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#1 Old 07-06-2015, 02:10 PM
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Corn Chip Cuisine: Retro Recipe Rewind



Corn chips aren't just good for eatin'. They're also good for cookin'.

Almost from the day C. E. Doolin developed the Frito corn chip in 1932, people have used the iconic corn chip as an ingredient. According to Doolin family legend, C. E.'s mother Daisy created the first recipe using these corn chips when she added crushed Fritos into fruitcake batter. Luckily for us there are many recipes using Fritos that are a bit less … strange.

Many of these recipes can be found in advertisements and giveaways produced by the Fritos company and its successor Frito-Lay. In 1935 they began paying consumers $1 each for recipes using Fritos. Two years later the Cooking With Fritos campaign was officially launched.

Fritos Pie

Depending on who you ask, the humble Fritos Pie was created in Daisy Doolin's kitchen, at the Santa Fe Woolworth's lunch counter, or at Spralins' Dairy Delight eatery in Arkansas. The recipe is simple: Acquire a small bag of corn chips. Slit open the top of the bag. Pour thick chili over the chips in the bag. Eat with a spoon. For a fancier preparation top with chopped onion and nooch sauce (a cheesy tasting sauce which often is called “nutritional yeast cheese sauce”). As a less messy variation dump the chips on a plate or in a bowl and smother in chili. Add a big glop of refried beans, salsa, and some sliced pickled jalapeños and you've created an entirely new dish – corn chip nachos! If this was the 1930s, you could have earned a dollar for your efforts.

Fritos Chili Pie

If you looked at the recipe for Fritos Pie and thought “that's not a pie!”, you were probably thinking of Fritos Chili Pie. It's a Fritos Pie casserole and closer to the spirit of the word “pie”. The recipe is credited to Fritos Company employee Nell Morris and was printed on displays of Fritos starting in 1962.

We took the 1962 recipe printed in Kaleta Dolin's Fritos Pie: Stories, Recipes, and More and veganized it.

2 cups crushed corn chips
1 ¾ cup chili (15 ½ ounces by weight) thick chili
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup nooch sauce (or a meltable shredded vegan cheese)

  1. Set aside a handful of the crushed chips for use as a topping.
  2. Place half of the remaining crushed chips in the bottom of a casserole.
  3. Pour half the chili over the corn chips.
  4. Top with half the onion and half the nooch sauce.
  5. Repeat with the remaining ingredients, forming layers in the same order.
  6. Sprinkle the top with the chips set aside in step 1.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 20 minutes.

Serves 4-6

Fritos Yum-Yums

The previous two recipes, as originally written, would have presented problems for C. E. Doolin. He was a Texan, and traditional Texas chili is just meat and spices. No beans allowed! Onion and tomato maybe, but any vegetarian-friendly ingredients are bit players in Texas chili. But Doolin's diet wasn't just vegetarian, it was also mostly raw. And a person can't live on snacks and entrees alone! Well, I suppose people can try, but those people lead a hollow and joyless existence. We all need a little dessert in our lives.

Enter Fritos Yum-Yums. This recipe is also credited to Nell Morris, and comes from a 50s era Cooking With Fritos giveaway advertising booklet. The ingredient list and method will be familiar to anyone who has seen a raw dessert recipe. We've rewritten the recipe for formatting and copyright issues, but it did not need any further tweaking.

3/4 cup pitted dates
3 Tablespoons peanut butter
1/3 cup crushed corn chips

1. Cut dates into fine pieces.
2. Combine with peanut butter.
3. Roll into around 18 balls.
4. Roll the balls in crushed corn chips.
5. Chill in refrigerator to set the treats.

Yield: 18

Mmmm. History. Tasty tasty history

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Now this is a recipe I think my coworkers will go for! Fritos Yum Yums!

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Fritos are so cool. Just corn, oil, and salt. Delicious!
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In addition to being a tasty snack, you can help start your campfire with them as a starter. Just light 'em. Not a joke - try it.
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Doolin took them home straight off the line before they were salted. Not using salt is a pretty common thing among vegetarians of his time. That's part of the reason vegetarian dishes have a reputation for being bland - no seasoning!

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i have had the yum yums before, at a christmas get together. Tasty!
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Walk'n tacos! Our schools band concession stand sold the chili over fritos!

I love Fritos, haven't had them in so long. They were my save-me food on road trips. Few foods could fill me up with one serving size like Fritos.

Anyone know if the BBQ fritos are vegan?

I might just get some chili beans and fritos since it's too hot for making chili

Oh and they're good with cold grapes! and apples
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So you are telling me that Fritos are vegan?!?
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So you are telling me that Fritos are vegan?!?
Oh yeah!!!
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Growing up, my Mom used to make this recipe called "Hamburger bean pot." It had beef (poor cows), bacon (poor pigs), pinto beans, molasses, and some other kind of sauce. She would top it off with corn chips. I have been meaning to veganize it, I should do that soon!



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Oh yeah!!!
Omg I never knew. I am getting some and making some onion dip with non dairy sour creme . So excited
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Growing up, my Mom used to make this recipe called "Hamburger bean pot." It had beef (poor cows), bacon (poor pigs), pinto beans, molasses, and some other kind of sauce. She would top it off with corn chips. I have been meaning to veganize it, I should do that soon!
Still have a Trader Joes for Soy Chorizo? Or somewhere with Beyond Meat fiesty crumbles? Best stuff to mix with beans and tomato sauce for things like that. I guess you could use Baco's, but I wouldn't
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Still have a Trader Joes for Soy Chorizo? Or somewhere with Beyond Meat fiesty crumbles? Best stuff to mix with beans and tomato sauce for things like that. I guess you could use Baco's, but I wouldn't
TJ is about 45 minutes away, but I try not to eat soy because it murders my intestines. I wonder what I could use instead. Lentils maybe? The sauce and chips are what make it. As a kid, I would always eat around the bean and scoop up the beans with the chips. I have the recipe in a box somewhere (we're still unpacking). As for the fake bacon, maybe just add some liquid smoke? I feel like this would be a trial and error recipe



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Anyone know if the BBQ fritos are vegan
I just checked and wow, it looks like they are. The only iffy ingredient is 'natural flavors'. Probably have to call the company on that one.

They don't have pig enymes in 'em. Frito-Lay has a list of US products made without pig enzymes, since they previously used them.

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Bac-Os pretty much fail in anything wet. The flavor and color leech out, leaving you with really unappealing, mushy, tasteless lumps of defatted soy protein.
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Oh man, my mom had this recipe that was so good, I'll have to ask her for it.

She's right here.

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Cream cheese, roto tomatoes, and sausage. It went amazing with Fritos. I'm sure TSP would work as well, I had it when I ate meat and it was the best thing in the world
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