Retro Chili Pie

Retro Chili Pie at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Our Retro Chili Pie recipe has evolved from a sack of Frito's with Chili to this baked casserole that our family loves. When I was in High School mercy me, (that was a very long time ago), we would go to the concession stand at half time and get a Tiger Special, then when my kids were in High School it was called a Bulldog Special. That special was a small bag of Frito's with a couple dips of chili poured over it a sprinkling of onions and cheese with a plastic spoon. We would walk around eating our special, which some people began to call a walking taco. We had to be in formation (I was a twirler with the band) at the half way mark of the 3rd quarter,) so we would eat fast! In our family the recipe has evolved to a casserole that we call Chili Pie.
We Start With Some Really Good Chili

Retro Chili Pie at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Then We Start To Layer
Lots Of Frito's First

Retro Chili Pie at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Now Comes The Chili Layer

Retro Chili Pie at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Top It With Lots Of Frito's and Cheese
Then Bake

Retro Chili Pie at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Retro Chili Pie
Miz Helen's Kitchen
1-1/2 (pounds) ground chuck
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 (20 ounce) can diced tomatoes and juice
1 (20 ounce) can tomato sauce
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 heaping teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
1 (20 ounce) can chili beans
1 cup water
cooking oil spray
4 cups Frito Chips, Original Size
3 cups sharp or long horn cheese, shredded
Garnish with Green Onions, chopped
In a stew pan, brown the ground chuck and add the onions, cook until the onions are clear and the meat is browned.
Add the tomatoes and juice, tomato sauce and all the seasons, mix well. Cook on medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
Stir in the Chili Beans and water then stirring bring to a near boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
Spray a 9 X 13 casserole baking dish with cooking oil spray.
Pour 2 cups of the Frito Chips into the bottom of the baking dish.
Pour the chili over the Frito Chips.
Top with the reminder of the Frito Chips then sprinkle with the cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
Garnish with fresh green onions.
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Retro Chili Pie at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
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Retro Chili Pie at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

It Will Be So Good!

Retro Chili Pie at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Retro Chili Pie at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

I wonder how many of you will have the same memories that I do? It sure was fun taking a walk down memory lane with you and our Chili Pie's. Food often time brings back warm memories making our time together a little more special. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

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  1. Your recipe brought back a nice memory. One time I was in a time crunch and had to come up with dinner fast. I already had the chili in the fridge. I had Fritos in the pantry so I made Frito pie. I remember feeling guilty because it was too easy and too fast. Well, I shouldn't have worried because my husband and son loved it. They even asked me why I hadn't made it before.

    1. Hi Briana,
      I love coming up with a recipe from the refrigerator sometimes they are the very best. I am so glad that this recipe brings back a special memory for you and your family. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!
      Miz Helen

  2. Oh my gosh! I'd forgotten all about this dish - the fritos are my favorite part! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party - and Happy Halloween!!

  3. Thanks for sharing at the Fabulous Friday Linky Party Miz Helen! Have a good weekend :)

  4. I love the story behind this recipe, Miz Helen! It was fun to learn about your memories of high school, and that you were a twirler with the band. Your retro chilli pie is a great take on the snack you remember from that time, a really wonderful family meal. Thank you so much for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I hope you have a lovely week!

  5. My husband would love this and a big Mexican food fan. I just love how vibrant this looks


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