Clean Eats: I Want Junk Food.

We all have those days.

You want froyo. Grilled cheese. A burrito the size of your face. Nachos. BIRTHDAY CAKE OREOS (they’re really trying to kill me, I think.).

Oreo Bday Cake

The last time I traveled, I bought the June issue of Clean Eating magazine (and a pack Oreos, thank you PMS) and within those pages found a junk food-inspired recipe for Chili Cheese Fries.  I figured the next time the junky craving hit, I’d make it and hopefully stave off burying my entire face in a giant serving of naughty toppings froyo. And of course I can’t blog about this fabulous junk-food-made-good recipe and make all you five people read it…until I tried it out myself. FINE I’ll be the guinea pig. But I’m making it Paleo-style. Without further ado.  Here you go.

Clean Eats: I Want Junk Food - Peach's Paleo Chili Cheese Fries

Peach’s Paleo Chili Cheese Fries

Adapted recipe from Clean Eating magazine, June 2013.  (approx. 3 servings)

Sweet Potato Fries:

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2″ fries
  • 1T Olive Oil
  • Salt/pepper


  • 1lb Grass-Fed Ground Beef (I used Maverick Ranch from Kroger) or Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 large onion, rough diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Cup No-Salt Added Muir Glen Tomato Sauce
  • 1 T Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, or set it on fire as you wish
  • 1T raw honey

Step One: Soak potatoes for 20-30 min and pat dry. I did this while the oven was preheating and I chopped the veggies. But truthfully, I didn’t notice a difference in the crispiness – maybe because I used sweet potatoes and not white potatoes?  When dry, toss the fries in the olive oil, salt and pepper and put on a baking sheet lined with nonstick foil or parchment paper. Bake at 425 for 20 min, then flip the fries and bake for another 10 – or until golden brown.

Clean Eats: I Want Junk Food. Peach's Paleo Chili Fries

Step Two: While your fries are cooking you can easily throw together the chili. Brown the beef or turkey with a few shakes of salt and pepper until no longer pink. If you have a lot of grease or juice in the pan, you can drain it. Your choice. Or just push the meat to the side and add the onions. Cook together until the onions are translucent, then add the garlic and cook another 2-3 minutes. Then add the tomato sauce and all the spices and the honey. Stir to combine and reduce heat to let it simmer for 8-10 minutes.

Peach's Paleo Chili Cheese Fries |

Peach's Paleo Chili Cheese Fries |

Peach's Paleo Chili Cheese Fries |

Step Three: Plate up a portion of the fries and top with chili.  Non-Paleo Toppings: sour cream/greek yogurt, cheese, scallions. Paleo Toppings: Avocado, bacon. Because duh. Bacon.

Step Four: Devour.

NOTES: My alterations from the Clean Eating Magazine recipe were to use 1 large sweet potato instead of 3 1/4lb of Russet potatoes. The mag also uses 1/2 cup tomato paste + 1 3/4 cups chicken broth, but I had leftover tomato sauce so I went with that. Plus, I like my chili a little thicker. No one likes a runny chili, do they? Ick.  Portion-wise, my version made 3 equal servings of potatoes and chili. Perfect for just me!


Peach's Paleo Chili Cheese Fries |


Did this hit the spot? Yes! Will I make it again? Definitely! Do I still want froyo?



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Clean Eats: I Want Junk Food.

5 Responses

  1. 1) Oreos are my kryptonite… and the birthday cake flavored ones quite possible have the same effects of heroine (though I’d like to disclaim I’ve never done any drugs – that weren’t legal anyways). Seriously, I’m getting the shakes just thinking about them and HOW I CAN’T HAVE THEM.

    2) However, that recipe looks deeee-lish. Something my husband would be totally all for, too. And I’ve made sweet potato fries on the regular and stopped soaking them – they definitely turn out WAY better if you toss them in olive oil (and whatever salt + seasonings you want). But not TOO much EVOO because they will get soggy!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Celia G. August 19, 2013 at 9:04 am #
    • Oh man… I am not to be trusted with Oreos of ANY kind. Aren’t they amazing? :) So glad you liked the recipe and do let me know how you like it when you make it! The chili is super easy to tweak to your liking. This one is a bit sweet with the cinnamon/honey, but I think it pairs well with the sweet potatoes!

      50Peach August 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm #
  2. Ok, first of all, Birthday Cake Oreos? Need. Now.

    Second of all, I got lazy this weekend and never made it to the kitchen for the chili fries (or pretty much anything else), but now that yours look all kinds of awesome, I’m all kinds of inspired. My go-to coating for oven baked french fries is olive oil, season salt and a few shakes of paprika, and now I’m wondering how that would taste under chili.

    Samantha Brinn Merel August 19, 2013 at 11:59 am #
    • Well, is it a good thing that you didn’t get into the kitchen? Or did you find evil elsewhere? 😉

      50Peach August 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm #
  3. i’m more into the fro yo and grilled cheese! yum!! today was not my best day but tomorrow will be! how’s that for being positive. :) and i think the bday cake oreos are overkill. nothing like the classic.

    icescreammama August 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

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