Frito Pie


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Frito Pie is a crowd pleasing favorite, great for game day and a family meal everyone will agree on! A simple base (similar to a chili recipe) with ground beef, seasonings and beans is topped with heaps of cheese and… you guessed it.. FRITOS!!

Add your favorite taco toppings like tomatoes, sour cream and jalapenos!

A scoop of frito pie being removed from the casserole dish.

What is Frito Pie?

Frito pie is not really a pie, it’s a kind of a taco casserole (like Dorito casserole)!

Also known as frito taco pie, this easy dish can be made at home with a few simple ingredients; beef, beans, tomatoes, corn, an ample supply of cheese, and of course, Fritos!

For a super fun grab-and-go treat, use fritos from single serving bags and after the casserole is finished, scoop a serving back into the bag and hand off to a hungry eater! No mess and no dishes!

Frito pie meat mixture being cooked in a frying pan.

How to Make Frito Pie

  1. Brown beef and add taco seasoning, tomato sauce and corn & beans.
  2. Add a layer of fritos to a casserole dish and sprinkle cheese.
  3. Top with the meat mixture and more cheese.
  4. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serve and enjoy… and don’t forget the toppings!

Two images showing how to layer the frito pie in the casserole dish.

My Favorite Frito Pie Toppings

So many great things can go on top of this frito pie casserole! I like to have small bowls of toppings for everyone to pick their own! Here are some suggestions:

  • Sauces: salsa, hot sauce, sour cream, guacamole
  • Veggies etc: Sliced black olives, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, green chiles, lime wedges
  • Extra Crunch: Tortillas for wrapping

A serving of frito pie in a bowl. Garnished with chopped tomatoes, jalapeños, and parsley.

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Frito Pie

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 33 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Casserole
Cuisine Mexican
A Mexican casserole with ground beef, tomatoes, corn, taco seasoning & salsa, layered with Frito chips and shredded cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 package taco seasoning & water as indicated on package
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 10 ounces diced tomatoes with chilies or salsa
  • 1.5 cups tomato sauce
  • 15 ounces kidney beans drained
  • 1 cup corn drained
  • 1 bag Fritos® corn chips about 5 1/2 cups
  • 2 cups mexican cheese blend shredded, 8 ounces
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped
  • sour cream for serving (optional)

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9 inch (3 quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Brown ground beef and onions, drain fat. Stir in taco seasoning and water.

  3. Simmer uncovered 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn & beans. Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

  4. Place 4 cups of the Frito chips in single layer in baking dish. Top with 1 cup of the shredded cheese; spoon beef mixture over cheese, then top with remaining cheese.

  5. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or util cheese is melted and edges are bubbly. Top with remaining Frito chips and green onion. Serve with sour cream.

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving (6g) — Calories: 624, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 1314mg, Potassium: 1006mg, Carbohydrates: 53g, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 8g, Protein: 33g, Vitamin A: 1596%, Vitamin C: 16%, Calcium: 366%, Iron: 6%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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A scoop of frito pie being removed from the casserole dish.
A scoop of frito pie being removed from the casserole dish.
Top photo - A serving of frito pie in a white bowl. Garnished with diced tomatoes, jalapeños, and parlsey. Bottom photo - Frito pie meat mixture being cooked in a frying pan.

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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