Monday, September 24, 2012

Frito Chili Pie

Yummy note: Note the chill in the air, and the sweatshirts and jeans are officially out of the closet. Yes, it is chili weather! I used to make a blah, bland chili, aka, meat with tomatoes and beans as my husband would call it. I just couldn't get the seasonings right, until I found the Pioneer Woman's Frito Chili Pie recipe. This recipe rocks, I've made it numerous times since I've first found it. My number one way to eat it is with the Fritos and cheese, but adding corn to this recipe is fantastic, as well as eating this chili on top of noodles or rice. However, you'd like to serve this chili, it is a pretty popular crowd pleaser.

Frito Chili Pie

Recipe from the Pioneer Woman -

2 lbs ground beef and/or turkey
1 1/2 tsp prepared minced garlic
1 can tomato sauce
1 can roasted (diced) tomatoes with green chilies
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground oregano
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tbsp chili powder
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed (If using chili beans with seasonings, I leave the sauce then.)
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
* optional - 1/4 cup masa (corn flour) or regular corn meal
* optional - 1/2 cup warm water
A bag of Frito corn chips
Grated sharp cheddar cheese
* optional - diced onion

On the stove, brown the meat in a pan. Then dump the browned meat into your crockpot and add in the prepared garlic, tomato sauce, tomatoes, salt, oregano, cumin, and chili powder.

Cover and turn on crockpot on high for about an hour. Add the drained and rinsed beans, stir and simmer in crockpot for another hour. This next step is optional, if you want, add in the masa and water mix to thicken up your chili and to add another layer of flavor to the chili. Lastly, mix the masa with water, then add to the chili. Stir to combine and simmer for final 30 minutes or so until it has thickened up a bit. Now, it is time to enjoy the chili and serve on top of Fritos chips and garnish with cheese and onion if you wish. Another add-in we’ve been enjoying with this recipe, is if we don’t add in the masa mix, we will often toss in a can of corn into the chili to add more depth to the dish. Enjoy!  

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