Frito Pie & Chili Con Carne

After months of searching and preparing to make a decent Chili Con Carne (sauce/chili) I finally decided to give it a shot. I wanted the taste to be similar to what Taco Cabana uses on their enchiladas and what Sonic uses on their frito pie.


Well folks, I have to admit my family said it tastes just like Sonic’s frito pie which is a plus; however, they never eat the enchiladas at Taco Cabana so that was up to my taste buds and it is pretty close.

frito pie

On another note, who’s planning on seeing Ice Age this weekend? My daughter and I are thinking of going Friday morning. I love Diego! Who’s your favorite character? My daughter says I’m five. Oh well! She’s twelve and still wants to see it, so I will be five and take her :) If you like it with more heat then just add more cayenne and chili powder;  just reverse it for less heat.

Frito Pie & Chili Con Carne
Serves 6
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Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
For Chili Con Carne
  1. 2 lbs. beef chuck
  2. 1/2 white or yellow onion; minced
  3. 3 tablespoons chili powder
  4. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  5. 3 teaspoons cumin
  6. 2 teaspoons salt
  7. 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  8. 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  9. 1 cup beef broth
For Frito Pie
  1. 1 bag of Frito's Original Chips
  2. 1 to 2 lb. block of cheddar cheese; grated
  3. Chili Con Carne from recipe above
  1. In a medium stockpot (8qt), add in ground beef and onion. Bring to a medium heat and fry for about 8 minutes. Add in the cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir well and fry for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add one cup of tomato sauce and one cup of beef broth; stir well. Lower heat to a medium-low heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until you reach the thickness you prefer. Serve over frito pie, hot dogs, or enchiladas.
  2. Line a basket with paper or use a dish. Add a hand full of fritos and top with cheese. Ladle the chili con carne over the top and serve.
Mooshu Jenne


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    This reminds me of when my kids were young. I didn’t make homemade chili, heck I barely cooked, but we would cut open the side of a small bag of Fritos, pour in canned chili and add cheese and anything else we wanted. Soooooo good. I like the idea of your chili much better!!! Thanks for sharing this on Manic Monday!!
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    I used to eat the at the Dairy Queen. They slit open the package of frites and poured the chili over them. Then a little cheese and a plastic fork. Great lunch. Thanks for the memory! Found you through Jen at Juanita’s Cocina.

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