Frito Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich {recipe}

Frito Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, so we’re celebrating by posting a grilled cheese sandwich every day. This is No. 23. See all of our grilled cheese sandwiches >> here << .

When we were little and Mom bought those snack bag chips in the variety “pack” that is so big it’s basically a pallet…

…we all always went for those nuclear orange Cheetos first, then Doritos, then the flimsy crisp Lay’s potato chips. Even when there were no other chips left, no other snacks in the entire pantry, no edible food in the entire house, no one would ever touch the Fritos. The bags would just sit there prisoned by the plastic film all pushed to one side of the big box, because Fritos were, like orange skittles and Special Dark miniatures, the worst.

Until now.
Frito Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
I don’t know what happened to my brain between elementary school and now that suddenly I am all over Fritos.

Oh wait, I do know.

Frito Pie happened.

Frito Pie as an adult happened.
Frito Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
I grew up with Frito Pie, a nachos-style Texas mess of Fritos, chili, cheese and carious other toppigs, spending almost all of my pre-middle school life in Texas. But the connection between Frito Pie and Fritos was never there for me, even though the word “Frito” is like, right there. I just ate Frito Pie in he cafeteria or whenever because the entire thing together was awesome.

Fritos by themselves, like I said, were not.
Frito Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
But suddenly the entire free world is having a nostalgia moment for a childhood in Texas that they never had (or maybe they did), and Frito Pie is on the table.

In the TasteSpotting HQ Kitchen.

In a grilled cheese sandwich.

And I have happily, very greedily been munching on a party size bag of Fritos for an entire week.
Frito Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Frito Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

makes 1 sandwich


2 tablespoons oil for cooking (I used grapeseed)
2 tablespoon butter, softened
2 slices sturdy bread, any kind, though if you can find Texas Toast, that is PERFECT
2 tablespoon sour cream (I didn’t use sour cream because I don’t know)
handful shredded cheddar cheese
basic beef chili (recipe here)
optional garnished: chopped onions, fresh cilantro, sliced scallions, jalapeƱos, tomatoes


Heat olive oil in a frying pan over low heat.

Spread the outside of both slices of bread with softened butter. If you’re using sour cream, spread the other side of each slice of bread, the “insid