A few weeks ago, Gabby asked me about Frito Pie. I can’t remember her specific question, but it was basically something like ‘Um, what?’
And here I thought Frito Pie was a universal thing…I do know that it’s definitely a Texas thing. Most specifically, it’s a Friday Night Football Game thing. In fact, I spent most of my formative years at my brother’s football/baseball/soccer games eating up some FFA Concession Stand FP. For sure. And throughout the decades, a Concession Stand Frito P recipe simply consisted of a bag of Fritos, chili from a crock pot, shredded cheese (or worse, nacho cheese), onions and jalapenos. Piled up, in that order. Perfection.
(I must add, this dish does go best with a bottle of RC Cola or Big Red…and please know, if you don’t know, that Big Red is basically liquid crack chock full of Red #40 and Sugar. I don’t recommend it for your health. But it sure is good with Frito Pie.)
Now, a Frito Pie recipe is kind of like a taco recipe…grab a tortilla and whatever goes. In this case, as long as you have some Fritos to pile things upon, you’re good. So start with Fritos and on top of that just add anything. Bison? Sure. Goat cheese and cilantro? Why not. Tofu? Well, maybe not anything.
My latest favorite Frito Pie: This great BBQ restaurant in Kyle called Milts (they will be on my developing Underrated Restaurants in Central Texas list…watch for it) makes something called “The Haystack,” which is really just a Frito Pie on overdrive. A ginornous pile of Fritos topped with chopped beef, Lockhart sausage, beans, cheese, onions, and the list goes on. It’s basically ridiculous…and so good. You should go there.
So how should you make a Frito Pie? Well, any way you’d like, really.
But let’s not overcomplicate this.
What I’d do is make Gabby’s Chili Recipe. And then pile that award winning chili con beans concoction on Fritos, add shredded cheese, chopped onions and jalapenos and call it a day. But I’m old school.
In fact, I’m real old school, y’all. I’d just cut a bag of Fritos open, length-wise, and pile the goods in straight there. Add a plastic fork and you’re done. Easy, portable, great for Tailgates and other outdoor casual things.
So good. So easy. And trust me. You won’t be disappointed.
Frito Pie is one of 10 Tips to a Great Tailgate over at Babble today. Check out the rest of them there. Cheers!