Fritos celebrated its 80th birthday yesterday in a big way. The popular corn chip company broke the record for the biggest Fritos Chili Pie weighing in at 1,325 pounds. The pie contained 635 bags (10.5 ounces) of Fritos, 660 cans (15 ounces) of Hormel Chili and 580 bags (8 ounces) of shredded cheddar cheese. Created at the Texas State Fair, the pie fed about 5,000 people.
Elmer Doolin invented Fritos in 1932 in his mother’s kitchen. His mother, Daisy Dean Doolin, is credited for creating the chili pie recipe when she was looking for a way to use up the broken pieces of Fritos.
Craving some chili pie? Try this original recipe from Fritos:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
1 large bag of Fritos Corn Chips
1 15 oz. can of chili with beef (with or without beans)
1 8 oz. bag of shredded cheese
Optional: chopped onion, tomatoes, lettuce, jalapenos and/or sour cream
In an oven-safe serving dish, pour in Fritos Corn Chips and spread evenly. Heat chili and pour evenly over corn chips. Add additional ingredients like onion, tomato, lettuce, and jalapeno as desired. Sprinkle cheese all over and pop into the oven at 350 degrees till the cheese is a little melted. Serve immediately with a spoon.
There are many variations of the Fritos Chili Pie. For instance, the Walking Taco uses the same ingredients as the Fritos Chili Pie. However, as a fun and easy snack (usually served at fairs or sports events), the ingredients are mixed together in the bag of Fritos Corn Chips instead of a dish. Don’t forget the spoon!