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Hot Cheeto Pie

Julian Rodarte

An American classic gets a remix. Julian's serving up a hot Cheeto pie!

Hot Cheeto Pie

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  • For the chili:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, diced

  • 3 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped

  • 1 pound (80/20) ground beef

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon beef base paste

  • 1 tablespoon chili in adobo

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 2 cups water

  • For garnish:

  • 1 (8.5-ounce) bag Flamin' Hot Cheetos

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1 avocado, diced

  • 1 bunch cilantro, tender stems and leaves only


  1. In a large cast-iron saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until softened and lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Season with salt, pepper, smoked paprika and both chili powders. Stir to combine. Brown the meat for 8 minutes. Add beef base, chili in adobo and flour. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes and water. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes until the liquid is mostly evaporated and the chili is thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  2. In a serving bowl, add 1 cup of Hot Cheetos. Ladle chili on top and garnish with cheese, avocado and cilantro.

Hot Cheeto Pie




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- What up guys? What I got here is the remix baby of an American classic Frito pie turned into Hot Cheeto Pie. That's right, you're definitely gonna wanna check this one out. Got my oil, just gonna hit this in a cast-iron skillet. So first thing I'm gonna do, I'm gonna go in with my onions, throw these in here. Woo and already singing to me. Now, chopped garlic, two of my favorite ingredients to start off almost any dish. You cannot go wrong with onions and garlic. Alright, so we're just gonna allow the flavors to build, to develop. Hit it with a little bit of salt, a little bit of pepper, we're seasoning every ingredient as we go building flavor along the way. Alright, so my onions and garlic they're playing nice together. Now, we're gonna throw in our ground beef. Throw in little pieces of this in different areas of the pan. I'm gonna crank this all the way up, get the party really going. ♪ It's getting hot in this pan ♪ ♪ So saute all of your food ♪ I don't know, making up songs as I go. Alright, continuing to develop flavor now I'm gonna season the meat, some salt, black pepper and our spices. I've got smoked paprika. We've got some chili powder, yes. Ancho chili powder, so this ancho chili powder is gonna be a little bit sweeter and kind of raisiny in flavor. Helps just add another layer, another dimension of flavor to the chili and then right here what I have is some beef base. So, I have chilies in adobo right here that I'm gonna throw in, gonna add another layer of spice, flavor, smokiness. And now what I have here is flour. The reason I have the flour is what we're gonna do is we're gonna thicken this all. It's gonna clump up but that's fine 'cause as soon as you add the water in it'll all kind of mix perfectly together. Adding our crushed tomatoes, you can just get canned crushed tomatoes or get some fresh tomatoes and crush it. Adding my water in. Alright, so I have an avocado. I love avocado. We're not going too traditional on this remix of a Frito pie, so why not add some pizzazz to it? For this recipe, I'm probably just gonna dice up my avocado. Last but not least, my beautiful cilantro here. Stems are okay they have so much flavor packed in them. Okay now my favorite part, time to plate it all together. We've got our Hot Cheetos, just gonna throw it in this bowl. We have our delicious chili right here. Just gonna get a bunch of it and layer it all on top. Mmm. Alright, looks delicious right? Gonna hit it with a cheesy cheddar rain. ♪ Cheddar rain, cheddar rain ♪ Alright, put a little bit of our avocado right on top. And last but not least, cilantro bae. And there you have it, our remix of an American classic, Hot Cheeto pie. Now, I'm totally going to taste this let you know how amazing it is. Check out this cheesy, stringy pool. Oh yeah! That's sexy, alright. Mmm. Guys, that is so delicious. You have to try it. All of those flavors, the crispy crunch of the Hot Cheeto, the spice, the flavor of that chili that we took our time to reduce and cook so nicely, the freshness of the cilantro and then that amazing ooey gooey delicious cheese.