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You’ll love the versatility of Frito Chili Pie! Spoon over corn chips, serve in a casserole, or take it on-the-go as a school lunch served in a chip baggie.
Tomorrow’s the big day! My kids start back to school. Homework, sports schedules, school projects, running from meeting to meeting…it’s about to get real. These are the days when we need easy recipes, like this Frito Chili Pie. It’s an all-in-one kind of recipe with ground beef, veggies, a sprinkling of cheese and corn chips for a little fun and crunch.
This chili cheese pie has a ground beef & tomato base. I like to choose 85% lean ground beef to lessen the fat content but still keep good flavor. You’ll brown the ground beef and chopped veggies together until the beef is brown. Then add the tomato paste, water and spices to create a chili flavored sauce. Feel free to add in a little more chili powder or hot sauce if you’d like a little more spice. Note that this sauce doesn’t have any added sugar. I love that about this recipe!
Oh, and if you are worried about the kids not liking the veggies in this chili sauce, here’s a few hints:
When we made this easy dinner idea, I served it the lazy way and scooped corn chips on a plate, then topped it with chili and cheese. Easy as pie. Frito Chili Pie to be exact.
Here’s a few other variations:
Fill the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan with corn chips. Spoon the beef mixture over the top of the chips. Sprinkle with cheese, then bake under the broiler (on low) for 3-5 minutes until the cheese is melted. Watch it closely!
Looking for a school lunch idea? Place the warm chili sauce with a sprinkling of cheese in a thermos to keep it warm, then place it in the lunch bag along with a single-serving bag of corn chips. Your kiddo can make his/her own walking taco for lunch by opening the bag of chips and adding the beef and cheese. Fun and easy!
Looks good and will try. But in step 5, broil on low?
We use this as a base for haystacks. Assemble as shown. On top add shredded lettuce then a layer of chopped tomato. Top with sir cream and or salsa. Yum yum
Comfort food, yes please! Thanks for sharing this recipe. With the nippy temperatures in the Dakotas this is definitely a welcomed dish.