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Frito Pie Recipe

Frito pie consists of Frito chips topped with chili and cheddar cheese. Apparently, this dish originated in the south; I just discovered it recently and knew I had to make it. In this recipe we are making our own chili but if you want to save time you can use a can of chili as well. After the chili is done cooking it is spooned on top of Fritos in a casserole dish, topped with cheese and then baked for a few minutes. If you want you can just pile the chili and cheese on top of the chips and skip the baking step. You can top with additional ingredients as well such a green onion, white onion, and sour cream. Enjoy.

Cooking Instructions:

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Frito Pie Recipe

  • Author: Bobby
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 (10.5 ounces) bag Fritos corn chips
  • 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chili-
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • ½ onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 ½ cups tomato sauce
  • 1 (8 ounces) jar salsa
  • 4 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
  • 1 (15 ounces) can light red kidney beans
  • 1 (15 ounces) can dark red kidney beans



  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high, add ground beef and onion and sauté for 10 minutes (or until the meat is browned). Drain off any excess grease. Stir in black pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning mix, and kidney beans. Reduce heat and simmer for at
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13” casserole dish. Place Frito chips in a layer on the bottom of the casserole dish. Spoon chili over the Fritos, and top with shredded cheddar cheese.
  3. Place into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
    (Makes 8 Servings)


  1. Jean McDaniel says:

    I’ve made frito pie all my life. A single layer of tamales or a half cup of whole kernel corn makes it even better. But just fritos, chili, cheese and a little onion is great. Of course being from Texas I never use beans in my chili.

    Here is a great lunch for kids. Just open small bags of fritos, sprinkle in some cheese and spoon in some hot chili. Now hand them a spoon and let them enjoy. Also is a great fund raiser food item.

  2. Grannyjean1944 says:

    I use Wolf Brand Chili with no beans. I also make layers. Fritos, Chili, shredded cheese, chopped onions, corn, Fritos, chili, and finish with cheese. Sometimes I add a layer of tamales. Any decent Fritos Pie shouldn’t have beans. Ha ha
    Yes I’m from Texas and beans are tabo in Chili.

  3. Bipp-1980 says:

    I’m from NM and we have Frito pie with chili with beans and onions over Frito…….So good.

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