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Old 07-25-2005, 03:02 PM   #1
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Frito Pie
  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese, cut in cubes
  • 1 can (10 oz.) Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 package (10 oz.) regular size Fritos
  • 2 cans (1 pound, 8 oz. each) chili without beans or about 5 cups homemade chili
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray a medium-size baking dish with non-stick spray. Combine the cheese and tomatoes in a saucepan (or see note below to use the microwave) and heat slowly until the cheese melts. Heat the chili in another saucepan.



Place half the Fritos in the baking dish. Spoon half the chili over the Fritos. Cover with a layer of cheese sauce. (There will be cheese sauce left over to use as a dip.) Scatter the remaining Fritos over the cheese. Cover with the rest of the chili and sprinkle with the shredded cheddar cheese. Bake uncovered about 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Yields four servings. Note: To microwave the cheese sauce, place the cubed cheese in a glass bowl. Pour the Rotel over the cheese. Cover with plastic wrap, leaving a small opening on one side as a vent. Microwave 3 minutes, stirring the mixture after each minute. Do not over-cook or allow the cheese to boil.

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Old 07-25-2005, 10:53 PM   #2
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Concession Stand Frito Pie

Back in the 60's long before Nachos took over - we had Frito Pies at football/baseball games and every drive-in in town. This isn't an "exact" recipe - it's just how it was done.

Every concession stand sold hot-dogs, and chips, so they had these on hand ...

1) A pot of chili hot dog sauce (heated in a double boiler) and usually thinned with some water (up to about 25% depending on brand and how long it had been sitting there)
2) Diced onion
3) Grated cheddar cheese
4) Individual (lunch box sized) packages of regular slze Frito corn chips

Assembly ....

1) Slice the bag down the side - and open like an envelope
2) Ladel in some chili - just enough to moisten the chips
3) Add some onions
3) Top with some grated cheese

Serve with a paper napkin and a plastic spoon ....

Charge $0.50 ......
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Old 07-25-2005, 10:56 PM   #3
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I think I know what the kids & I are having for lunch tomorrow! I love Frito pie, it's such a comfort food for me!
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Old 07-26-2005, 12:11 AM   #4
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Well - you're on the DC website .... so don't forget to make it "gourmet"! A dollop of sour cream and some chives or scallions to top it all off!
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Old 07-26-2005, 10:16 AM   #5
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...and how about avocado slices on top?
(now we could charge 75 cents!)
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Old 07-26-2005, 10:19 AM   #6
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I may even add some jalapeños to mine! Just to up the gourmet factor.
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Old 07-26-2005, 10:57 AM   #7
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Excuse the 'foreigner' question.... but what are frito? Some sort of snack product?
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Old 07-26-2005, 11:07 AM   #8
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Yes, they are corn chips.

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Old 07-26-2005, 11:11 AM   #9
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Frito Pies! Don't they just bring back so many memories? We served them at a party last summer and one family had never heard of them - it was the greatest fun seeing the looks on their faces - six individual "ah-ha" moments - very cool.
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Old 07-26-2005, 05:05 PM   #10
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Thanks, Raine.

We don't have them here (or I don't think we DO.... but then again, I don't spend much time in the 'snacks' aisles of our supermarket.

Thanks again.
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