Frito Pie Casserole Recipe

Frito pie casserole in a white bowl

Frito pie casserole is a guilty pleasure, I won’t lie. In our house, we ‘attempt’ to eat healthy most of the time.

Scratch that. It’s me that attempts (and fails) to eat healthy, Leigh does great. I am the sinner of the pair.

This casserole dish is not going to win any weight loss awards but it will satisfy that crunchy, cheesy, fatty craving you might be having.

What’s great about this recipe is that is cheap, it is delicious, and it will feed a crowd.

So, if you’re looking for something a little more waist-friendly, search our recipes for ‘healthy’. You want to indulge yourself just a little bit … read on!

How To Make Frito Pie Casserole

The ingredients are pretty simple. You will need the following:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced fine
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 10 oz can of Ro-tel
  • 1 10 oz can of enchilada sauce
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans (pinto or kidney is fine as well)
  • 1 cup of canned corn
  • 2 cups of cheese, Mexican blend or cheddar
  • Some sliced jalapenos, green onions, sour cream for serving, all optional
  • And of course, one bag of Fritos (about 10 oz)

This comes together so easily. The steps are as follows:

Step 1

Grease a 9×13 baking dish and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Ground beef and onion browning in a skillet

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the ground beef. Brown the beef and drain if needed. Once almost browned add the onions and continue cooking until the onions start to become translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.

Step 3

Browned beef, onions, and mexican spices in a skillet

Add the taco seasoning packet, chili powder, and a 1/4 cup of water and stir. Next add the Ro-tel, beans, enchilada sauce, and the corn to the beef and onions and stir to combine well. Continue cooking for 5 minutes.

Frito pie mixture cooking on stovetop

Step 4

Frito pie casserole assembled and ready for baking

Add half the Fritos to the bottom of the 9×13 baking dish evenly. Add 1/2 cup of cheese on top of the Fritos. Next, add the meat mixture then top with 1 cup of cheese. Add the remaining Fritos and top with remaining cheese.

Step 5

Frito pie casserole right out of the oven

Bake uncovered for approximately 20 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 5-7 minutes before serving.

Conclusion

That’s it, folks. It comes together so easily and is damn tasty. While I have never done this, I heard that people will just dump the beef mixture into a Fritos bag and walk around eating it out of the bag. Sounds amazing, actually.

Frito Pie Casserole in a white bowl

I think what makes this dish so tasty is that you’re getting all sorts of tastes and texture.

You get the seasoned beef, the beans, the sweet corn coming through, the tanginess of the cheese. And of course, the crunch of the Fritos themselves.

It all just goes well together. Of course, top it with whatever you like. I tossed some sliced jalapenos, green onions, and some sour cream.

I also ate it directly out of the baking dish … I don’t care. It was good!

Frito pie casserole in a white bowl

This dish is perfect for serving up to the family as well as gatherings and it doesn’t take much to fill the belly.

Give it a whirl. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s not that expensive to prepare. But most importantly … it’s good!

Frito pie casserole in a white bowl

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Frito Pie Casserole Recipe

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Frito Pie Casserole Recipe

A delicious dish that comes together very quickly and is easy on the pocketbook. Perfect for the family or for your next social gathering!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main, Party Food
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black beans, fritos, Ground beef
Servings: 8
Calories: 384kcal
Author: DSTR

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1 Onion medium, diced
  • 2 clove Garlic minced
  • 1 package Taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder
  • 10 oz Ro-tel
  • 10 oz Enchilada sauce
  • 15 oz Black beans
  • 1 cup Corn
  • 2 cup Cheese

Instructions

  • Grease a 9×13 baking dish and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the ground beef. Brown the beef and drain if needed. Once almost browned add the onions and continue cooking until onions start to become translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add the taco seasoning packet, the chili powder, and a 1/4 cup of water and stir. Next add the Ro-tel, the beans, the enchilada sauce, and the corn to the skillet and stir to combine well. Continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  • Add half the Fritos to the bottom of the 9×13 baking dish evenly. Add 1/2 cup of cheese on top of the Fritos. Next, add the beef mixture then top with 1 cup of cheese. Add the remaining Fritos and top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for approximately 20 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 5-7 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 895mg | Potassium: 521mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1322IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 4mg

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