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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Ted Keane, Jun 10, 2021 at 6:23 PM.
You will become addicted again. Your wife will have to do an intervention.
Frito Pie was a staple when I was growing up in the '50s.
We (three brothers) would beg my mom for more Frito Pie! Yum.
Frito pie is its own thing, a Texas original I believe. The first time I had it, on a visit to Dallas, it blew my mind. Somehow, regular old Fritos are the best possible accompaniment to a good chili. But there are guys on here who put chili on spaghetti noodles so...
Adding stuff is certainly OK....but not "stock". That's like changing pickups on a Custom Shop guitar.....may improve it, but no longer original.
UNLESS they are served to you at a 4A or smaller Texas football game. In which case, totes legit.
Texas legend (which may or may not be accurate) is that at a High School baseball game in West Texas, the snack bar ran out of hot dogs. Fans were hungry, so they started serving the hot dog chili ladled into a small Frito bag. Texas cuisine at its finest. (?)
There are several differences. Aside from the many obvious ingredient differences...
You eat proper Frito Pie in a Fritos Bag! This is Friday Night Lights food. You get this at the concession stand when your kid plays high school football.
I never saw Frito Pie in a bag until the late 80s. Growing up it was always baked in a casserole dish or doled out in those little paper concession stand baskets used for fries and tater tots.
Though I don’t know for sure, I had always heard Frito Pie had it’s origins in New Mexico.
I do know that the first time I had it, my high school girlfriend’s Mom made it.
Fritos, home-made chili, onions, with a little melted Velveeta cheese mixed with Ro-Tel tomatoes.
There were big pots of both (the chili and the Velveeta/Ro-Tel mix) on the stove.
We’d put Fritos in the bowl first, then add chili, chopped white onions, and Velveeta mix.
We’d (her wonderful family and me) play Hearts or Spades and eat Frito Pie.
Great memories, almost fifty years ago!
Fritos were my favorite snack food as a kid. I don't like them now. Have they changed or have I? Tostitos FTW.
I loved them as a child, too, and I still buy a bag about once every two years. I don't think they've changed -- the flavor seems to be the same and they're still salty as hell. As an adult I learned to avoid them unless I'm very well hydrated. If I'm not, I feel awful after eating them.
Remember what the salt would do to your lips after you wolfed 'em down?
Wasn't curved-only Fritos in Van Halen's rider for shows in Texas?
Frito Chili Pie compared to Nachos? Frito chili pie is chili over fritos. Nachos used to be individually prepared using tortilla chips. They would put a bit of refried beans, grated cheese, a jalapeño slice, maybe a little bit of fajita meat, onto each chip and then put it into the broiler for a few minutes. You would get a dozen or so as a meal or appetizer.
Now nachos are just fake cheese from a can that are heated up and scooped on top of tortilla chips. Garbage food to me and a complete mess to eat.
No wonder the OP was confused.
Short answer, Yes.
Here at our casa we call those “Super” nachos.
There’s a local restaurant in my hometown (called Mojo’s), and they have BBQ nachos…
Chips, two kinds of beans (black and pinto), Spanish rice, either Beef Brisket (me) or Pulled Pork (wife), then additional things like lettuce, tomatoes, etc. We put pico de gallo and jalapeños on the side (I hate pico de gallo and my wife doesn’t like jalapeños with this dish…she normally likes them).
We don’t let them put the melted nacho cheese paste on it—we always ask for shredded cheese…tastes better and less soggy as well.
A half-order is the perfect meal, so my wife and I split a full order…
Frito pie is a totally different animal.
Fritos, cheese, chili, more Fritos, more cheese, a little more chili…awesome!
As to where it came from, both Texas and New Mexico claim it, but I don't think anyone has definitive evidence. I've also heard it started in Mexico. Fritos and chili are both from Texas though, and I've never had it with Hatch, so this one goes to the Lone Star State for me.
I'm surprised you never saw it in Arizona. Very popular with my fam and friends over there.
BURN THE WITCH!!
(Just kidding about the “burn the witch” part…I stand by the “sacrilege” statement)
Near identical to our local favorites, brisket on nachos is perfection and their green chile brisket is unreal.
Has anyone mentioned King Ranch Casserole yet?
That stuff is so good will make your children be born naked!
My wife has a similar-but-different recipe called Dorito Casserole…it’s great fresh, but even better the next day warmed up in the toaster oven w/some fresh Doritos on top.
As my daughter said at three years old:
“DEEE-WISH-USSS!” (she had a lisp and couldn’t say her “L” or “R” sounds.