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Chili Cheese Fries
Chili Cheese Fries

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.

How to Make Chili Cheese Fries

  • 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!


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Campfire Chili Cheese Fries Tin Foil Dinner

Easy, delicious and chili cheese fries that are done on the BBQ! These chili cheese fries won't heat up your kitchen and can by made when you are camping!
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
25 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 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!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Information

Calories: 114kcal, Protein: 7g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 176mg, Potassium: 27mg, Vitamin A: 285IU, Calcium: 204mg, Iron: 0.2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Dianne & Zarrellli says

    This will be a great supper meal when we are in Napa (hotel – full kitchen) – we will be having big lunches out & need simple suppers

  2. Amy says

    These were softer but MAN OH MAN OH MAN!Five stars because of the IDEA! YOu are brilliant!5 stars

  3. Jenny Bullistron says

    This is definitely going to be a new late-night summer delight in my home! I also love the idea of less dishes! ;D5 stars

  4. Sandra | A Dash of Sanity says

    I love this idea! It makes me so excited for camping!5 stars

  5. Megan Ancheta says

    Oh man! What a great idea to make at camp! I can’t wait for camping season now!5 stars

  6. Katerina @ diethood .com says

    Oh boy, this sounds terrific!! A must make!!5 stars

  7. Sabrina says

    This is such a genius idea! A delicious food and no clean up!5 stars

  8. Jen says

    I don’t care if they’re healthy or not, this is exactly how I want to eat when camping! Yum!!5 stars

  9. Allyson Zea says

    Can I just act like I am going camping and make these anyway? Cheese fries are my life!5 stars

  10. ki says

    Could you use tater tots instead of fries and what temp does the oven need to be set at?

  11. Anonymous says

    THESE ARE AMAZING! Sure, don’t expect crispy fried, I mean it IS on a campfire. What a great treat while camping tho!5 stars

  12. angela hammill says

    these are so yummmy!! we make every camping trip , my kids love them5 stars

  13. Mason Kerry Livermore says

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

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      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!

  14. Curtis Vanrootselaar says

    Try this Stacie Knapcik when you go to the cabin

  15. Crystal Carlson says

    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.

    5 stars

  16. MrsRoybal2013 says

    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!

    5 stars

    • thekitchenmagpie says

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

  17. ClaireMacintyre1 says

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

    5 stars

  18. sbabij says

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

    5 stars

  19. Jennifer says

    this will be made AGAIN at my house this weekend =) it was great

    5 stars

  20. Christina Barr Clouse says

    Love love these chilli cheese fries!!

    5 stars

  21. The Kitchen Magpie says

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

  22. Christina Barr Clouse says

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

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