Frito Pie

Frito pie is packed with creamy and crunchy textures, and big taco style flavor. This easy dish comes together in just over 30 minutes!

Frito pie actually isn’t really a pie, it’s a casserole of Fritos with tasty toppings! Ours has a creamy beef layer, lots of cheese, and a few fresh pops to top it off. It’s somewhat similar to some of our other favorite dinners—Dorito Casserole and Tamale Pie!

Frito pie topped with avocados and tomatoes

Quick, Easy, and SO Flavorful

Frito Pie was made popular in the Mid and Southwest United States years ago.

It typically includes chili, Fritos, and cheese (YUM!) While there are many variations, I think ours is beyond delicious.

We take that chili and turn it into a creamy meaty layer packed with chili flavor. Fresh tomatoes and avocado on top add the perfect finish.

Frito Pie is crazy easy to make and does not dirty up many dishes…another bonus! You can mix it up by adding beans or jalapeños (if you are craving even more spice). This will be a weeknight dinner win for sure.

Beef mixture for frito pie recipe in a skillet

How To Make Frito Pie

PREP. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

BEEF. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet. Once browned drain, add the taco seasoning, sour cream and the enchilada sauce and mix.

LAYER. Spread ⅓ of the Fritos (about 2 cups) over the bottom of the baking dish.  Slightly crush them and spread half of the ground beef over the top. Next, add a layer of cheese (1 cup).

Add another layer of Fritos (about 2 cups, slightly crushed). Add the rest of the ground beef and another cup of the cheese. Top with the remaining chips and cheese.

BAKE. Tent a piece of foil over the top so that the melting cheese doesn’t stick to it. Bake for 30 minutes then remove the foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted.

GARNISH. Let the Frito pie cool for 5 minutes and top with tomatoes, avocados and cilantro.

Step by step photos of how to make frito pie layers

Variations & Serving Ideas

Variations: A great thing about casseroles is that they are very forgiving when you want to make changes. This Frito Pie casserole is no different so variation ideas include:

  • Replace ground beef with ground turkey, chicken or pork.
  • Use red enchilada sauce instead of green.
  • Change the chip: flavored fritos, regular tortilla chips, doritos.
  • Mix in some veggies: zucchini and diced peppers would both be yummy.
  • Use your favorite cheese like cheddar or a Mexican blend .

Serving Ideas: Another reason casseroles are the best is that they can often stand alone without any other sides to prepare. However, should you wish to add more to the meal, spanish rice would be delicious. You could even have a plate of tortillas ready to wrap the casserole into a burrito.

Frito Pie in a baking dish

Making Ahead & Storing

Make ahead of time: To make this a day ahead of time, you’ll want to complete all of the steps except for baking. Wrap the pan with plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge.

If you want to FREEZE it, then you’ll need to wrap it again with foil and store in the freezer for 1-2 months. Thaw in the fridge before baking and add a freshly grated layer of cheese to the top before baking.

Leftovers: Divide leftovers into individual serving sizes and STORE in airtight containers. Refrigerate for 2-3 days or freeze for 1-2 months. Reheat in the microwave or oven.

Frito chili pie in a baking pan

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Frito Pie Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Frito pie is packed with creamy and crunchy textures, and big taco style flavor. This easy dish comes together in just over 30 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 487 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 16 oz green enchilada sauce
  • 6-7 c Frito Lay Chips
  • 3-4 c Monterrey Jack Cheese divided
  • cilantro, avocado, tomato optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Cook the ground beef in a large skillet. Once browned drain, add the taco seasoning, sour cream and the enchilada sauce and mix.
  • Spread ⅓ of the Fritos (about 2 cups) over the bottom of the baking dish. Slightly crush them and spread half of the ground beef over the top. Next, add a layer of cheese (1 cup).
  • Add another layer of Fritos (about 2 cups, slightly crushed). Add the rest of the ground beef and another cup of the cheese.
  • Top with the remaining chips and cheese. Tent a piece of foil over the top so that the melting cheese doesn't stick to it.
  • Bake for 30 minutes then remove the foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted. Let the casserole cool for 5 minutes and top with tomatoes, avocados and cilantro.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    The crunchy fritos and the taco flavor is perfection! I love that you added some veggies on top of it too!

  2. 5 stars
    I love crunch in my soups, casseroles, & sandwiches. So, when I saw that the recipes calls for fritos, I knew I would love it! Love the taco flavor & my family is already asking when I am making it again!