base for your own cooking ideas to build on! That would work too! I like the super crispy fries though from McCain, they are my weakness!

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    Curtis Vanrootselaar
    August 25, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Try this Stacie Knapcik when you go to the cabin

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    Arlene Price
    August 23, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Jillian Moore yummmm

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      Jillian Moore
      August 23, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Why u gotta show me that

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    Crystal Carlson
    August 23, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Tried it on the weekend. Had To put it on twice cause we were in a hurry and some of the fiies weren’t hot. Then some of the fries burned. Everyone loved it, though, even the kid who doesn’t like his food mixed together! Husband can’t wait to try it again.

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    August 21, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Camping with my family this weekend. Made these chili cheese fries with dinner tonight. Holy moly deliciousness. Definitely will do this again even at home!

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      August 22, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      MrsRoybal2013 AWESOME! I am so glad that you liked them! They are our favorite treat and yes, we make them at home too!

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    April 26, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Oh Holy mother!!!! How good is this! Trying it this weekend!

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    August 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Great idea!  I would never have  thought to cook fries this way.. Thank you for sharing!

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    Jennifer Print
    August 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    this will be made at my house this weekend =)

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    Christina Barr Clouse
    August 13, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Lol ON IT!!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 13, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    You do have to eat these. I said so. Now you must!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 13, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Yup serious yum! And no oven! hurray!

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    Jennifer Print
    August 13, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    o.m.g. yumm

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    Christina Barr Clouse
    August 13, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Love love chilli cheese fries!!

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    Christina Barr Clouse
    August 13, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Oh dear , I am just have to eat that!!

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      Tena Hough
      June 23, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      How do you keep fries frozen while camping?

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