A family friendly recipe that will stick to your ribs. Easy Frito Taco Pie is perfect comfort food and always a big hit!
Did somebody say tacos every day? This easy to make easy Frito taco pie will make your taco Tuesday, Wednesday, and even Thursday even easier. Everyone loves a good taco and this taco pie will have you winning at the dinner table.
We know everyone loves a good taco and this Frito Taco Pie will have you winning at the dinner table. We are always looking for family-friendly meals that also are budget friendly. This Frito Pie is all that every time!
This recipe will make you feel like you’re eating at your favorite Mexican restaurant. The dish resembles one of our favorite dinner casseroles. It’s so easy you can make this recipe one you can make with your kids.
Having them layer or sprinkle the cheese across the top of your casserole will stand for a good time. We’ve learned over the years that food tastes better when you have to put a little work into it.
Frito Taco Pie Casserole
Does your family love casseroles too? Casseroles are always our go-to when we want to make something the night before just to pop in the oven.
Or if it’s one of those days where we need something quick to put together. This tasty layered dish also gives us the option to add some local farmer’s market vegetables to our plate which is always a nice surprise for our taste buds.
In our house getting dinner on the table can sometimes be a hassle. So we love to turn to this Frito taco pie dinner to get something both tasty and filling on the table. Life can get increasingly busy and this easy-to-make Frito taco pie lets you get dinner on the table in just a 1hr.
This layered taco gives you both the crunch and taste you look for when you’re holding a taco in your hand. With the layering up of Frito chips covered in cheese. And you guessed it you can tailor this taco to your liking adding or removing anything you want.
Why is it called Frito pie?
It’s called Frito pie because we bake Frito corn chips into the dish. These crunchy snacks are used for a multitude of recipes not only because they’re tasty. But, because they hold up when backing and being drenched in cheese meat, and salsa.
Fritos are often used in a recipe called a walking taco. Where small bags of Fritos corn chips are taken adding chili cheese and your taco ingredients. This is often sold in concession stands for school high school football games.
Fritos are probably one of my favorite chips. You can eat them just like they are or dip them or make this easy yet so delicious Frito pie. What’s not to love?
There are so many ways to make this family favorite dish. You can wrap it in dough, make a pot of chili and pour it in or use some leftover chili you have in the fridge. This recipe is the easiest and I’m sure you’ll be happy you made it.
You can make a variation of casseroles, pies and bakes with Fritos! Adding Fritos always gets the kids who would turn there nose up at some meals excited!
How Do You Make An Easy Frito Pie?
Here is what you’ll need: Exact amounts will be in the recipe card
- ground beef
- onion, diced
- packet of taco seasoning
- diced tomatoes (or salsa)
- tomato sauce
- Fritos® corn chips (about 5 cups)
- cheddar cheese, shredded
- green onions chopped
- diced fresh tomatoes
- sour cream for serving (optional)
Tools You’ll Need:
- Cheese shredder
- Casserole dish
- Non-stick pan
- Mixing spoon
Making it is the easy part. This is a layered casserole that’s ready to bake in less than 20 min. We are always excited that this will also be a quick trip to the grocery store. We are pretty sure you have most of these ingredients already.
To make this dish you take your chips, shredded cheese, Fritos, onions bake and top it with fresh tomatoes and green onions. We like to do a full taco spread, with bowls full of our favorite things, Jalapenos, different cheeses, corn, and of course extra Fritos for something crunchy. You can even try adding some refried beans to make the dish even more filling.
A few tips
- Simmer your ground beef until done or let your meat slow cook in the slow cooker.
- Ensure you have your seasoning packet close
- If you want more flavor look at the percent of fat in your ground beef
Can I double this Frito taco bake?
You sure can! You can double or even triple this recipe to feed a large group or even a catering event; it’s so versatile. This is perfect for family gatherings, potlucks or any time you need a quick and easy bake that you know everyone will go crazy for! Fritos and tacos are winners in our family. Make them in this casserole bake and everyone will fall in love!
You can make a leaner version of this recipe. Grab your lean ground beef, sprinkle in the Fritos, and lightly spread the ingredients to match your nutrition level.
Taco Bake Recipe!
Want to know a couple of ways to turn your Frito Taco Pie up a notch? Yes you can turn your taco bake up a notch! Make it a little different from time to time.
There are so many ways to make this recipe your own by; adding toppings like Queso, avocados, homemade salsa, sour cream, and of course some guacamole.
With so much variation your family can make this on multiple occasions and never feel like their having the same meal. That’s a win in our book.
Making Frito Taco Pie Substitutions
Make Frito Pie Substitutions
Anyone can enjoy this recipe and leave no one hanging on the sideline. Here are a couple more ways you can change it up to meet your taste level.
- Substitute meat for refried beans
- Substitute Ground beef for Ground Turkey
- You can also use black beans instead of refried beans
- Skip the onions or cheese and use the vegan version
Be sure to share what substitution you made in the comments or on our social channels we love hearing from you.
Frito Taco Pie Storage
You can store this in your Pyrex by covering the top with foil, plastic wrap, or by placing the rest in an airtight container. You can keep this in the fridge for up to 3 days. To save time you can also freeze this for a later date.
Reheat by microwaving individual amounts or by heating in the oven on low, to ensure the Frito taco pie cooks through low and slow to ensure it’s fully heated.
Of course, your family will love this recipe just as much as we do. It’s a quick and easy go-to for us, you will turn to it again and again. We can’t wait for you to try this recipe.
OTHER CASSEROLES YOU WILL LOVE:
A family friendly recipe that will stick to your ribs. Easy Frito Taco Pie is always a big hit!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- ½ cup water
- 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes (or salsa)
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup corn
- 1 bag Fritos® corn chips (about 5 cups)
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- ¼ cup green onions chopped
- ¼ cup diced fresh tomatoes
- sour cream for serving (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking dish.
In a large skillet, brown the ground beef until crumbled and cooked through. Add the onions and packet of taco seasoning and water. Simmer until liquid thickens. Add in corn, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and simmer for another 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
In your baking dish, spread a layer of the corn chips in the bottom of the pan. Pour the meat mixture over the top of the chips. Next, spread the 2 cups of shredded cheese over the meat, followed by a final layer of the remaining corn chips.
Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Top the casserole with the diced onions and fresh diced tomatoes. Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream!
Feel free to add diced avocado, salsa, guacamole ect. on top.