Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

A great quick meal that was a favorite in my family when I was growing up and that my kids love too! Recipe has been adjusted to 2 cans of chili as suggested by reviewers. I normally use one and don't use the entire bag of fritos. You can adjust the chili to frito ratio to your taste. More chili is always good.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (10 ounce) bag Fritos corn chips
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chili
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tamales
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1 cup onion (finely chopped)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a square casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Line the bottom of casserole dish with tamales.
  4. Top tamales with a thin layer of corn chips.
  5. Spread 1 can of chili on top of corn chips.
  6. Top chili with 1 cup cheese and 1/2 cup of chopped onion.
  7. Add another layer of corn chips.
  8. Cover with remaining chili.
  9. Top chili with remaining cheese and onions.
  10. Bake 30 minutes.
Most Helpful

5 5

Nice version of the standard frito pie. Loved the addition of the tamales. Thanks for sharing. Made for Chef Alphabet Soup Tag.

5 5

This is just sooo goood. I took it to a potluck and everyone loved it. I forgot to rate it (months ago - sorry) but my daughter is having a pot luck and I thought about this recipe again! Love the addition of the tamales.

5 5

Nice easy supper. I added 2 cans of chili as it looked alittle 'dry' with one. Will make again :)