Frito Pie – Simple to Simply Delicious

The San Antonio Express News featured Frito pie in the Sunday edition. They had everything covered from the original Fritos covered with chili and cheese and baked to the opened package of Fritos covered with a scoop of chili  topped with shredded cheese and perhaps diced onion or jalapeño slices.  Chili originated in San Antonio as was Fritos. The Express News chili recipe.

Frito Pie in the bag is the to go version. It is sold at practically every football game in Texas.

Frito Pie

Frito Pie to Go

I like all concoctions of Frito pie, but over the years I have grown to prefer my version.  Because I reverse the layering of the pie. Instead of Fritos covered with chili, I put my 30 minute chili in the bowl, cover it with shredded cheese and sprinkled with diced onion or chopped green onions. Then I sprinkle Fritos on top. The Fritos stay crisp and everyone can make their own bowl with toppings to please.

30 Minute Chili

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 14 1/2 oz can of chopped tomatoes and juice
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 15 1/2 oz can kidney beans
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 to 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp sugar.

Brown ground beef. Stir in tomatoes, sauce ,  kidney beans and seasonings. Break up tomatoes. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered 30 minutes to blend flavors. Top chili with cheese, onions and Fritos.

This will normally serve 4. You can adjust seasonings to your taste. I like more garlic in ours.

Enjoy and make with love.


10 thoughts on “Frito Pie – Simple to Simply Delicious

  1. With enough toppings and cheese and no teenagers, you can stretch to 4 servings. But I add lettuce, avocados, sour cream, etc. It is great left–over the next day on french fries with cheese. Another guilty pleasure.

    • This is an old favorite of ours and we’ve had it many ways over the years – but like you I like the chips to be as crunchy as possible. All toppings are a go and hot peppers add a zing too.

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  3. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto
    a colleague who had been conducting a little
    research on this. And he actually ordered me dinner because I discovered it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!

    But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this topic here on your
    web site.

    • Thanks for stumbling on my page. This is a standby for when I need something in a hurry,,,especially if someone shows up and it looks like they will be sticking around for supper. Chili is my favorite dish and I have used many recipes for slow cooked all day chili, but my whole family prefers 30 minute chili. I make it for chili dogs with cheese, also. Hope you enjoy it.

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