Frito Chili Pie

"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."
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Ready In:


  • 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)


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

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  1. lazyme
    Nice version of the standard frito pie. Loved the addition of the tamales. Thanks for sharing. Made for Chef Alphabet Soup Tag.
  2. Milkmans Daughter
    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.
  3. Melandsid
    Nice easy supper. I added 2 cans of chili as it looked alittle 'dry' with one. Will make again :)
  4. bullwinkle
    Frito Chili Pie has been one of my favorites for years. The tamales add a nice addition to regular Frito Chili Pie. Quick and easy. Thanks islandgirl77551. Bullwinkle.
  5. akanails76
    My family loved this. I have very picky kids, I never know what they are going to eat. I made this one night last week and they ate the entire pan in one night. It was super easy to prepare and one that I will do again. Thanks for sharing.


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