The first time I made Frito pie, I expected it to be more like an actual pie, not a pile of Fritos with chili, onions and cheese dumped on top. Don't get me wrong, Fritos with chili dumped on top is good, but anyone can make that. What I had in mind was a pie with an actual Frito crust, filled with chili, onions and cheese. But I never could find a recipe for it like that. So I pretty much stopped making it. I felt lazy for serving nothing but a pile of chips with stuff dumped on top of it for dinner.
Well, recently my husband started asking to have Frito pie for dinner again, and I thought, well, maybe if I can figure out how to make an actual pie instead of the way I was making it before... So I did some searching online. I didn't find much, but I found some comments on a Q&A site where someone else had asked about Frito pie crust. Using the information I found there plus a recipe for a graham cracker crust, I came up with the perfect recipe for Frito Pie. Here goes:
Frito Pie Crust:
1 1/2 cups crushed Fritos or other corn chips
2 egg whites beaten with 2 tsp water
1/4 cup melted butter
Mix chip crumbs, egg whites and melted butter in a bowl. Press into an ungreased 9 inch pie plate. Bake in the oven at 300 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
1 pre-made Frito pie crust, cooled
2 cups of chili
1/3 cup onions
1/2 cup cheese
Mix the chili, eggs and onions in a bowl. Pour into the pie crust. Top with cheese. Bake in the oven at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. Slice and serve.
I was really happy with how it turned out. As with any new recipe, I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but it was exactly what I was expecting the first time I made Frito pie. Delicious!