This easy Frito Pie is total comfort food, and it’s so simple to make … serve on busy weeknights or at your game day party!
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.
Easy Frito Pie
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 even 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.
How to Make Frito Pie
This Easy Stovetop Frito Pie recipe 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.
The first thing you’ll need is chili. Feel free to use your favorite recipe … I used my Crock Pot Three 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!
You could also try it with my classic Vegetarian Chili, Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Chili (which is really similar to the chili served at the tailgate), or my Three Pepper Vegetarian White Bean Chili. Yum and yum!
Okay, you’ve got your chili … let’s put this dish together!
Grab a big bowl and add a handful of corn chips in the bottom. Top that with a big scoop of your fave chili.
Frito Pie Toppings
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 guacamole, salsa, sliced green onions, black olives, hot peppers, avocado chunks, and more. Creativity is your only limit here.
Planning a Party? Set up a Frito Pie Bar!
Are you thinking about serving this vegetarian 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!
However you serve it, this easy Frito Pie is sure to be a hit on your dinner table!
Easy Frito Pie
- Corn chips
- Your favorite 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 a big college fan? What is your favorite tailgating recipe?