Frito Pie

My friend at myfarmhousekitchen asked me if I had a recipe for Frito Pies. I hadn't thought about them in years. We spent a lot of time in Sante Fe over the years and the first thing my kids wanted when we hit town was to go to the plaza and buy a Frito Pie. I decided so surprise the Blog Tech and make them for him. He was very happy!

First you need some good chili and after years of making very complicated chilies, I have settled on making this recipe and only this one. And it is easy.

Start by sauteing a large onion in a bit of oil.

Add some diced Poblano peppers.

Add some red bell pepper.

Add some diced celery.

Then add ground beef. I used about 2 pounds.

Add 3 tablespoons of cumin, 3 tablespoons of granulated garlic and 4 tablespoons of a chili seasoning.

I use CaBoom because it is simply the best. You can order it online.

I add about 3 tablespoons of spicy chili powder.

And the same amount of mild chili powder.

Add a large can of crushed tomatoes.

Then add about 3 cups of tomato juice.

I was out of all beans except black ones so that is what I used. 2 cans.

Add 2-3 tablespoons of black pepper, 3 teaspoons of sea salt and 3 tablespoons of oregano.

Add 4 tablespoons of sugar.

It needs a little kick so add some hot sauce. I LOVE Gator Hammock. It can also be ordered online, just google it.

This cooks for 1 hour in a 350 degree oven.

Put some of the chili in a big bowl and top it with shredded cheddar cheese and diced onions. Surround it with Fritos and serve. I used Frito Scoops.

This is great party fare. When my kids were small, I would use individual bags of Fritos, open them and drizzle chili into the bag, top it with the cheese and onions and serve it with a plastic spoon. This was a great hit at their birthday parties.


laurie said…
you know I look forward everyday to read your blog.i started reading it years ago and quietly savoured every word,, checking daily.i was having some serious health issues and having you and a couple of others to count on passed my day and took my mind from things.Now I am blogging right along with you all and I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying getting to actually know the person behind the words.Just thought I'd say,,
I´ve never heard of tis before but it looks delicious. But it looks to be very, very strong :-)

Have a great day!
Fabulous and left over chili to do it again.

Thank you.

xoxo to my favorite Redhead - Teddy Red Fluffs.
Pricilla said…
I have never heard of Frito pie
Freckles said…
I squeed a little bit (ok, a lot) when I saw this. I LOVE Frito pie. There's nothing like it in the world! I crave it sometimes. Yuuummm.
SharleneT said…
Why did you leave out the Tabasco Sauce? Wouldn't that have given it some fire?!?!?!? What a fantastic idea -- a Fritos Pie. I confess I've never heard of it, before, but will definitely have it on my party list from now on! Thanks for sharing a 'hot' idea!
Creepy Glowbugg said…
Get out of my head! I just said to my husband last night, "I want to make Frito Pie. I need to find a receipe".
Receipe found indeed! Thank you!
My Grandma made this for me when I would visit her in Texas. Great flavor and even better memories!
I haven't made this in a hundred years. I have your homemade chili in the freezer. This is dinner tomorrow night. Thank You!
Mina said…
What a fabulous party idea for kids. I would have never thought about that.
Joyce, you are such an amazing cook.
Kary wanted me to let you know her computer is down for the week, she is devastated and misses you!
So sending love from Kary and Teddy
Chowz Creations said…
Looks yummy. I'm missing my daily fix of Octoberfarm. Since you never miss a day - hope everything is alright!! Thinking of you.
Suzie said…
I'm loving this. . whenever my hubby (who walks the grocery store with me to get some needed exercise) sees me putting ingredients for chili in the cart, always grabs a bag (or two) of scoops when we get to the snack aisle! He doesn't cook, and usually doesn't pay any attention to what I'm buying, except for chili. .then he double checks to make sure that we have the scoops, cheese and onions.

I love your idea of putting the chili & toppings in a bag of Fritos. .I don't dare tell Hubs about that though. .he'll be wanting to skip the bowl the next time!