Frito Pie {a.k.a. Walking Tacos}

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Crunchy, cheesy, slightly spicy, Frito Pie is a classic Southwestern dish that is both a super fun party food and a superbly easy dinner for any night of the week.

Can we go ahead and call this the summer of Fritos? You’ll almost always find corn chips in our pantry. I use them for toppings my salads all year long. But right now? We’re taking Frito consumption to new levels.

Crunchy, cheesy, slightly spicy FRITO PIE! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Have you tried the Spicy Frito Salad with Chicken? the Bacon and Egg Taco Salad? the Easiest Chili You’ll Ever Make? and last but definitely not least, please promise me you’ll try Frito Pie Huevos Rancheros. This is what breakfast dreams are made of.

(FYI Frito Lay, I’ll happily be your spokesperson for the awesomeness of the corn chip. That really should be a thing.) Frito recipes are life these days.

Basic Frito Pie never goes out os style - everyone LOVES it!

Frito Pie

I have no idea why this is called a “pie”- it’s much more similar to a casserole or a layered dip you eat with a fork. I’ve eaten Frito Pie that was baked in the oven and also individual Frito Pies that are assembled and served on the fly.

However you choose to assemble it, this is one of my favorite ways to enjoy a homemade chili.

Frito Pie is a camping food for my family every summer and the beauty of it is that it can be prepped ahead of time and then assembled when you’re ready to eat. Eating a favorite snack food as part of dinner always feels extra fun so I make sure to incorporate Frito Pie into our meal rotation when we’re not camping, too!

This meal is so EASY – just layer the following: Fritos, Chili, Cheese, Tomato and Green Onions! (I never turn down an extra sprinkling of Fritos on top too.)

Step one - Fritos

Step two - add chili

Step three - add cheese

Step four - add tomatoes and onions

Walking Tacos

What are Walking Tacos? This variation on Frito Pie is served right in mini Frito bags so you can eat your Frito Pie on the go. It’s popular at fairs and festivals and can be made with chili or more traditional “taco” fillings like spiced ground beef, lettuce, and tomato.

Walking Tacos make great camping or outdoor food because you can make the fillings in advance, bring a few mini bags of Fritos and have a meal ready in an instant. Plus there are no extra bowls or dishes to carry around making it easy as (Frito) pie.

Step five - add an extra sprinkling of Fritos and dig in!

Another thing I love about this recipe is how easy it is to tweak it to suit different tastes or dietary needs.

When served in “Walking Taco” style, everyone can customize exactly how much of every ingredient they want in their Frito Pie. Cheese lovers can pile it on the shredded goodness while the lactose intolerant among you can omit it entirely.

Some prefer a chili-heavy pie with just a smattering of Fritos on top for crunch while others make a pie that’s more chip than chili. I like a balance of both along with plenty of cheese.

Even when you’re not serving Frito Pie in individual sized serving bags, you can make the dish similarly customizable by setting up all of the ingredients in a DIY “bar” and letting everyone assemble their own bowls.

Frito Pie is a forever favorite!

Set out the chili, corn chips, shredded cheese, and your other favorite toppings and have fun.

This recipe is easy to make vegetarian by using a vegetarian chili, too!

I’ve seen walking tacos served with small bags of tortilla chips and Doritos too, but Fritos are my personal favorite. Whether you call it “Frito Pie” or “Walking Tacos”, this recipe is sure to be a hit.

Cheesy, crunchy, slightly spicy, Frito Pie is a dinner that always gets cheers!

Frito Recipes

It’s probably obvious by now that corn chips and I have a good thing going. I love them here, of course, and also just straight out of the bag as a snack food.

One of my favorite ways to use Fritos is as a salad topping, but there really are so many more ways you can enjoy them beyond salads and snacking.

Speaking of snacking though, this Frito Snack Mix looks right up my alley and I’m looking forward to giving it a try next time I want to mix up my snacking routine.

If you like Frito Pie, you might also enjoy 30 Minute Chicken Enchiladas, this Enchilada Party Dip, and these Scrambled Egg and Sausage Breakfast Enchiladas.

Dig in to an irresistible bowl of Frito Pie tonight!

Frito Pie Recipe

Feel free to experiment with different chili recipes as the base for this recipe. Hearty tomato-based chilis with ground beef or turkey work best, in my opinion. (We LOVE Five Bean Steak and Sausage Chili for this!)

Avoid using soupy chilis or white chili for Frito Pie or Walking Tacos. The consistency just won’t be quite right and nobody likes soggy corn chips!

How To Make A Frito Pie

  1. Divide the corn chips between bowls or plates.
  2. Scoop the chili on top of chips.
  3. Sprinkle each serving generously with cheese.
  4. Top with tomatoes and onions.
  5. Serve immediately.

The recipe amounts provided in the recipe below will feed approximately four people. However, this is a “recipe” that easily feeds a crowd.

I typically make a big pot of chili and then set out all the other ingredients alongside the chili. Everyone builds their own meal with however much of each ingredient that they would like.

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Cheesy, crunchy, slightly spicy, Frito Pie is a dinner that always gets cheers!

Frito Pie

Crunchy, cheesy, and wonderfully hearty, Frito Pie is a classic that everyone loves!
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups Fritos corn chips
  • 3 cups hearty chili
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions

Instructions

  • Divide the corn chips between four bowls or plates. Scoop the chili on top of chips. Sprinkle each serving generously with cheese. Top with tomatoes and onions. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

The recipe amounts provided will feed approximately four people. However, this is a "recipe" that easily feeds a crowd. I typically make a big pot of chili and then set out all the other ingredients alongside the chili.
Everyone builds their own "Frito Pie" with however much of each ingredient that they would like.

Nutrition

Calories: 564kcal · Carbohydrates: 53g · Protein: 21g · Fat: 32g · Saturated Fat: 12g · Cholesterol: 62mg · Sodium: 1421mg · Potassium: 862mg · Fiber: 11g · Sugar: 4g · Vitamin A: 1030IU · Vitamin C: 7.3mg · Calcium: 380mg · Iron: 7.7mg
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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Mommasunshine says

    Just had these last w’end camping in northwestern South Carolina…only we used individual bags of crushed Doritos and ate them out of the bag…even my non-dorito husband loved these!! 😁

  2. Sam says

    We like to put the Frito Pie ingredients with onion and jalapenos in a tortilla and make it a Frito Burrito! Huge hit with kids and hubby.

    Thanks for sharing!