Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Kid Friendly Chili {Frito Boats}

When I was growing up, our church always had a food stand at a local fall festival, and we served Frito Boats... lots and lots of Frito Boats! Frito Boats are simply corn chips served with a chili in the middle, and topped with shredded cheese.

Always loved them, but since I really do not enjoy the taste of beans in my chili... my recipe is quite a bit different from what we used to make way back when {more years have passed then I care to admit..LOL}. I have taken my childhood favorite, Frito Boats, and changed it up to fit the picky eaters {my kiddos} at our house while sneaking in a few extra veggies.

Give this tasty Kid Friendly Chili recipe a try one night this fall..... bet they will gobble it down too! =)

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: a little over an hour


~Chili with more of a kid friendly twist! Served on top of Corn Chips and topped with Cheese.

1 Can Tomato Sauce
1 Can petite Diced Tomatoes
3 Cans Water
3-5 teaspoons chili powder
1 clove minced garlic
1 small onion, diced

2 teaspoons black pepper
1 cup diced fresh veggies (banana or green peppers, carrots)
1 pound ground beef/ ground turkey

1 cup whole grain elbow macaroni noodles
1 bag corn chips {Fritos or a similar generic brand}

1. Pour in the Can of Tomato Sauce and then add 3 Cans of water {using the Tomato Can to measure} in a large Sauce Pan on Medium/High Heat. Stir.

2. Next Stir in the Chili Powder, Garlic, Can Diced Tomatoes, Onion, Black Pepper, and Fresh Veggies. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to Medium. Stirring Occasionally. Do Not Cover.

3. While the Tomato mixture is cooking, {don't forget to stir}..... Cook your Ground Beef/ Ground Turkey. When fully cooked, drain and add to the Tomato mixture.

4. Allow to Simmer on Low/Medium Heat for about 30-40 Minutes. Then add the Whole Grain Elbow Macaroni Noodles.

5. Cook for approximately 15 minutes or until the Noodles are soft and have absorbed some of the extra water. {Chili will be Thin... not a chunky texture.}

6. Put enough Corn Chips in your bowls to fully cover the bottom. Add the Chili. Then Top with the Shredded Cheese. And Serve Hot.

* I usually add more Chili powder before adding the Shredded Cheese. Like my Chili Spicy. =)

Enjoy!!! =)


  1. Yum, of course I make this with beans and no macaroni! We love some frito boats!

  2. that sounds delicious!! im going to have to try this =]

  3. Sounds interesting! I'll have to try it!

  4. Oh I have been wanting to try this!! Thank you!!

  5. Sounds yummy thanks for the recipe I'll give a try for sure since I'm not a fan of beans

  6. Love Frito boats...of course, I leave in the beans and absolutely add some extra chili pepper! Was planning to make taco soup this weekend but may have to change to Frito boats!

  7. I'll have to send this to my sister! She's not big on cooking, but this is something she can make and I'm sure her kids would love. THANKS SO MUCH for sharing!!!

  8. I love Frito Boats (I call it Frito pie though)! It is delicious and kids love it.

  9. I pinned this, and it sounds great! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I love to do my daily historical posts as well!

  10. Sounds so yummy!I can't wait to try it!

  11. I LOVE chili. I hope my kids will like this. Then I can make it more often :)

  12. I love Chilli, but my kids don't like it the way I make it. Maybe they will like this recipe better its sounds super yummy!

  13. Great recipe! I think this would be perfect for this weekend - we are waiting for very cold weather coming our way. I could definitely use some hot chili to keep me warm!

  14. This looks and sounds yummy! I should add this to our menu next week.

  15. They used to have something like this at our school for lunch... they would take a frito bag of chips, open it and pour in chili, Cheese, etc. It was yummy!

  16. This recipe sounds delish! And, you are right... kid friendly!! I'm going to HAVE to try this :)

  17. YUM! My husband is in love with stuff like this!

  18. I used to eat Frito pie all the time as a kid. Ou4r kids eat it, but I haven't had it in years.


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