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Frito Pie with Texas Chili

Frito Pie with Texas Chili

Charlotte Hancey
True Texas Chili full of beef and rich, slightly spicy, thick sauce. No beans! Serve over Fritos corn chips and top with cheese for an authentic Texan experience.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Chili, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 lbs beef chuck roast, cut into 1 inch cubes (extra fat removed)
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 3 oz tomato paste (half a small can)
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder (or regular chili powder)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 28 oz Beef broth or stock
  • 1/4 cup masa corn flour

For Serving

  • Original Fritos corn chips
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • White onion, diced


  • Heat a large cast iron dutch oven or stock pot to medium-high. Add oil. Once pot is very hot, add cubed beef and brown on all sides. Remove beef from pot and set aside on a plate or bowl.
  • Add ground beef to pot then cook and crumble until browned. Drain grease if needed.
  • Add onion and jalapeno to ground beef and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add beef cubes back to pan then add chipotles, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, salt and pepper. Stir to combine well.
  • Add beef stock and turn heat down to medium-low. Place a lid on the pot and let simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
  • 20 minutes before serving, remove lid and stir in masa flour. Leave uncovered, but still simmering, until ready to serve.
  • Serve over corn chips and top with cheese and onions.


  1. When cubing the chuck roast, make sure to remove larger fat pieces but the marbling throughout is ok. 
  2. Fresh, chopped jalapenos are a great topping too.
  3. Make sure to taste and add extra spice and/or salt if desired.
  4. If using pre-diced chipotle peppers, start with 1 tablespoon and add more after tasting.
Keyword beef, Chili, chipotle, jalapeno, Texan
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