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Feeling Nostaglic…

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.

Turkey Chili

  • 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 🙂

19 Responses

  1. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on October 11, 2010 at 7:57 am

    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! 🙂

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on October 11, 2010 at 8:05 am

    oh girl, i love frito pie! i remember having one at every home football game in high school 🙂

  3. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on October 11, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Oh my gosh! How clever are you? This would be a great tail-gating meal. Love it!

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet said on October 11, 2010 at 8:36 am

    We had this at my high school too… love it.

  5. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on October 11, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I LOVE frito pie!!! So good!

  6. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on October 11, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I have never heard of this. You Texans think of everything when it comes to chili!

  7. Steve said on October 11, 2010 at 11:00 am

    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!

  8. Anna Metaxas Garcia said on October 11, 2010 at 11:34 am

    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.

  9. Mo@MommyRD said on October 11, 2010 at 11:46 am

    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.

  10. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on October 11, 2010 at 11:55 am

    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!

  11. Sally Garibay said on October 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    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!

  12. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on October 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I LOVED these! They remind me of 8th grade and football games!!

  13. Coffee and a Book Chick said on October 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    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!!

  14. Chicago Cuisine Critique said on October 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm


  15. Andrea @ said on October 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I love this! Frito Pie sounds positively delicious! Fabulous story

  16. Nicole, RD said on October 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I love it! I had never heard of these (esp. out of the bag!) until I moved to Tulsa. Now I miss them!

  17. steoh@stephsbitebybite said on October 11, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    What a great idea!! I am going to have to give this a try!

  18. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on October 12, 2010 at 3:31 am

    frito pie….LOL
    you can take the girl outta TX but not TX outta the girl 🙂

  19. Jaime said on October 12, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I am over here in Texas drooling!! Yum!