Texas Frito Pies, photo by Sonia Mendez GarciaPhoto by Sonia Mendez Garcia

Texas Frito Pies

Cuisine: Tex Mex
Servings: 6 servings

When I moved to Houston, Texas in 1979, I learned a whole new menu for Mexican foods. And one of my fondest memories of high school lunches were Frito pies. It was a bag of Frito-Lay brand corn chips, cut open and smothered with warm beef chili and cheese. How could you not like that?

This is a great recipe for parties. Kids and grownups alike love them. Make a big batch of your favorite chili and open up the bag of Fritos, or make it a little more fancy and serve in individual, fun cups. I love Texas!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of your favorite chili
  • 1 bag Fritos
  • cups sharp cheddar or jack cheese shredded
  • cups lettuce shredded
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper minced
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 cup salsa homemade or store-bought

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Directions

  1. Preheat to 375ºF.
  2. Divide the bag of Fritos into 6 cups, or ramekins. Add ½ cup chili to each cup, and ¼ cup of cheese. Place cups on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven until the cheese melts, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Garnish the Frito pies with lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeño, salsa and avocado.

Chef Notes

Texas Fritos Pies This can also be made in a large casserole dish. Great for parties and tailgating!

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