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Instant Pot Frito Chili Pie Recipe

Have you ever had a Frito pie??!! Well if not you’re in for a treat because we made this Instant Pot Frito chili pie recipe  last night and it was the bomb!

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If you’ve never tried this you aren’t totally alone. I will say you’re missing out though!! Oh yes you NEED to make this easy Frito chili pie recipe on the stovetop or in your Instant Pot!! Definitely a favorite amongst all of our easy Instant Pot recipes.

Instant Pot Frito Pie

Think about total comfort food with a bit of a kick, this is it! We started with our 5 ingredient Instant Pot chili and created this oldie but goodie dish. You could make Ninja Foodi chili too, it doesn’t matter what brand of pressure cooker you have at home.

Loaded up with all the toppings you love on tacos, with crunchy and crispy corn chip crunch you love.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot Frito pie recipe

You can totally make it either way but I’m a bit obsessed with my fancy pressure cooker so we are going to go with that….but I’ll explain both ways to you…..

I had it for the first time when I lived in Texarkana and went to a local fair. I had no idea when I got there what that even meant since in Ca. that just wasn’t a thing. Since I already loved the chips I thought I’d give it a whirl and OMG was it so good.

Transitioning it into something for a fun dinner idea with my own kiddos I thought I would use my pressure cooker this time. You could certainly use a pot on your stovetop instead but I love this multi cooker.

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Frito pie ingredients

  1. Bag of Fritos – I used the traditional smaller size, not dip size – This is a GREAT camping recipe too, cook over a campfire, pour chili into small Frito bags, topped with toppings and serve in bag!!
  2. Black beans
  3. Enchilada sauce – I used mild and it still had quite a bit of kick to it

Ground beef – you could use ground sausage too and I think that would be pretty killer

  1. Onion – just adds lots of flavor to everything
  2. Taco seasoning – you can make your own but I’m too lazy for that and buy the one in the packet
  3. Diced tomatoes – I like petite diced in the can personally


Load on the toppings I say…….

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Ninja Foodi Frito Pie

Like I said, you can make this Instant Pot Frito chili pie style or on the stovetop. If you’re making it on the stovetop make it like this:

  • Use a medium size pot on medium heat
  • Add olive oil
  • Put in ground beef and break up
  • Add diced onion
  • Cook until ground beef is cooked and onions are softening
  • Turn heat to low
  • Add packet of taco seasoning and stir so meat and onions are coated
  • Add enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes and can of black beans
  • Stir
  • Allow mixture to come to a slow simmer and then turn off heat

Put Fritos on plate + scoop of meat + some Fritos + all the toppings you want

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Instant Pot Chili Frito Pie

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Frito Chili Pie Recipe

Have you ever had a Frito pie??!! Well if not you’re in for a treat because we made this Frito chili pie recipe in our Instant Pot last night and it was the bomb! 
Course Entree, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chili, easy, frito pie, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 629kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • If using Instant Pot set to saute and add ground beef and onions, cook until pink is gone, if making on stovetop do the same on low in a pot on the stovetop.
  • Turn Instant Pot off or leave on low on the stovetop and add taco seasoning packet, mix until meat is covered with seasoning.
  • Add can of black beans, enchilada sauce, and diced tomatoes and stir. Put lid on Instant Pot and close steam valve. Set to pressure high for 3 minutes or if using stovetop allow to heat up until it simmers nonstop while stirring consistently and then turn off stove and serve as directed below.
  • Do a quick release on Instant Pot and serve as follows:
    Put a layer of Fritos, then a scoop of chili mixture, then fritos, a layer of cheese, slices of avocado, a dollop of sour cream and chives on top if desired. Serve!


Nutrition Facts
Frito Chili Pie Recipe
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 629 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 1222mg53%
Potassium 743mg21%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1355IU27%
Vitamin C 11.2mg14%
Calcium 316mg32%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Thursday 29th of July 2021

Instant Pot instructiosn say "and then turn off stove". Oops!

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