Frito Pie

I almost didn’t want to share this with you. I am a grown woman, and I love, no I *LOVE* Frito Pies. My love for a Frito pie happened many years ago at a football game. Not only was I in love with the halfback, well I loved this mysterious dish as well.

Frito pie in a bowl

I didn’t grow up in the South, I moved to Texas when I was 15 years old. Someone said to me, you want a Frito Pie? I had no clue. I know if you don’t live in the South, you may never have heard of it. And honestly, not many places serve it. I know Jason’s Deli serves Frito Pie, as well as Sonic if you ask very nicely.

I was making a batch of my Wendy’s Chili, and like anyone who has tasted this magic dish, my follow up thought was oh man, I wished I had a Frito Pie. What is it you ask? Thanks for asking…

A Frito Pie is simply a dish of Fritos covered with chili and topped with cheese sauce and a squirt of mustard. If you are lucky, someone has some chopped onions available.

Yes, it may be heartburn in the making. But the crisp saltiness of the Fritos smothered in chili and topped with cheese, almost makes me want to go back in the kitchen now.

My secret is out, I just outed myself. While that half back that I was in love with in high school is a long fading memory, Frito Pies are something you can make in your kitchen right now.

Frito Pie Ingredients

This is what you need for the recipe:

  • Fritos Corn Chips
  • Canned or homemade chili
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Chopped onions

Optional toppings:

  • Mustard
  • Jalapeno peppers

Do you live in the South? Have you tried Frito Pie before? If so, what do you top yours with? Better yet, share some of your guilty pleasures.

I would never invite someone over for a Frito Pie, but I would sure make one if you hinted you wanted one 😉

Love the idea of having pie for dinner? Check out these hearty pie recipes

Thanks to my friend Denise we have the Frito Bandito!

Frito pie in a bowl

Frito Pie - One of my guilty pleasures

You don't have to live in the South to enjoy a Frito Pie. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Frito Pie
Servings: 1
Calories: 687kcal


  • 1 cup Fritos
  • 10 ounces chili
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onions
  • Yellow Mustard - optional
  • Jalapeno slices - optional


  • In a bowl, pour corn chips to cover the bottom of the dish. Ladle on hot chili, sprinkle with cheese and onions. Top with yellow mustard and jalapeno slices if you desire.


Calories: 687kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 680mg | Potassium: 1031mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2980IU | Vitamin C: 407.4mg | Calcium: 388mg | Iron: 4.3mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Dawn

    The first one I ever had was in Texas at a school carnival. They took an individual bag of Fritos , cut it down the side, poured the chili and cheese and topped it with onions and we just ate them right out of the bag. They served them the same way at the high school football games. YUMMY!!!

  2. Debra

    I live in Albuquerque, NM and this is similar to an authentic Frito pie. Anyone who uses canned items to make this dish is really lost. It is so easy to make without canned ingredients: First start with cooking pinto beans in water (stovetop on simmer for 4 hours, Crockpot 8 hours, pressure cooker 1.25 hours) Salt beans after they are cooked. Second item, cook real Hatch dried red chile (blend red chiles in water, garlic and salt to taste until smoothe; or buy frozen Bueno red chile and season as above). 3rd, Brown hamburger meat drain and add red chile to meat, salt to taste. once all items are cooked, serve into a bowl of Fritos, and top with cheese, tomatoes, onion, sour cream. That’s an authentic Frito Pie from Abq. NM.

    • stephaniemanley

      So when I called this my guilty pleasure part of that is the fact that when you get these out the majority of the time it canned chili. I personally love homemade chili.

  3. Tom

    I have made Frito Pie for years. Putting a can of chili on Fritos is NOT it. Too bad the chili recipe was not included.

  4. Amandajones0213

    If you like Frito Pie you might like tamale pie too…. its basically the same concept as Frito Pie except you add a can of tamales. I layer the fritos, then chili and onions and then i put the cut up tamales on top and cover it with cheese and bake it in the oven for 45 minutes at 375 its awesome and my husband loves it!

  5. Rene

    I was born and raised in the south and was surprised at how many people have never heard of Frito pies! YUM!!! I’ve never put mustard on one but will definitely give your version a try. I love to eat Wendy’s chili on a baked potato so I’ll be trying that too. 😀 Also, top some home made fries with chili and cheese. YUM!!! As for the onions, grilled or sauteed!!!! I’m not much for the raw version. I love your website and have followed it for years!

  6. Catred80

    frito pie with 1 lb of ground beef,cut sliced tomato’s,lettuce,chili(wolf brand)american shredded cheese and corn chips..

  7. Catred80

    frito pie with 1 lb of ground beef,cut sliced tomato’s,lettuce,chili(wolf brand)american shredded cheese and corn chips..

  8. Maria Maese

    At our house, it’s fritos, fresh pinto beans, home made chili, cheese, onions, maybe some chopped tomato. No mustard. That’s a new one on me.

      • SANDIE

        i grew up in marshall…about 40 miles from TIMPSON…..i had totally forgotten about the
        frito pkg deal….??omg….i am a child of the 70s…..thanks for reminding me about the slit pkg…i think they did those at like the little stands where you bought over priced sodas and hot dogs…….lol

    • Frann

      In reading through this string – up in the NW – a bag of Fritos, chili, grated cheddar cheese and onions is call a “Belly Buster” – great for camping . . .

  9. Kim

    I’m from West Texas and have never heard of mustard on Frito Pie. However, it sounds good.

    Try putting your frito pie in a flour tortilla and roll it up. I know it sounds really weird, but Sonic sells them like that (called Frito Wraps). They are very good!

  10. Betty Clark

    Have had something similar to this in Jedburgh, Scotland but having no onion or mustard.
    There was a dollop of sour cream on top.
    It is called Pub Food and is DELICIOUS!!!
    Up until last year the hotel was the longest running pub in Scotland!!!

  11. Jaye

    Mustard doesn’t go with it. That’s an Okie thing – that I just learned about yesterday actually, and I’m a Texan (Houston, Austin). I’m assuming the author moved to a part of Texas that was very close to the Oklahoma border then.

    See comment below

    • Stephanie

      Actually I am the author 😉 I have never lived in Oklahoma, nor am I an Okie. I did drive through there once. I live in Houston, Texas. The mustard on the Frito Pie was introduced to me by a native Texan, and you know I just love Frito Pies with mustard, but if you come to my house for a Frito Pie, I won’t make you eat it with mustard!

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