I grew up in Louisiana where as a kid we would be able to get a dollar from our parents or relatives to buy some of the best snacks we could imagine. Frito Pie would cost 75 cents and what we call a “Dixie Cup” would only cost 25 cents.
That dollar would buy some of my favorite things to eat til this day — including this Southwestern Frito Pie. Well, traditionally it comes with the basics of well-seasoned meat and cheese over corn chips, but I had to kick it up a notch for an adult version. The more toppings the better!
Frito Pie is such a classic Southern recipe and the fact that it’s simple to make is definitely a bonus. Once you have the basics completed – ground beef (or chili), cheese, and corn chips, you can pile on additions like salsa, pico de gallo, black or refried beans, sour cream, avocado, onion, and jalapeños.
Who doesn’t love Frito Pie?! It’s the perfect dish that let’s everyone in the family add as few or as many toppings as they like. If you want to please the entire family on any day of the week give this Southwestern Frito Pie a try and you will thoroughly enjoy it.
- 1 bag Fritos Original Cornchips (9 oz or more)
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 15 oz. can organic kidney beans
- 1 can Italian tomato sauce
- 1 7 oz. can Mexican salsa
- 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese or cheese mix
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
1. Brown the ground beef add salt and pepper for 5-8 minutes.
2. Add kidney beans, salsa, and tomato sauce and allow to cook on low to medium heat until beans are softened.
3. Add chips to bowl and spread the meat over the chips evenly and top off with a hand full of cheese. The heat from the meat will melt cheese.
4. Add sour cream if desired.