Anthony Bourdain Called the Frito Pie "Crap in a Bag," and Then He Blamed It on Texas

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Watching Anthony Bourdain talk Frito pie with the camera on his latest episode of Parts Unknown, you knew things were about to get ugly. He quoted The Boss' "Blinded By The Light," but the "deuce" he referenced in describing the loose chili dropping from a ladle into a bag of Fritos did not describe a vintage hot rod. And in case the innuendo wasn't immediately clear to his viewers, Bourdain drove the point home.

"It feels like you're holding a warm crap in a bag." he said, as he held his new prize. And then, kicking the regional food classic while it was down, he added the exceedingly visual "colostomy pie."

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

Bourdain is obviously taking some heat from Frito pie enthusiasts, who exist for some reason, and who didn't find humor in his colorful commentary. Bourdain's reference to canned Hormel chili was also offensive because the chili in question was home-made. (This says much about the cooking you can expect at the Santa Fe Five and Dime General Store.)

Despite the toilet humor set-up, Bourdain eventually affirmed that the dish was delicious (and also against everything the he stands for) later in the show. Still, he has apologized for the comment, and CNN is attempting to edit the smelly jokes out of subsequent airings.

Whether Bourdain was still being sarcastic when he highlighted Texas' divine right as the birthplace of the Frito pie is hard to tell, but his "let Texas have this one" should be construed as a battle cry. Break out your favorite chili recipes and ready your processed corn chips. It's time to embrace your love of Frito pie.

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jlovell1
jlovell1

As one of the inventors of Texas Fried Fritos Pie - winner of the best tasting new food at the State Fair of Texas in 2010 - I find Anthony Bourdain's comment hilarious! I've watched his show a lot, and seen a bunch of the things he has eaten. Most he does not describe so graphically, but that's usually because he's trying to be respectful of local customs. Let's face it - he's a Yankee. Do you expect him to have a huge respect for Texas traditions? He has a right to his opinion, and should not have even had to apologize.

draftdubya
draftdubya

It's not just a Texas thing anymore I seen them in small shops in Chicago. Now I don't prefer it over a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos covered in nacho cheese, but it's close.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Hasn't Mr Bourdain's schtick outlived it's usefulness 

mikeallen1965
mikeallen1965

Bourdain is a liberal, Yankee, half-a-fag anyway, so who cares what this douchebag thinks?

Go back to your leftist CNN show, and stay the hell out of Texas!

glassman2276
glassman2276

You really have to be familiar with AB before you can accurately "judge" him on this comment. He was just being himself when he said it felt like crap in a bag. It does! Anthony is a bad ass guy and did not in any way intend for this to be a derogatory comment against the south. He is just calling it like it is. Who eats this shit anyway?

trekatch
trekatch

I'll take my homemade chili, freshly shredded sharp cheddar and frito's....no processed cheese and cheap chili...then you have some good eating!

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Two things here:

AB is a douche nozzle, AND he's right, Frito Pie is "crap in a bag".  Someone handed me one a couple of weeks ago, I said thanks, and threw that bag of hot gelatinous mess in the trash. I definitely don't understand SOUTHERN, Western I can deal with, but Southern just means poor diet, cheap food, grease, fat, lard, racism and more cheap food. 

J_A_
J_A_ topcommenter

I love Anthony Bourdain and I'm enjoying his show on CNN more than I anticipated. People freak out about the dumbest shit

Thornton
Thornton

I wouldn't blame him - that indeed does look like a bag of hot feces. If I ever eat frito pie, it's with real cheese, in a bowl. That looks disgusting.

twofedoras
twofedoras

As a pessimist, it is obvious he actually likes the flavor despite every culinary reason not to. I'd chalk this one up as a win.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Who cares what he thinks; Bourdain needs to get back into the kitchen and take care of business at Les Halles....last time I was there (Park Ave South original) it had gone down hill significantly......the equivalent of Frito Pie In A Bag bad !



everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Tony has been noticeably more sober on the CNN Parts Unknown than on No Reservations.  I think this has an adverse effect on the show.

Jamal4
Jamal4

I cannot believe how much play this is getting.  Frito pie is disgusting and delicious at the same time.  And I prefer mine in a boat or a bowl, but he's spot the fuck on about how it feels in your hand if you go the old school route.  He shouldn't have backed off a bit.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Bourdain never has a middling opinion about anything.  I've hated some of the things he's said, and I've loved some of the things he's said.  Nothing could be funnier and more spot on than his devastating remarks about the obnoxious Rachel Ray.

Jake_Stone
Jake_Stone

I absolutely love Bourdain; I mean he's a hero of mine. Read "Kitchen Confidential" and "Bone in the Throat". But I'll never forget the day I heard him say he feels more at home in these obscure foreign countries he visits than he does in the US South. The epitome of the arrogant New Yorker who feels the entire world revolves around the city.

jamesrademacher2
jamesrademacher2

@kergo1spaceship , Actually the dish in question is SOUTHWESTERN and it's good to see you're so bigoted against Southerners.  

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

The only thing worse than that mess in a bag, is all that shite they serve at the Fair......I tried to be optimistic when I went to said Fair on Sunday, but the only folks I saw eating all that deep fried crap was "bigguns", folks in scooters, and people with no sleeves on. When I was ordering DF King Ranch Chicken, a lady in a scooter ran over my foot, and didn't even apologize; best I could surmise, is that she was in a rush to mainline grease into her septic, bloated cavity.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Jake_Stone

"I'll never forget the day I heard him say he feels more at home in these obscure foreign countries he visits than he does in the US South".......I've said this many times, I'm afraid of the deep South, and I'm white. I avoid Southern states at all cost....AT ALL COST. You can almost feel the hate. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@jamesrademacher2 


Darn it, it is!  I was certain anything that involved both licking one's fingers and pouring chili in a bag was southern. And let's just say I'm not a fan of the south......let's just be Christian, and put it that way. 

ChrisYu
ChrisYu topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship @Jake_Stone      what a generalization. that's like blaming the bomb attacks on the good people of Boston. good to see you back by the way.

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