The Eyes of Texas are shining with approval right now… Lets all take a moment and show a little respect for the famous Frito Pie.
I was feeling rather nostalgic over the weekend thinking about my childhood memories.
Our summer weekends were mostly spent at the ballpark. You see, my brother was a little league all star. This meant lots of baseball practices, lots of games, and weekend trips. We basically lived at the ballpark.
When you’re in junior high like I was the baseball park = lots of cute boys.
My heart would flutter and butterflies would fill my tummy every time we pulled in the parking lot.
I would put on my cutest clothes, make sure my hair was fixed (think fluffy bangs), sneak a little of my moms eyeliner, pinch my cheeks so it looked like I had blush on. Then walk over to the concession stand and order a Frito Pie.
Sexy… I know…
I realize there’s probably classier ways to eat this. But every time I ordered it, they served it straight out of the bag.
You can enjoy this classic meal in three simple steps.
Step 1: Get a bag of Fritos and open it from the side.
Step 2: Pour your favorite chili right on top of the Fritos. I like to use my turkey chili recipe 🙂
Step 3: Sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top & Enjoy!
If you’re feeling brave, you can throw some sliced jalapenos in there.
I made a big ole’ pot of turkey chili over the weekend and devoured my frito pie!
Just in case you’re looking for an easy recipe… here’s mine.
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 onion chopped
- olive oil
- 2 cups water
- 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 2 16 oz cans kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
- 5 cloves minced garlic
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp cayanne pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
In a large pot, drizzle a little olive oil and cook onion for about 8 minutes. Add turkey and cook until browned. Add water, tomatoes, garlic, and seasonings. Add kidney beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 90 minutes.
Enjoy on its own, or in a Frito Pie 🙂
I would have never thought to do that, but that’s probably because I grew up in NY and not Texas! I like how you tapped into your inner Texan! 🙂
oh girl, i love frito pie! i remember having one at every home football game in high school 🙂
Oh my gosh! How clever are you? This would be a great tail-gating meal. Love it!
We had this at my high school too… love it.
I LOVE frito pie!!! So good!
I have never heard of this. You Texans think of everything when it comes to chili!
Those are great! We have them in Iowa. As well as “Walking Tacos”. Small Doritos bag cut on the side and filled with taco meat and all the trimmings for a taco. Love them!
Oh Estella, this post brings back so many memories!!! I remember how we would walk around the fields and check out all the cuties. Now I think I’ll have to go home tonight and make me a frito pie. Thanks for the walk down memory lane and the great idea.
I’ve never had Frito pie, but it looks delicious. (Fritos are one of my favorite chips.) I love reliving old memories of growing up.
My kids would love it if I did this! I will definitely being making more chili soon just to do this one for them. They always sprinkle the fritos on top, but I think the bag is just too cute!
LOL -I was just suggesting the “Frito pie” or “Taco in a bag” to my mother-in-law for a menu item for the Women’s American Legion Bingo. They are easy to make and fun to eat!
I LOVED these! They remind me of 8th grade and football games!!
This looks great!! I just came across a fabulous new product that is meatless, so it will definitely be added to this recipe to vegetarian it up!! GREAT recipe — YUM!!
I love this! Frito Pie sounds positively delicious! Fabulous story
I love it! I had never heard of these (esp. out of the bag!) until I moved to Tulsa. Now I miss them!
What a great idea!! I am going to have to give this a try!
you can take the girl outta TX but not TX outta the girl 🙂
I am over here in Texas drooling!! Yum!