Frito Chili Pie Recipe - A Classic American Dish

Frito Chili Pie

Frito Chili Pie Recipe - A Classic American Dish
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 6


Frito Chili Pie
Frito Chili Pie

Frito Chili Pie is a delicious and comforting dish that combines the crunch of Frito chips with the savory flavors of chili and cheese. This easy-to-make recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a fun dish to serve at a party.


Frito Chili Pie has been a popular dish in the southern United States for decades. It is believed to have originated in Texas, where Fritos are a beloved snack food. The combination of Fritos, chili, and cheese has become a classic comfort food that is enjoyed by many.


  • 3 cans of chili with beans
  • 1 can of chili with no beans
  • 1 bag of Frito chips of your choice
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese of your choice.

How to prepare

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. 2. Spray a 13x9 inch pan with Pam or butter the pan.
  3. 3. Create a layer of chili using two cans of beans.
  4. 4. Add a layer of Frito chips and cheese.
  5. 5. Add a layer using one can of chili with beans and one can of chili without beans.
  6. 6. Create a final layer of Frito chips and cheese.
  7. 7. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. 8. Allow to cool, then serve. Optional: top with sour cream.


  • Use turkey or vegetarian chili for a lighter version of the dish.
  • Add diced onions, bell peppers, or corn to the layers for extra flavor and texture.
  • Top the dish with crushed Fritos for an extra crunchy topping.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to layer the ingredients evenly to ensure that each bite has a perfect balance of flavors.

- Feel free to customize the recipe by adding your favorite toppings, such as jalapenos, onions, or avocado.

- For a spicier version, use a spicy chili or add hot sauce to the layers.

- Make sure to allow the dish to cool slightly before serving to prevent burns from the hot chili.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Frito Chili Pie with a side of sour cream, guacamole, or salsa for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

Layering the ingredients evenly is key to ensuring that each bite has a perfect balance of flavors.

Ingredient Substitutions

Feel free to use your favorite brand of chili, cheese, or Fritos in this recipe.

Make Ahead Tips

Frito Chili Pie can be assembled ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Frito Chili Pie in individual ramekins for a fun and festive presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Frito Chili Pie pairs well with a crisp green salad or a side of cornbread.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers of Frito Chili Pie in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Frito Chili Pie contains approximately 400 calories.


Each serving of Frito Chili Pie contains approximately 45 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Frito Chili Pie contains approximately 20 grams of fat.


Each serving of Frito Chili Pie contains approximately 15 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Frito Chili Pie is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.


This recipe contains dairy (cheese) and corn (Fritos), which may be allergens for some individuals.


Frito Chili Pie is a hearty and satisfying dish that is high in carbohydrates and fats, but also provides a good amount of protein and essential vitamins and minerals.


Frito Chili Pie is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a fun party dish. With layers of chili, Fritos, and cheese, this comforting meal is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was immediately captivated. It was a chilly autumn day, and I had just finished raking leaves in the backyard. As I entered the kitchen, I was greeted by the warm aroma of chili simmering on the stove. My dear friend, Mrs. Jenkins, was standing at the counter, crushing up a bag of Fritos.

"What on earth are you making, Mrs. Jenkins?" I asked, curious as ever.

She smiled mischievously and replied, "Frito Chili Pie, my dear. A recipe passed down from my grandmother. Would you like to try some?"

I nodded eagerly, and Mrs. Jenkins proceeded to spoon a generous portion of chili onto a bed of crushed Fritos. She topped it off with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkling of shredded cheese, and a handful of sliced green onions. It was a sight to behold.

As I took my first bite, I was transported to a world of flavors and textures unlike anything I had ever tasted before. The crunch of the Fritos, the richness of the chili, the creaminess of the sour cream – it was a symphony of sensations that danced on my taste buds.

I begged Mrs. Jenkins for the recipe, and she graciously obliged. She explained that the key to a good Frito Chili Pie was in the chili itself – a hearty blend of ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and a secret combination of spices that she swore by. She also stressed the importance of using Fritos as the base, as their crunchiness added a unique element to the dish.

I couldn't wait to try making it myself. Over the years, I have experimented with Mrs. Jenkins' recipe, adding my own touches here and there to make it truly my own. I have served Frito Chili Pie at countless family gatherings, potlucks, and dinner parties, and it has never failed to impress.

One particular memory stands out in my mind – a summer barbecue with friends where I decided to whip up a batch of Frito Chili Pie on a whim. As the sun set and the fire crackled in the background, I watched as my friends devoured every last bite of the dish, their faces lit up with delight.

"Where did you learn to make this?" they asked, their mouths still full.

I smiled and replied, "From a dear friend who passed down the recipe to me. It's a family secret, you see."

And indeed, it was a secret that I cherished. The recipe for Frito Chili Pie had become a part of my culinary repertoire, a dish that I could always rely on to bring joy and comfort to those I shared it with.

As I sit here now, reminiscing about the many times I have made Frito Chili Pie, I am filled with gratitude for all the wonderful people who have touched my life and shared their recipes with me. Each dish holds a story, a memory, a connection to the past that I hold dear.

So the next time you find yourself craving a hearty and satisfying meal, why not give Frito Chili Pie a try? Who knows, it may just become a family favorite, passed down from generation to generation, just like it has in my family.

Happy cooking, my dear friends. And remember, the secret ingredient is always love.


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