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The Diner’s Frito Pie with Barbara Cozart’s Red Chile

Makes 6 servings

Here's a down-home version of the Southwest classic that's easy and unpretentious and hits the spot - perfect for a meal that's often eaten out of a Frito bag.

 2 pounds ground lean (7% fat) beef
 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  About 1 teaspoon salt
 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
 1 can (15 oz.) black beans (optional), rinsed and drained
 3 tablespoons ground dried New Mexico chilies or chili powder
  About 4 1/2 cups Fritos corn chips (15-oz. bag)
 6 tablespoons finely chopped onion
 1 1/2 cups shredded longhorn cheddar cheese
 2 cups finely shredded iceberg lettuce
 3/4 cup chopped tomato
Step 1

In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, stir ground beef, garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon salt until beef is crumbly and well browned, 6 to 8 minutes.

Step 2

With a large slotted spoon, push beef mixture to one side of pan and tilt pan so liquid runs to opposite side. Stir flour into liquid until well blended, then mix with beef mixture. Add 2 cups water, black beans if using, and dried chilies; stir until mixture boils and thickens, about 8 minutes.

Step 3

Spread about 3/4 cup Fritos in each of six wide, shallow bowls and sprinkle chopped onion equally on top. Divide chili equally among bowls and top with cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Add more salt to taste.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 776Calories from Fat 53
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46g71%

Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 1088mg46%
Total Carbohydrate 45g15%

Dietary Fiber 3.9g16%
Protein 44g88%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.