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Frito Pie With Mole Chili Recipe

Total Time:  1 hour, 15 minutes
Yield:  6 cups


  • 2 pounds ground beef (preferably chuck)
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 can (28-ounce) tomato puree
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle chocolate stout beer
  • 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 6 (2-ounce) bags Fritos
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, sliced jalapeños, minced red onion, sliced scallions, cilantro leaves


  • Add beef to a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer beef to a bowl but leave grease in the pan. Return pan to heat, add onion; saute until browned and tender, about 15 minutes. Add garlic and cook until soft and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add cumin, chili powder, oregano, black pepper, paprika, Worcestershire, cayenne, and salt; stir for 1 minute. Add cooked beef, tomato puree, and stout; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 45 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and stir in chocolate until well combined.
  • Divide chili among Fritos bags and garnish with toppings. Don't forget the spoons!
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