Easy Frito Bowls with Meat Sauce is an easy dinner that’s great for family dinners or when you have a crowd to feed. With only a few ingredients, plus your favorite toppings to choose from, it’s a crowd pleaser.
Frito Bowls with Meat Sauce 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.
This recipe is extremely versatile. We have the recipe that we usually use at the bottom of this post, but some of the changes you can make are:
- Less or more ground beef
- Add a can of black beans or pinto beans
- Go meatless and use only beans and/or vegetables, like onions, peppers, squash, corn, etc.
- Add drained diced tomatoes with the tomato puree if you like things a bit more chunky.
We do recommend using a good quality tomato puree that says “not from concentrate”. Recently we’ve been really enjoying Cento Tomato Puree, which you can buy in grocery stores in the canned tomato aisle or online.
For the salsa, use a salsa that you enjoy, with plenty of flavor. We recommend using a chunky salsa.
Frito Bowls with Meat Sauce also double or triple 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, cook up 1 pound of ground beef or turkey with chopped onion. A can of tomato puree, a jar of salsa, and some chili powder are mixed in. All of this is heated up and simmered a bit. Each person puts a big handful of corn chips into their own bowl and spoons the meat mixture over them.
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 Bowl looks different.
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Easy Frito Bowls with Meat Sauce Recipe
- Yield: About 5 servings
- 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 29 oz can tomato puree
- 24 oz chunky salsa
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- Corn Chips (like Fritos)
- Optional Toppings: shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, avocado, guacamole, sliced jalapenos, etc.
- In pot, cook ground beef or turkey until done; drain if necessary.
- Add salsa and tomato puree to the meat. Allow to simmer on low-medium heat until thoroughly heated, approximately 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- 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 cups of meat sauce. An average serving is about 1 cup of meat sauce to a handful (or so) of corn chips. This varies though as some people may prefer more sauce.
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