Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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.