Thursday, March 8, 2012

Frito Pie With Real Frito Crust

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.



Frito Pie:
1 pre-made Frito pie crust, cooled
2 cups of chili
2 eggs
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!


4 comments:

  1. That looks good and sounds easy. I think i'll have to try it:)

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  2. Going to try this for a tamale pie / Mexican lasagne recipe. Thanks for sharing the crust recipe.

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  3. Going to try this for a tamale pie / Mexican lasagne recipe. Thanks for sharing the crust recipe.

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  4. Always wondered if you could make a crust from corn chips. I guess you can!!

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