One of the things my older Troop loves is Frito Pie.  I mean, they LOVE it.  It’s right up there with Cheesy Couscous (which is STILL one of their favorite meals!).  The funny thing is, that although most of my girls grew up here in the Texan suburbs, they never ate Frito Pie until I showed it to them at a camp prep meeting.  I grew up around here, too, but I remember eating it a lot in my school cafeterias, and at county fairs, and at day care in the summer, and just a lot.  Because let’s face it, it’s easy, it’s cheap, and it’s fast.

IMG_6276Well, unless it’s being cooked on a vagabond stove.  Even with two stoves going per cook, the chili was still cold by the time we were done with grace.  Oh, well.  The girls still enjoyed it.

“But CraftScout,” I can hear you asking, “I thought your troop had a whole bunch of vegetarians in it.  What did they eat while the rest of the girls ate Frito Pie???” And of course, the more observant of you already see the answer in the pictures.  Hormel makes a vegetarian canned chili which tastes exactly like regular Hormel canned chili.  I can’t vouch for other canned vegetarian chilis, but seriously, I don’t think I could tell the difference if I couldn’t see the can.  Which makes you wonder about regular Hormel chili, but that’s a discussion for another day . . . 😉

Frito Pie

adapted from traditional recipe
serves 2 adults or teens, adjust accordingly for younger girls
15 oz. canned vegetarian chili
two 1 oz. bags of Fritos
1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 T. diced onion
1 c. shredded lettuce
1/4 c. fresh tomato, diced

  1. Heat the chili.  You can do this in the can over a vagabond stove (watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn), or in a big pot over a propane stove or fire or charcoals.  If you are doing two types of chili, make sure you don;t get them mixed up. *grins*
  2. While the chili is heating, prepare the chips.  The traditional method is to carefully open the bag.  Alternately, you can pour the chips into a bowl (which makes it easier to eat).
  3. When the chili is nice and hot, pour a serving over over the chips, either in the bag or in a bowl.  Top with cheese, onion, lettuce, and tomato. Or have a salad on the side using the lettuce and tomato.

Note: This is how WE made OURS.  YOU can adjust this to fit your Troop’s needs and tastes. You don’t have vegetarians? Then choose a different chili – with beans, without beans, all beef, turkey, homemade from scratch – the sky’s the limit!  Don’t like Fritos, or you can only find multi flavor packs? Or maybe your Troop really REALLY loves Takis.  Go for it!  Need to have Gluten Free Corn Chips? Actually, Fritos are Gluten Free, according to FDA standards.  Need to be Dairy Free? Avoid the cheese, and check the label on your chips.

Oh and those cans?  Yeah, we’ll talk about those . . . 🙂



3 thoughts on “Meal Plan: Frito Pie

  1. You should probably mention that you did NOT receive any ingredients free from the manufacturer and the opinions are your own! Good photo, hair under control and two adults overseeing the hobo stove procedure.

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