Chili-Frito Pie

Sometimes you just need a “trashy” dinner to end the day.  Oh, you don’t know what a “trashy” dinner is?

It’s messy.  It tastes indulgent.  It can be eaten on the couch.  With your fingers (and a little help from your spoon).  It’s the kind of meal you don’t feel guilty about eating while watching mindless t.v.

It was just what we needed the other night.

But seeing that it’s the beginning of the New Year and everyone is all about the green smoothies (including myself), I didn’t want to break the calorie bank.

So this little “trashy” number won’t make you feel guilty.

Chili-Frito Pie is not only a little trashy, but it’s also the easiest dinner ever to prepare.

Start by cookin one pound of ground sirloin (I used a 90/10) in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Once cooked and crumbled, remove the beef from the pan and drain off the extra fat.  In the same skillet, saute the onion and the garlic for about 5 minutes and add the beef back into the pan along with salt, pepper and cumin.

(And yes, you’re only going to need ONE skillet for this meal.)

To the skillet, add in the tomato paste and all the flavors to come together before adding in the broth (I used 1 1/3 cup of broth instead of a broth and water combination) and the tomatoes.  Be sure to get the tomatoes with chiles – this add a little heat that makes this meal incredibly addicting.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Pile the chili on top of a mound of Fritos and then top with all.the.things.  Sour Cream.  Cheese.  Green Onions.

So satisfying.

I forgot how much I love the salty goodness of Fritos.

Do it.

Trash up dinner tonight.

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