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Overhead photo of frito pie in a round blue baking dish
Frito™ Pie
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

This Frito™ Pie is a classic Southwestern dish that's FUN comfort food for all!

Course: Main Dish, Snack, Appetizer
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: Frito Pie, Chili
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 849 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 3 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. cumin powder
  • 3 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne powder
  • 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14.5-oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 15-oz. can pinto beans, drained
Frito Pie
  • 6-8 cups Fritos corn chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar-jack cheese
  • 1 cups yellow onion, chopped
  • sour cream, sliced jalapenos, for topping, if desired
  1. In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink. Drain almost all fat from the pot.

  2. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, salt and cayenne powder until well combined. Add the crushed and petite diced tomatoes, brown sugar and 1/2 cup of the beef broth. Simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring often. Add pinto beans and remaining cup beef broth. Cook for an additional 15 minutes.

Assembling Frito Pie
  1. You can assemble the Frito pie in a baking dish, individual bowls or in the individual bags sliced down the middle as picture. Top the Fritos with some of the shredded cheese, then some of the hot chili, chopped onions, then finally some additional shredded cheese and sliced or chopped jalapenos. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Frito™ Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 849 Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Fat 56g86%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 1246mg54%
Potassium 781mg22%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 2740IU55%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 431mg43%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.