How to Make Frito Chili Pies

This easy and quick Frito Chili Pie Recipe will make a delicious light lunch or dinner on your dining table with very minimum effort and mess. It is a power-house of spices and chilies. However, you can adjust the spicy texture according to your taste and requirement. This classic recipe requires few easily available ingredients that require a simple procedure to throw together. It is scrumptious and a hearty recipe, making an ideal quick-fix weekend supper to satisfy your family’s taste buds. The creamy and velvety cheese topping not only complements the overall look of the dish, but improves the taste as well. Try Frito Chili Pies Recipe next time and enjoy some amazing comments from your family and guests.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 to 30 min
Total time: 40 to 45 min
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Utensils: Large casserole dish, spatula, drainer, oven

Fritos corn chips: 1 bag (about 10 ounce)
Chili: 2 cans (about 15 ounce)
Tamales: 1 can (about 15 ounce)
Cheddar cheese, finely grated: 2 cups
Onion, finely chopped: 1 cup


  • 1

    First, turn your oven on and set it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176.66 Degree Celsius) to preheat.

  • 2

    Take a large dry casserole dish (square shape) and coat it with a thin layer of nonstick cooking spray and set aside to settle down.

  • 3

    Unseal the tamales’ can and drain them well. Now line the drained tamales on the bottom of the greased square casserole dish, spreading evenly.

  • 4

    Sprinkle 1 can of Fritos corn chips over the top of the tamales’ layer.

  • 5

    Drain the chilies and scatter one cup of it over the tamales-corn layer.

  • 6

    Top the chilies’ layer with a half cup of finely chopped onion and 1 cup of nicely grated cheddar cheese.

  • 7

    Now, shake over the remaining Fritos corn chips and top with 1 can of drained chilies.

  • 8

    Top the chilies’ layer with the remaining finely grated cheddar cheese and chopped onion.

  • 9

    Set the casserole dish in the preheat oven and bake it at the same temperature for the next 25 to 30 minutes until the Frito Chili Pie is nicely browned from all sides, checking it time to time.

  • 10

    Put on thick gloves and take out the casserole dish from the oven and shift it onto the cooling rack for a few minutes until lightly warm

  • 11

    Remove your Frito Chili Pie from cooling rack and serve immediately. Enjoy its amazing taste!

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