Southwest Frito Pie
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
- 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups water
- 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained, optional
- 4-1/2 cups Fritos corn chips
- 2 cups shredded lettuce
- 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
- 6 tablespoons finely chopped onion
- Sour cream and minced fresh cilantro, optional
- In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in chili powder, flour, salt and garlic powder until blended. Gradually stir in water and, if desired, beans.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 12-15 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
- To serve, divide chips among six serving bowls. Top with beef mixture, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and onion. If desired, top with sour cream and cilantro.
Nutrition Facts1 serving (calculated without beans and sour cream): 615 calories, 38g fat (16g saturated fat), 143mg cholesterol, 915mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 43g protein.
Aug 31, 2015
My family has loved this recipe for years and I always serve it to guests and they always rave about it and ask for the recipe! Good job!
Aug 10, 2015
I am a New Mexico native.....this recipe is incredible! A nice taste of home.
Mar 25, 2014
I read all the reviews about its blandness and, though I hate when people tweak a recipe and talk endlessly about it in their review, I thought it was warranted. I made sure to cook the onion in with the ground beef, as well as two crushed garlic cloves. I replaced one cup of the water with beef broth and added a bit of taco seasoning to the meat mixture before I cooked off the liquid. (Decreased the chili powder, so it was a trade-off.) That was the ticket--not bland in the slightest. :)
Nov 27, 2013
I made this tonight. Very good! I made mine with the pinto beans (I had a 30 oz can that I used). I let the recipe simmer most of the liquid off of it before serving. It was a make again for us!
Oct 31, 2013
My family loves mexican food..but I was alittle disappointed in the taste of this recipe. I added more chili and garlic powder but still it was missing something.
Jul 27, 2013
May 9, 2013
I really wanted to like this recipe. The chili powder was overpowering & bland. Perhaps it could be made better with a sauce. It was quite dry on top of being blah.
May 21, 2012
I just made this for the first time and thought it was fabulous. Very easy and very tasty. I am not a big fan of chili powder so I used much less than called for. I also used southwest-style garlic pinto beans, which had much more flavor than plain pinto beans and significantly added to the taste of the dish. I also recommend using fresh pico de gallo instead of plain tomatoes and onions.
Nov 6, 2011
So easy to make and everyone in the family enjoys it. We are vegetarians so I use the Moningstar Farms veggie crumbles instead of ground beef.
Oct 15, 2011
Without the toppings this was pretty tasteless and bland. It was better after it was all assembled. I would suggest using a can of tomatoes instead of water. I had to add taco seasoning to get this to taste better. Pretty much turning it into taco meat. But it was better than just the chili powder and garlic powder by themselves. Adding black beans instead of pinto beans will make this more Southwestern.
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