Chili Casserole is the perfect comfort dinner. Delicious layers of crunchy Fritos, Southwestern chili, and melty cheese make for a winning weeknight meal!
Chili casserole (aka Chili Pie, aka Frito Pie, aka a million other names) was one of my husband’s favorite meals growing up. We like this “Southwestern” spin on a traditional chili casserole by adding some salsa, corn, taco seasoning and some diced chiles.
So one of the biggest debates my husband and I have with this recipe is whether to use regular Fritos or Chili Cheese-flavored Fritos. I actually like it best with plain (it already has so much flavor) but he likes it with Chili Cheese. For this, you really just have to go with your personal preference. You can also use crushed tortilla chips if you don’t have Fritos on hand.
You can go all wild with toppings such as onions, lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, and so forth. Really, any toppings you would typically put on a taco would work great. I love it with Sriracha. My Dad likes it with Ketchup. Go nuts. Or if you aren’t a topping person, it tastes great as-is too!
Make it GLUTEN FREE!
This is SO EASY to make GF. All you have to do is make sure you use a GF Taco seasoning (homemade is always a sure-bet). GF Taco seasoning is really easy to find at your local grocery store. McCormick brand makes a great one. Also, you need to make sure the chili you are using if gluten free as well. Hormel brand (original style) is gluten free. That is a great bet. Just check those couple things and you are good to go!
Southwestern Chili Casserole with Fritos
Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onions until cooked through and onions become transparent. Discard grease if needed.
Stir in chiles, olives, chili, chili beans, corn, salsa, and taco seasoning.
Bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
Crush Fritos and spread half of them evenly in a 9x13 deep baking dish. Add chili mixture and top with remaining crushed Fritos.
Bake for 25 minutes. Add cheese and bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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