The 7-Eleven Frito Pie: Feeding Drunks and Stoners Everywhere

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I'd just walked into my local 7-Eleven to pick up a six-pack of beer. While walking back from the cooler, I saw a round and wobbling man standing in front of the cheese and chili dispenser. He had One hand on the chili dispensing button. The other was cupped below it. "Well this is going to be good," I thought.

Thankfully, the guy wasn't trying to eat processed meat out of his palm. He was squirting chili into an opened bag of Fritos.

I leaned in, probably a bit too close for two drunk strangers in a convenience store, and asked him what he was up to. "Oh man, you've never seen this?" He asked. And I hadn't, at least not quite like this. So I asked him what he called it, but he had no clue. "I don't know, but if you've had some beers... this shit is delicious," he mumbled.

My plastered friend might not have had a name for his creation -- but I did. That was Frito pie. And I got right to work building my own.

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Fritos pie is nothing new. The dish was popular enough to lend it's name to Kaleta Doolin's book about Fritos corn chips. I ate a fancy version made with venison chili when reviewing Tillman's Road House but that was in a bowl. I asked my friends on Twitter and Facebook, and they said that bagged-Fritos pie was a staple at high school football games back in the day. Another said you could get it at the state fair. But I'm smitten that you can have Fritos pie any time you like at tens of thousands of 7-Eleven locations around the country.

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I grabbed a bag myself, carefully opened the top, and rolled back the foil a little to get better access to the chips. Pros pull out scissors and cut the bag along the side for better access, but I'm no pro. 7-Eleven doesn't have any scissors laying around, anyway.

I started with a healthy dose of chili (watch out: it's hot and you can burn your hand through the bag) then inundated the bag with processed cheese. I topped the mess off with some salsa, ten or so pickled jalapeno slices, and then a packet and a half of yellow mustard.

Out front, with a plastic spoon, a six pack of Tecate dutifully sat by my side, I enjoyed the fruits of my labor. A few seconds later a white car pulled up with its windows rolled down. ""Dude, did you really just make a custom Frito Pie?" The driver asked, his eyes pink and sleepy. "I did," I told him and then asked him how he recognized the snack. "Man, I used to make that shit all the time back in high school," he told me, and then held up his hand for a high five.

I indulged the gesture, and then got back to the task at hand. I wish I had known about this in high school.


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103 comments
txgirl11
txgirl11

OMG I never thought of that, I'll have to try it someday. Maybe it should be called the drunk man's goulosh. 

Bryanstepanian
Bryanstepanian

Not a east or west thing but it is old school. Hot cheetos and cheese the best

Melanie
Melanie

Scott - Did you never get Frito Pie at Hard Times in Old Town Alexandria?  When I lived there we would go all the time.  I actually loved their Terlingua Red chili frito pie.  Now, my chili is better...but it also takes 8 hours and requires grinding a lot of chilis from scratch.  As Texas at chili is, there really is not a great place that I know of to pick up chili around here.  Makes me miss Hard Times a lot - even if you had to ignore the folks eatting Cincinati chili over spaghetti (crazy folks!). Hmmm.. I am starting to crave chili and fritoes this weekend! 

Tenebrae23
Tenebrae23

The argument isn't whether to call it Frito or Fritos pie. It's whether that glop that comes out of the nozzle marked "chili" is, in fact, chili.

Jahlyn_stewart
Jahlyn_stewart

I went to DISD schools & there was a lunch called Fiesta Salad. You were given Fritos, bean chili, lettuce, cheese & salsa. The idea was to mix it all together.It was the BOMB!So, call me what you will, but I might throw some lettuce on my frito pie & not give a damn what people say.

Lonestarlova
Lonestarlova

It''s definitely frito pie and it has always been delicious with mustard for the past 33 years i have been eating it.

Marcp17a
Marcp17a

Cool 7-11 employees let you use a big gulp cup...

Me
Me

Been doing that since middle school! Good stuff. I've used and seen others use doritos and hot cheetos. Cheetos are a little more messy.

Evilisa
Evilisa

I remember in elementary school in South Oak Cliff (late 60's early 70's) that Frito Pie was your option for lunch if you did not like what was being served.  The Cafeteria lady would take scissors, lay the bay down on your tray and cut a cross on the front of the bag.  Fill it it chili and your choice of onions or cheese. 

MBM
MBM

Fucking genius.  I can't believe I haven't done this before.

therrick
therrick

Man, I never did that. We would always just go to the Whataburger drive-thru order a mess of taquitos and try not to fall asleep in line.

Marvin_Lee
Marvin_Lee

When you're drunk almost everything that you can get hot or out of a dispenser in 7-11 will taste good.  But Tecate?  Go for broke and get the 40nof Bud Ice.

