Perfect for busy weeknights or game day, this Easy Stovetop Frito Pie is total comfort food!
Have you ever been to a college football game? I attended one or two at my small college back in the day, but to be honest, it was a little underwhelming. My school wasn’t exactly known for their football.
So this past fall, I was excited when I had a chance to attend a Southern Methodist game here in Dallas. Not that I follow SMU, but I was finally going to have my big college football experience!
The day started on an ominous note when I made a poor footwear choice. My cute boots were killing my feet, but somehow, I persevered. 😉 We made it to Mustang Alley before the game for pregame food and drink, and the day was starting to perk up.
Unfortunately, I made another poor sartorial choice and never even made it into the game! Having never attended a big college game before, I didn’t realize there were so many rules about what you can, and perhaps more importantly, cannot bring into the stadium. My purse (a smallish crossbody) was too big, and I got the boot before I even stepped into the arena!
I still feel like I got the short end of the stick, but to be honest, I wasn’t all that upset. SMU is not my team, I have a funny/embarrassing story to tell, and I probably enjoyed the pregame tailgate more than I would have the game anyway.
When it comes to game day, I’m pretty much all about the food, and this game was no exception. The food options in Mustang Alley were pretty great, and I had a Frito Pie that was super delicious. I couldn’t wait to recreate it at home.
This Easy Stovetop Frito Pie is inspired by that pre-game tailgate. I’ve had baked Frito Pie before, but this quick stovetop version is so simple. It’s perfect for game day or even a quick weeknight meal, and it’s a great way to use up leftover chili.
I used my Crock Pot Spicy 3 Bean Chili for this Easy Stovetop Frito Pie, which meant there was zero hands on cooking time … how awesome is that? Any chili recipe will work though (try it with your fave recipe). I’d love to try it with my Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Chili (which is really similar to the chili served at the tailgate) or my Three Pepper Vegetarian White Bean Chili, too.
To assemble this Easy Stovetop Frito Pie, all you need is a handful of corn chips and a big scoop of chili. Then come the toppings … definitely my favorite part! I kept the toppings simple here: diced red onion, shredded cheddar cheese, and a scoop of sour cream. Yum! Feel free to go all out though with salsa, sliced green onions, black olives, avocado, and more.
However you serve it, this Easy Stovetop Frito Pie is sure to be a hit on your dinner table!
- Corn chips
- Your favorite chili (I used my Crock Pot Spicy 3 Bean Chili.)
- Toppings: diced red onions, shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions, sliced olives, avocado, salsa, etc.
- Fill the bottom of a bowl with corn chips.
- Top with a big scoop or two of chili.
- Add your favorite toppings.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Are you thinking about serving this Easy Stovetop Frito Pie for game day or another occasion? Keep the chili warm in a slow cooker, and put out the chips and toppings in separate bowls for a build-your-own Frito Pie bar. It’s an easy, no fuss way to entertain!
I’m linking up with Tatertots & Jello.