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.
Throw the onion in a pan with 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne.
Grab 2 pounds of beef and throw that in the pot..here I used Chili meat and regular ‘ol ground beef I had in the freezer.
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.
Add 1 Tablespoon of Garlic. Which me in my airhead self almost forgot! Don’t be like me…gotta have the garlic!
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.
Here’s the handy printable! Enjoy!
Mardi Gras Frito Pie
- 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!