Frito Pie

I’m usually not much of a casserole type of girl, but lately we’ve been eating a bunch of them. I think it’s the cold weather. It makes me do crazy things.

Yesterday I even cleaned my pantry a little bit, which is proof that I go a little crazy when I’m chilly.

Speaking of chilly, I bought my dog a jacket. With a hat. This goes both in the chilly and crazy category according to my super un-stylish husband. He just doesn’t get it. A dog should both look good and be warm while she does her morning business.

And, uh, speaking of CHILI, that’s pretty much what Frito Pie is made out of. Warm, delicious chili. I leave the beans out, because beans are from the devil.

Chili on a bed of Fritos, topped with sour cream, cheddar, and more Fritos. That right there is what I call dinner. It’s warm and comforting, it’s salty and delicious, and anytime I can make a meal out of a bag of chips I’m a happy girl.

I know everyone has their own version of Frito Pie, but this is mine. And, FYI, it’s the best.

Happy Frito Pie Day, y’all. (It’s a new holiday. I just made it up. Go with it.)

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Frito Pie


1 pound ground beef
1 packet chili seasoning
15 ounces tomato sauce
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Frito chips, 3 or 4 handfuls


Brown the ground beef in a deep skillet until cooked through. Drain the fat.
Add the chili seasoning and tomato sauce to the ground beef and stir to mix well. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cover the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with Frito chips.
Pour the chili on top of the chips.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and spread the sour cream over the top of the chili.
Top with the remaining chips (enough to cover the chili) and sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top.
Return to the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.


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20 Responses to “Frito Pie”

  1. Michelle November 22, 2011 @ 11:40 am (#

    Sounds great! Last week I made the sour cream noodle bake (with fake meat). Delish! And 2 of my 4 kids liked it, which is about as good as it gets! I will have to give this a whirl as well.


  2. what katie's baking November 22, 2011 @ 1:02 pm (#

    your dog is crazy cute and this frito chili pie looks crazy delicious!


  3. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel November 22, 2011 @ 1:08 pm (#

    Your dog is super cute! I kept going back to her pictures – no offense to the food of course! :) I really want to make a something with fritos or frito scoops. I bet it’s super tasty.


  4. mrsblocko November 22, 2011 @ 2:29 pm (#

    Your little puppy looks stylin’.

    I can never seem to make Frito pie…all the Fritos jump in my mouth before I get a chance to put them in the casserole!


    • Karly replied: — November 22nd, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

      Those Fritos are sneaky little buggers, aren’t they?


  5. Joanne November 22, 2011 @ 6:46 pm (#

    I’m so sad you don’t like beans! It’s okay…I probably eat enough for both of us!

    It hasn’t been THAT cold here, so I haven’t bothered to clean my room recently…I have a feeling it’s coming soon though.


  6. Jessica @ How Sweet November 22, 2011 @ 7:10 pm (#

    I love love love this. It’s happening next week.


  7. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen November 23, 2011 @ 3:44 am (#

    Eeep! Cute dog! Delicious dish! Beans are from the devil lol!!!!


  8. Katrina November 23, 2011 @ 5:52 am (#

    Mmm what comfort food!


  9. Mary November 23, 2011 @ 9:57 pm (#

    I love this and I know some young men who will devour it. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. I really love the food and recipes you feature here and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary


  10. Julie November 23, 2011 @ 11:16 pm (#

    Every other food has it’s own holiday, why not frito pie? Your dog looks adorable :)


  11. Kalyn November 24, 2011 @ 10:01 am (#

    Hi Karly, love the new look for your blog!


  12. Simone November 26, 2011 @ 12:04 am (#

    O I love your dog!! Just too cute..:)


  13. Nicole at Loving Simple Moments November 26, 2011 @ 5:19 am (#

    Ha, ha. Frito Pie day sounds like a good holiday to me! :)


  14. Lauren November 26, 2011 @ 11:46 am (#

    OMG! LOVE frito pie! My husband hates fritos so having something like this is a serious treat!


  15. Ashly November 26, 2011 @ 1:23 pm (#

    My mom used to make this all the time growing up… but to CLASS it up a bit… use canned chilli with meat and velveeta cheese…. mmmm Love your blog!


  16. Barbara November 27, 2011 @ 6:55 am (#

    Your little dog has the cutest face, Karly. And looks adorable in pink. :)
    This is a great frito pie, and so easy to make too!


  17. Encore December 23, 2011 @ 7:48 am (#

    I am in your debt! This was one of the best hangover cures ever! :) I had to share and link back, so thank you so much for this recipe! Happy Holidays!


  18. Meggan June 2, 2012 @ 8:35 am (#

    First off let me say that you are the funniest blogger I have ever read thus far. A girl after my own heart! Love your sense of humor and your wittiness. So far I’m loving your recipes. I have quite a few that I’m going to ‘test’ on my family.

    Thanks for the funny!




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