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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. A whole 1/2 cup of chili powder gives it plenty of punch, but be sure to use mild chili powder. If you have spicier chili powder, start with 1 to 2 tablespoons and taste as you go. Top with tomato, lettuce and just a little cheese (hold the Whiz, please).

Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2012

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Position racks in middle and lower third of oven; preheat to 375 degrees F.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 jalapenos (if desired).

Tips

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

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

446 calories; protein 29g; carbohydrates 48.1g; dietary fiber 13.9g; sugars 7.6g; fat 17.4g; saturated fat 7.1g; cholesterol 58.3mg; vitamin a iu 4374.7IU; vitamin c 27.4mg; folate 91.5mcg; calcium 368mg; iron 5.4mg; magnesium 105.2mg; potassium 1069.7mg; sodium 824.8mg; thiamin 0.8mg.

2 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 high-fat meat

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