Wow, nice to see you here Jimbo! The Chili Pie Casserole is a dish that some here may not have heard of. It's an evolution of basic Chili Pie. And thanks for the tip of how to keep the Fritos crispy in that dish. They would surely turn to mush if not pre- baked like you said. I would like to hear your thoughts on the info from Mellow's link above. You have somehow caused me to think we need a time line of the whole Frito Chili Pie deal.
So... when did Fritos hit the market? Looks like Elmer Doolin bought the basic recipe from someone in San Antonio for $100 in 1932. Accounts differ as to who was paid this money. I'll go with Wiki's version that it was a small chip manufacturer who also included some equipment in tha deal for Doolin's 100 bucks. Next, Elmer and his brother started baking about 10 lbs. a day of the corn chips, with the help of their mom, in her kitchen. They were sold for 5c a bag and generated a whoping $10 a day in sales. !n 1933 sales increased at a rapid rate and production was moved to Houston and Dallas.
That was probably the year my Grandfather met Elmers mom Daisy Doolin. He just told me she was the mother of the guys who invented Fritos and never mentioned her, or her sons, by name. So Im going w/ 1933 as the year he told Daisy that Fritos were good to eat w/ Wolf Brand Chili. But he warned her to put the Fritos on top of the chili, or just eat then on the side instead of Saltine Crackers. I remember Pawpaw saying something about her sons thinking this was a good idea but that they didn't like Wolf or any kind of chili. Now that was something, as a kid, that I thought was weird! I didn't know anyone who didn't love chili.
My first memory of eating Frito Chili Pie w/ my Pawpaw was when I was about 5 yrs. old and that would have been around 1952. And I always remember it being called Frito Chili Pie. Pleanty of folks in Dallas were eating Frito Chili Pie by then.
So the big question is??? When was the first Frito Chili Pie served to a paying consumer? Was it maybe in 1960, by a drug store cafateria, in New Mexico? This was 7 yrs. after Chili Pie was a common dish in Texas homes. I'm bettin some place in Texas was serving it befor then. But who was it?
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