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Chili Cheese Frito Pie recipe

Chili Cheese Frito Pie

Frito pie is essentially chili either served ladled over or topped with Frito® corn chips - it’s not an actual pie. The combination of meat, chili and corn chips, makes it appealing to every member of the family.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword beef chili, cheddar, cheese, chili, football, ground beef, tailgating
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 649kcal


For the Texas beef chili:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pounds ground beef (80/20 blend)
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup lager beer
  • cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese

For serving:

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups Frito corn chips
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapeño slices
  • ¼ cup diced yellow onion


For the Texas beef chili:

  • Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, add the oil and heat through. Add the beef and cook until browned, about 8 minutes. Season with salt.
  • Then add the onion and sauté until opaque, about 6 minutes.
  • Next, stir in the chili powder and paprika. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and beer, stirring to combine.
  • Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer until the mixture thickens, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Heat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Evenly spread the cheeses on top and bake until the cheeses have melted, about 20 minutes.

For serving:

  • Serve topped with sour cream, Fritos, green onions, jalapeños and onion.


Calories: 649kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 627mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1132IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 430mg | Iron: 3mg