The classic Frito Pie dish containing corn chips, chili, and cheese is transformed into a dip you can scoop into your mouth with reckless abandon!
You might think that Frito pie is just a Midwestern dish but think again. Or maybe you have never heard of Frito pie? If not, let me introduce you. It is a humble dish made with corn chips, usually Fritos, and topped with chili and cheese. Simple yet delicious! Once you taste it you think that it can’t get any better, but it can.
I have to tell you a secret. I was never a fan of corn chips growing up, mostly because I snacked on the antipasto and relish trays my mom made. My parents made a lot of Italian food for meals, so naturally, we snacked in the same fashion. Not being exposed to them at an early age might have led to my preference for other snack chips. Enter the husband. Growing up in the south he loves Fritos, still does, so via spousal osmosis, I love them. Ok, like them. Let’s not get carried away…
Another thing I must confess, I am a Bravo Housewives junkie. I watch all of them and my most recent favorite is the one from Dallas. All the different cities are based around the usual affluent housewives, but in Dallas, they were very into charity work along with fighting with each other.
Hosting various charity fundraisers for the causes that are important to them was their main focus. These charity galas were very glamorous and usually black tie, and much to my surprise, right in the center of their buffet tables, sat Frito pie. If it is good enough for a “high-faluntent” charity event, it is good enough for your game day celebration!
When my friend Debi, from the blog Life Currents, asked me to participate in October Tailgating Snacks Month I jumped at the chance. On the blog as in non-internet life, I take tailgating very seriously and I created a recipe that was humble but tasted amazing. Frito pie dip is here to wow you!
Having a creamy base is essential for a cheesy dip so I start with that. A mixture of cream cheese and sour cream, which is a common topping for Frito pie, will go down first. The second most important ingredient is the chili. I used venison chili the hubs made a few days ago and of which I have already eaten a few bowls. There were 4 cups left so I topped my creamy base with it, but feel free to use your own chili recipe. Or if you are short on time you can buy some already prepared.
No judgment here. I love an already cooked rotisserie chicken just as much as the next mom.
Top the chili with copious amounts of shredded cheddar cheese and bake in the oven. What comes out is a bubbling hot skillet of melty cheese and spicy chili. Perfect for dipping.
It wouldn’t be Frito pie without the Fritos or corn chips. My recommendation would be their large scoop version for maximum dip retrieval.
Feel free to use a large serving spoon or shovel to get your dip out of the skillet, just be sure to crumble your Frito chips on top to get the full Frito pie experience. Happy tailgating!
Frito Pie Dip
- 8 ounces of cream cheese
- 16 ounces of sour cream
- 4 cups of chili
- 2 cups of cheddar cheese
- 1 bag of corn chips (I like Fritos Scoops)
Preheat oven to 375F
Mix the sour cream and cream cheese together.
Spread into the bottom of a skillet.
Top with chili.
Cover with cheese.
Bake at 375F for 25 minutes or until bubbly and the cheese is melted.
Serve hot with corn chips!
If you are making snack for the big game, show me and tag me with #Tailgatingsnacks
Check out all the other delicious Tailgating Snacks recipes below from bloggers who took part Tailgating Snacks Month!
- Skillet Pizza Bombs by Life Currents
- Buffalo Chicken Meatball Subs by LeMoine Family Kitchen
- Easy Cheesy Salsa Bean Dip by Bowl me Over
- Spicy Nacho Cheese Pretzels by Hostess at Heart
- Hot Beef & Bean Dip by An Affair from the Heart
- Brown Butter Cinnamon Churro Rice Krispie Treats by Full Belly Sisters
- Curried Beef Roti (Sri Lankan Beef Roti) by The Flavor Bender