12 May, 2011  |   2 Comments

Recipe: Helen Jane’s Frito Pie

If you’ve known me on the internet since I’ve moved to wine country, you know that I love me some bocce.

Considered one of the most ancient games in the world, I like to think of it as a blend of darts, bowling, pool and curling.
Playing bocce wine country style means that there’s amazing food and drink to share.


Tonight is our first game, meeting up again, as we do every Thursday.
We’re playing the Industrial Gluttons.
That’s their team name.

Our team name is Joanie Loves Bocce.
If I could, I would bring bocce to your town.

Joanie Loves Bocce logo 1

The courts don’t take up a terrible amount of space, certainly nothing your local park couldn’t spare.
The game encourages community interaction.
This interaction brings about respect, because almost certainly, the older the player, the better the player.

Caffo drinks Old Milwaukee

Our team comes up with a weekly food theme, and each person on the team brings a dish that goes with the theme.
That means that every week from May through August, we share a potluck.


This week’s theme is Trailer Park Americana.
I’m bringing Frito Pie.

2 medium bags Fritos
1 lg. onion, chopped
16 oz package grated Mexican blend cheese
2 15 ounce cans of chili

Open cans of chili and add to a saucepan, heat to bubbling.
Put one bag Fritos in a baking dish or pie pan.
Distribute chopped onions and half of cheese over Fritos.
Pour heated chili over onions and cheese.
Top with remaining Fritos and cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Easy peasy.

Go Joanie!


2 thoughts on “Recipe: Helen Jane’s Frito Pie

  1. 1
    Gayle says:

    If you want to go super Mid-West on this one, it’s worth tracking down (or actually making) Skyline-brand Cincinnati-style chili.
    Also good is what we always called Cincinnati Pie: Take a room temp brick of cream cheese, schmear in bottom of pie pan. Dump Cincy chili on top, spread evenly. Dump shredded cheddar on top of that, also spread evenly. Bake at 350 until desired brown, bubblyness is achieved (about 20 minutes). Serve with Fritos (the big scoop kind are best) and cheap beer (Stroh’s, Milwaukee’s Beast, High Life).
    None of this is health food.

  2. 2
    Helen Jane says:

    Gayle, I’m not sure if you know how much I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Cincinnati Pie.

    (I had a Cincinnatian roommate who introduced me to the stuff.)

    I’m hoping to head to Ohio this fall and plan to ship back as many cans as my little pocketbook can accommodate.

    Brava! Brilliant!

Hooray for replies!