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

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

lazyme May 23, 2014

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.

Milkman's Daughter August 19, 2009

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

Melandsid May 02, 2007