More of an assembly job than a recipe, this is without doubt my favourite thing to do with chilli. You can do it with any chilli (even the vegetable kind), although I would always argue that you should use the recipe from More Takeaway Secrets, of course. Regardless of where the chilli con carne comes from (you could even use some straight out of a tin if you so desire), once it's piled on top of crispy fries and topped with melty mozzarella cheese, it's guaranteed to taste sensational.
When it comes to the fries, this is one of those times when making our own won't best replicate the real thing. Chilli Cheese Fries need to be made with cheap, frozen french fries or chips. Purchase the cheapest, most 'extra value' frozen chips you can from Morrison's, Tesco or Asda. Lidl sell the 'Harvest Basket' range of frozen chips which are perfect for this dish. These are the kinds of frozen chips your girlfriend might helpfully spot the local kebab shop owner transporting from van to restaurant kitchen, so we can be sure that they're used by at least some takeaway owners. It's also a good idea to very slightly overcook the chips in order to help them stay crispy underneath the chilli con carne and melted cheese.
1 portion of cooked chilli con carne
1 portion of cooked french fries or chips (see notes above)
1 large handful of grated mozzarella cheese
Reheat the portion of chilli con carne in a small pot. Add a little water occasionally if necessary and continue to simmer the chilli until the fries are ready.
When the fries are ready, pour them onto a serving plate (or ideally into a large kebab tray). Season to taste with salt and top with half of the mozzarella cheese.
Add the chilli con carne and top once more with the remaining cheese and jalapeno peppers. Close the lid if using a kebab tray, or cover loosely with tin-foil to help the mozzarella cheese melt over the chilli.
Allow the cheese to melt for 5 minutes before serving.