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Frito Chili Pie Crockpot or Stove

Frito Chili Pie is an easy dinner recipe that can be made in either a crock pot or on the stove top!

Frito Chili PieSometimes 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).Frito Chili Pie

The chili was already fairly healthy, and I found that I didn’t miss the extra chips and cheese. If you like to keep the chips crunchier, spoon the chili over the chips because it keeps the chips from getting soggy.Frito Chili Pie

I’ve included directions for preparing this in the crock pot or on the stove. Either way, this Frito Chili Pie is a delicious, easy dinner!

Frito Chili Pie Recipe

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Frito Chili Pie
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Frito Chili Pie – Crockpot or Stove

Frito Chili Pie is an easy dinner recipe that can be made either in a crock pot or on the stove top!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author i heart eating


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 10 ounce can Ro-tel undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1-2 tablespoon chili powder more or less to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle Tabasco sauce
  • 14 ounce can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 14 ounce can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 bag of Fritos
  • grated sharp cheddar cheese sour cream, lettuce, or any other desired toppings


  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. CROCK POT: 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. Add in cornmeal and water, if necessary.
  6. Cover, and cook an additional 30-60 minutes.
  7. STOVE TOP: Add tomato sauce, Rotel, salt, oregano, cumin, chili powder, Tabasco, and beans to the browned ground beef. Stir to combine.

  8. Cover and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 1 hour.
  9. Mix corn meal with water, and then add to the chili. Stir to combine and simmer for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
  10. 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!

Recipe Notes

*Cook time is for stove top preparation.

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  • Reply
    Colleen Sipes
    December 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Hello! This is one of my favorite meals except I usually open a can of chili! LOL! I want to try and make this because it sounds delicious.
    I do have a question though. When you say “cornmeal” do you mean cornstarch or cornflour? To me cornmeal is yellow and used to make cornbread. I’m a little confused. Is it to thicken the chili? Thank you for your help!

    • Reply
      December 15, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks! Yes, it’s just regular yellow cornmeal, and I use fine ground so that it isn’t too gritty. It does make it a little thicker and provides a little more texture to the chili. I’ve also made it when I didn’t have any cornmeal, and it still came out just fine. =)

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    May 24, 2015 at 11:05 am

    you give directions for the corn meal and water after the section about making it in a skillet. I am a very novice cook. There is no direction on when the corn meal and water should be added when cooking in croc pot. I am going to take a gamble and do it when all other items are added. Will update if this was correct or not.


    • Reply
      May 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Sorry about that! I add it toward the end, and then I cook it for another 30-60 minutes.

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    January 24, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Although they hold up well in crispness, I find the Frito’s are way too salty.

    • Reply
      January 25, 2015 at 11:54 am

      You can certainly leave them off and just eat the chili without them.

  • Reply
    December 19, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Can I cut back or omit the Tabasco sauce? I do not like a lot of heat in my food.

    • Reply
      December 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Sure! You can cut it back or omit it.

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        December 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm

        Thanks I think I will try it soon. Looks really good.

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    October 2, 2014 at 11:32 am

    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.

    • Reply
      October 2, 2014 at 11:42 am

      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!

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    Julie Chesterman
    March 26, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    How many servings does this make?

    • Reply
      March 30, 2014 at 9:24 am

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

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    Carol Jean Miranda
    December 2, 2013 at 12:03 am

    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

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    Carol Jean Miranda
    December 2, 2013 at 12:01 am

    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

    • Reply
      December 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

      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.

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        April 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm

        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!

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          April 8, 2014 at 8:44 am

          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.

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    Joanne T Ferguson
    October 17, 2013 at 1:36 am

    G’day! used to love Fritos, true!
    Your photo brought me back to childhood today too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Food Friends Friday Chili Party

    • Reply
      October 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

      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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