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Big Game Fritos Pie

The perfect on-the-go recipe
Big Game Fritos Pie
Photo courtesy of Beef. It's What's for Dinner.

Wow your friends with this fun, totally delicious recipe. Who doesn't love ground beef chili served in a bag of Fritos corn chips?

Recipe courtesy of Beef. It's What's for Dinner.

Ready in
1 h and 30 m
10 m
(prepare time)
1 h and 20 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


  • 2 Pounds ground beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 2 Teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 Teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 cups beer (12 ounce can)
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chiles
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons cornmeal or masa harina
  • 8 bags (1 to 2 ounces each) Fritos corn chips
  • 1 and 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat large Dutch oven over high heat until hot.

Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and ground beef.

Cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into small crumbles and stirring occasionally.

Work in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan and stewing the beef in its own juices.

Remove beef; set aside.

Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil over high heat.

Add onion; cook until evenly browned.

Add cooked ground beef, chili powder, cumin, garlic and cayenne powder.

Season with salt, as desired.

Stir until combined.

Stir in beer, tomatoes and tomato sauce; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat, cover, cook 1 hour until chili thickens.

Stir in cornmeal.

If chili becomes too thick, add a little water.

If chili is not thick enough, simmer until desired consistency is reached.

Slice or fold open bags; spoon beef chili on top of Fritos corn chips.

Top each bag with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.

Allow to melt slightly, then serve and enjoy.