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Frito Pie Recipe

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Do you remember going to Ballgames and eating chili with corn chips?  This is what inspired this Frito Pie Recipe! Easy dinner recipes like this are the best!

The next time you want something fast and simple, these three-ingredient meal needs to pop into your brain. You’ll love the flavor, and don’t worry about there being any leftovers!

This is like chili without a lot of the liquid added. (chili is one of the ingredients so it makes sense!) It gives a hearty enough base to add all the toppings you want easily!

Having quick and easy beef recipes like this makes dinner a breeze!

Frito Pie Recipe

The saltiness of the corn chips and the heartiness of the beans keep me coming back for more. I could eat this entire recipe alone if I didn’t have other mouths to feed.

My boys think of this as a simple meal idea, and I agree. It’s great for any time of the year, but I will say that a bowl of this on a cold winter night does hit the spot.

Make sure you ask everyone what toppings they like before serving them up. That way, you can enjoy trying new ingredients and flavors as well!

Is Frito pie just a Texas thing?

Frito pie is a beloved dish within Texas culture, but it has also become a popular menu item across the United States. The dish consists of Fritos corn chips, topped with chili, cheese, and various other toppings.

Some believe that Frito pie was first created in the Lone Star State, while others argue that it originated in Mexico.

Regardless of its origins, Frito pie’s popularity has spread beyond Texas, with many restaurants and home cooks offering their own unique twists on the classic dish.

While it may have started as a regional specialty, Frito pie has now become a beloved comfort food enjoyed throughout the country.

Specialty Ingredients:

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Corn Chip Dinner Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

The best part about planning out all the meals is that you don’t have to stress or think about it anymore. Ask the kids what they want, and then use this simple formula.

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Refreshing Drink: Paloma Mocktail Recipe

Don’t forget Dessert: Key Lime Cupcakes Recipe

Best Easy Dinner Recipes:

Once you make this Chili Frito Pie Recipe, you’ll love having even more fast and simple dinner recipes on hand. I’ve gathered a few of my favorites that I think you’ll love.

These 30 Minute Sheet Pan Beef Fajitas will feed the family easily and fast!

I love making this 30 Minute Zucchini Ground Beef Rice Skillet!

Are you needing a new recipe? This John Wayne Casserole is a great choice!

Just wait until you taste this Crockpot Taco Casserole! It’s so good!

Use this Beef Rice and Bean Casserole for a hearty meal with leftovers!

This Quick and Easy Skillet Goulash has some amazing flavors!

I’m obsessed with making this Chili Cheese Pigs in a Blanket Recipe.

What’s the difference between a walking taco and a Frito pie?

When it comes to portable snacks, the walking taco and Frito pie are two popular options. However, they do have distinct differences.

A walking taco is a mixture of taco ingredients, such as seasoned ground beef, cheese, lettuce, and salsa, served in a bag of crushed-up corn chips that can be eaten on the go.

On the other hand, a Frito pie is a layered dish made up of Fritos corn chips, chili, cheese, and other toppings. It’s baked in the oven or cooked on the stove and is typically served hot.

While both dishes use corn chips as a base, the walking taco is a more relaxed and portable snack, while the Frito pie is a hearty meal that requires utensils to eat.

Overall, choosing between the two depends on personal preference and the occasion.

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Frito Pie Recipe

Frito Pie Recipe

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

This Frito Pie Recipe is the best—easy ingredients packed with maximum flavor.


  • 3 Bags of corn chips (plain, chili, & barbeque)
  • 1 Lg can of chili with beans
  • 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Mix the chips in a large bowl.
    Heat chili on the stove.
    To serve: layer chips, chili, and cheese!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 440Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 602mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 7/27/2023

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Wanda Bergman

Saturday 15th of June 2013

Nummy! Would love to make this!

Susie My SoCal Life

Monday 27th of February 2012

I hope you're feeling better!!!

Chili pie...sounds so good .....almost like a football food!

Stephanie S

Thursday 15th of December 2011

that sounds amazing. and so easy! i'm definitely making this soon. thanks!


Monday 10th of August 2009

We do something similar except ours is with a large container of store bought salsa, would probably work with a pasta sauce also. Kids love it!!

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