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When I moved to Houston, Texas in 1979, I learned a whole new menu for Mexican foods. And one of my fondest memories of high school lunches were the frito pies. It was a bag of Frito-Lay brand corn chips, cut open, then they would add warm beef chili, and cheese. How could you not like that? This is a great recipe for parties, kids and grownups alike love them. Make a big batch of your favorite chili and open up the bag of fritos, or make it a little more fancy and serve in individual, fun cups. I love Texas!
3 cups of your favorite chili
1 bag Frito Lay brand Fritos
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar or jack cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups lettuce, shredded
1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
1 large jalapeno, minced
1 avocado, sliced
1 cup salsa, homemade or store bought
Preheat to 375 F. Divide the bag of fritos into 6 cups, or ramekins. Add 1/2 cup chili to each cup, and 1/4 cup of cheese. Place cups on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven until the cheese melts, about 10 to 12 minutes. Garnish the frito pies with lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeno, salsa and avocado. Yields 6 servings.
Note: This can also be made in a large casserole dish. Great for parties and tailgating!
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Chile Garlic Shrimp Kabobs
Chile Verde Sauce
Chicken Enchilada Soup with Chayotes
Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Chip Chimichangas
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