Sometimes all I want to eat is a down-home, feel-good, Oklahoma meal that reminds me of home, and last night was one of those nights!
I always loved Frito Chili Pie growing up. Whether we would make it at home or eat it at Sonic it was always a favorite of mine.
I took the traditional Frito Chili Pie recipe and kicked it up a notch (or maybe three) to create this spicy version of a classic favorite!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 red onion (chopped)
- 1 large garlic clove (minced)
- 1 4 oz can diced green chilies
- 1 15 oz can chili beans
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
- 1 bag (9.75 oz) corn chips (AKA Fritos)
Start by cooking up the onions in a little olive oil over medium heat. After 3-4 minutes, add the garlic clove. Cook for an additional minute then add the ground beef.
Cook until the beef is brown then drain the grease. Next, add in the chili beans and green chilies.
Mix together well, then add all of the spices.
Allow to cook for 5-7 minutes.
While the meat and beans are soaking in the spices, arrange the corn chips on a plate. Once the chili pie mixture is ready, spoon it on top of the corn chips. Top with cheddar cheese while the chili mixture is still hot so that the cheese will melt in.
I also topped it with a little arugula and tomatoes to calm the spiciness of the chili mix!
♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute a beef-less ground beef (Trader Joes makes a delicious version of “Meatless Crumbles”)
♦ Gluten Free Option: Most corn chips (including the original Fritos) are gluten-free, but always check labels to make sure!