Frito Chili Pie – Crockpot or Stove

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Sometimes you just need some comfort food. If that food is topped with cheese and chips, so much the better. Since I’m trying to take off my post pregnancy weight, I cut down on the amount of cheese (just enough to dust over the top) and chips (a small handful). The chili was already pretty healthy, and I found that I didn’t miss the extra chips and cheese. I also chose to top the chili with the chips, rather than going the traditional route of putting the chili over the chips, because it kept the chips from getting soggy.

Frito Chili Pie – Crockpot or Stove
 
Ingredients
  • 1 and 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10 oz.) Ro-tel, undrained
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground oregano
  • 1 T. ground cumin
  • 1-2 T. chili powder (more or less to taste)
  • 1 T. chipotle Tabasco sauce
  • 1 (14 oz.) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 oz.) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 c. corn meal
  • 1/2 c. warm water
  • 1 bag of Fritos
  • grated sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, lettuce, or any other desired toppings
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef in a pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Drain ground beef, and add garlic to ground beef. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. To make in the crockpot, add browned ground beef to 5 qt or larger crockpot with tomato sauce, Rotel, salt, oregano, cumin, chili powder, Tabasco, and beans. Stir to combine.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours before serving stir.
  5. To make on the stovetop, add tomato sauce, Rotel, salt, oregano, cumin, chili powder, Tabasco, and beans to the browned ground beef. Stir to combine.
  6. Cover and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 1 hour.
  7. Mix corn meal with water, and then add to the chili. Stir to combine and simmer for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. I like to top my chili with the Fritos so that they stay crunchy, but you can top Fritos with chili. Add any other desired toppings, and enjoy!

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adapted from momswithcrockpots.com

Comments

  1. Marlene says

    I do not know what Ro-tel is – can you please advise and if i cannot get this any suggestions as to what i can use in replacement? Thanks – the recipe sounds like one i would like to try but not sure of that ingredient.

    • says

      Ro-tel is a national brand of canned tomatoes with green chiles. You can use any brand of canned diced tomatoes with green chiles as a substitute. If you have any other questions, please let me know!

    • says

      I’ve never measured it out, but it makes a fair amount. I’m sorry that I can’t give you an exact measurement.

  2. Carol Jean Miranda says

    What are u sposed to do w/ corn meal if making in crockpot Your directions were for stove top method when u said to simmer sounds good

  3. Carol Jean Miranda says

    If u r making this in crockpot, do u put corn meal and water into crockpot? If so how long to u let it cook. Your instructions for the cornmeal were directed to the stove top method. Sounds like a great dish

    • says

      Thank you for catching that! You can add the cornmeal in the hour of cooking (on low), and you won’t need to add the water with it. If you find that the cornmeal makes it thicker than you’d like, you can always add in a little extra water at that point.

      • says

        you stated add cornmeal with no water in the one hour of cooking on low in crockpot ( I assume last hour). if cooking on high would you still add cornmeal same way or if not when would add it. thanks!

        • says

          Usually, on high it cuts the cooking time in half, but I haven’t tried it with the cornmeal. I would guess that you could add it during the last 30-40 minutes, though.

    • says

      One of my favorite things about food is the way that it can bring back memories!! Thanks so much for coming by and for your kind comments!! =)

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