What’s better than Frito Pie? Cheetos Pie of course! Made with ground beef, onion, tomato, green chiles, chili beans, corn, taco seasoning, cheddar cheese and obviously Cheetos.
I’m up to my usual antics, swapping out Fritos or Doritos in a recipe for Cheetos because they are clearly superior. And it’s an excuse to have Cheetos in my house because normally I cannot control myself around them.
I have successfully done this swap already with Cheetos Walking Tacos and Chopped BBQ Ranch Salad with Cheetos so why not a Cheetos pie instead of Fritos Pie? Just in time to sneak onto your menus for Cinco de Mayo in a few days.
Cheetos Pie is a simple two pan meal, cooking up ground beef and onion, then adding taco seasoning, chili beans, diced tomatoes with green chiles, and corn. Spread this mixture over Cheetos in a baking dish, top with cheddar cheese and bake! Then all that’s left is serving it with your favorite taco toppings.
The only downfall to using Cheetos instead of Fritos to make Cheetos Pie is that the Cheetos don’t retain as much crunch as the Fritos when baked with moist ingredients. But to be fair the Fritos are not perfectly crispy either in the same scenario so it is only a minor texture change.
What’s next on my Cheetos crusade? At least in the savory realm, I think I need to try my Mom’s Frito Taco Salad with Cheetos. But I have some wild ideas about sweet incorporations as well to add to my list of Cheetos Cookies, Chocolate Covered Cheetos, and Cheetos Marshmallow Crispy Treats. Don’t be scared, haha.
- 1 (8 oz.) bag Cheetos
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
- 1 (15 oz.) can chili beans
- 1 cup corn kernels*
- 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Favorite taco toppings
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
- Evenly spread the entire bag of Cheetos in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and onion, cooking until meat is no longer pink and onions are soft. Drain excess fat.
- Stir in taco seasoning until well blended. Add diced tomatoes, beans and corn, mixing until distributed and warmed through. Remove from heat.
- Spread meat mixture evenly over the Cheetos, then sprinkle the cheese on top.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Serve immediately with your favorite taco toppings.
*Fresh, frozen, or canned work just fine. If using canned be sure to drain first.
Source: Adapted slightly from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts.