So, I can't stop thinking about Frito pies, mainly because I haven't eaten much today and I'm hungry as fuck right now, but I am also getting ready to finish up this design assignment tomorrow for a possible job position, so I don't want to bask in the deliciousness of a Frito pie until I take care of my priorities, (so the Frito pie festivities will have to wait until tomorrow night).
So, what is a Frito pie?
Frito pie is a dish made with chili, cheese, and corn chips. Optional additions include salsa, refried beans, rice, mustard, and jalapeños, among others. Frito pie is typically made by combining Fritos or other corn chips with chili and cheese in a large pan and baking it as a casserole. Because so many chips are used in the dish, they tend to be moistened but not soggy from the chili.
In New Mexican cuisine, Fritos are placed in single serving bowls and are covered with plain pinto beans, chili Colorado with or without meat, and shredded cheddar cheese. Diced onions, tomatoes and lettuce are often used as toppings.
An alternative method uses a small, single-serving bag of corn chips, with chili or taco meat poured over the top. The combination is then often finished with grated cheese, onions, jalapeños, lettuce, and sour cream. This second method is sometimes called a Frito boat or a walking taco in the Midwestern United States, while in the Ohio Valley region, it is commonly called taco-in-a-bag. Frito pies are popular at sports venues, fundraisers, bingos, open houses, state fairs and street vendors.
So that sounds great, right? It's a fantastic combination. I had it once when I worked at Fry's Electronics (many a year ago), and well, the craving just randomly hit me. I usually take mine with chili, mexican three cheese (tons of it), and sour cream. Man, I'm so goddamn hungry.
So, let's talk about possible other food combinations with a Frito pie. Cucumbers? That sounds pretty good, actually. No, I don't add any spices or hot sauces to it because I'm not a fan of spicy foods.
EDIT: To give a bit of a random backstory since I've been on my own, I've taken a ridiculously obsessive habit of cooking and making all of my own meals from scratch. I'm not a huge fan of buying pre-put-together meals. I prefer to buy everything and cook it myself. I find it just tastes better, especially when you get fresh, good ingredients, and I can usually adjust the flavor a bit on a dime if I'm feeling something specific.