#1 Edited by Napalm (9020 posts) -

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.

Mmmm.

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.

#2 Posted by SexyToad (2760 posts) -

My family make those every so often. They are goooood...

#3 Posted by Jams (2961 posts) -

That looks like a Frito boat to me. Stick a hot dog in that mother fucker and chow son!

#4 Posted by Bumpton (447 posts) -

Please tell me you make your own homemade Fritos also...

I totally understand and can relate to this craving though. Frito pies are fucking great! Here's another crazy idea though: chili, cheese, and .... wait for it ... Corn Nuts. All the awesome crunch and flavor of Fritos without worrying about them getting soggy. If you like Frito pies, I can almost guarantee you'll like this.

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#5 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3052 posts) -

That sounds delicious as hell.

#6 Posted by Portis (1287 posts) -

Gross.

#7 Posted by bybeach (4832 posts) -

Too heavy(the food I mean) Sure I would have liked it at one time long ago...

#8 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

Frito Pies sounds disgusting. Me and my baseball team call them Pepper Bellies and they are great.

#9 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

Frito Pies sounds disgusting. Me and my baseball team call them Pepper Bellies and they are great.

Pepper bellies is literally the worst name for anything ever. It sounds like a stand-in for, "the shits".

"Ah man, I had a violent case of the pepper bellies this morning. I couldn't even go to work! It was just heave-ho in my bowels for like four hours!"

@Portis said:

Gross.

You're gross.

@ShadowConqueror said:

That sounds delicious as hell.

It is delicious as hell and I can't wait to make it. Thankfully it's simple and quick!

@Bumpton said:

Please tell me you make your own homemade Fritos also...

I totally understand and can relate to this craving though. Frito pies are fucking great! Here's another crazy idea though: chili, cheese, and .... wait for it ... Corn Nuts. All the awesome crunch and flavor of Fritos without worrying about them getting soggy. If you like Frito pies, I can almost guarantee you'll like this.

Corn nuts? Too hard.

@Jams said:

That looks like a Frito boat to me. Stick a hot dog in that mother fucker and chow son!

A Frito boat is the same thing, except it's in an actual Frito bag, and the ingredients are a bit different.

#10 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

This dish STINKS!

#11 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

@Napalm: TAKE IT BACK!

#12 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Sounds good, I would drown that shit in salsa.

#13 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@TheHumanDove said:

This dish STINKS!

You stink. You stinker.

@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

@Napalm: TAKE IT BACK!

No! Pepper belly just makes me sick just thinking about that name.

#14 Posted by bybeach (4832 posts) -

You know where I sync with this..Not near the same thing but yet...tacos. And it comes down to this, I cannot stand anything but yellow corn shells for them. Did the healthy whole grain approach..they suck! So I just go a bit light on the meat(equiv. to your chilli) and long on lettuce avocado tomatoe and back to the bad, cheese. and salsa/sauce.

This is closest I'll come anymore, but it's got to be yellow corn shells. I know it's not the same, but they are in the same movie..

#15 Posted by Sploder (917 posts) -

Ehh I'm not really a fan of mexican food. Fajitas are nice though.

#16 Posted by Brandino (251 posts) -

I love every incarnation of chili, especially the pie. But i have acid reflux and chili destroys my insides so i don't eat it often.

#17 Posted by Dallas_Raines (2161 posts) -

I only know of this 'dish' because of King of The Hill.

#18 Edited by Silvergun (297 posts) -

For the 'authentic' frito pie experience, dump the chili and cheese right into the frito bag and eat it right out of it.

Also, this is basically the southwestern version of hot dish isn't it?

#19 Posted by RollingZeppelin (1976 posts) -

Arent these just called nachos?

#20 Edited by NTM (7383 posts) -

Yeah, my mom makes that, and it's so good, but that's not what we call it. I don't know why, but we call it Tom's stuff. Maybe when my brother was younger he looked at some recipes and chose that, but I don't know. While it is pretty much the same ingredients, it doesn't look exactly like that. I've been wondering what the heck that was, but I just assumed it was my family's creation. That's crazy. We always have the Fritos on top with the cheese, and then the chili underneath, with some other stuff as well. It's also not a small dish.

It looks a little more like this, as shown on the Wikipedia page.

I guess this isn't big in WA, 'cause I've never seen this before now other than from my own family. Thanks though, now I know what this is. It's dinner. The food isn't really messy either as shown in most pictures. I would have never thought of putting the ingredients right in the bag of chips, that's just weird.

#21 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

So, the Frito pie was very successful. And it also took me out after half the bowl. I couldn't finish, so I'm going to throw some foil over the top and heat it up another night, and we shall do battle again!

We shall do battle again! This is not over!

#22 Posted by Butano (1738 posts) -

Huh. I've always just cooked a can of chili with cheese and maybe some salsa or jalepenos, and then basically use it as dip with my corn chips. Never had a thought to ever cook the chips as well.

#23 Posted by EVO (3913 posts) -

@RollingZeppelin said:

Arent these just called nachos?

It's a reboot.

#24 Posted by laserbolts (5322 posts) -

Never had it before but it looks delicious in that picture.

#25 Posted by c_rakestraw (853 posts) -

Man, it's been too long since I've had one of those. I need to get a hold of some fritos.

#26 Posted by teh_destroyer (3567 posts) -

Damn, I hate you for posting that.

#27 Posted by dungbootle (2457 posts) -

@EVO said:

@RollingZeppelin said:

Arent these just called nachos?

It's a reboot.

The Nachos.

#28 Posted by OneManX (1693 posts) -

Same with me, everytime I eat one, I eat about half of it, up front, then eat the rest the next day or so.

And yeah, it's basically nachos.

#29 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@OneManX said:

Same with me, everytime I eat one, I eat about half of it, up front, then eat the rest the next day or so.

And yeah, it's basically nachos.

I actually just polished it off about an hour later. Big mistake. I should've waited at least two.

@teh_destroyer said:

Damn, I hate you for posting that.

Love me. :D

@laserbolts said:

Never had it before but it looks delicious in that picture.

It is delicious! Maybe a bit too much sour cream. I probably shouldn't have added so much extra on top. There was already a nice layer underneath the chili to prevent sogginess of the chips on the bottom.

#30 Posted by slowbird (1710 posts) -

Sonic (the drive-in, not the hedgehog) has those on their menu as a side dish. But I would just get it as a meal.

#31 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

@Napalm: YOU MAKE ME SICK.

#32 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

@Napalm: YOU MAKE ME SICK.

What? Why?!

#33 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

@Napalm said:

@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

@Napalm: YOU MAKE ME SICK.

What? Why?!

LOL I should have quoted you. This was in reply to your comment about Pepper Bellies.

#34 Posted by handlas (2683 posts) -

Chilli Cheese Wraps are better.

Take all that and wrap it in a tortilla. Yummmmmyyyyyyyy.