Monday, July 22, 2013

Southwest Frito Pie

In case you haven't been able to tell from the many, many Mexican recipes on here, we're a big fan. Neal always says he could eat Mexican food every night and be totally content. Me, not so much, but I do love having some type of Mexican-style dinner once or twice a week. I found this recipe in a recent Taste of Home magazine and knew it would be a big hit! Quick, easy, fresh ingredients and a perfect weeknight meal to throw together when you don't have much time or energy. With this little guy due to arrive any day now, quick and easy meals are definitely taking over my meal plans since I know my time to prepare and cook will quickly disappear! I loved the extra crunch and flavor the Fritos added to this recipe. And it's SO simple! Just layer Fritos, meat and beans and your choice of toppings and you've got yourself a meal. It's great for picky eaters too because they can put whatever toppings they want on and still love it. I think this would also taste great substituting chili instead of the ground meat and bean mixture - a great way to use up the inevitable leftover chili since that stuff can feed an army. (Recipe and picture courtesy of Taste of Home)


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef OR ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups corn chips
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion or green onions
  • Sour cream and fresh cilantro
In a large skillet, cook beef or turkey over medium-high heat until cooked through and no longer pink; drain. Stir in the chili powder, flour, salt and garlic powder until well blended. Slowly add in the water. Add in the beans and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 12-15 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.

To serve, divide chips between 4 bowls. Top with beef/turkey mixture and desired toppings. Serve immediately. (Makes about 4 bowls)

1 comment:

  1. I think it's time you made a blog to keep us all updated about your life and how baby Grant is :) Don't stop this blog, just start another one too!