Frito Pie Casserole

Frito Pie Casserole... such a great family dish!

Frito Pie Casserole is an easy dish to fall in love with. Simple, quick, and packed with flavor, this casserole is comfort food at its finest!

I grew up eating Frito Pie… I don’t know if it’s a southern thing, or just low-level food, but I never grew out of the love I have for it. While, when I was little Frito Pie was usually a bowl of Fritos, topped with some sort of canned chili with a heavy handed pour of nacho cheese on top. Generally consumed at ballparks, or fairs, Frito Pie occasionally made an appearance at dinnertime in my very 80’s dinner table.

So while, my version of Frito Pie doesn’t include nacho cheese or canned chili, it certainly isn’t “fine dining”. Comfort food at it’s core, and 100% delicious.

Frito Pie Casserole... such a great family dish!

The process is crazy simple and I made this quick little video to show you how!


The extra garnish on top is a little extra. Add as much or as little as you like. Also remember more is more 🙂

Frito Pie Casserole... such a great family dish!

And then dig in and enjoy!

Frito Pie Casserole... such a great family dish!


Frito Pie Casserole

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: French


Frito Pie Casserole is an easy dish to fall in love with. Simple, quick, and packed with flavor, this casserole is comfort food at its finest!


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 (15- ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15- ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 (10- ounce) can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 (15- ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (9 1/4- ounce) bag Fritos
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican Cheese
  • optional sour cream and guacamole to garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a large skillet brown the ground beef and onion together over medium-high heat until cooked through. Drain the excess grease from the pan. Turn the heat to medium-low and season the meat with the salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, chili powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Stir to coat. Add in the beans, corn, enchilada sauce, and tomato sauce. Stir to combine and cook util heated through. Remove from the heat.
  3. In a 9×13 baking dish, spread 2/3 of the bag of Fritos onto the bottom. Spread the meat mixture on top of the Fritos and top with the grated cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the mixture is bubbly.
  4. Garnish with the remaining Fritos and serve warm.
  5. Top with sour cream and guacamole if desired.


store airtight for up to 3 days.

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5 Responses

  1. vicki

    The recipe looks yummy and easy. I have to complain a little about your video, I had to watch a 2 minute long commercial in the middle of it. that is longer than the video itself! I know you probably have no control over what commercials air, but I thought you may want to know.

  2. Karen

    I made this for dinner last night and it was easy and delicious. Next time I will not put Fritos on the bottom but just on top. I used Monterey Jack as my cheese and this is perfect game day food! I love fritos but usually do not buy them because it’s hard to stop munching on them, so this was an extra treat for me! I would add fresh jalapeño rings next time along with sour cream and avocado. Thank you!

  3. Janet

    We loved this! I used 21oz of ground turkey instead of beef. And I don’t have coriander so didn’t use it. I listened to the other comment and here is what I did: kept everything in the skillet and added cheese and Fritos to the top. Threw the skillet in the oven. So it was a one pot dish!

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