I remember the first time my wife introduced me to the venerable Frito Pie, a Texas football tradition. While the concept was a bit odd to my Californian sensibilities, it was immediately obvious that, while not even remotely healthy, the Frito pie was good. No. Scratch that. Frito Pie is awesome.
It’s every flavor that the kid in all of us craves in one place. Chili (canned, Wolf Brand recommended), chips and gooey yellow cheese. It’s messy, over the top and indulgent. It’s all the things that you know you probably shouldn’t, as a responsible member of adult society, be eating at the same time. In short, it’s the perfect thing to base a burger on.
That’s exactly what I did.
Ladies and gentle-foodies, we present to you the Frito Pie Burger. A 100% American dish featuring only the best in foods that you might or might not have thought of putting together on a plate, but will be ever-so-happy that you did.
At first glance this might appear to be nothing more than a gilded chili burger. That is not the case however. This dish is so much more than that. It’s warm summer nights and the smell of freshly mowed grass. Its the warm embrace of a loved one and the sound of cheering crowds. It’s comfort and love and smiles, all from deep in the heart of Texas to you, wherever you may be.
But enough of my ramblings, go make yourself one of these. While you’re at it, make a few for your friends and family. They’ll thank you for it, I promise you that.
Frito Pie Burgers
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 763Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 820mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 55g
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
In the photo above, I forgot to add Frito’s to the top of the burger. do not omit this step! The added super-crunchiness makes these burgers.
Links to other recipes like this:
- Frito Pie with one-hour Texas chili, from Lisa Fain, The Homesick Texan
- Vegetarian Frito Pie (Why not!?!), from Shiny cooking
I’m going to try this. Yum. I love Fritos!
I doesn’t. Thems and corn nuts give me the heebie jeebies. Cain’t do it mang. That being said, this sounds like a wonderful way, sans the fritos, to make a weekday meal sing the song of love. xo, Biggles
Sorry to hear that, Doc. But hey, I’ll have more goodness coming very soon. hopefully something that you can get into!
Something with cheese?
Holy mackerel! This sounds so unique and delicious! I’m definitely going to have to try this and wow my family with something completely unexpected. Print! Thanks for the recipe!!
You are absolutely welcome! I hope you and your family enjoy them as much as mine does
OMG, that sounds amazing :) I haven’t had a proper American burger in years (too long spent in Thailand) and, yes, I still crave them, LOL.
I have family coming over this weekend so I’m going to make this for all of us. I bet it will be a big hit for grandma to make such a thing for everyone!
Wow that sounds amazing! I’ve been a fan of Texas food (coming from someone who has never been but really really wants to!) This looks perfect for the cold winter in NZ!
Making these RIGHT NOW! Can’t wait to eat ’em.
Awesome! Tell us how they turned out for you.
Amazing! Can’t wait to make these!
These look amazing Jerry!
I have to admit, I was a little scared to look, but this burger looks great!