Appetizers, Beef, Gameday Appetizers

Frito Pie

Hey, Grillin’ Fam! Welcome to another epic culinary adventure with your main man, AB, in the kitchen. Today, we’re diving headfirst into the world of comfort food – the legendary Frito Pie. Imagine a symphony of flavors: crunchy Fritos, seasoned ground beef, melted cheese, and a kick of heat. Are you ready to embark on a flavor fiesta? Buckle up, because we’re about to create a Frito Pie that will make your taste buds dance!

Why should you make this dish, you ask? Well, let me tell you, it’s not just a meal; it’s an experience. The Frito Pie is the epitome of comfort food – a crowd-pleaser that brings people together. Whether you’re hosting a laid-back get-together, game night, or just craving a hearty meal, this dish is your ticket to flavor town. Plus, it’s easy to whip up, customizable to your liking, and guaranteed to leave everyone satisfied. So, let’s get smokin’ and grillin’, my friends!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 can (15 oz) chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups Fritos corn chips
  • Sour cream (optional, for serving)
  • Sliced green onions (optional, for garnish)
  • Jalapeño slices (optional, for extra heat)

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Preheat Oven: Fire up that oven to 350°F (175°C) – we’re getting ready to make magic happen!
  2. Brown the Ground Beef: In a sizzling hot skillet, cook the ground beef until it’s browned and beautiful. Drain off any excess fat like a pro.
  3. Sauté Onions and Garlic: Toss in the chopped onions and let them sizzle until they’re golden. Add minced garlic and let the aroma take over your kitchen.
  4. Season with Taco Magic: Sprinkle that taco seasoning like you’re casting a spell on your dish. Stir it in, and let the flavors mingle for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add Beans and Tomatoes: Time to introduce the chili beans and diced tomatoes with green chilies to the party. Let it all simmer and thicken, like a flavor symphony playing in your skillet.
  6. Assemble the Frito Pie: Grab a baking dish and lay down a foundation of Fritos chips. Spoon over that beefy, beany goodness, and top it off with a generous layer of shredded cheddar cheese.
  7. Repeat the Layers: Keep building those layers – Fritos, beef mixture, cheese – until you’ve created a flavor skyscraper.
  8. Bake to Perfection: Into the preheated oven it goes! Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melty, bubbly, and oh-so-enticing.
  9. Serve and Garnish: Take it out, let it cool for a hot minute, and then serve up that Frito Pie goodness. Optional garnishes? Sour cream, sliced green onions, and jalapeño slices for the brave!
  10. Enjoy the Flavor Fiesta: Dive into your creation with a big ol’ spoon and let the flavor fiesta begin. Your taste buds will thank you.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Customize Your Crunch: Experiment with different flavors of Fritos – chili cheese, ranch, or even barbecue for an extra kick.
  • Cheese Choices: Mix up the cheese blend for added depth – try Monterey Jack, Colby, or pepper jack for some heat.
  • Make it Ahead: Prep the components in advance, then assemble and bake when you’re ready to serve.
  • Freeze for Later: Frito Pie freezes well. Just store in a freezer-safe container, and you’ve got a quick meal for those busy days.


  1. Veggie Delight: Swap the beef for sautéed mushrooms or your favorite meat substitute.
  2. Spicy Chicken Fiesta: Substitute shredded spicy chicken for a zesty twist.
  3. Breakfast Frito Pie: Top with a fried egg for a breakfast-inspired version.
  4. Seafood Surprise: Add shrimp or crab for a coastal flair.
  5. Green Chile Extravaganza: Mix in roasted green chilies for a southwestern kick.
  6. BBQ Beef Bliss: Infuse smoky BBQ flavor by using BBQ-seasoned beef.
  7. Nacho-Inspired: Add jalapeños, diced tomatoes, and black olives for a nacho-inspired Frito Pie.
  8. Taco Tuesday Edition: Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and a dollop of guacamole.
  9. Buffalo Chicken Twist: Drizzle buffalo sauce over shredded chicken for a spicy variation.
  10. Pulled Pork Powerhouse: Substitute pulled pork for a hearty and flavorful twist.

What to Serve With Frito Pie:

  1. Zesty Guacamole: Fresh avocados, tomatoes, and lime for a cooling contrast.
  2. Mexican Street Corn: Grilled corn with mayo, lime, and cotija cheese.
  3. Cilantro Lime Rice: A refreshing and citrusy side dish.
  4. Pico de Gallo: Fresh salsa with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime.
  5. Black Bean Salad: A hearty and protein-packed accompaniment.
  6. Chilled Cucumber Salad: Cool and crisp cucumber slices in a light vinaigrette.
  7. Homemade Salsa: Chunky or blended, it’s a salsa sensation.
  8. Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes: Creamy potatoes with a savory kick.
  9. Tortilla Chips: Because you can never have enough crunch!
  10. Mexican Street Food-Inspired Cornbread: A flavorful twist on the classic.

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  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned. Drain excess fat.

  3. Add the chopped onions to the skillet and sauté until they become translucent. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

  4. Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the beef mixture and stir well to combine. Let it cook for a couple of minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

  5. Pour in the chili beans (undrained) and diced tomatoes with green chilies (undrained). Stir the mixture thoroughly and let it simmer for about 5-7 minutes, allowing it to thicken slightly.

  6. In a large baking dish, spread a layer of Fritos chips. Top with a generous portion of the beef and bean mixture. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the top.

  7. Repeat the layers – Fritos, beef mixture, and cheese – until you’ve used all the ingredients. 

  8. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  9. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Serve the Frito Pie warm, optionally garnished with dollops of sour cream, sliced green onions, and jalapeño slices for an extra kick.

  10. Dig in and savor the delicious layers of flavor in this classic Frito Pie. Perfect for casual gatherings or a satisfying weeknight dinner!

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