Yes, I said it. We make ours with lean ground meat and black beans and whip up our mashed potatoes with the skins on. The next day, we zap a leftover slice in the microwave for an instant taco salad.
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Compare that to your typical grocery store taco shell ingredient list and you’ll be shocked. It includes things like partially hydrogenated oils. And Doritos have a number of not-so-healthy ingredients, including MSG and preservatives.
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Frito Shepherd’s Pie
Sour cream is a classic topping for Mexican dishes, but it’s also fantastic with potatoes, so it adds the perfect flavor note to the recipe, and turns our Frito Pie into a delicious cross between a tasty taco and a pan of loaded potato skins.
So if you’re tired of pizza (or looking for a gluten-free indulgence), consider this wonderful one-dish dinner. It’s easy to make and tastes fantastic with an ice cold beer, which puts it smack on our game day menu for this weekend’s Super Bowl. (FYI - For suggestions on gluten-free beers, click here.)
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1-1/2 cups mashed potatoes
(*see recipe at end or use leftovers)
1/2 cup sour cream
1-3/4 cups whole Fritos Corn Chips + 1/4 cup crushed Frito chips for garnish
1 to 1-1/2 pounds ground meat made into chili or taco meat filling
8 ounces Monterey Jack, Cheddar, or taco cheese mix, shredded
1 jalapeno pepper, cut into rings (optional)
Prep Step—Make your mash: Re-warm leftover mashed potatoes in a microwave or on stovetop. Whisk in sour cream. To make mashed potatoes from scratch, see the directions at the end of this recipe. Set finished mashed potatoes aside.
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Layer 1—Fritos: Line the bottom of a 10-inch oven-proof skillet or cast iron pan (or casserole dish or deep dish pie pan) with a single layer of whole Fritos corn chips (about 1-3/4 cups).
Layer 2—Meat: Heat your chili or taco meat until it’s nice and hot, and then evenly spoon it over the layer of corn chips in the pan, covering the chips completely.
Layer 3—Cheese: Sprinkle a little over half of the shredded cheese on top of the meat.
Layer 4—Taters: Now dollop the warm mashed potatoes and sour cream from Prep Step over the meat and cheese. Use the back of the spoon to carefully smooth it into a thin, even layer. This is a thin layer so take your time and do it gently.
Layer 5—Garnish: Sprinkle the top of the pie with the rest of the shredded cheese and the final 1/4 cup of crushed Fritos corn chips.
Broil: Finish the pie for a few minutes under a preheated broiler. Watch for the cheese to melt and the potatoes to become lightly browned on their edges. This will take anywhere from 3 to 8 minutes, depending on your broiler. (Check often because broilers can burn things very easily!). Cut into slices and serve immediately. You can further garnish with jalapeno rings, salsa, guacamole, hot sauce, olives, or other favorite toppings you might use for tacos or nachos.
Leftovers: This pie reheats like a dream. A slice of it also makes a great instant taco salad. Warm up a slice in the microwave and break it up over a fresh bowl of lettuce. Throw on some slices of avocado and olives or a fresh dollop of guacamole, and you’re set for a quick, healthy lunch.
TO MAKE FRESH MASHED POTATOES: Start with 3 large (or 6 small) white potatoes, about 1-½ pounds. Wash and cut into thick slices, leaving skins on for better nutrition, and boil for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft when fork tested. Drain well. Follow recipe as directed, mixing potatoes first with sour cream, and continuing.
Super Bowl Boulevard
While Marc and I will be watching the Super Bowl from the warmth of our Queens living room, we’re looking forward to bundling up and checking out the Super Bowl Boulevard. If you live in the NYC area or are visiting for the game, here’s the scoop.
New York is shutting down traffic on a 13-block stretch of Broadway that includes Times Square. This strip from 34th to 47th Streets will be converted into a massive fan zone complete with photo opportunities with the Lombardi Trophy, autograph sessions, live broadcast sets, and a Toboggan Run. (Which begs the question, with the polar vortex looming, do you really think they’ll have to manufacture snow?)
|In celebration of the first “open-air, cold-weather Super Bowl,” |
New York is inviting the public to enjoy this “wintry ride”—
a seven story slide that’s painted to look like the real thing.
Tickets can be purchased for the ride, which will be located
at 40th Street on “Super Bowl Boulevard” aka Broadway.
More info here.
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