Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr

Emaw is my Momma and this is her recipe. She is very specific in her instructions and she guarantees (if you do what she says, lol) a family pleasing dish. Great flavor and great on a cold night.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat chili and water in small saucepan over medium heat till hot.
  3. Put Fritos in a 2 or 3 quart baking dish.
  4. Scatter chopped onions over the Fritos (do not stir).
  5. Place 4 slices of American cheese on top.
  6. Pour heated chili and water over all this.
  7. Put remaining cheese on top of chili (do not stir).
  8. Pour tomatoes and juice over this AND DO NOT STIR!
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour or until bubbly in the center.
Most Helpful

Easy dinner, I reduced the water a bit but the fritos were still a bit too mushy. However, my family still ate it up! Next time I will reduce the water a bit more and cutback on the cooking time a few minutes.

TeresaJean July 12, 2004

I love frito pie so I decided to try it Emaw's way. It was okay. I prefer not baking as long so that the fritos still stay kinda crunchy. Making it this way, the fritos get very mushy and all I could think of was baby food. I'm sorry riff but it just didn't go over well here. Dan wouldn't even eat the leftovers. I think this is one of those times that I should just stick to what I know I like.

Malriah June 07, 2004

Oh Emaw! Have you made this Texas girl happy!I prepared this Friday night as a special treat using left over chili from our chili cook-off. I followed your instuction exactly. Never once did I stir but I was so tempted. This dish was just too easy and better yet it was absolutely sinfully delicious! Passed this recipe over to my daughter. We really enjoyed this. I will be making this often and thinking of you! Thanks so much!!!!!!!!

Just Cher February 14, 2004