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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 sautee the onion and garlic if you don’t use ground beef.
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.
What Goes With Frito Chili Pie?
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
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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)
- 1/2 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, 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.