Frito Chili Salad

Cathy Smith


A hundred years ago when I first moved into my own place, I went grocery shopping for the first time. I found 2 add hamburger meals, they were not hamburger helper but like them, one was in a green box and was taco casserole, and another was in a fuchsia box and was enchilada casserole, no clue what brand but I loved them. Didn't really know diddly about cooking Mexican food but loved to eat it. Well after a couple of years could no longer find those but still have a love for Mexican food type casseroles.

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25 Min
40 Min


1 lb
ground beef
1 small
onion diced
1 tsp
pureed garlic
8 oz
tomato sauce
1/2 c
tomato juice
1-2 Tbsp
chili powder
1/2-1 tsp
ground cumin
1/4 tsp
1 can(s)
kidney or black or pinto beans drained and rinsed
8 oz
fritos or tortilla chips
shredded lettuce
diced tomato
sliced green onions
sliced radishes
grated cheese
sour cream

How to Make Frito Chili Salad


  • 1Preheat oven to 350. Grease 2 quart casserole. brown meat, then add onion and garlic. Drain. Add tomato sauce, tomato juice, seasonings. Stir in beans. Put meat in a casserole dish, then top with grated cheese and top with fritos. Cover and bake for 40 minutes
  • 2In the meantime make salad out of lettuce, onion, and tomato. Serve frito chili on bed of salad and add grated cheese and serve with salsa and sour cream.
  • 3Note: Notes: I use 2 tablespoons chili powder and 1 teaspoon cumin cause I like that fullness of the earthy flavors. If you would like to add some heat, then a couple of slices of diced jalapeno will do the trick. The kids do not eat salad so I just serve it to them as a casserole. For the adults I have some salad bowls that fit the bill and I put some sald in each one then top with the frito chili salad. I also love tortilla chips so I use those instead of fritos. I also like pinto beans a whole lot better than kidney beans so I use those instead.

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About Frito Chili Salad

Course/Dish: Beef, Beef Salads, Salads
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American