Chili Frito Pie Recipe


Cal/Serving: 714
Daily Value: 36%
Servings: 6

High-Fiber, Low-Carb
Egg-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free
Vitamin A6026IU121%
Vitamin C33mg56%
Thiamin (B1)0mg21%
Riboflavin (B2)1mg54%
Niacin (B3)15mg73%
Vitamin B62mg95%
Folic Acid (B9)39µg10%
Vitamin B126µg95%
Vitamin D1µg0%
Vitamin E9mg43%
Vitamin K28µg35%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated16g0%
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated4g0%
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Chili gets a lot of its mojo from the toppings that go with it, like sour cream, Cheddar cheese, and salsa. This recipe takes it to a whole new level with adding a layer of Fritos to the mix on not the top of the bowl, but the bottom. 


For the chili Frito pie :

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Queen's chili dump (recipe below)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 3/4 cups beef broth
  • 6 dashes of Tabasco
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • 1 large bag of Fritos
  • 3 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese

For the Queen's chili dump :

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup chili powder


For the chili Frito pie :

Heat the oil in a large heavy bottom pot over medium-high heat. Add the beef in batches and brown on all sides, and season with salt and pepper. Once all of the beef is browned, add the spice dump to the beef and cook for 4-5 minutes more. Stir to make sure that all of the beef is fully coated in the spice dump. Pour in the tomato sauce, beef broth, Tabasco, and beer. Bring to a simmer, cover, and continue to cook for 1 ½ hours or until the beef is fork-tender. Stir once in a while to prevent the chili from burning on the bottom.

When ready to serve, fill the bottom of a bowl with Fritos and top with a hearty helping of beef chili. Sprinkle the top with shredded cheese and enjoy.

For the Queen's chili dump :

Mix all of the ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Recipe Details

Servings: 6

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