Chili Frito Pies

Chili Frito Pies are a great way to use up leftover chili! Layers of Frito corn chips, chili, cheese, and chili toppings combine to make a cozy dinner or game-day snack. It’s simple but, oh, so satisfying.

If you like to make chili, be sure to save some so you can make these chili Frito pies. It’s one of my favorite comfort food recipes and a great easy dinner if you have some leftover chili in the fridge or freezer.

Crunchy corn chips, savory chili, and all the toppings – it’s such a great combination of textures and flavors. The best part is that any kind of chili you like will work! So, make your favorite, or try one of my favorite chili recipes. There are a ton of variations depending on the kind of chili and toppings you use.

ingredients for chili frito pies.

Chili Frito Pie Ingredients

  • Leftover chili
  • Frito corn chips
  • Shredded cheese – cheddar or pepper jack cheese are great.
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced green onions
  • Chopped cilantro

What kind of chili is best for Frito pies?

Any kind of chili you like will work! Here are some of my favorites:

How to Make the Recipe

  • Warm up the chili.
  • I like to pile the Fritos in the bottom of a bowl first and top them with some chili.
  • Top the chili with some shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Add some shredded iceberg lettuce.
  • Top the lettuce with some tomatoes. Any sort of tomato works, but I like to use grape or cherry tomatoes because they tend to be a little sweeter.
  • Add a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of sliced green onion or cilantro. Add some diced jalapeños if you want an extra kick of heat.
  • Feel free to add salsa, salsa verde, a spoonful of sour cream, diced avocado, or guacamole!
frito pie in a bowl.

Chili Frito pies tend to be my own personal guilty pleasure, but they are great for serving a crowd because you can prep all the toppings, pop them in some bowls, and let everyone serve themselves. So, I hope you grab some bags of Fritos, make some chili, and give this recipe a try!

Happy Frito pie-making!

frito pie with the ingredients around it.

More Ways to Use Chili

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Chili Frito Pie

frito pie with bowls of toppings surrounding it.

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Chili Frito Pies are a fun and easy dinner or game-day snack! Corn chips topped with chili, shredded cheese, and lots of toppings combine in a seriously good chili dish. It’s a great way to use up leftover chili – use your favorite or try one of my recipes!

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 cups Frito corn chips
  • 4 cups leftover chili, warmed (see note)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. Divide the corn chips among 4 bowls.
  2. Top them with one cup of chili and shredded cheese.
  3. Layer on the rest of the toppings, and enjoy!


Use your favorite chili recipe or try my Slow Cooker Ground Beef Chili – it’s easy to make ahead. Check out the post to get more chili recipes – there are a lot of options.

I’ve included measurements, but feel free to adjust the amounts – there are no rules 😊

There are a lot of other topping options: try some salsa like my easy salsa or salsa verde, diced avocado, guacamole, diced red onion, jalapenos, or other chili toppings you like.


  • Calories: 462
  • Sugar: 8.8g
  • Sodium: 1324.4mg
  • Fat: 23.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.1g
  • Fiber: 5.3g
  • Protein: 16.8g
  • Cholesterol: 54.2mg

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The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.

Post and recipe updated from the archives. First published in October 2015.


  1. This is one guilty pleasure I want to dive into! And as I have told my kids, fritos are made with simple ingredients, still a treat, but totally allowable 😉

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