Frito Pie Sloppy Joes

6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Frito Pie Sloppy Joes made with enchilada sauce, ranch beans, and shredded cheddar on a brioche bun ready in under 30 minutes will remind you of your favorite Frito Pie!

Who wouldn’t love a dinner of Ultimate Sloppy Joes meets Frito Pie? Cheesy, Frito-ey, meat and ranch beans covered in cheddar cheese? Yes please!

Frito Pie Sloppy Joes


We’re totally in love with this sloppy joes series, so much so that we’ve taken it to a whole new level by by incorporating a ton of awesome comfort food dishes into easy to make versions, like these BBQ Beef Sloppy Joes, Pizza Sloppy Joes, and Chicken Parmesan Sloppy Joes!

I love blending recipes together, especially when it comes to this sloppy joe series. Today’s sandwich is a take on my Frito Pie recipe in the form of a deliciously simple sloppy joe! This is already kid tested and approved. In fact, my youngest even asked for a second helping, which almost never happens!

This sloppy joe is one of my favorites so far. It has an awesome blend of southwestern flavors going on here, with a crispy crunchy Fritos topping that just takes them over the edge.

How To Make Frito Pie Sloppy Joes

  • Brown ground beef with onions oven medium heat, breaking the meat apart as it cooks.
  • Add enchilada sauce, tomato sauce, and ranch beans. Cook until sauce thickens.
  • Add shredded cheddar cheese and stir until melted.
  • Top brioche buns with ground beef mixture. Add green onions on top if desired.
  • Then top with Fritos corn chips and serve.


Frito Pie meets Sloppy Joes!

What Are Ranch Style Beans?

Ranch style beans are a type of canned beans that have a lot of southwestern spices added to them. You can also make these at home with the right blend of spices, but for this recipe I like to keep it easy and just pick up the can at the store.

Tips For Frito Pie Sloppy Joes

  • Don’t rush the sauce, or cook it for too long. The trick is to let the sauce evaporate enough so it becomes thicker and more “sloppy”, but not to cook all of the sauce off leaving the meat too dry.
  • Make sure the onions are softened when you’re cooking them with the meat, so you don’t get any bites of raw onion.
  • You can swap out the ground beef for ground chicken or turkey, if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Sometimes I use a packet of taco seasoning in this, and add some chopped bell pepper to the first step.

I’d love to know how it turns out for you so if you do make the recipe pretty please come back and leave a comment letting me know how you enjoyed them. This recipe, like our Tater Tot Casserole (linked below) is a kid favorite your family will LOVE!

Frito Pie Sloppy Joes

We put a ton of effort into recipe testing 40 Sloppy Joes for this weekly series, and because you all have gone nuts for them we’re going to keep them coming. So be sure to check in every week!

Don’t forget if you enjoy this recipe on Wednesday we’ll be having it at the same time! If you have an questions or reviews of the recipe please leave them below!


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Frito Pie Sloppy Joes

Frito Pie Sloppy Joes made with enchilada sauce, ranch beans, and shredded cheddar on a brioche bun ready in under 30 minutes will remind you of your favorite frito pie!
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Sandwich
Cuisine Mexican
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound ground beef , (85/15)
  • 1 yellow onion , chopped
  • 1 can ranch beans
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese , shredded
  • 2 green onions , thinly sliced (optional)
  • 6 brioche buns
  • 2 cups Fritos Corn Chips


  • Cook the ground beef and onions over medium heat, breaking it into crumbles, until onions are caramelized, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, enchilada sauce, and beans. Cook until sauce reduces slightly and mixture is "sloppy" (this should take another 5-6 minutes). 
  • Top brioche bun with beef mixture, then cheddar cheese and Frito chips. Add green onions if desired. 


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.


Calories: 590kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 1212mg | Potassium: 564mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 861IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 384mg | Iron: 5mg
Keyword: frito pie sloppy joes

Frito Pie Sloppy Joes

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Makes six servings but only requires 4 buns ? I’m confused ? Trying to figure out nutritional info but that complicates things

    1. Yeah that is confusing, it should be 6 servings with 6 buns. I am re-running the nutritionals on it now. Sorry about that!

  2. Tried it over rice. Also snuck in some diced zucchini toward the end of cooking the burger and onion and put in 2 cups of enchilada sauce and didn’t use the tomato sauce. Served as a rice bowl with toppings on bean/hamburger mixture of diced fresh tomato, olives, shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. No Fritos in the pantry but was so good anyway…will be serving again and again.

  3. We love frito pie at my house, so these would be a hit! I love that you actually add some of the fritos to the sloppy joes. What a yummy crunch!