Frito Olé – easy one pot dinner

Frito Olé is an easy one-pot dinner that’s great for family dinners or tailgating and game day. With only 4 ingredients, plus your favorite toppings to choose from, it’s a crowd pleaser.

Frito Olé - easy one pot dinner & great for tailgating

It’s #SundaySupper time again and this week our theme is tailgating. You don’t want spend all your time cooking when the big game is on, so I’m sharing one of my most simple, no-fuss dinners: Frito Olé.

Frito Olé is a meal I have made a lot over the years. It can be made in no time, it’s cheap to make, and it’s always a crowd pleaser. My mom was the one who started making and at that time, I believe we called it Frito Lay — just like the brand name of the popular corn chips. At some point, I started calling it Frito Olé since it sounded more fun and festive.

Frito Olé - easy one pot dinner & great for tailgating

Frito Olé is also extremely versatile: you can add less meat, more meat or add a can of black beans. You could even go meatless and use only beans or add some vegetables, like onions, peppers, squash, corn, etc. You could also stir in some diced tomatoes with the tomato puree if you like things a bit more chunky.

Frito Olé also doubles or triples easily if you have a crowd to feed, which makes it even better for game day and tailgating.

Here’s how easy it is: in a pot, you you cook up 1 pound of ground beef or turkey. A can of tomato puree and a jar of salsa is mixed in. All of this is heated up. Each person puts a big handful of corn chips into their own bowl and spoons the meat mixture over them.

Frito Ole - Meat Sauce

The best part of all is the toppings. I like to have lots of options like shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, avocados, and sour cream. Each person adds the toppings they like, so in our house everyone’s bowl of Frito Olé looks different.

Frito Olé - easy one pot dinner & great for tailgating

Here’s the recipe for you to print or add to your ZipList recipe box:

Frito Olé
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6-7 cups total of meat sauce
  • Serving size: ½ cup of sauce (or more depending on preference)
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 large can tomato puree (29 oz)
  • 24 oz salsa
  • Corn Chips (like Fritos)
  • Optional Toppings: shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, avocado, guacamole, sliced jalapenos, etc.
  1. In pot, cook ground beef or turkey until done; drain if necessary.
  2. Add salsa and tomato puree to the meat. Allow to simmer on low-medium heat until thoroughly heated, approximately 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. In individual bowls, each person places a large handful of corn chips. Top the corn chips with a spoonful or two of the meat mixture, and then with desired toppings.
--This recipe makes approximately 6-7 cups of meat sauce. An average serving is about a ½ cup of meat sauce to one handful of corn chips. This varies though as some people may prefer more sauce.

Frito Olé - easy one pot dinner & great for tailgating

My fellow #SundaySupper food blogger friends all have some awesome tailgating and game day recipes for you — check them out:

Warm Ups (Appetizers):

Game Time (Main Dishes and Sides):

Overtime (Drinks and Desserts):

 Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here → Sunday Supper Movement.


Frito Olé - easy one pot dinner & great for tailgating

Like this post?
Subscribe to the free Home Cooking Memories Newsletter!



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: