Last updated on November 13th, 2019 at 12:44 pm
The classic Frito Pie dish containing corn chips, chili, and cheese is transformed into a dip you can scoop into your mouth with reckless abandon!
What is Frito Pie?
You might think that Frito Pie is just a Midwestern dish but think again. Or maybe you have never heard of Frito Pie? If not, let me introduce you. It is a humble dish made with corn chips, usually Fritos, and topped with chili and cheese. Simple yet delicious! Once you taste it you think that it can’t get any better, but it can.
I have to tell you a secret. I was never a fan of corn chips growing up, mostly because I snacked on the antipasto and relish trays my mom made. My parents made a lot of Italian food for meals, so naturally, we snacked in the same fashion. Not being exposed to them at an early age might have led to my preference for other snack chips.
Enter the husband. Growing up in the south Brooks loves Fritos, still does, so via spousal osmosis, I love them. Ok, like them. Let’s not get carried away…
Just take me to the Frito Pie Dip Recipe Already!
If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious easy Frito Pie Dip recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Another thing I must confess, I am a Bravo Housewives junkie. I watch all of them and my most recent favorite is the one from Dallas. All the different cities are based on the usual affluent housewives, but in Dallas, they were very into charity work along with fighting with each other.
Hosting various charity fundraisers for the causes that are important to them was their main focus. These charity galas were very glamorous and usually black tie, and much to my surprise, right in the center of their buffet tables, sat Frito pie. If it is good enough for a “high-faluntent” charity event, it is good enough for your game day celebration!
When my friend Debi, from the blog Life Currents, asked me to participate in October Tailgating Snacks Month I jumped at the chance. On the blog as in non-internet life, I take tailgating very seriously and I created a recipe that was humble but tasted amazing. Frito Pie Dip is here to wow you!
FAQ about FRITO PIE DIP:
- Q: Where did Frito Pie come from?
A: Most sources say Texas but it is disputed that it is from New Mexico too. In the Midwest, it is called a walking taco!
- Q: What are the best chips to eat with Frito Pie Dip?
A: It wouldn’t be Frito pie without the Fritos or corn chips. My recommendation would be their large scoop version for maximum dip retrieval.
- Q: Can you make Frito Pie Dip on the grill?
A: Yes you can! Just prepare it as usual and instead of baking it in the oven, put it on your grill along with your other foods. Just be sure to heat all the way through!
- Q: Does Frito Pie Dip have beans?
A: Traditional Frito Pie does have beans (pinto beans) but I prefer dark red kidney beans in my chili so that is what is in the dip. If you want to get technical, some believe that chili isn’t supposed to have beans in it at all. Make it with or without beans:)
Chili Pie Dip Essentials
Having a creamy base is essential for a cheesy dip so I start with that. A mixture of cream cheese and sour cream, which is a common topping for Frito pie, will go down first. The second most important ingredient is the chili. I used venison chili the hubs made a few days ago and of which I have already eaten a few bowls.
There were 4 cups left so I topped my creamy base with it, but feel free to use your own chili recipe. Or if you are short on time you can buy some already prepared. No judgment here. I love an already cooked rotisserie chicken just as much as the next mom.
Top the chili with copious amounts of shredded cheddar cheese and bake in the oven. What comes out is a bubbling hot skillet of melty cheese and spicy chili. Perfect for dipping.
It wouldn’t be Frito Pie Dip without the Fritos or corn chips. My recommendation would be their large scoop version for maximum dip retrieval.
Feel free to use a large serving spoon or shovel to get your dip out of the skillet, just be sure to crumble your Frito chips on top to get the full Frito Pie Dip experience. Happy tailgating!
Check out all the other delicious Tailgating Snacks recipes below from bloggers who took part in Tailgating Snacks Month!
- Skillet Pizza Bombs by Life Currents
- Buffalo Chicken Meatball Subs by LeMoine Family Kitchen
- Easy Cheesy Salsa Bean Dip by Bowl me Over
- Spicy Nacho Cheese Pretzels by Hostess at Heart
- Hot Beef & Bean Dip by An Affair from the Heart
- Brown Butter Cinnamon Churro Rice Krispie Treats by Full Belly Sisters
- Curried Beef Roti (Sri Lankan Beef Roti) by The Flavor Bender
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Easy Frito Skillet Dip Recipe
Frito Pie Dip
- 8 ounces of cream cheese
- 16 ounces of sour cream
- 4 cups of chili
- 2 cups of cheddar cheese
- 1 bag of corn chips (I like Fritos Scoops)
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Mix the sour cream and cream cheese together.
- Spread into the bottom of a skillet.
- Top with chili.
- Cover with cheese.
- Bake at 375F for 25 minutes or until bubbly and the cheese is melted.
- Serve hot with corn chips!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1/12
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 343 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 78mg Sodium: 557mg Carbohydrates: 11g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 3g Protein: 13g
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