Tuesday, November 10, 2009

frito pie

so it's not the healthiest dish in the book, but when i made soyrizo breakfast burritos i was reminded of this childhood dish. frito pie: a simple culinary concept the likes of which make every child to college student coo with delight. is it just me, or does it seem like after our early twenties this dish disappears from our conscious? maybe because it's full of processed foods, but i say that even the healthiest of adults has to indulge their inner child every once in a while. go buy a bag of fritos, and you too could be enjoying the satisfying crunch of corn chips, loaded with nice warm chili beans, and topped with cool vegan sour cream.

  • 1 bag original fritos
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 soyrizo link
  • 1 can (15 oz.) fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can (11 oz.) southwest style corn
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin powder
  • vegan sour cream
to make your soyrizo chili, crumble your soyrizo and place a large nonstick skilled on medium heat. drain the chili beans and add to the skillet along with the garlic, cumin, and onion powder. use a spatula to sauté for approximately 2-3 minutes. drain corn completely and slightly drain fire roasted tomatoes and pour both into skillet. (to slightly drain the tomatoes, open the can but keep the lid on. turn over in the sink one time, but don't compress the lid to force liquid out.) continue simmering chili mixture for approximately for about 5 minutes, or until liquid from the tomatoes has evaporated.

sometimes i buy tofutti vegan sour cream, but i found this recipe for tofu sour cream on vegweb.com. with a couple extra dashes of lemon juice, it really makes a nice cheap substitute for mexican dishes.

even though my pictures shows a plate, take my word for it - use a bowl. place a nice thick layer of fritos (original and bbq are vegan) on the bottom and spoon several scoops of the chili mixture on top. top with a few dollops of sour cream and chow down on some yummy nostalgia.


The Voracious Vegan said...

I LOVE frito pie! Seriously, I have NO idea why I haven't veganized it yet because it is one of my favorite things.

The Thai pasta dish on my blog came from Choosing Raw, I linked to it in the post, but here is the link again:


You will love it!

Anonymous said...

Frito pie sounds awesome, something my husband would really enjoy!

GF Gidget said...

They totally sold those on Field Day when I was in High School! hahaha

Bianca said...

I used to get these from Sonic all the time when I was a kid! So, so good! I'd probably load mine up with vegan cheeze too cause I'm naughty like that.

jessy said...

i've never had frito pie before, miss. v, but i looooove me some fritos! i'm down for some awesome frito pie any day - it looks awesome & sounds fantastical!

veggievixen said...

deeelish. i need some mexi food in my life.

Hannah said...

Ha, I've never had anything like this before, and actually, I didn't know that fritos were vegan! That's some dangerous knowledge you're spreading... ;)

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Oh man, my husband is OBSESSED with Frito Pie! It makes me crazy!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I don't think I've ever had frito pie! And I live in Texas!

Kristine said...

UHM - WHAT?! yes. very yes.

Jen said...

i love me some frito pie too. had it every other day while taking a poetry class in NM. now about those cookies--those sound awesome, but where do you get vegan german chocolate cake mix? food fight?

miss v said...

hey miss jen -
a lot of duncan hines cakes mixes are vegan (including the german chocolate). exciting, i know!

Lauren said...

I have never had Frito pie! Totally looks like something I would love! YUM!