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    Sunset Magazine's Frito Pie

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    26 mins

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    16 mins

    Cookgirl's Note:

    From the May 2002 issue of Sunset Magazine. We don't make this recipe often because it's rich, greasy, salty and fattening. Tradition dictates that you eat this right out of an individual sized Frito bag. I prefer to layer the ingredients into a Fiestaware chili bowl and then pay my respect to the Frito gods. Try with a dollop of sour cream.

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    Suggested Toppings


    1. 1
      In a pan over medium-high heat, stir ground beef, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt until beef is crumbly and well browned, 6 to 8 minutes.
    2. 2
      With a large slotted spoon, push beef mixture to one side of pan and tilt pan so liquid runs to opposite side.
    3. 3
      Stir flour into liquid until well blended, then mix with beef mixture.
    4. 4
      Add 2 cups water, black beans (or kidney beans) if using, and dried chilies; stir until mixture boils and thickens, about 8 minutes.
    5. 5
      Spread about 1/3 cup of Fritos in each of six individual sized bowls and sprinkle chopped onion equally on top.
    6. 6
      Divide chili equally among the bowls and top with cheese, lettuce and tomato.
    7. 7
      Add more salt to taste if desired.
    8. 8
      NOTE: For large party gatherings, I usually triple the recipe and prepare this buffet style for each person to "build your own" Frito Pie. For diehards, you must have sliced fresh jalapenos as a garnish, too!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 30, 2008


      I hope it's ok to review this even though I used your recipe just as a guide. I made my own chili recipe and then layered the Fritos, onions, chili, lettuce, tomato and cheese like your instructions. I had never heard of Frito Pie and am glad to have tried it. What a great combination the Fritos and chili are! I was full after my first bowl, but I still went back for a (small) 2nd helping ;) Thanks for posting.

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    • on April 01, 2005


      This is soooooo good! I also served it with raisins & some diced pears. I put picante sauce on it. It is yummy. In our part of the country, it's called a chili pile-on! It's fun to serve at a party buffet style. You put the different ingredients in different dishes and let each guest take a plate and "pile-on" the ingredients he/she wants. No two guests will have the same dish.

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    Nutritional Facts for Sunset Magazine's Frito Pie

    Serving Size: 1 (293 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 475.7
    Calories from Fat 224
    Total Fat 24.9 g
    Saturated Fat 12.2 g
    Cholesterol 127.9 mg
    Sodium 668.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 18.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.6 g
    Sugars 2.3 g
    Protein 42.8 g

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