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Frito Pie

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This recipe comes to you courtesy of my friend, Jill of Baby Rabies. She just got back from BlogHer; But back when she first started planning for BlogHer she found a restaurant in NY that she really wanted to go to for the purpose of Frito Pie. I told her it was a shame that she was going all the way from Texas to NY for Frito Pie!! haha. By the way, Jill, did you actually go get some Frito pie?? Anyway, I just could not get Frito Pie out of my head after that. My cravings for foods will go on for weeks. Most people seem to forget their cravings after a few days, but not me. Weeks and even months can be spent dreaming of certain foods. So I spent weeks dreaming of Fall Weather & camping so that I’d have an excuse to make some Frito Pie. But who can wait, and why do I need an excuse for frito pie?? I came up with an excuse anyway. Hubby was scheduled to go camping a few weekends ago while I was away at girls’ weekend with my cousins (I don’t camp when its 100 degrees outside. Its not good for my marriage. ha!) Anyway, I said scheduled because his truck broke down 1.5 hours away from home (& 3 hours from where I was which ended up cutting my girls’ weekend short). Two days and $500 later, he was without camping trip and a grumpy fellow. But he’s headed back for attempt #2 this weekend and he will be taking leftover frozen chili & fritos to make some frito pie. :-)

Really, you can use any chili recipe you please for Frito pie. I modified my Texas Chili recipe to utilize ground beef and I changed the spices a little bit. Not a fan of beans? Leave them out. I however am generally a fan of beans so into my chili they go! The formula for frito pie is simple: fritos & chili + toppings of choice. Cheese is a must; everything else is just icing on the cake. You can even buy smaller bags of fritos and just dump the chili & toppings right into the bag! Delish!

Frito Pie

1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 can Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chiles)
1/2 c beef broth
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 large gloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp ancho chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp tomato paste
Salt & Black pepper to taste
1 (15 oz) cans beans, drained (optional)

Frito Pie:
4 cups of Fritos
4 cups of chili
Garnish as desired: shredded cheese, onion, sour cream, jalapenos, etc.

To make chili: In a large dutch oven, add ground beef. Season with salt & freshly ground black pepper. Stir occasionally, until browned (drain excess fat if desired). Over medium heat, add onions & garlic and saute, stirring occasionally until softened and aromatic. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, Rotel, cocoa powder,  tomato paste and beef broth. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour, or longer (add beef broth if needed). If desired, add drained beans and allow to simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Season with salt & pepper as desired.

For Frito Pie: For each frito pie, spoon one cup of chili over one cup of Fritos. Garnish as desired — we like shredded cheddar & diced onions.

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Jessica @ How Sweet August 12, 2010 at 6:26 am

This sounds awesome! I have a big tub of chili in my fridge that I defrosted on Monday for my husband. Thinking I could do this tonight or tomorrow for dinner!


Mario August 12, 2010 at 9:13 am

Reminds me of Texas as a kid. Right by our school there was a lady who sold candy, sodas and Frito pies from this lil shack next to her house. Nothing like eating it right from the bag.


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

i have been craving this for who knows how long! i think this is a sign i need to make it STAT :)


Jill @BabyRabies August 12, 2010 at 10:17 am

I love you for this!! I’m going to have to have Scott make some for me this weekend. He’ll love any excuse to make his great chili. And no, I didn’t get to go! I barely had time to shove a deli panini in my face while I was there, let alone set out to find NYC Frito Pie. Oh well, that’s the beauty of living in TX :)


Terri @inspiredelight August 13, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Ashley & Jill –
Have you ever had the Frito pie at Lambert’s in downtown Austin? In the bar they offer a Barbecue Frito Pie….amazing. I am hoping you have tried it, if not you need to….I would love to see your recreation Ashley. Now I am wanting Frito pie!!!!!


Brian August 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

I grew up in Oklahoma. We used to have this every week for school lunch. Now I live in Madison, Wisconsin… there’s a place called Tex Tubb’s that has pretty good tacos and such, but their Frito Pie is so sad that it made this Okie wanna weep. THIS is a full-on Frito Pie. Thanks for sharing it!


Adam August 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Fritos are my kryptonite. This looks awesome.


Kath August 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm

My husband loves Fritos so much! When he was single, he used to have Fritos and peanut butter for dinner! I think he would love this. ;)


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