Frito Chili Pie- aka walking tacos - are a great, hearty, beef dinner! They turn ground beef into an easy crock pot or stove top dinner.
Frito Chili Pie is total comfort food! It's a spiced (but not spicy) chili served over Frito chips and topped with toppings like shredded cheese and sour cream.
Served on a plate, we called it Frito Chili Pie. However, when we served this chili over chips in a bag, we called it Walking Tacos.
I've included directions for preparing this chili in the crock pot or on the stove. Either way, this Frito Chili Pie is a delicious, easy dinner that's super easy to customize!
How To Make Frito Chili Pie
Begin by browning the ground beef and onion in a skillet. Drain the grease and return to skillet.
Add garlic, and cook for 1-2 minutes.
To make in the slow cooker, add ground beef mixture and remaining ingredients to slow cooker insert. Cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
To make on the stove, stir remaining ingredients into cooked ground beef mixture. Cover, and simmer for at least 1 hour.
Ways to customize this chili
One of the great things about this chili is how easy it is to customize it.
- SPICY: If you like spicier chili, use more chili powder, more Tabasco sauce, and use an additional can of tomatoes with chiles in place of the diced tomatoes.
- VEGETARIAN: To make the chili vegetarian, throw in an extra can or two of beans in place of the ground beef. However, you'll need to use a tablespoon or two of oil to sauté the onion and garlic if you don't use ground beef.
- You can use lean ground turkey in place of the ground beef.
- Feel free to vary the type of beans. You can use all pinto, all kidney, or even use a can of black beans.
How to make walking tacos
Walking tacos are the fun, portable way to eat chili Frito pie. They were a staple at football games when I was in high school.
To make walking tacos, grab a bag of Fritos and open the top. If you don't like Fritos, choose Doritos or whatever type of chips you prefer.
Then, add a scoop or so of this chili over the Fritos. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy straight from the bag.
There are a number of toppings that go well with Frito chili pie. Since it has similar flavors to tacos, your favorite taco toppings are a great place to start.
Some topping ideas include:
- Shredded cheese
- Sour Cream
More Crock Pot Dinner Recipes!
- Slow Cooker Chicken Frito Chili
- Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
- Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Chili
- Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Chili
If you’ve tried this Frito chili pie recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and leave me a comment below. I love to hear from people who've made my recipes!
Frito Chili Pie
- 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
- 1 cup finely chopped white onion
- 3 cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
- 15 ounce can tomato sauce1
- 15 ounce can diced tomatoes (undrained)
- 10 ounce can Ro-tel2 (undrained)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground oregano
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1-2 tablespoon chili powder3 (more or less to taste)
- 1 tablespoon chipotle Tabasco sauce4
- 14 ounce can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
- 14 ounce can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 bag of Fritos
- grated sharp cheddar cheese (sour cream, lettuce, or any other desired toppings)
- Brown ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Drain ground beef, and add garlic to ground beef and onion. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add browned ground beef mixture to 5 qt or larger crockpot with tomato sauce, tomatoes, Rotel, salt, oregano, cumin, chili powder, Tabasco, and beans. Stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours before serving stir.
- Add tomato sauce, Rotel, salt, oregano, cumin, chili powder, Tabasco, and beans to the browned ground beef. Stir to combine.
- Cover and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 1 hour.
- 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!
- Tomato sauce is simply pureed tomatoes.
- If you can't find Ro-Tel, any brand of diced tomatoes with green chiles will work.
- I like to use ancho chili powder. It's a little more milder and smokier than regular chile powder.
- Or regular Tabasco sauce, if you prefer.
- Cook time is for stove top preparation.
- Nutrition values are estimates and are solely for the chili portion.
Originally published 5/21/12. Updated with new photos and tips 8/19/19.