Hand Held Frito Pies

Hand Held Frito Pies

Hand Held Frito Pies
Hand Held Frito Pies
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Hand Held Frito Pies are going to become one of your family's favorite weeknight dinners! This easy ground beef recipe is basically a deconstructed taco made portable by using the bag of Fritos the recipe calls for as the serving vessel. What's even better than that? This recipe will use NO dishes, meaning very little clean up for you! Just prepare all your ingredients ahead of time and you and your family can have a mini taco bar in the kitchen with all the fixings. This is the best taco Tuesday idea we've ever seen!

Difficulty LevelEasy


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 ounce taco seasoning packet
  • 6 snack-sized bags of Fritos or Doritos
  • Suggested Toppings
  • 1 (8-ounce) can Kidney beans or Pinto beans
  • shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, brown beef. Add the onion to the meat and sauté a 3-5 minutes, until soft. Add the taco seasoning and stir to continue cooking. 

  2. Remove from heat, stir in beans, and set aside.

  3. Open the chip bag and add meat/bean mixture, lettuce, tomato and cheese. Close bag with hands and shake to combine.

  4. Grab a fork and enjoy!

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This is such a cute little idea. I've encountered this in a couple of other places and we've tried this with various flavors of Fritos and Doritos. I've gotten in the habit of saving some of the snack size bags after using so they can be used for making these. I love making these with the Chili Cheese Fritos or the salsa flavored chips (Salsitas brand). The same company also makes a guacamole chip (Guacachip) that would be great with this idea.

How fun is this recipe? There isn't too much I don't like about tacos and with the no clean up afterward I really can't complain at all. A while back I had some friends that made a taco bar kind of similar to this one but they called it a walking taco. Pretty clever the things people come up with.

I love frito pie. I never even heard of it until I moved from Iowa to Arkansas. We used to make it at a restaurant I worked at. It was chili over fritos and lettuce and cheese and tomatoes over the top. It's a cute idea to use individual bags. Save doing some dishes and kids would think it's fun.


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