World Famous Frito Pie

World Famous does not necessarily mean good.

World Famous does not necessarily mean good.

I’ll admit it. I am not a big fan of chili. But when you see a sign that says “As seen on TV’ and “World Famous” and “Frito” you have to try it. Frito Pie is a concoction native to New Mexico and Santa Fe specifically. The Five and Dime where the Pie is made is located on the main square is a huge tourist attraction and has been there for decades. I think it used to be a Woolworth’s starting back in 1935.

The first time I ever tried something similar was in Minnesota of all places and it was called a walking taco. They took a snack sized bag of Doritos cut one end open and filled it with seasoned taco meat (ground beef I hope), cheese, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and a bit of sour cream. Fantastic.

The Frito Pie was a bit heavier; over a pound of food product to be exact. There are the snack sized bags of Fritos, pre-cut open and stacked high on the counter next to a bubbling vat of chili. There ae a lot of recipes for chili but from what I could tell this one had no meat, just beans. It was thick and hearty and they added a ton of cheese on top. I am not sure if there was anything else in there I could not tell (which can be a good sign or a bad one).

They weigh over a pound each so I got two.

They weigh over a pound each so I got two.


I like that the bag is your plate, less waste and easier to transport. You get a spork and dig in. It was flavorful and good but it is too damn much. I could not finish it. Some roughage would have been nice, like some onion or tomato. If you are going to try this it may be best to share one.

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