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frito pie poll

calling on you guys to settle some controversy... in this case it's me vs. marc vs. my coworker vs. everyone else, so far. we just can't get along.

Poll #1072632 frito pie

Are you familiar with frito pie?

Huh? (skip to the 'submit' button)
38(48.7%)
I've heard of it
12(15.4%)
I've had it
19(24.4%)
I've made it
9(11.5%)

Do you like it?

Yes
17(50.0%)
Sort of
9(26.5%)
No
8(23.5%)

What ingredients do you think go in it?

Fritos (or equivalent corn chips)
1(2.4%)
Chili
0(0.0%)
Taco meat
0(0.0%)
Unseasoned ground beef
0(0.0%)
Lettuce
0(0.0%)
Tomato
0(0.0%)
Cheese
0(0.0%)
Sour Cream
0(0.0%)
Salsa
0(0.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

Isn't it sort of a stretch to call it "pie"?

Yes
35(85.4%)
No
6(14.6%)

Comments

( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
tiwonge
Oct. 17th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
It was a semi-regular offering at the cafeteria when I worked at the school on the Navajo reservation.

However, I was vegetarian at the time, and it isn't, so I didn't pay too much attention to what was in it. (I certainly don't know if the meat was seasoned taco meat or unseasoned ground beef.) There was salsa and other stuff on the side, I think.
spacefem
Oct. 17th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
ah, reservations... maybe that's why the native american husband thinks it's a taco-related dish. I always thought it was just a chili thing, the idea of using taco meat and salsa sort of blew me away.
jume
Oct. 17th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
usually served in the form of "frito chili pie" for school lunches and also at Sonic I guess?
peacegood
Oct. 17th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
I've recently been introduced to "walking tacos" which if you did not know, is similar, but you take a individual sized frito bag, and add in taco meat, and whatever toppings you want. Mix it up, and eat. I think with your hands, and some paper towels.
electroly
Oct. 17th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
^^^^^^^^^^.

I've never heard of a frito pie, but I have had walking tacos many times. They used to be a frequent menu option for lunches in grade school.
illusio
Oct. 17th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
wow.
belgand
Oct. 17th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
It's actually mainly just a way to serve chili more than anything. Pour at least enough Fritos in a bowl to cover the bottom. Top with chili, cheese, and if you're some sort of degenerate anything else you normally put on your chili. That's it.

Frankly I just put Fritos on top of my chili to begin with so I never really saw the point.

IIRC Chili's used to offer it back in the 80s when they still had a vague pretense to actually serving the stuff. Then again, back then they mainly just had chili, burgers, ribs, fajitas and not much else.
dreamingkat
Oct. 17th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
unseasoned ground beef should never go into anything - except for into a pan/pot with spices to make it something other than unseasoned ground beef.

it's a pie because it's usually served in a pot-pie like container, and it joins dishes such as shepherd's pie in the category of not-sweet and no-crust pies.
kart
Oct. 17th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
Never heard of frito pie, but sometimes we put fritos on top of chili. Grated cheese and sour cream is fine too, but you don't mix it up. Just a little on top.

Back in Pennsylvania, the massive annual chili festival was a native american thing. Maybe the taco/chili distinction is just an eastern/western thing?
deana_in_texas
Oct. 18th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
I had never heard of it until I moved to Texas. After that, I had been scared to try it (because the concepts of "fritos" and "pie" didn't mesh well with my understanding of those words) until maybe 10 months ago (I've been here over 4 years now). My boyfriend made me try it, because he loves it. Now we make them at home about once every few weeks. Just chili, cheese and fritos. MMM
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