Frito Pie Recipe
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Frito pie is legendary in the Southwest for being spicy, salty and cheesy fabulous. Here’s my easy take on this crunchy classic. —Jan Moon, Alamogordo, New Mexico
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 1 package (9-3/4 ounces) Fritos corn chips
  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Thinly sliced green onions, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in beans; heat through.
Reserve 1 cup corn chips for topping. Place remaining corn chips in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with meat mixture, enchilada sauce and cheese; top with reserved chips.
Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. If desired, sprinkle with green onions. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Frito Pie in Simple & Delicious April/May 2015

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 1 package (9-3/4 ounces) Fritos corn chips
  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Thinly sliced green onions, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in beans; heat through.
  2. Reserve 1 cup corn chips for topping. Place remaining corn chips in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with meat mixture, enchilada sauce and cheese; top with reserved chips.
  3. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. If desired, sprinkle with green onions. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Frito Pie in Simple & Delicious April/May 2015

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Vickylynn00 User ID: 8921093 273410
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2017

"Oh, good grief. This is *not* Frito pie. First off, most Texans would sooner move to New York City than put beans in their chili (though Ranch Style Beans are amazing, native to Texas and great in nearly any other recipe). Also, enchilada sauce is for enchiladas, not chili. If you want a semi-homemade easy chili, brown ground beef, add your favorite picante sauce, garlic, cumin, chili powder.

The most traditional way to make Frito pie is to heat up a can of Wolf Brand chili. Slice open the side seam of a small bag of Fritos, top with chili, shredded cheddar and chopped onions. Served at every self respecting high school stadium concession stand during football games. Best enjoyed while freezing your rear end off on the cold bleachers. Builds character."

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Jennifer User ID: 9239518 272620
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2017

"Yummy"

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toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 263483
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2017

"I was able to find the ranch beans amazingly enough. This is an easy recipe to make and the gang loved it. I agree that 2 cans of sauce is too much. What really made this recipe was all the stuff we garnished with. It's not the most healthy so I guess I'd reserve it for emergencies (who can keep Fritos around though??!!) or if I needed to feed a bunch of guys or teenagers."

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Alana.Doss User ID: 8314694 254835
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2016

"I couldn't find Ranch Beans, so I used chili Beans. Two cans of enchilada sauce was too much. It was very soupy. Would have been better as a dip, without the fritos on the bottom of the pan. Definitely not a main meal dish for my house."

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Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 248228
Reviewed May. 14, 2016

"I loved how quick and easy this dish was to put together. Very tasteful as well. The whole family really enjoyed it."

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retired chris User ID: 5879450 246872
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"Just made this yesterday, and it was quick and easy, but needs a bit more "zip" for us. I will definitely make this again, but I'll add some taco seasoning to the meat mixture, as well as those chili beans (thank you for the idea, teach71!) My husband is a Fritos lover, so this is a perfect dish!"

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Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 246254
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2016

"I was looking for something to use up some hamburger meat. I had everything. I am glad I tried it. It was so easy a really flavorful."

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teach71 User ID: 6024199 230224
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"Made this tonight. I used one can of beans as two seemed like too much. One was perfect for us. I couldn't find ranch beans so I used Bush's chili beans (tasted good). I spiced it up a bit with cayenne pepper and some garlic. I was skeptical about using two cans of enchilada sauce because it seemed like it would turn out too soupy but it didn't. It firmed up as it cooled down. Served with sour cream and green onions. It was tasty. I like the saltiness that the Fritos added. Wasn't too overpowering. You don't need to add any salt. Overall a pretty decent and easy recipe."

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