Recipe Frito Pie with West Texas Chili


Legendary Member
3 Dec 2017
Local time
8:55 AM
SE Florida
We made this back at the end of January 2020 and I didn't take a picture of it for some reason. It was delish though!

You can make a portable version by emptying out a bag of Fritos, then layering the chips, chili, cheese, and garnishes to refill the bag. You can use the big bags for 2 or 3 people or use the small individual bags.

Frito Pie

Serves 4, may be doubled easily

4 cups corn chips (Fritos)
4 cups West Texas Chili (see below)
1 cup/4 oz shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup diced white onion

Garnishes: sour cream, sliced fresh jalapeño peppers

Spoon 1 cup West Texas Chili into 4 oven safe individual serving dishes. Top with 1 cup of corn chips. Sprinkle each dish with 1 tablespoon diced onion and 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese . Place under broiler to melt cheese. Top with desired toppings and serve.

West Texas Chili

1 large onion, diced
1/8 cup vegetable or canola oil
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 pound ground round
1/2 Tbsp salt
1-1/2 Tbsp ancho chile powder
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1/2 Tbsp paprika
1/2 can (6-oz.) tomato paste
1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes
3/4 cup amber ale beer
1/2 cup beef stock
1 Tbsp masa harina (corn flour)

Using a large Dutch oven type pan, over medium-high high heat, add the oil and diced onion, saute about 7 minutes or until translucent. Add minced garlic, and cook 1 minute. Add beef and cook, stirring often, about 6 minutes, until meat is crumbly and brown. Drain if needed, leaving 2 tablespoons drippings in Dutch oven.

Stir in salt, ancho chile powder, ground cumin, and paprika; cook 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook for a minute or 2. Stir in diced tomatoes.

Add half of beer and beef stock, cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining beer and 1/4 cup water, cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in masa; cook 10 minutes. Add additional water if necessary to make a nice thick chili.
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Nosh 'n' Splosh
15 Jul 2019
Local time
8:55 AM
Ohio, US
You can make a portable version by emptying out a bag of Fritos, then layering the chips, chili, cheese, and garnishes to refill the bag.
Around here, that's called a 🚶‍♀️ 🌮 (walking taco) and is a staple of every county fair and outdoor festival.

Morning Glory

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Staff member
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19 Apr 2015
Local time
1:55 PM
Maidstone, Kent, UK
The West Texas chilli sounds great - I like the beer added to it. I've never done that with a chilli but now I will.


Legendary Member
25 Aug 2019
Local time
7:55 AM
Dallas, TX
You really have to see a Frito Pie, in the bag, to understand it. So, here is a picture from


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