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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

5 from 7 votes
Campfire Chili Cheese Fries Tin Foil Dinner
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
25 mins
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!
Course: BBQ
Servings: 4 servings
Author: 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!
Nutrition Facts
Campfire Chili Cheese Fries Tin Foil Dinner
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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

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

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  4. angela hammill Reply

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

  5. Mason Kerry Livermore Reply

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

    • The Kitchen Magpie Reply

      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!

  6. Crystal Carlson Reply

    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.

  7. MrsRoybal2013 Reply

    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!

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

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

  8. ClaireMacintyre1 Reply

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

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

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