Photo by Sonia Mendez Garcia

Frito Chili Pie Casserole

Cuisine: Tex Mex
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Servings: 8-10 Servings
Ready for gameday? Get ready to enjoy gameday with friends and family by preparing this easy and delicious frito chili pie casserole this weekend!

When I hear the words "frito chili pie", I think of Texas! My first taste of a warm and spicy frito chili pie was during my high school years while living in Texas. I mean, what a great idea! Although my first taste of frito pie was in Texas, there is a big debate about where it originated. New Mexico also claims that this delicious idea originated there. For today's recipe, I assembled a tasty casserole suitable for gameday. Frito pie is essentially corn chips ladled with beef chili and cheese. I mean, what's not to like? Then to make it even more enticing, you could add jalapeños, onions, salsa and more cheese! Who wants some right now?


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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Take one bag of corn chips and crush them. Add them to the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Spread out 3 cups of chili over the crushed corn chips. Add 2 cups of salsa and 8 ounces of shredded cheese.
  4. Layer the remaining chili, corn chips and cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese melts.
  5. Garnish with jalapeños, white onion and green onion. Serve with sour cream and more salsa on the side.

Chef Notes

Create a frito chili pie bar for your next gameday or movie night. Keep your chili warm in the crock pot and arrange all of the fresh toppings for easy serving. Let your friends and family build their own with individual bags of corn chips. Don't forget to warm your beef chili before adding it to your casserole. Nothing worse than melted cheese on top with cold chili on the bottom!

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