Mardi Gras Frito Pie

Mardi Gras has hit Denver! One of the things on my bucket list is to attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Well, that’s not going to happen this year, I mean tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, and the end of Mardi Gras. And my private jet is in the shop. Just kidding. Although wouldn’t it be cool to have a private jet? Anyway, I digress. So I’m feeling Mardi Gras-ish and decided that in light of tomorrow being Fat Tuesday, I decided to make Frito Pie. Now, I used to give my mother-in-law such a hard time about Frito pie, because this was the meal she decided to make when Flip-man’s dad got out of the hospital for a heart attack. So needless to say, I’ve had a kinda of a mental block about Frito Pie…and what an idiot I’ve been! It’s so darn yummy!

This is an Emeril recipe (Have I mentioned that I LOVE Emeril, yeah I know only every time I make something from one of his cookbooks). This is from Emeril’s “Every day is a Party” cookbook. If you don’t have this cookbook run out to Barnes & Noble or simply go to Amazon and get it!

So here we go with the Mardi Gras Frito Pie…Chop up two cups of onion.

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Throw the onion in a pan with 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne.

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Grab 2 pounds of beef and throw that in the I used Chili meat and regular ‘ol ground beef I had in the freezer.

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Brown up the meat.
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While the meat is browning gather all your spices together. Starting with 1 Tablespoon of Chili powder.
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Then add 1 teaspoon Cumin and 1 teaspoon of Oregano.
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Now back to the meat, it should be nice and brown. A side note, Emeril’s recipe calls for 2 pounds of bottom round…but I just used ground beef because I was hungry and it was what I had.

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Strain the grease off the meat.
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I don’t know why but I thought this was a good picture. Have I mentioned that I love photographs? Oh yeah, Frito pie. Add 2 cups of beef broth.
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Then add a 28 ounce can of whole tomatoes.
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Then add 1/2 cup of tomato paste.
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Then throw your spices in the pan.
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Add 1 Tablespoon of Garlic. Which me in my airhead self almost forgot! Don’t be like me…gotta have the garlic!

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Let that cook for a while until it thickens. I think I let my bubble for 30-45 minutes. During that time I finished making the King Cake for tomorrow! Oh yeah baby, Mardi Gras at the Ashton house!

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Then you grab a bowl and put some Fritos in it and put a little cheese on top of the Fritos. Now Emeril said to get 8 of the little bags of Fritos and fill up the bag with the chili, cheese, etc. Which would be fun and I’ll do that next year (Lord willing) but I just bought a couple bags of Fritos at the store, so we’re going the old boring bowl way today.

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Then add the chili, some more cheese, some jalapenos, and more cheese.
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Oh yeah baby! Mardi Gras!
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Here’s the handy printable! Enjoy!

Mardi Gras Frito Pie

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  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 2 Cups Beef Broth
  • 28 oz Can whole tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 2 Cups Chopped Onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1 Bag Fritos
  • 1/2 cup Tomato paster
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic



  • Brown onion with cayenne until wilted, about 4 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain grease. Return meat to pan, add 2 cups of beef broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic and the spices. Cook until thickened, 30-45 minutes. In a bowl, add Fritos. Top with chili, cheese, sour cream and jalapenos. Then pretend you are in New Orleans enjoying Mardi Gras!
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