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Frito Pie Recipe with 1 hour Texas Chili

Jaden Hair
Frito Pie is a Texas delicacy, popular at county fairs and considered good tail-gaitin' eats. This Frito Pie recipe an easy treat to make - a 10 minute prep and then let the delicious texas chili simmer an hour on the stove. Rip open a package of Fritos, pour it on and eat straight out of the bag.

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican, tex mex
Servings 8 servings
Calories 722 kcal


  • 6 dried ancho chilies stems and seeds removed
  • 2 dried chipotle chilies stems and seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil bacon grease or lard
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 4 dried pequin chilies
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt (1 teaspoon table salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 big bags Fritos or individual snack-sized Fritos at least for each person
  • 8 ounces shredded cheese


  • a bowl, soak the ancho and the chipotle chilies in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes.
  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the cooking oil over medium heat. Add the onions and brown for 3 minutes. Throw in the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Place the onions and garlic in the blender.
  • Add the soaking chiles with the water into to the blender. Add in the pequin chilies (no need to soak these). Add in cumin, oregano, clove, cinnamon, salt, pepper. Blend until smooth.
  • In the same large pot (as step 2) - cook the ground beef, stirring occassionally until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the chili puree and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil then turn the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes, stirring occassionally.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. (At this step I added an additional teaspoon of kosher salt and more black pepper). Stir in lime juice. Serve over Fritos and top with shredded cheese.


Add all the ingredients except the fritos to a slow cooker in the same order and cook on high for 2 hours, 
You can make the chili ahead of time and freeze/refrigerate, then just reheat and add to frito bags.
Adjust the heat to make it more kid friendly, if you like!
Serve with a simple side salad or collard greens


Calories: 722kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 31gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 1153mgPotassium: 661mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 844IUVitamin C: 100mgCalcium: 283mgIron: 4mg
Keyword easy chili, frito pie, texas chili
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