Frito pie, essentially chili, cheese, and tortilla chips, is legendary in the midwest and southwest. And though the classic is made in a bag of Fritos that’s split open and smothered with chili, cheese, and your favorite chili toppings, you can easily make it a little more upscale.
*How to open your bag of Fritos for Fritos pie
One of our recipe testers is an experienced Fritos pie aficionado and has the following advice: Turn the Fritos bag on its side and take scissors and cut across the top (which was, until you turned it, the long side of the bag). Like opening an envelope. You now have a nice pouch that will hold your chips and your chili.
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Serves 1
Place a small handful of chips in each serving bowl or mug (or cut open individual bag of Fritos per *How to open your bag of Fritos for Frito pie above).
Spoon the chili onto the chips and top with the cheese, more chips, sour cream, and jalapeño. Grab your spoon and a fistful of napkins and let loose. Originally published October 9, 2014.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Frito pie! (And that is what it is called. To say "Frito Chili Pie" is redundant, as it always has chili.) Count me in the camp of Texans who grew up eating this at high school football games. And at the burger shack one step away from my high school campus that catered to hungry, carless underclassmen. I survived my freshman year on Frito Pie. I rarely put chili over Fritos these days, but I do put it over tortilla chips, a holdover from my Frito-Pie-eating youth. But even if you don't have a childhood memory, give it a shot for your next football gathering. Here's a food easy to eat standing up at a crowded party.
The bag is the bowl. And it's really pretty good. Here's a tip: The directions for cutting the bag in this recipe are designed more for a pretty picture than real football stadium eating. Do it like the concession stands do: Turn the Fritos bag on its side, and take scissors and cut across the top (which was, until you turned it, the long side of the bag). Like opening an envelope. You now have a nice pouch that will hold your chips and your chili. Traditional toppings are grated cheese, pickled jalapeños, and diced raw onion, but feel free to vary it as you see fit. Don't get creative with your chili here. You want a standard Texas chili. Nothing soupy or tomatoey, as it will make your chips soggy. Give it a shot, especially if you have a bunch of teenagers to feed!
This Frito Pie recipe deserves a 10 if for no other reason than it's just a fun thing to make and eat. I love eating out of those little cereal boxes (for the fun of it, not necessarily the cereal!), and this goes one step further. What isn't to love about Fritos, chili, cheese, and sour cream topped with a few slices of jalapeño? I can just imagine myself on a Friday night standing at the concession wagon waiting my turn and watching some good high school football. Or lounging around at Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night hassling Alabama fans while I smugly offer them a taste of my epicurean delight. Geaux Tigers! Eat Frito Pie!