Easy Frito Pie Casserole

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This easy walking taco casserole recipe is simple, delicious, crunchy, creamy, tangy, spicy, and fresh – loaded with meaty taco flavors and crunchy chili cheese fritos, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream!

Like a walking taco, but on a plate – this dinner is a family favorite, quick to prepare, and totally delicious!

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Walking Taco Casserole

If you love walking tacos, crunchy fritos, cheesy casseroles, and comforting Tex-Mex flavors, this Frito Pie is for you! We’re baking up a dish full of hearty, spicy goodness loaded with fritos, ground beef, sour cream, lettuce, corn, and other delicious Southwest flavor.

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How To Make Frito Pie

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Fritos – we love to use chili cheese fritos for the extra seasoning, but you can use any type of fritos, including scoops.
  • Ground beef – we love using ground beef in this recipe – but you can also use ground pork, ground lamb, ground turkey, or ground chicken in frito pie too!
  • Taco seasoning – you can use whatever brand seasoning you love for this recipe, I love using taco bell.
  • Adobo sauce –
  • Chunky salsa 
  • Southwestern corn
  • Colby cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Shredded lettuce 
  • Diced tomatoes 
  • Diced red onion

We love to serve with:

  • Sour cream 
  • Cilantro
  1. Heat a frying pan over medium high heat. Add a swirl of olive oil once hot. Sear both sides of the ground beef, then break apart. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in ½ the taco seasoning packet, adobo paste, and salsa. Cook for 5 more minutes. Drain and set aside 
  2. Preheat the oven to 375*
  3. Shred the cheese and add to a bowl. Toss with the remaining taco seasoning. 
  4. Cover the bottom of a 9×13” casserole dish with a thin layer of chips. Next, spread half of the taco meat over the chips, then add a layer of corn over the taco meat. Top with half of the cheese. Layer on the remaining taco meat, remaining corn, and remaining chips. Evenly sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top. 
  5. Place the casserole dish into the oven on the center rack and bake for 15 minutes. 
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Top with shredded lettuce, Diced tomatoes, diced red onion, and drizzle with sour cream. Garnish with fresh cilantro. Enjoy!
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Tips to Make Frito Pie and FAQs

Frito pie is super simple to make – its a lot like nachos, layered with fritos, meat, and cheese – then baked to crispy, crunchy perfection.

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FAQs

How do I store Frito pie?

This recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. We recommend removing any lettuce or sour cream from the top before saving as they won’t keep well.

What is Frito pie?

Frito pie, or walking taco casserole, is a baked Tex-Mex taco casserole loaded with taco meat and fixings, as well as plenty of crunchy fritos – for the ultimate comfort food!

What can I add to Frito pie?

We love adding jalapeños, cilantro, diced white onions, sliced black olives, salsa, hominy, and more.

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What to Serve With Frito Pie

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Frito Pie Recipe

Crunchy, creamy, tangy, spicy, and fresh – loaded with meaty taco flavors and crunchy chili cheese fritos, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream!
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine TexMex
Keyword baked taco casserole, casserole, frito pie, frito pie casserole, taco
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 366kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • 1 bag 9oz Fritos chili cheese
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 1 cup medium chunky salsa
  • 1 can southwestern corn drained (15oz)
  • 8 oz block Colby cheddar cheese shredded (makes 2 cups)
  • 1 cup Shredded lettuce
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • For serving
  • Sour cream
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  • Heat a frying pan over medium high heat. Add a swirl of olive oil once hot. Sear both sides of the ground beef, then break apart. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in ½ the taco seasoning packet, adobo paste, and salsa. Cook for 5 more minutes. Drain and set aside. 
  • Preheat the oven to 375*
  • Shred the cheese and add to a bowl. Toss with the remaining taco seasoning. 
  • Cover the bottom of a 9×13” casserole dish with a thin layer of chips. Next, spread half of the taco meat over the chips, then add a layer of corn over the taco meat. Top with half of the cheese. Layer on the remaining taco meat, remaining corn, and remaining chips. Evenly sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top. 
  • Place the casserole dish into the oven on the center rack and bake for 15 minutes. 
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Top with shredded lettuce, Diced tomatoes, diced red onion, and drizzle with sour cream. Garnish with fresh cilantro. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 920mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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