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Easy, delicious, and simple this homemade hearty frito pie boasts bold flavors your family will love.
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I’m excited to partner with Carusele to bring you this delicious, simple frito pie recipe made with Laura’s Lean Ground Beef. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

This popular family-friendly recipe is loaded with hearty beef, cheese, and corn chips plus a variety of yummy toppings like salsa and sour cream.

Be sure to try our Ground Beef Stroganoff and Tatertot Casserole as well!

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Beef and Noodle Casserole | Hamburger Steaks


INGREDIENTS FOR FRITO PIE

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You will need…

  • 1 pound Laura’s Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 onion, diced finely
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1 cup medium salsa
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed 
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder 
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1.5 cups Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1.5 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 cups corn chips

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Why Laura’s Lean Ground Beef?

They offer the best taste and quality, which makes each recipe extra amazing.

Each 4-ounce serving contains less than 10g of fat, 4.5g or less of saturated fat and less than 95mg of cholesterol per 100g serving. It’s certified through the American Heart Association heart check program and meets USDA standards for Extra Lean.

Choosing Laura’s Lean Ground Beef is a simple way to balance taste and nutrition for your family with their premium, better-for-you, 92% ground beef, 96% ground beef and 92% beef patties available at retail stores nationwide.

VEGGIES: Yes to all the veggies with this recipe — it’s easy to mix in a wide variety of extras including corn, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, green chilies, black olives, peppers,

TOPPINGS: One thing I love is how easy it is to offer lots of topping choices for everyone in the family to choose from. Our favorites include guacamole, sour cream, salsa, queso, chopped red or white onions, green onions, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, and shredded lettuce.

PRO TIP: Make our homemade salsa and homemade white queso dip to make this meal even more irresistible!

CHEESE: You could use a Mexican blend on this dish as well, or top with a Mexican crema as well.

BEANS: I prefer kidney beans in this recipe, but you could also use chili beans, pinto beans, or black beans.

HOW TO MAKE THIS FRITO PIE RECIPE

BEGIN: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside

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STEP ONE: In a large skillet over medium heat cook and crumble ground beef until no longer pink. Drain grease and return beef to skillet. Add onions and garlic. Continue to cook for 5-7 minutes, or until onions are soft and tender.

STEP TWO: Add taco seasoning, chili sauce, medium salsa, kidney beans, chili powder, pepper, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Stir well and let simmer for 3-5 minutes.

STEP THREE: Pour the meat mixture into the greased 9×13 baking dish. Use a spatula to spread the mixture out evenly.

STEP FOUR:  Top meat mixture with half of the Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses. Sprinkle corn chips on top of shredded cheese. Top the corn chips with the remaining cheese.

STEP FIVE: Place the baking dish in the oven and let cook for about 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted.

Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

STORAGE

FRIDGE: Leftovers can be kept for three days in an airtight container in the fridge. You can reheat in the oven or individual portions in the microwave.

FREEZER: To freeze, prepare steps one and two listed above, and then wait for it cool. Place the mixture in an airtight bag or container for up to three months.

REHEATING: When you’re ready to eat, thaw the meat overnight and then continue preparing by following steps three through five above.

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MORE FAVORITES MEALS TO MAKE

Classic Meatloaf | Cheeseburger Casserole

Hamburger Soup | Doritos Casserole | Creamy Beef and Shells

Your family will LOVE this easy, delicious frito pie with it’s hearty ground beef, gooey cheese, bold flavors, and crunchy corn chips. Ready in just half an hour, it’s a great dinner option for busy weeknights.

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Frito Pie

5 from 1 vote
Easy, delicious, and simple this homemade hearty frito pie boasts bold flavors your family will love.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound Laura’s Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 onion diced finely
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1 cup medium salsa
  • 1 15- ounce can kidney beans rinsed
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1.5 cups Monterey jack cheese shredded
  • 1.5 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 cups corn chips

Instructions
 

  • Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat cook and crumble ground beef until no longer pink.
  • Drain grease and return beef to skillet. Add onions and garlic. Continue to cook for 5-7 minutes, or until onions are soft and tender.
  • Add taco seasoning, chili sauce, medium salsa, kidney beans, chili powder, pepper, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Stir well and let simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  • Pour the meat mixture into the greased 9×13 baking dish. Use a spatula to spread the mixture out evenly.
  • Top meat mixture with half of the Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses. Sprinkle corn chips on top of shredded cheese. Top the corn chips with the remaining cheese.
  • Place the baking dish in the oven and let cook for about 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 748kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 1899mg | Potassium: 796mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1007IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 557mg | Iron: 4mg
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    • Layne Kangas says

      Hi, Kendra – it’s just one cup of chili sauce for the recipe. There are several brands but it’s actually chili sauce, it’s not siracha. It’s in the condiment aisle. Hope you enjoy!

  1. Lyn says

    Is this recipe Spicy? If so, how Spicy? I can’t take any heat/kick, I don’t like HOT Foods. Please reply real soon, Thanks! By the way, your Food Pic looks real Scrumptious🤗. I can’t wait to try this, hopefully! Thank you.

  2. Vicki says

    Can chili beans be substituted for the chili sauce and drained beans?? I Love all your casserole type dishes. Very cost effective & budget friendly. Its so much easier to make a big pot and share or freeze. Thanks Vicki

    • Layne Kangas says

      I haven’t tried swapping them our for chili beans so I don’t know if any other adjustments would need to be made, but I think it would work. So glad you’re enjoying the recipes! 🙂