is a dish made from chili
, cheese, and corn chips
. It is popular in the Southern
and Southwestern United States
particularly the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
Frito pie is typically made by combining Fritos
or other corn chips with chili, and cheese in
a large pan and baking it as a casserole
Because so many chips are used in the dish, they tend to be
moistened but not soggy from the chili. An alternative method uses
a small, single-serving bag of corn chips, with chili or taco meat
poured over the top. The combination is then finished with grated
cheese, onions, jalapeños
and sour cream. This second method is sometimes called a
or a walking taco
the Midwestern United
. It is almost always eaten from the bag with a plastic
fork. Served in this way, frito pies are popular at sports venues,
fundraisers, bingos, open houses, and state fairs.
The exact origins of the Frito pie are unknown though there are
several stories as to its beginnings.
One of the stories says that the Frito pie originated with Frito-Lay
's founder Elmer Doolin's mother. It
claims that Daisy Dean Doolin came up with the Frito pie sometime
after creating the first Frito
of the Frito pie are nearly as old as the company itself which was
founded in 1932.
Another of the stories claims that the Frito pie originated in the
with Teresa Hernandez, who worked at the
F. W. Woolworth's lunch counter in Santa Fe, New
- Frito Pie Recipe from TexasCooking.com
Retrieved December 10, 2008.
- Walking Taco Retrieved December 10, 2008.