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Frito Pie: a mouthwatering recipe for a classic American casserole

Total time: 35 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist
Lean ground beef
1 pound
yellow onion chopped
ranch-style beans, drained
20 ounces
fritos chips
4 cups
enchilada sauce
20 ounces
cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups
green onions, sliced, for garnish

Frito pie is a hearty casserole that's popular throughout the American Midwest and Southern states. Although its origins are uncertain, most people claim that the Frito pie originated in Texas. This mouthwatering dish is crunchy, savory, and incredibly wholesome, perfect for feeding a hungry family.

It's a classic comfort food that's popular with both kids and adults alike. Frito pie is incredibly easy to make and takes only about half an hour to make – ideal for those busy weeknights. You can even make this amazing casserole the night before!


Frito Pie Ingredients 

Frito pie is a nourishing casserole made from savory beef chili topped with enchilada sauce, cheese, and of course, Frito chips. It's a great dish that only needs a few ingredients, but you could very easily customize it to suit your family's taste. Add jalapenos for a spicy kick, some bell peppers for crunch, some avocado, sour cream, or chopped tomatoes. There's loads of room for creativity!

Tips for the Best Frito Pie

To make vegan Frito pie, substitute the beef for a vegan alternative and use vegan cheese instead of regular cheese.

One fun variation of Frito pie is Frito pie in a bag. Make the beef chili without adding the Fritos. Once baked, cut open a small bag of Fritos and spoon the chili over the chips.

You can add tasty additions to your Frito pie to make it even more delicious. Try adding chopped jalapeños, lettuce, diced avocado, salsa, or tomatoes to your Frito pie as garnishes.


How to Store Frito Pie

Wrap leftover Frito pie in cling film or aluminum foil then refrigerate for up to 3 days.

How to Make Frito Pie

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the ground beef and onions for 6 to 8 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer the beef mixture to a casserole dish.

Pour the beans over the beef. Layer the enchilada sauce, cheese, and Fritos over the beans.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven, garnish with green onions, and serve.

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