Everyone needs a go to comfort food and by far our family’s is Frito pie chili Mac. This recipe is so versatile, you can literally put whatever you want in it as far as vegetables and you have the choice of making it with turkey or beef. I tend to go the Turkey route, but beef is just as good.
What you’ll need:
1-2 lbs Ground beef or turkey
1 Can black beans
1 large can ranch style beans
2-3 cans chili beans
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 small package button mushrooms (sliced or whole, your preference but they are diced in the recipe)
1 large yellow onion
2 packets chili seasoning (especially if you’re using turkey)
Smidge olive oil
1 package noodles (your choice)
Shredded cheese (I use the Colby jack)
Sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt for a healthier version- this is what I use)
Fritos or corn chips
First dice onion and mushrooms and sauté in large Dutch oven with olive oil over medium high heat for about ten minutes.
Then add cans of stewed tomatoes, ground turkey or beef and seasoning packets to the veggies and let simmer for about ten minutes.
Next add all the beans and stir. Taste for seasoning- I usually add some onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin to turkey with the seasoning packs. If you’re using ground beef, you may not need to do this. Turkey is notoriously flavorless.
Simmer on medium heat for twenty minutes or so.
Then prepare noodles according to the directions on the box. I like my noodles a little bit tougher so I usually cook them about two minutes less than the box suggests. It just depends on your taste.
Finally it’s time to assemble your Frito pie chili Mac. First, layer a bowl with noodles, then pour chili over it and add cheese, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, and top it with Fritos or corn chips. You can also add jalapeños or whatever other toppings you like. Then just stir that all up and enjoy!