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!

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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 ingredients in a skillet

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!

prepping frito pie in a casserole, and with the Fritos on top before baking

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 with toppings in a bowl

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5 from 17 votes
Review Recipe

Frito Pie

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


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 package taco seasoning & water as indicated on package
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 10 ounces diced tomatoes with chilies or salsa
  • 1 ½ cups tomato sauce
  • 15 ounces kidney beans drained
  • 1 cup corn drained
  • 1 bag Fritos® corn chips about 5 ½ cups
  • 2 cups mexican cheese blend shredded, 8 ounces
  • ¼ cup green onions chopped
  • sour cream for serving (optional)

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9"x13" casserole dish.
  • Brown ground beef and onions, drain fat. Stir in taco seasoning, chili powder, and water.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn & beans. Simmer an additional 5 minutes.
  • Add 4 cups of Frito chips to the bottom of prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese.
  • Spread beef mixture over top and top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake in a preheated oven 18 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Top with remaining chips and desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

Beef can be replaced with ground turkey or chicken if desired.
If serving leftovers, reserve corn chips for topping until serving. Add corn chips and toppings after re-heating.
To increase the heat, add diced jalapenos to the meat mixture.
Adapted from Betty Crocker

Nutrition Information

Serving: 6g, Calories: 624, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 1314mg, Potassium: 1006mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1596IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 366mg, Iron: 6mg

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

Keyword frito pie
Course Casserole
Cuisine Mexican
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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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  1. So good!! I ended up adding 2 more tablespoons of taco seasoning and a tablespoon of cumin to suite our tastes but this recipe was amazing! Even my sometimes picky 3 year old absolutely loved it! We’ll for sure be adding this to our dinner rotation :)5 stars

  2. Your recipe calls for 1 TBSP of chili powder but nowhere in the instructions does it call for it. Just FYI.

    1. Thanks for catching that Melissa! It should added in Step 2 with the taco seasoning.

  3. HI Holly :-) Even though I’m not a fan of Mexican food, this recipe caught my eye, since I LOVE Fritos Corn Chips (go figure). This actually sounded delicious to me, but the sodium content is ‘waaay’ through the roof, as are most Mexican dishes. I can’t see a way to make this any ‘healthier’, so too bad. :-(

    1. Fritos do contain quite a bit of sodium however most of the remaining ingredients can be purchased with no sodium including the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans and taco seasoning (I use homemade). Hope that helps!