Frito Ranch Casserole

Updated on January 26, 2018
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Miriam has been a freelance writer since 2013. Born in Whittier, CA, she now lives in Ontario, (California) with her husband and family.

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Frito Ranch Casserole just out of the oven.
Frito Ranch Casserole just out of the oven. | Source

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A Quick and Tasty Casserole Your Family Will Love

I wanted to make a casserole that would taste like tamales because my family loves tamales, but I am not always in the mood to make them. I searched the Internet for a tamale pie, but I did not like the use of cornmeal for the "crust."

I found a recipe online called "Frito Pie," took a look at the recipe and decided to give it a try. My family liked it very much, but my husband and I have to watch our sodium due to high blood pressure, so instead of using regular Fritos Corn Chips, we bought the Lightly Salted Fritos, which contain half the sodium.

You will like this recipe. It only requires 6 ingredients and is ready to put in the oven in about 30 minutes. Baking time is only 20 minutes and it serves 9, so give this Frito ranch casserole a try!

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves 9 people 8.6 ounces each

You Will Need:

All the ingredients you need to make a Frito Ranch Casserole.
All the ingredients you need to make a Frito Ranch Casserole. | Source

Frito Ranch Casserole Ingredients

  • 1 pound Hamburger meat
  • 1 package (9-3/4 ounce) Lightly Salted Fritos
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans Ranch Style Beans, Undrained
  • 2 teaspoons Onion powder
  • 1 (28 ounce) can Las Palmas Enchilada Sauce, Mild
  • 1 cup Mild Cheddar cheese, Shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176 Celsius).
  2. Open bag of Fritos and measure 1 cup of Fritos for the topping; set aside.
  3. Take out a large baking pan (13" x 9") and spray it with Pam; line the bottom of the baking pan with the Fritos remaining in the bag.
  4. In a large frying skillet: Cook hamburger meat until brown. Next, stir in both (undrained) cans of Ranch Style beans and 2 teaspoons of onion powder.
  5. Pour enchilada sauce over the meat-beans mixture in the skillet; warm thoroughly.
  6. Next, pour the contents of the skillet evenly over the Fritos in the baking pan.
  7. Sprinkle shredded cheese over all and top with reserved Fritos.
  8. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes.
  9. Serve with Spanish rice.
  10. Makes 9 eight ounce servings.

Steps 2 & 3:

One cup of Fritos is reserved for the topping (left) and the rest of the Fritos line the bottom of the baking pan (right).
One cup of Fritos is reserved for the topping (left) and the rest of the Fritos line the bottom of the baking pan (right). | Source

Steps 4 & 5:

Steps 4 and 5.
Steps 4 and 5. | Source

Step 6: Pour the meat-beans-onion-enchilada sauce over the Fritos.

Meat, beans, onions, and enchilada sauce poured over Fritos.
Meat, beans, onions, and enchilada sauce poured over Fritos. | Source

Step 7: Topped with shredded cheese and reserved Fritos.

The finishing touch: shredded cheese and reserved Fritos.
The finishing touch: shredded cheese and reserved Fritos. | Source

Nutritional Values for Frito Ranch Casserole

Nutrition Facts
Calories 449
Calories from Fat234
% Daily Value *
Fat 26 g40%
Saturated fat 8 g40%
Unsaturated fat 5 g
Carbohydrates 35 g12%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 7 g28%
Protein 22 g44%
Cholesterol 55 mg18%
Sodium 1013 mg42%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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