Cheesy Fritos Chili Casserole AKA Elena’s Chili Casserole

Affiliate link disclosure for chili casseroleCheesy Fritos Chili Casserole . . . this easy family friendly main dish has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. The whole family loves it!

Fritos Chili Casserole is a main dish the whole family will love!

Wow, blogging is hard during the summer months. First of all, my kids are home and I want to spend time with them. Second of all, it is so hot I have a hard time motivating myself to do much of anything. Third of all, I don’t feel like cooking. Because it is so darn hot. To bad humans can’t live long on fresh fruit, popsicles, and ice cream. Fourth of all, I am in the middle of a bathroom remodel. It is taking soooo much of my time.

My medicine cabinet is drying in the garage as we speak. In a few hours, it will be ready for it’s second coat of paint. Then it’s time to start re-finishing the rest of the cabinets. Just thinking about it makes me want to have a nap.

Chili Casserole - topped with Fritos and cheese, this casserole is a family favorite!

So, since I haven’t had the time or energy for cooking lately, I’m sharing a recipe I’ve had stored away for a few months. This chili casserole was one of my very favorite meals when I was a kid.

Kid friendly Chili Casserole - a perfect weeknight dinner recipe.

I have no idea who Elena is, but I’ve been calling it Elena’s chili casserole since I was about 3 years old, so I just can’t change it. It is a really easy recipe. Both of my oldest boys know how to make it, so I know it is no fail! I love the crunchy chips and cheese on the top. So yummy!!

Cheesy Fritos Chili Casserole - a perfect weeknight dinner recipe.

Chili Casserole

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Cheesy Fritos Chili Casserole AKA Elena's Chili Casserole
Yield: 8 servings
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 packet chili seasoning mix
  • 8oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 15oz cans pinto beans, drained
  • 1 4 1/2oz can sliced olives
  • 1 1/2-2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Fritos corn chips
  1. Brown and drain hamburger. Add onion, chili seasoning, tomato sauce, and water. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  2. In a 2 qt casserole dish, layer half of the meat, beans, olives, and cheese. Repeat layers, ending with chips and cheese.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 5 minutes or till crispy on top.

Need a few more family friendly dinner ideas? Give these recipes a try:

Bacon Cheeseburger Pie
Spicy Shepherd’s Pie
Dutch Oven Chicken
Chicken Pillows

Cheesy Fritos Chili Casserole - a perfect weeknight dinner recipe. Everyone loves this Mexican dish!

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