Texas Straw Hat

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Also called Frito Pie, these Texas Straw Hats are an easy meal that are satisfying and quick for weeknight prep! Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

texas straw hat

Today I’m bringing you another easy ground beef recipe. Don’t you just love recipes that use the words “easy” and “ground beef”? For me, that spells food for the masses! This one is also easy to tailor to what you have on hand so don’t go out buying special ingredients if you don’t already have them. Feel free to add drained diced tomatoes or tomato sauce in lieu of the tomato paste, leave out the thyme if you like, and just add a little extra chili powder. Cook it until it is nice and thick for layering and you’ve essentially just made yourself a Frito Chili Pie. 

Check out some of my other easy meals like Cream Cheese Chicken EnchiladasFiesta Taco SaladEasy Skillet Chili BakeEasy Taco Soup, and Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa Tacos.

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Texas Straw Hats:

ingredients for texas straw hats

  • ground beef
  • chili powder
  • tomato paste
  • onion
  • pepper
  • thyme
  • salt
  • fritos
  • cheese

Quick tip! Sometimes I make the meat up and then just pop whatever is left in the fridge so throughout the week if anyone is hungry they can just heat up some meat and toss it on some corn chips! It’s kinda like my pizza rolls, gives you some time off from cooking later 🙂 

Helpful Kitchen Tools

How to Make Texas Straw Hats:

brown the beef and onion together

Brown your beef and onion together.

Use this amazing Ground Beef Chopper while you brown your meat. This is one of my very favorite cooking implements. It makes browning ground beef SO much easier, AND is under $5!

Another quick ground beef tip: Usually I have my beef all browned and in the freezer and just take out a bag to use in order to cut out this extra step

drain grease and add tomato paste

Drain your grease off good and add tomato paste…

add spices

then add Salt, Pepper, Thyme and Chili powder.

add Worcestershire

and Worcestershire sauce.

pour in water
and pour in your water.

stir and bring to a boil

Stir all of that up good and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for twenty minutes, stirring occasionally.

How to Serve Texas Straw Hats:

Serve hot atop corn chips! Top with your favorite toppings. Some of our suggestions are:

  • cheese
  • sour cream
  • tomato
  • avocado
  • lettuce (make it a taco salad and add a yummy dressing!)
  • your favorite salsa
  • guacamole



Texas Straw Hat


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1 c chopped onion
  • 1 c water
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • 2 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • corn chips


  • Brown beef and onion in a skillet. Drain off grease. Add all other ingredients except corn chips and cheese. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for twenty minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve atop corn chips, topped with cheese.
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  1. 4 stars
    I added a chopped poblano pepper with the onion, and used a packet of lower salt taco seasoning in place of the other seasonings…was easy, tasty and different

  2. Is there not a recipe card for the Texas Straw Hat recipe? Can’t make the recipe if I can’t print it.

    If there is no way to print your recipes I will be so SAD!

  3. This recipe does not contain the “print” button or the ingredient measurements. Would you please provide the actual recipe. Thank you

  4. When I lived in Bastrop, Tx we had a little hole in the wall who used to serve this daily. It was one of our favorites. Have tried to recreate over the years since we moved but nothing comes close. This looks like it might be the one. I have all of the recipe except the meat is frozen. Looks like I’ll be having this tomorrow night for dinner. Fingers crossed.

  5. My mother used to make this when I was a little girl. I found your cookbook recently and when I saw it, I had to see if it was as good as I remembered.

    It was! Thank you for posting this.

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