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Frito Pie Casserole is a classic dish made with ground beef, taco or chili seasonings, cheese, and Fritos that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner everyone will love.

If you have a weakness for simple weeknight meals with Tex-Mex flair or you love my John Wayne Casserole and Bisquick Cheeseburger Pie, this is the casserole recipe for you, my friend!

If you love crunchy corn ships and comfort food, this easy recipe is one that the whole family will love! For the full recipe, scroll down to the printable recipe card below! Trust me – you’re not going to want to miss out on this delicious dish!

serving size in a bowl of frito pie

Frito Pie Recipe

My Frito Pie recipe begins by layering a bag of Fritos on the bottom of a baking dish, then topping it with a mixture of taco-seasoned ground beef, enchilada sauce, kidney beans, and corn. (Yep, the mixture is a bit like chili, hence the alternate name of Frito Chili Pie.) Next comes a layer of sharp cheddar, which is always the crowning glory of any casserole, right? Gotta have cheese! 

Kids love this Frito Pie casserole recipe as-is, but the real fun comes when it’s time to garnish. Set out a topping bar and let everyone in the family customize their servings. Somehow dinner is always more fun when you can make it your own!

ingredients needed to make frito casserole pie

Ingredients

For the Frito Pie Casserole:

  • Ground beef – You can also use ground turkey if you don’t want to use the beef mixture.
  • Onion 
  • Taco seasoning
  • Kidney beans – I’ve used chili beans as well.
  • Corn kerns – Frozen is best, but canned will do in a pinch; fresh is great too, but it requires a bit more work!
  • Enchilada sauce – I use red enchilada sauce for this recipe.
  • Fritos – Get all the crunchy Fritos that you can on top! This is what makes it a classic Frito pie!
  • Sharp cheddar cheese

For the toppings (choose any or all of the below):

  • Green onions
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sliced black olives
  • Avocado – Or use guacamole!
  • Sour cream
  • SalsaHere’s my favorite.

Substitutions

  • Ground beef – You can substitute ground turkey or a vegetarian ground beef substitute if you prefer.
  • Kidney beans – Kidney beans not your thing? Try black beans or pinto beans.
  • Sharp cheddar – A Mexican blend cheese, pepper jack, or Monterey jack would work too.
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How to Make This Easy Frito Pie Recipe

1. Prepare

Preheat your oven to 350ºF and spread 3/4 of the Fritos in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.

2. Brown the Ground Beef

Brown the ground beef with the onion in a large skillet until cooked through and the onions are soft. Add the taco seasoning and the amount of water on the package directions, then cook until thickened.

3. Finish the Chili Mixture

Add the enchilada sauce, beans, and corn to the skillet. Stir to combine, then remove from heat.

4. Assemble the Frito Pie Casserole

Pour the chili mixture over the Fritos and use a wooden spoon to make sure it’s evenly distributed. Sprinkle the cheese over the top.

5. Cook

Bake the Frito Pie for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

6. Serve

Scatter the reserved Fritos over the top of the casserole, then serve with your favorite taco toppings.

Hint: You can turn on the broiler in the last few minutes of cooking time to brown the cheese a bit.

scoop of frito pie topped with shredded cheese

Variations

  • Spicy – Add chili flakes or cayenne pepper when browning the beef for an extra kick.
  • Veggie-Packed – Add diced bell peppers to up the veggie factor in this recipe.
  • Taco Casserole – Substitute tortilla chips for the Fritos.

FAQ

What goes with Frito Pie?

This is a one-dish dinner, so you really don’t have to serve anything with it. But if you want a little something on the side, go for a light salad, Instant Pot corn on the cob, or homemade cornbread.

Where did the Frito Pie originate?

It’s complicated! It’s believed that a version of Frito Pie using tortilla chips originated in Mexico, then moved north of the border where the tortilla chips were replaced with Fritos. The first published version of the recipe using Fritos was from Texas and dates back to 1949. 

How bad is Frito Pie? 

Okay, it’s not the worst thing you could eat, but it’s not exactly health food either. You can reduce the sodium by swapping low sodium or salt-free tortilla chips for the Fritos and using homemade taco seasoning.

Since it uses basic ingredients, you can change them up a bit and still have a delicious meal.

What is Frito Pie in a bag?

Frito Pie in a bag is a variation of this recipe that involves putting the chili mixture directly into a bag of Fritos, garnishing with toppings, and serving with a spoon. Kind of like walking tacos.

It’s like a grab-and-go Classic Frito Pie! It’s just a really fun variation.

What else can you add to Frito Pie?

In addition to the toppings listed in the recipe, you can make some quick pickled onions by thinly slicing red onions and letting them sit in fresh lime juice and a bit of salt while you assemble the casserole. On the topic of pickled vegetables, pickled jalapeños are an excellent topper if you want some heat!

close up of frito pie in white dish

Top Tip

You can get a head start on this recipe by making the chili in advance. Store it in the fridge for up to 2 days, then all you’ll have to do is pour it over the chips, top it with cheese, and bake it.

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Frito Pie Casserole

Frito Pie is a classic dish made with ground beef, taco or chili seasonings, cheese, and Fritos that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner everyone will love.
3.50 from 2 votes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 small Onion finely chopped
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning + water on packet
  • 1 15 ounce can Kidney Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Corn Kernels frozen is best
  • 1 can 15oz Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 10.25 oz bag Fritos
  • 2 cups Sharp Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Various toppings for serving:
  • Green onions
  • Lettuce
  • Black olives
  • Avocado
  • Sour Cream

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread 3/4 of the bag of Fritos in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • In a large skillet brown ground beef and onion until fully cooked and onions are soft.
  • Mix in taco seasoning+water until well blended. Cook until thickened.
  • Add enchilada sauce, beans and corn. Mix until everything is well combined.
  • Pour over fritos and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle the cheese over the beef mixture.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Serve topped with additional Fritos and your favorite taco toppings.
Keyword: breakfast casserole, cheery cheesecake, fritos, ground beef, hamburger
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

Comments

  1. Lyn McCarty says:

    I can’t find a 15 oz can of enchilada sauce. Most of them are 10 oz or 28 oz. Any suggestions?

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