Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Lay fries in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, turning halfway through cooking, until crisp and golden.
In a large pot over medium heat, break up ground beef and brown, stirring constantly to break up all the clumps to fine ground.
Add remaining ingredients through the onion powder. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve hot fries on a plate smothered with chili and topped with shredded cheese, if using.
Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee