Vegetarian Chili Cheese Sticks Recipe - USA

Chili Cheese Sticks

Vegetarian Chili Cheese Sticks Recipe - USA
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 6 | Vegetarian diet


Chili Cheese Sticks
Chili Cheese Sticks

Chili Cheese Sticks are a delicious and savory snack that combines the flavors of chili, cheese, and crispy bread crumbs. These sticks are perfect for parties, game nights, or simply as a tasty treat for yourself.


The exact origins of Chili Cheese Sticks are unclear, but they are believed to have been inspired by traditional Mexican flavors. The combination of chili seasoning, cheese, and bread crumbs creates a unique and flavorful snack that is loved by many.


How to prepare

  1. Combine 3 qt (2.84 liter) of water and rice in a saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir once or twice.
  3. Reduce the heat, cover the saucepan, and let it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed.
  4. Add cheese, eggs, and chili seasoning mix to the rice mixture.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool down to room temperature.
  6. Shape the rice mixture into sticks measuring 2x0.5 inches.
  7. Roll the sticks in bread crumbs.
  8. Refrigerate the sticks for 2 to 3 hours.
  9. Deep-fry the sticks in hot vegetable oil until they turn golden brown.
  10. Remove the sticks with a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels.
  11. Serve the sticks with Taco Sauce.


  • Add diced jalapenos or green chilies to the rice mixture for an extra kick of heat.
  • Use different types of cheese, such as pepper jack or mozzarella, for a unique flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to allow the rice mixture to cool down before shaping it into sticks to prevent it from falling apart.

- Refrigerating the sticks before frying them helps them hold their shape better.

- Use a deep fryer or a heavy-bottomed pot for frying to ensure even cooking and a crispy exterior.

Serving Suggestions

Chili Cheese Sticks can be served as an appetizer with a side of salsa or guacamole. They can also be enjoyed on their own as a snack.

Cooking Techniques

Deep-frying the sticks ensures a crispy exterior and a gooey, cheesy interior.

- Rolling the sticks in bread crumbs before frying adds an extra layer of crunch.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use brown rice or quinoa instead of white rice for a healthier alternative.

- Instead of chili seasoning mix, you can use your own blend of spices such as cumin, paprika, and garlic powder.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the rice mixture and shape the sticks ahead of time and refrigerate them until ready to fry. This makes them a convenient option for parties or gatherings.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Chili Cheese Sticks on a platter with a drizzle of taco sauce and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro for a colorful and appetizing presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Chili Cheese Sticks pair well with a cold beer or a refreshing glass of lemonade. They also go well with a side of fresh fruit or a green salad.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Chili Cheese Sticks can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place them in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chili Cheese Sticks contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of Chili Cheese Sticks contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chili Cheese Sticks contains approximately 15 grams of fats.


Each serving of Chili Cheese Sticks contains approximately 10 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Chili Cheese Sticks are a good source of calcium, vitamin A, and iron.


Chili Cheese Sticks contain dairy (cheese) and eggs.


Chili Cheese Sticks are a tasty snack that provides a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. They are also a good source of calcium, vitamin A, and iron.


Chili Cheese Sticks are a delicious and satisfying snack that combines the flavors of chili, cheese, and crispy bread crumbs. They are easy to make and perfect for any occasion. Enjoy these tasty sticks with a side of taco sauce for a flavorful treat.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It was a chilly autumn evening, and I was flipping through a tattered old cookbook that belonged to my own grandmother. As I turned the pages, a photo of golden brown Chili Cheese Sticks caught my eye. The combination of gooey cheese, spicy chili, and crispy dough looked absolutely irresistible.

I immediately set to work gathering the ingredients and following the instructions step by step. It wasn't long before the mouthwatering aroma of baking cheese and chili filled the kitchen. When the timer finally dinged, I pulled the tray of piping hot Chili Cheese Sticks out of the oven. They were perfectly golden and oozing with melted cheese.

I took a bite and was instantly transported back to my childhood, when my grandmother would make these delicious treats for me and my siblings. The taste was exactly as I remembered - a comforting blend of cheesy goodness and zesty chili.

From that moment on, Chili Cheese Sticks became a staple in my own recipe collection. I would make them for family gatherings, potlucks, and even just as a special treat for myself. Each time I whipped up a batch, I felt a connection to my grandmother and the generations of women before her who had passed down their culinary knowledge and love through the art of cooking.

Over the years, I perfected the recipe to suit my own tastes, adding a dash of cayenne pepper for extra heat and experimenting with different types of cheese. I found that sharp cheddar worked best, as it added a tangy bite that complemented the spiciness of the chili perfectly.

One day, while shopping for ingredients at the local farmers market, I ran into an old friend who happened to be a chef at a popular restaurant in town. I excitedly told him about my Chili Cheese Sticks and how they had become a beloved family tradition.

To my surprise, he asked if I would be willing to share the recipe with him. He explained that he was always on the lookout for new and exciting dishes to feature on the menu, and he thought my Chili Cheese Sticks would be a hit with his customers.

I was both flattered and hesitant. Sharing a treasured family recipe felt like giving away a piece of my heritage. But after some thought, I realized that recipes were meant to be shared and enjoyed by all. So, I agreed to pass on the recipe to my friend, with the condition that he would give me credit for it on the menu.

A few weeks later, I received a call from my friend, telling me that the Chili Cheese Sticks had become a bestseller at the restaurant. Customers raved about the unique combination of flavors and the comforting, home-cooked feel of the dish.

I was overjoyed to hear that my recipe had brought happiness to so many people. It was a reminder that food has the power to unite us and bring joy to our lives. And as I sat down to enjoy a plate of steaming hot Chili Cheese Sticks with my family, I knew that this simple dish would continue to be a source of comfort and connection for generations to come.


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