Ben
Ben

People also buy taquitos which are 2 for $2, and get them in one of the hot dog boxes, then make makeshift enchiladas with them. 7-Eleven has pretty good pico de gallo in the little trays next to the chili machine. Ron White the comedian has a whole bit about eating 7-Eleven hot dogs and just loading them down with free stuff back when he was broke and selling storm windows door-to-door in Highland Park. I think the story was he always met his fellow salesmen at one of the Park Cities 7-Elevens for lunch. It's an awesome bit he does for his stand up act.

gabbahey
gabbahey

Shiiiit, that's the way they used to serve us Frito Pie in the MISD lunch lines back in the 80's.

Yes, very redneck, you expect any more from the likes of Mesquite?

doesthispostmakemybuttlookbig?
doesthispostmakemybuttlookbig?

Man, this doesn't remind me of old times, at all! LOL....we used to never do this back in the day...OMG...was just reminiscing with my fictional friends about all the times we would never do this....good times, indeed! Cool story, bro.

Kerin Rodriguez
Kerin Rodriguez

Ollllld skoooool! Try it with Doritos too. Yep. This was the after-school snack on the way home (since we all rode DART to & from school!).  Catch a 7-11 at a bus stop?! You're in business. LOL

mark
mark

Is it totally wrong to add lettuce? I did this in front of friends. I was ostracized like almost never before.

Mervis
Mervis

OK, upgraded the beer huh?

Mustard? I don't get that. Always 86 that shite of my foot long cheese coney at Sonic.

What about the onions? No onions....no Frito Pie.

Sachary
Sachary

DAMN! beat me to the post. I was going to do this for my blog soon. Next time try it with Flammin' Hot Cheetos. it's soooo much better.

quahog_convo
quahog_convo

Lol, some 7-11s are mean and won't let you do this.

Dmkergo
Dmkergo

goes with diarrhea on the go

Mervis
Mervis

But then you would have a Fiesta Salad.

Mervis
Mervis

We used to eat those nasty heat em up burritos at 2:30, or sometimes 4:30 (it was Chicago afterall.)

cp
cp

Oh hell I'll have to look for that on youtube!

Mervis
Mervis

Put it all in a tortilla and you have a Frito Burito Supreme and nobody thinks any differently of you.

 Margie Hubbard
Margie Hubbard

I say yes to the onions, but mustard?  Never had it on a Frito pie.  Never even seen it until now.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Agreed on the onion. 

I was doing independent Frito Pie research recently (since I had a can of Wolf Brand Chili sitting around) and apparently mustard is a completely acceptable topping. But I'm with you, mustard and chili aren't friends. Sour cream is besties with chili.

Phelps
Phelps

That's why you don't ask, you just do it and walk up to the counter with it.  What are they going to do, tell you to take the chili off the chips and put them back on the shelf?

cp
cp

See, now that's where I start to argue. I mean, fine, just figure out how much four squirts of chili and cheese cost. Oh wait, the price of a hot dog? Okay then charge me for that then. (most of the people behind the counter at 7-11 weren't hired because amazing critical thinking skills...)

Mervis
Mervis

Just buy a hot dog too and don't eat it.

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

 Right the day someone taught me to just fill the nacho boat with cheese and remove the bag o chips entact, only to dip into the cheese/chilli filled boat upon arriving at my destination had to quadruple my haul

Small town West Texas7-11 or Whataburger across town and the cops knew what went down at the WB so if you were smart you stayed out of there

thefncrow
thefncrow

Mustard is a good addition.  It does seem a little odd, but the way to figure out that the combination of chili and mustard is good is when you're eating a chili dog and get that combination of the mustard on the dog with the chili on top. 

just sayin'
just sayin'

Sorry, Mervis. Didnt mean to type that there. I meant to type it under the dude that put lettuce on a frito pie. I completely agree with your post. To me, a frito pie consists of only 4 ingredients. Fritos, onion, shredded cheese, and chili. I don't know if I could replace the shredded cheese with that awful processed cheese sauce. Maybe after a few bong rips.

cp
cp

I like mustard on my sloppy joes. 

Mervis
Mervis

I can see the acid/fat thing as a way to cut the richness of the "dish". I just don't like it. My weird thing.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

 I'm not even sure sogged out would be a bad thing. Kinda like chilaquiles. Too bad you can't get a fried egg there.

Sachary
Sachary

Not if you eat like a beast.

NatWu
NatWu

Cut up the hot dog and throw it in there!

Mervis
Mervis

Me either but when you are 21 and totally sfaced at 4:30 AM you didn't know any better.

Mervis
Mervis

Good point on that Not Your Cheese sauce. All depends on tastebud and brain condition.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

you could disassemble a sausage/egg and cheese biscuit for the egg

NatWu
NatWu

The difference is all in the bag, man!

Mervis
Mervis

Isn't that a footlong coney without the bun and add Fritos? Man I'm all confused now. ;)

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