|Hank and Bobby Hill of King of the Hill|
Technically, I guess Frito pie came up yesterday in the same context as the infamous taco-in-a-bag. As you recall, people in that LJ community of mine were talking about foods that are absolute staples in some regions of the United States, but completely unheard of in others. However, unlike taco-in-a-bag, some of the people who had never seen or eaten Frito pie in real life had at least heard of it thanks to the animated show King of the Hill. It was a staple at their meals on the show, so it's impossible for "Frito pie" not to at least ring a bell if you watch it.
Actually, Hank Hill's love of "Frito pie with Wolf brand chili" brought up a lot of questions for me about this dish that I've had for a long time. How exactly does one go about making a pie out of something like Fritos? Is it actually any good? Why does Hank like it so much? Is this a real thing that people actually eat or is the show somehow trying to crack a joke about Hank's family that's just going over my head?
|I ate mine before taking a pic, so enjoy this substitute pie.|
So, how do you make Frito pie? Well, I'd write out a recipe for you or something, but I'd honestly feel like a tool even calling it that. You basically just take a bunch of Frito's corn chips and toss them in the bottom of a casserole dish. Then you open up a can or two of chili and dump it over the corn chips. Then you sprinkle the top with cheese and bake until the whole mixture is hot. Then you eat it... preferably with a side salad or some sort of vegetables, I would hope, although I don't think most people do that. That's it though.
|Yes, it's Frito-pie-in-a-bag. I can't believe it either.|
It came out just fine though. Actually, it was better than I expected... sort of like a lazy tamale or enchilada. The corn chips kind of have a way of soaking up part of the sauce of the chili without actually becoming soggy, so that part of it was actually pretty interesting. The chili was this really good low fat beef chili from Dennison's (hey, we have to cut the calories where we can). I imagine this would be a fun way to use up leftover homemade chili and add some bulk to it at the same time as well. I would actually happily eat this again, although obviously not all the time. Like I said, this type of thing is "treat food" to me, not a staple.
And for those of you who are taco-in-a-bag enthusiasts, you'll be happy to know (if you don't already) that people like to make -- wait for it -- Frito pie in a bag, too. Basically you do the same shit you do with taco in a bag, but with a snack size bag of Frito's, some sort of chili, cheese, and I guess whatever else you like to eat with your chili or regular-version Frito pie. Then you grab a plastic fork and hit the road. I recommend just making it yourself at home on "lazy nights" though, as opposed to paying $5-6 for that crap at a fair or stadium though. Sure, it's pretty good for what it is... but I will never see it as being worth paying that much money for.