Frito Pie

Chili + Fritos + Cheese = Love in a bowl


  • 2 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Ancho Chile (or other dried chile)*
  • 1 Large Can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Can of Pinto Beans
  • Hot Sauce
  • Chile Powder
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Fritos

*For dried chiles, look in the international aisle of your grocery store. They will have a better selection of dried peppers and for cheaper than the produce aisle. Dried chiles don’t need to be fresh; they’re dried!


  1. Chop your onion, garlic, and chile (make sure you de-seed and stem your pepper before chopping)
  2. Sweat ingredients in a pot with olive oil on medium-low heat.IMG_0125
  3. Once onions are translucent (clear), add ground beef for browning.
  4. Once the ground beef is browned, add crushed tomatoes, beans, hot sauce, and spices**
  5. Let simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. (The longer it simmers, the better it will taste.)IMG_0127
  6. Once your chili is ready, put down a layer of fritos in a bowl, scoop in chili, and top with cheese.IMG_0128

**Note for spices: cover the meat with chili powder until you can’t see it and that should be enough. More chili powder = spicier. For the cumin, oregano, and salt/pepper: a light dusting will do it.