Photo: John Autry
Hands-on Time
40 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 4

This recipe is a healthy version of Fritos Chili Pie. Often served from concession stands at fairs, festivals, and sporting events, this crowd-pleaser usually involves splitting the bag of chips open, ladling chili into the bag, and then topping with cheese, onions, and other garnishes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan; sauté 5 minutes, stirring to crumble. Remove beef; drain. Wipe pan clean with paper towels. Add onion to pan; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in beef, cumin, pepper, and salt.

Step 2

Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add broth, 1/3 cup water, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 15 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

Step 3

Place 1 ounce chips in each of 4 bowls, and top each serving with about 2/3 cup beef mixture, 2 tablespoons cheese, and 1 tablespoon sour cream. Sprinkle each serving with 2 tablespoons green onions.

Ratings & Reviews

Family favorite!

November 02, 2016
This is a family favorite!!    I save my tried & true Cooking Light recipes and this is one of them.  We have a big family (6 children) and I double the ground beef, but I keep the spices the same (my husband & one daughter do add hot sauce to their servings).   I also add a can of dark red kidney beans when I add the canned chili tomatoes.   I skip the green onions at the end.  I make this several times every fall (Oct / Nov) and the leftovers even get eaten quickly.   Even 5 years after publishing, this is a recipe I look for again & again!  

Really disappointing

October 10, 2016
I thought this would be a winner with all the 5 star reviews but I had to throw it out it was so bad!! I'm giving it a one star only because It gave me an excuse to buy Fritos. Now looking at the ingredients I don't know why I thought the result would be any better than it was. I didn't even try to fix it, no sense throwing good ingredients after bad! There are much better chili recipes, don't bother with this one.

quick, easy, and delicious

June 16, 2015
Looking at the ingredient list, I was a little skeptical of all the positive reviews, but this really was quick, easy, and delicious (perfect to serve for game 6 of the SCFs - yay Blackhawks!) Mine cooked down just fine. This is a nice variation from our normal chili recipes, especially when we're in the mood for meaty. Toddler declared it "too spicy" but she was probably in a mood, because it wasn't any spicier than other things she's happily eaten.

daneanp's Review

April 30, 2014
This is quick and easy. We turned it into a taco salad by serving it over lettuce. I think the chili needs to cook down longer as it was still pretty soupy. Next time I leave out the water.

aplesauce's Review

April 21, 2014

sukeedog's Review

April 16, 2014
Yummy but not mind-blowing or anything. I think I'd prefer it with my own (much stronger) taco seasoning. We added shredded lettuce and pickled jalapenos to the other toppings.

Mavila1998's Review

May 31, 2013
Great recipe!

beezer825's Review

April 19, 2013
This is delicious and filling. I look forward to having this each time its on my meal plan, it comes together so quickly and it is very tastey. We usually eat it the next day for lunch too and after the flavors sit overnight its even better according to my hubby who loves this meal too!

jinkens5's Review

February 03, 2013
This recipe is awesome! I made it for a Super Bowl party, and when I went to get my serving, I found the pan empty. My husband said that this is now his favorite chili recipe. I am going to make it again this week when we have chili dogs. Really meaty recipe!

CarolineSully's Review

January 20, 2013
Very easy and super tasty! A staple in our house.