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Frito Pie

The famous Frito Pie - a generous serving of chili topped with Fritos corn chips and shredded cheddar cheese, then baked until melted and bubbling.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 2 hours 30 minutes
Total 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 8 to 10 servings
Calories 814 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Chili:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 yellow onions finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 pounds ground beef 85-90% lean
  • 30 ounce canned dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 28 ounce canned diced tomatoes
  • 28 ounce canned tomato puree

For the Frito Pie:

  • 10.25 ounce bag Fritos corn chips
  • 16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced


  1. Make the Chili: Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until it is shimmering. Add the onions, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, cayenne and ½ teaspoon of the salt. Cook until the vegetables have softened, about 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
  2. Add the beef and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Stir in the beans, diced tomatoes (with their juice), tomato puree and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat so it maintains a slow simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid and continue to simmer for an additional 45 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Assemble the Frito Pie: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Transfer some or all of the chili to a baking dish or individual ramekins. Top with Fritos, pressing them lightly into the chili. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top and bake until the cheese is melted and the chili is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with sliced green onions and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Frito Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 814 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 129mg43%
Sodium 1091mg47%
Potassium 1649mg47%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 53g106%
Vitamin A 1745IU35%
Vitamin C 43.3mg52%
Calcium 577mg58%
Iron 10.1mg56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.