Fritos Chili Pie

Dinner, Snacks

Fritos Chili Pie //

Today I teamed up with Frito-Lay to bring you one of those recipes I’ve always dreamed of making for the blog. I just needed a bit of a nudge…and by nudge I mean tasty FRITOS® corn chips in my possession. FRITOS CHILI PIE® is usually served in the bag. It’s one of those super fun recipes that makes you feel like you’re on a ranch. In my dream world that’d mean I’m on Hey Dude (do you remember that show on Nickelodeon, like, years ago?). It always made me want to go to Texas and live on a ranch but let’s be honest I’m not sure ranch work is my kinda thing. Eating chili and cheese on top of FRITOS corn chips in a bag is more my groove!

Over the next few days I’ll be taking over Frito-Lay’s Instagram account, sharing some of my favorite July 4th moments and snack combos. (Think sweet tea and grilled hot dogs!)

Frito-Lay is also giving readers and fans alike the chance to share their snacking moments in the Fun-Up for Summer Sweepstakes. To enter on Instagram or Twitter, upload a photo of your summer snacking moment with #FritoLoveEntry for a chance to win fun prizes. Full rules here.

Happy Snacking,


Fritos Chili Pie //

Fritos Chili Pie

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 4


  • 1/2 white onion, diced and divided
  • 1 pound ground beef , (85% lean/15% fat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 4 bags of Fritos-Lay
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 white onion, diced


  • In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, pour in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot, drop in half of the onions and cook until they're translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef, salt, garlic clove and mix until the meat has browned, about 5 minutes. If you're using leaner ground beef than what's noted above, you may need to add a teaspoon or two of olive oil so it doesn't stick to the pan.
  • Add the tomato paste, beef broth, cumin and cayenne. Mix and cook for an additional minute or so. Turn the heat to low and cover the pot to keep warm while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • To assemble the Frito-Pie, scoop about a 1/2 cup of chili into the bag. Top with a handful of cheese and a sprinkling of white onion. Repeat with the remaining chili and bags of corn chips. Serve immediately.
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  • Reply Jane April 19, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Easy to do. Thanks for your bag <3

  • Reply Bea July 6, 2014 at 12:26 am

    If you are from Louisiana, then any gas station or 7/11 store has a pot of chili going at all times beside the fritos. They give you a pair of scissors to cut your bag open long ways so you can eat it with a spoon. I was so surprised to see this on here for those of us that have been eating it for over 30 years. Glad the whole world will know what they have been missing! Thanks it is a true fave guilty pleasure comfort food for me.

  • Reply Heather @ Sarap Life July 2, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Frito Pie is so good! I’m not sure what exactly it is but the combo of chili + Fritos is awesome every time. I love making chili and using Fritp scoops to eat it. Essentially the same thing 🙂 Also, Hey Dude!!! I thought I was the only one who watched that show after Salute Your Shorts. Glad I’m not alone!

  • Reply Jennifer July 1, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Oh my gosh, only you could make a bunch of chili in a chip bag look cute haha
    looks delish, Peggy Hill would be proud!

  • Reply Millie l Add A Little July 1, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Love this super speedy meal Adrianna – I bet kids would go crazy for it!

  • Reply Christina @ but i'm hungry July 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Looks like a yummy guilty pleasure. I’ll have to share with my mom- Fritos are her favorite!

  • Reply Stacey July 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    COME TO TEXAS. Frito Pie in the bag always reminds me Little League softball games and Friday night high school football games. Total comfort food! Here in San Antonio, the little trucks that sell Frito Pie, elote (we call it “corn in a cup”), pickle juice raspas, and mangonada also do this thing where they cut the top off of a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and drench them in nacho cheese sauce and lime juice. It’s frightening and repulsive and wonderful and delicious all at the same time.

  • Reply Matt Robinson July 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Such a fun idea!!

  • Reply RLT July 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    We love Taco-in-a-bag for reunions! Buy the large cases of chips at a restaurant food outlet, big bags of shreded lettuce and cheese, add onions, olives, etc. Are you going to be making the frito dessert bars? Salty and sweet. Nummy.

  • Reply Amanda - A Cookie Named Desire July 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Oh my god, there are no words to describe how much I love this!

  • Reply Trevor July 1, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Wow, I can see this being an amazing tailgating snack!

  • Reply Elle July 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Looks so good, I’ve always wanted to try this!

  • Reply Allyn July 1, 2014 at 9:44 am

    When I was single, my dinner would (too often) be a bowl with warm, store bought queso on one side, cold store bought salsa on the other, eaten with an obscene amount of Fritos. Still one of my favorite treats to date, and my husband has been known to surprise me with a bag of them and a jar of queso if I’ve had a bad day. Because Fritos are delicious, and now I want a chili pie.

  • Reply Samantha July 1, 2014 at 9:24 am

    These look yummy, we also call these Walking Tacos. You can try making this with Doritos as well.

  • Reply Francesca July 1, 2014 at 9:20 am

    um, I love that you’re eating this from the bag, like a G.