How To Make The Best Frito Pie With Ground Beef

An easy dinner recipe is here for your busy weeknights. Check the recipe card below and discover how to make the best Frito pie casserole, made with hearty ground beef and crunchy Frito chips.

There’s also cheese, beans, and bold Mexican flavors from taco seasoning and enchilada sauce involved. 

A Delicious Ground Beef Casserole

Frito pie on a plate with some sour cream and shredded Mexican cheese on top. The frito pie in a casserole dish is in the background.

This delicious meal is one of the top requests I get from my husband and kids during the week. I’m all too happy to give in because it’s the kind of food that satisfies my soul too.

You’re going to love this classic Frito pie for sure!

What Is Frito Pie Casserole?

Frito pie casserole is something my whole family absolutely adores. It’s an easy recipe made in a casserole dish.

I guess it mostly resembled chili beans and meat with a Mexican twist, plenty of cheese, and crunchy Fritos added into the mix. 

If you’ve ever heard of walking tacos, Frito pie casserole is basically the same thing, but with one difference, walking tacos are meant to be eaten right out of the bag of Fritos while Frito pie casserole is served up on plates. 

Frito pie on a plate with some sour cream and shredded cheese on top. There is a bowl of shredded cheese and sour cream next to the plate.

How to Make My Easy Frito Pie Recipe

There really is very little work to make this easy Frito pie recipe.

If you can’t find refried beans or don’t like the texture, you can use pinto beans instead.

Also, I wholeheartedly recommend buying more Fritos than you need.

I wind up snacking on them while making this dish. They’re just so easy to munch, so make sure you have enough for the Frito pie too!

Ingredients For Frito Pie With Ground Beef

  • Ground beef
  • Diced white onions
  • Taco seasoning
  • Rotel with tomatoes and green chilies
  • Refried beans
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Shredded Mexican cheese

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How To Make Frito Pie

  1. Add the ground beef and onions to a large skillet and cook. Drain the grease.
  2. Next, add the taco seasoning and mix.
  3. Add the Rotel, refried beans, and enchilada sauce to the pan and mix well.
  4. Spread the meat mixture into the casserole dish and spread it out.
  5. Top with cheese and bake for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees or until the cheese is melted.
  6. After the cheese melts, top with Fritos and cook for 10 more minutes.
  7. Serve!
Frito pie on a white plate. There's some sour cream on top and a few sprinkles of Mexican shredded cheese.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Raw ground beef in a saucepan.

Start by adding the ground beef to a saucepan and cooking it on medium heat.

Raw ground beef and onions in a saucepan.

Add the onions to the saucepan. Cook until the ground beef is done, and drain the grease.

Cooked ground beef and onions with taco seasoning in a saucepan.

Add the taco seasoning to the saucepan and mix well.

Any taco seasoning will do.

Pouring enchilada sauce into a saucepan with ground beef and onions.

Pour the enchilada sauce into the pan.

Rotel in a saucepan with cooked ground beef and onions.

Next, add the can of Rotel to the pan.

Cooked ground beef, onions, Rotel, and refried beans in a saucepan.

Finally, add the refried beans to the saucepan and mix all of the ingredients together.

Frito pie ground beef in a casserole dish.

Spread the ground beef mixture into a 9-inch by 13-inch casserole dish.

Frito pie with Mexican cheese blend on top.

Sprinkle the Mexican cheese on top and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the dinner is hot.

Frito pie in a rectangular dish. There are a lot of Fritos spread across the top of the casserole.

Top with Fritos and cook for another 10 minutes and serve.

Cooked Frito pie in a casserole dish.

The Fritos will be nice and toasty!

Frito pie on a white plate next to a casserole dish with more Frito pie. There is a bowl of sour cream and a bowl of cheese next to the plate.

Optional Ingredients

  • Chili powder for some medium heat.
  • Kidney beans, pinto beans, or black beans
  • Diced bell peppers
  • Diced jalapeños

I also recommend choosing your favorite toppings to set out, much like the favorite taco toppings you’d use on taco night.

Some suggestions would be sour cream, green onions, diced red onions, black olives, pico de gallo, and cheddar cheese.

Guacamole fans may also enjoy a bit of that added on or even diced avocados, and if you like spiciness, feel free to pull out the hot sauce and shake some on your plate. 

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How To Store The Frito Taco Pie

You can store any leftovers in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated.

How To Make The Best Frito Pie With Ground Beef

For a great weeknight meal that is the essence of the ultimate comfort food, this is one of the best casserole recipes to keep handy.

Everyone begs for this delicious comfort food recipe. Maybe it’s the Frito corn chips, or maybe it’s the cheesy, meaty, hearty casserole itself.

Either way, if you want to take your taste buds to the south for dinner, this is the best way to do it!

Frito pie on a white plate. There's some sour cream on top and a few sprinkles of Mexican shredded cheese.

How To Make The Best Frito Pie With Ground Beef

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Frito pie with ground beef is a great way to feed the family a hearty meal and not spend too much time in the kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1-ounce package of taco seasoning
  • 10-ounce can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 16-ounce can of refried beans
  • 10-ounce can of enchilada sauce
  • 1-2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese
  • 9.25-ounce bag of Fritos Corn Chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch by 13-inch casserole dish.
  2. Cook meat and onions and drain grease.
  3. Add the taco seasoning and mix well.
  4. Next, add the Rotel, refried beans, and enchilada sauce and mix well.
  5. Spread the meat mixture into the casserole dish.
  6. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the meat mixture and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  7. Add the bag of Fritos to the top of the casserole dish and bake another 10 minutes and serve.

Notes

You can add two cups of cheese if you love cheese, or stick to one cup. Either way will work.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 895Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 1572mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 58g

Nutrition is approximate.

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