Southwest Frito Pie
2 lbs lean ground beef ( 90% lean)
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups water
1 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
4 1/2 cups corn chips
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup chopped tomato
6 tablespoons finely chopped onions
sour cream and minced fresh cilantro (optional)
In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the chili powder, flour, salt and garlic powder until blended; gradually stir in water.
Add the beans, if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 12-15 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
To serve, divide chips among six serving bowls. Top with beef mixture, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and onion; garnish with sour cream and cilantro, if desired.
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