Saturday, February 2, 2013

Frito Chili Pie

I finally shared  my Signature Chili Con Carne recipe with you, just in time for the Super Bowl. Tomorrow, I am feeding three men who are geared up to watch the 49'ers and the Ravens battling for the Ultimate Football Prize.

Today, I made my traditional Chili with meat.  I gotta say, it's a good batch, if I do say so myself! I have a nice variety of chips, ready to be poured into small bowls.  There's definitely more than enough chili, and hot dogs. Of course, there's plenty of ripe avocado, waiting to become fresh guacamole.  I even baked some treats that I know my men will love (will blog those soon).

I don't buy Frito Lay Corn Chips, very often, because I can't stop eating them.  Nom, nom, nom.

All that cooking and baking made me really hungry.  I can eat my homemade chili beans several days in a row, and never tire of it.  I've never made Frito Chili Pie, though I've heard of it. It was lunch time, and my husband just finished setting up our new Flat Screen HDTV (super excited to finally have one), so I made him a "thank you" lunch. NOTE: I added a little bit of cornmeal "paste" by adding a little water, to thicken the chili a bit.

There was a piping hot pot of chili, and so I thought I'd see what this Chili Pie craze is all about.

A more "novel" way of making these, is to cup open a lunch-snack sized bag of Fritos and pour in some chili.  I wanted to up the ante a bit, so I chose to use oven-proof serving dishes.

...and, I topped it with shredded cheddar cheese.

I set these on a baking sheet, and placed them on the highest rack with the broiler on.

Just under two minutes later, the cheese was bubbling and melted.

Then I topped these with sour cream and some fresh chopped tomato, and a little cilantro.

TASTING NOTES:  This is so simple to make, and so very good.  This reminds me of Tamale Pie. The chips turn "soggy" but in a good way.  What took me so long to discover Mexican themed dish? 

Tomorrow, I'll let the boys enjoy Chili Dogs.  I'm going for more of this.  Delicious and simple.  


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bellini said...

Looks like when we watch sports we both turn to Mexico for inspiration. Loving this Debby.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Yum. It does look like Tamale pie. Reminds me of when I was young. Everything looks set and ready for the big game.

Joanne said...

This is certainly the ultimate game day food! It pretty much has all of the superbowl food groups in it! (meat, chips and cheese :P)

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Frito pie used to be a huge favorite when my kids were little. We bought little bags of Fritos, cut the tops off and put all the ingredients right into the little bags. I can still a lineup of little girls sitting on the brick garden seats eating their little Frito pies with plastic forks. They loved it. Life was simple back then.

Christi Silbaugh said...

I have to have that frito pie. I must have it. Looks so yummy! I mentioned you in my proper blogging etiquette post today as one of the great proper bloggers out there. Feel free to share the article if you wish.

Velva said...

Chili con carne is absolutely perfect food for Superbowl.

Your 3 guys are loving it! I can guess that you are rooting for the 49er's.


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Oh man! My husband would die for this - me too. LOVE.

Big Dude said...

We make a version of chili pie that has cornbread on top but we will have to try this one next time we have chili. It looks delicious and now I'm hungry.

TKW said...

Frito Pie: one of my "naughty" foods that I crave!