Frito Pie might be my most favorite dish, we certainly make it enough! I was really looking forward to trying Molly’s award winning recipe because I tried her chili before at the Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off, and it was my favorite. I had never made it before because we usually use a ppk recipe that I also love. Molly’s recipe is so much simpler, quicker, and requires almost entirely pantry staples so I am definitely going to make this a lot more. Oh, and it tasted great and was super cheap. It doesn’t get much better than that!
I served it to a couple friends, including two native Texans and they both really enjoyed it and wanted the recipe. In fact, I sold another zine! I forgot that nonvegans always cover their frito pie in cheese and I didn’t have any vegan cheese. I tried to proselytize topping with nooch and the Texans seemed to enjoy that quite a bit. When I told them that I sometimes carry a nooch shaker to top my frito pie at restaurants they thought that was going a bit to far. Whatever, nooch is the shit and it is packed with B-vitmans.
Today Miso for Breakfast is giving away a copy of the zine although I still have a few for sale.
Every post this month for Veganmofo will be celebrating the recipes in the zine Sunny Days in Texas, a fundraiser cookzine to help Sunny Day Farms Animal Sanctuary.
I wanted to make Frito Pie so once I had the chili going I ran to the store to grab some Fritos, alas I once again went to Sun Harvest the worst health food store in town, and once again they didn’t have what I needed, in this case fritos. But the last two times I have gone I tried to get bulk syrup and they were out, tempeh was out, brussel sprouts were out and they stopped making my favorite wrap in the to go section. It is really annoying to have to go all the way up to the co-op to get simple ingredients. I guess I should be thankful that I live in a place that has vegan food at all. Thank you Austin!
This dish turned out totally frakking spectacular. If you are going to be home alone on Thanksgiving or you are non-American or anti-American you should make it because, really it was one of the best combinations I have ever eaten and you will have leftover chili. And it feels like you are eating food that is really bad for you but (except for the chips) it is actually a very healthy meal. I made the tempeh chili from the ppk and it is my new all time favorite chili, although I did add some allspice, some nutmeg, ancho chili powder and a touch of cinnamon. To make the frito pie you just put fritos (or tortialls chips) at the bottom of a bowl top with the chili, cilantro, finely diced red onions and avocado. Or you can do it Texas-ghetto style and just pour the chili into the frito bag along with the toppings and go about your day, chili in hand.
Speaking of Thanksgiving I am super stoked to make a bunch of food when I get off work tonight. My game plan is
Seitan Roulade with Fig and Wild Rice stuffing from the conscious kitchen
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Garlic Gravy from Gourmet
Cranberry Sauce with Dates and Oranges from Gourmet
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with pecans and peal onions
Pumpkin Pie both from the Voluptous Vegan
Stay tuned for the pictures tomorrow!