Frickin’ Fritos AKA Frito Pie

Classic version. Fritos, ground beef chili, red onion, cilantro, lime and cheese.

(SERVES 6-8)

2 pounds 85/15 ground beef
2 T water
2 t salt
1 t baking soda

Mix ingredients well and allow to sit on counter for 20 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.

5-6 Dried Ancho chiles (seeded and torn into 1ā€ pieces)

Place chiles in a dry Dutch oven over medium / medium high heat. Toss until chiles are fragrant and slightly smoking. Careful not to burn. Remove chiles to the bowl of a food processor. Allow cooling.

1/3 C fritos
2 T cumin
1 T paprika
1 T garlic powder
1 T ground coriander
2 t dried oregano
1/2 t dried thyme
2 t black pepper

Combine fritos and spices with cooled chiles in the food processor. Process until chiles are completely broken down and ingredients are well combined. Place spice mix into a bowl for later use.

1 – 14.5 ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes

Place tomatoes and juice into the now empty processor bowl and puree.

3 T vegetable oil
1 yellow onion, small dice
4 cloves garlic, minced

Place oil into preheated Dutch oven. Add onion and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Once onion is translucent, add garlic. Once fragrant, add ground beef. Cook beef until browned. Drain off excess fat/liquid.

1 – 14.5 ounce can of pinto beans (optional)
1 T minced chipotle in adobo sauce
2 1/2 C water
2 t sugar

2 T apple cider vinegar

Return meat to Dutch oven and add spice mix, pureed tomatoes, beans, chipotle, water and sugar. Place Dutch oven in a preheated 275 degree oven for two hours. Stir chili after one hour of cooking. Remove from oven, uncover and allow chili to sit for 15 minutes. Before serving, add vinegar.

Dressed up version. How about a Frito pie salad? Fritos, ground beef chili, thinly sliced iceberg, tomatoes, diced red onion, avocado, sour cream, lime, cilantro, cheese…was so hungry to eat this photo that I forgot the cheese.

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