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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Chili Redux - Frito Chili Pie

Hungry?  Have stuff that you need to use up in your fridge?  This is a great example of how to do that.  It's called Frito Chili Pie.  I'm sure my local friends are groaning and saying, "Really?  You're using that as a recipe of sorts?"  Well, yes.  Because I realize not everyone knows how to make this awesome stuff.  Technically, it might also be classified as what we call broke food, but sometimes broke food is the best.  (Broke food:  Anything that is yummy, filling, sometimes made from weird ingredients, and will feed you until payday.) 

I made a pot of crock pot chili a couple of days ago.  Now there's a little bit left, and we're tired of just eating straight bowls of chili.  This is our way of changing things up while still using the leftover chili.  I'll also have some things for substitutions/additions below.  

Traditional Frito Chili Pie 
A handful of crushed Frito's corn chips*
About 3/4 to 1 cup prepared chili
Shredded cheese 
Diced onions 

Additions and substitutions:   
Crumbled tortilla chips instead of Fritos 
Sour cream
Sliced black or green olives
Shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes or your little bit of leftover salad 
Wrap it all in a tortilla, and cover with salsa 

*If you want a real tailgate party, ballgame concession stand Frito chili pie, then you get an individual-size bag of Fritos (those tiny ones you get in the mlutipacks), crush the Fritos inside, slit it open lengthways, and dump your chili fixings in.  Eat straight out of the bag with a plastic spoon while wrapped in a fleece throw, sitting at a football game.



  1. I'm not crushing all those Fritos up. That's too much like cooking. We just put them in the bowl and pour the chili over them. No muss, no fuss. :-D

    If we think really, really hard, we freeze that last little bit of chili and then someday we have easy peasy chili dogs with good chili. It makes for a nice different use of the chili and since you don't need a lot, it's a good use of that little bit you haven't eaten.

    1. If you're feeling adventurous, you can add that dab of chili to what we call trashcan stew. That's beef and leftovers from cooked veggies. It adds an interesting and spicy flavor.

      If you're really lazy, like we are, instead of firing up the grill, you pull the burner cover off the stove, stick a weenie on a fork, and roast it over the gas flame from the burner. :D