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Frito Pie

This was a real favorite when I was a kid (yes, they had Fritos back then), and it still is. With the Frito-Lay Company being based in Dallas, this dish is about as Texan as you can get.

The recipe, as written here, is perfect for a 9x9-inch dish. But for a crowd or, even better, tailgating, double the recipe and bake it in a 9x13-inch dish. Cover the hot dish well with aluminum foil to keep it warm or use an insulated carrier like this. Perfect for game day!

  • 3 cups Fritos corn chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2-1/2 cups chili (your favorite -- homemade, canned, whatever)
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Spread 2 cups of Fritos in a baking dish (an 8x8- or 9x9-inch dish works great). Sprinkle half the onion and half the cheese over the Fritos. Pour the chili over the onion and cheese. Sprinkle the remaining Fritos, onion and cheese over the chili.

Bake for 15 or 20 minutes and cheese is bubbly. Serve hot.

Prep time: 5 minutes; Cooking time: 15-20 minutes; Total time: 20 minutes

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