Kimchi Frito Pie

Photographs: Marvin Gapultos

About the author: Marvin Gapultos is the author of the Filipino food blog, Burnt Lumpia. His first cookbook is due out in 2013. When he isn't cooking or writing about Filipino food, Marvin is usually enjoying a beer or cocktail, and thinking about what to eat with said beer or cocktail. You can follow him on Twitter @BurntLumpia.

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Kimchi Frito Pie

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 6 to 8
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:15 minutes
Special equipment:large wok or sauté pan
This recipe appears in: Bar Bites: Kimchi Frito Pie


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 medium cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup homemade or store-bought low sodium chicken or beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups roughly chopped kimchi
  • 8 bags of individual-sized Fritos corn chips
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish
  • Roughly chopped cilantro, for garnish


  1. 1

    Heat both of the oils in a large wok over high heat until shimmering. Add the ginger, garlic, and the white parts of the onions and stir-fry just until the garlic begins to brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

  2. 2

    Add the beef and break the beef up using a wooden spoon or spatula. Stir-fry the beef until it is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the pepper, soy sauce, and sugar and stir to combine. Whisk the beef stock and cornstarch together in a small bowl, then pour the mixture into the wok. Continue to stir and cook until the liquid reduces and thickens, 3-4 minutes.

  3. 3

    Stir in the kimchi and cook just until the kimchi is warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes. Open one end of each of the Frito bags, then spoon some of the kimchi beef mixture into each bag. Garnish with shredded cheese, cilantro, and the rest of the green onions and serve immediately.

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