Easy Frito Pie Casserole
For me - Frito Pie was served at every church pot-luck dinner and came casserole style called Mexican Hot Dish. Don't like Fritos? Mix it up and use Doritos or any type of corn chip you like.
What is Frito Pie?
I actually had to look this one up. According to taosnews.com "...one of New Mexico's most acclaimed comfort foods! Here it is said that Frito Pie was created by the cook at the Santa Fe Woolworth's lunch counter in the 1960s. Her name was Theresa Hernández, and she served a simple concoction of chile con carne in an individual bag of Fritos corn chips." I have to admit - I'm not nearly as intrigued with the history as I am with how yummy it is. It's a hearty casserole that I like to serve on a bed of lettuce (to make myself think I'm eating a salad) and dress it up like any taco... the condiments are almost endless.
Let's make something awesome!
First, gather up your ingredients. Preheat your oven to 325 and get your skillet going. If you're using extremely lean beef, you may want to add just a dash of oil to your pan. Put the beef and the onions in the skillet and cook until the beef has no pink remaining and the onions are soft.
Stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix well Let simmer for about 20 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.
Pour the beef mixture into your baking dish, cover it with the cheese and then the corn chips and bake for about 20 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly, the cheese is melted and gooey, and the corn chips are a nice dark golden brown. Garnish as desired and enjoy!
Easy Frito Pie Casserole
- Large skillet
- 2-3 qt baking dish
- ½ cup onion chopped
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 can kidney beans in mild chili sauce
- 2 cups canned diced tomatoes undrained
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 small can crushed green chilis
- ¾ teaspoon chili powder
- 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup cheddar cheese grated, or more
- Fritos at least 6 ounces, or more
- Sour Cream optional garnish
- Cherry tomatoes sliced, optional garnish
- Preheat oven to 350℉
- In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, saute the beef and onion until the beef is brown and crumbly and the onions soft
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix well to combine
- Pour into a 2 or 3 quart baking dish, cover with the cheese and then the fritos
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly, cheese melted, and fritos a deeper golden brown
While this dish is absolutely better the next day, the fritos get soggy. Often I plan ahead and the day before I pre-bake the dish for about 10 minutes (minus the cheese and fritos) and then reheat the next day with the toppings and bake for about 30 minutes.