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Classic Frito pie is a pile of Fritos topped with beefy chili and runny cheese often made straight in the chip bag! Our refined and lightened version is fresh-tasting and delicious.


1 Tbsp canola oil1 large onion, chopped1 lb 93%-lean ground turkey½ cup chili powder1 tsp ground cumin1 large zucchini, shredded28 oz can diced tomato1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth or chicken broth16 5- to 6-inch corn tortilla cooking spray, preferably canola oil30 oz can red kidney beans, rinsed, divided2 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese or sharp Cheddar cheese1 medium tomato, diced2 cup shredded romaine lettuce1 bunch scallion, sliced pickled jalapeños (for garnish)


1. Position racks in middle and lower third of oven; preheat to 375°F.

2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and turkey; cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until the turkey is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder and cumin; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add zucchini, tomatoes and broth and bring to a simmer. Partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally and maintaining a simmer, for 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, coat both sides of each tortilla with cooking spray. Cut them in half, then cut each half into 1-inch strips. Spread the strips on 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Bake, rotating the pans from top to bottom and stirring halfway through, until crisp, about 25 minutes.

4. Mash 1 cup beans in a bowl. After the chili has simmered for 30 minutes, stir in the mashed beans and whole beans. Cook until the beans are heated through, about 3 minutes more.

5. To serve, place about 3/4 cup tortilla strips in each of 8 shallow bowls. Ladle about 1 1/4 cups chili on top. Garnish with cheese, tomato, lettuce, scallions and pickled jalapeños (if desired).

To Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate the chili (Steps 2 & 4) for up to 2 days.

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Tags: Main Dish, Dinner, Cheese, Turkey, Bean & Legume, Southwestern, Easy, Baking, Super Bowl, Big Game Party, Tailgating

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