Frito Chili Pie Recipe

Okay, I hope you saved some of that black bean chili from the yesterday.


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Because here is what we are going to do with it. We’re making this Frito Chili Pie. Frito Chili Pie is one of those classic recipes that can be thrown together in minutes, if you have all of the ingredients on hand – Fritos, chili, cheese, and sour cream.

It is perfect for a quick-fix weeknight supper and my family loves it when we’re rushing from here to there and just need a quick, hearty, delicious supper.

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You start with a layer of Fritos chips on the bottom of an oven safe dish. Then, you layer on the chili and a mixture of cheeses.  I like to use a blend of half cheddar cheese, for the flavor, and half Monterrey Jack cheese, for the melting, stringy cheese goodness.


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See, that blend of cheese is just perfect.


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Here’s the recipe for my Frito Chili Pie. Hope you like it!

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Frito Chili Pie Recipe

Frito Chili Pie makes a classic, quick-fix weeknight supper that the whole family will love!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 6
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 2 cups Fritos corn chips
  • 3 cups chili
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces Monterrey Jack cheese
  • Sour cream optional garnish
  • green onions optional garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Layer Fritos in the bottom of a baking dish topped with chili and cheeses. Bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and serve warm with a dollop of sour cream and topped with green onions.

Love ya!
Robyn xo

24 comments on “Frito Chili Pie Recipe”

  1. How much sodium is in this?

  2. Even at 7:37 am this looks sooooo good! Will be a great recipe for your quick chili leftovers (2 quick meals)! Already pinned and waiting. Thanks…..

  3. Love this! Total comfort food.

  4. You HAD to mention Fritos before my grocery trip huh? It’s your fault if I eat the whole bag 😉

  5. This looks delicious! I needed another excuse to make chili.

  6. This is perfect comfort food! Love it!

  7. You know, this is going to sound crazy, but I’ve never eaten a frito pie that wasn’t served in the Frito bag! Yours looks so homey and dare I say elegant? 🙂

  8. I’ve never had Frito pie before but it looks like I’m going to need to try it. Holy cowabunga, it looks delicious!

  9. I only had Frito pie for the first time this year. Shameful, I know. And now, I crave it um, far too often. Yours looks delish!

  10. You can never go wrong with fritos! Looks so yum!

  11. The ultimate comfort food!

  12. Looks and sounds delicious!

  13. I made this for dinner tonight, and my family loved it! Thanks so much.

  14. Oh My Lordy this looks good Robyn!
    Perfect for this time of the year!
    And we love Fritos!

  15. Oh my! That picture with all the melted cheese. Gulp! I would like to dive head first into that dinner. Seems like a great meal to eat by a roaring fire with a big spoon 🙂

    • I make it just like my mother did, back in the late 50’s, early 60’s. 2 Cans of Hormel chili with no beans, and cheddar cheese. Amazing!

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  17. When it says chili, do you mean a can of like Hormel chili?

  18. Authentic New Mexican Frito Pie
    You will need
    1lb ground beef
    1 container bueno red chile
    Pinto beans (freshly made or canned)
    1tsp flour
    1tsp minced garlic
    Shredded cheese

    Brown hamburger meat.
    Add 1tsp flour and mix.
    Add bueno red chile, 1 1/2 cups water, 1tsp minced garlic. Mix well. Add cooked pinto beans, canned in fine too. Bring to boil then simmer for 15min.

    Add a small handful of fritos into each persons bowl, add your chile beans, top with cheese, lettuce and onion.
    N there you have it, an authentic new mexican frito pie! So simple and so yummy!

    • Yes, this is THE Frito Pie recipe made with Bueno Red Chile! I live in New Mexico and I’ve been making Frito Pies all of my life. We also like chopped tomatoes along with the lettuce and onions.

  19. You can’t leave me alone with a bag of Fritos and French Onion dip which makes me think I’d like a dollop of dip on mine!! Great! Thanks!! Pinned it!!

  20. I made this dish for my younger sisters when I was baby sitting and they wanted hot dogs , but I made the, with a twist . The recipe is a frito chili pie recipe with hot dogs .
    Ingredients –
    -hot dog weenies
    -variety of cheese

    Put 3 individual bags of fritos into an oven safe pan and then add chili over it . Top it with a thin layer of cheese . Then add the hot dog and another bag of fritos and another layer of cheese . Put into the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes .and cool for 5 minutes

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