Lena Abraham is a freelance contributor with Delish, and was formerly Senior Food Editor, where she developed and styled recipes for video and photo, and also stayed on top of current food trends. She’s been working in the food industry for over 10 years, and will argue that the best fish tacos in the world are made in New York. Don’t @ her.
Originally created in Mexico but popularized in the American Southwest, Frito Pies (not actually pies) are comfort food perfection. The other name for them (and maybe the more fun one) is walking taco. It takes a lot of aspects of your favorite Tex-Mex taco supreme, ground beef, onions, cheese, jalapeños and a corn-based vessel, and makes this portable!
Now if you're serving at a dinner table you can cut open the bag and pile on the toppings that way, but for a truer, less fussy version, simply open up a bag and scoop everything right in there.
We love the simple toppings we suggest in the recipe but you can go as nuts as you like. Things like pico de gallo, queso and pickled jalapeños would go great here. Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!
- 6 serving(s)
- Prep Time:
- 20 mins
- Total Time:
- 1 hr 5 mins
- 1 tbsp.
extra-virgin olive oil
medium white onion, chopped and divided
cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp.
- 1 lb.
- 1 1/2 tbsp.
- 1 tsp.
- 1 tsp.
- 1/4 tsp.
Freshly ground black pepper
(28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
(15-oz.) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
(4-oz.) can green chili
(1-oz) bags Fritos
jalapeño, thinly sliced
- 2 c.
Sour cream, for serving (optional)
- Step 1In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add half onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more, then add tomato paste, stirring to combine. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain fat and return to heat.
- Step 2Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne, and season generously with salt and pepper. Pour in crushed tomatoes, pinto beans, and green chili and bring chili to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper, if necessary.
- Step 3Build Frito pie: open bag(s) and ladle in chili. Top with cheddar, remaining chopped white onions, jalapeños, and sour cream if using.
Nutrition (per serving): 591 calories, 31 g protein, 42 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 34 g fat, 12 g saturated fat, 976 mg sodium
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