Frito Chili Pie {GF}

From the moment I found out that Fritos are gluten free (which was pretty early into my eating gluten free), I’ve been wanting to make a Frito pie. I finally decided to make it last night, and I am happy I did. It was quick, easy and yummy! I got the recipe from Big Oven.

Ingredients (Serves 6; Ready in about 45 minutes)

  • 1 bag Frito style chips (regular)
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 16-oz can of chili (GF)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 cups cheese (chedder)
  • 1 medium onion; diced
  • 1 package taco seasoning (McCormick‘s is GF)

Steps

1. Cook beef in skillet. After browned, add onion and taco seasoning packet.

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2. In 9×13 inch baking pan, layer the ingredients two times, in this order; Fritos, corn, chili, seasoned meat, cheese.

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3. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted.

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4. Let cool and serve.

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We served rice as the side dish. Also, you can add refried beans to the chili, if you’d like! I will definitely make this recipe again. It also tastes great as left overs (not soggy)! I would know, because I am eating it now.

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3 Tips For Surviving Gluten-Free Holidays

I am happy to report that I have successfully made it through my first ‘holiday’ season as a diagnosed Celiac! It was not nearly as hard as I imagined it would be. But if I was going to offer tips to my fellow gluten-free folks, I would have three suggestions:

1. Always offer to bring a dish when going to a guest’s house to eat.¬†

This is a great way to know that there will be something gluten-free for you to eat. You can even bring two dishes if you want to have options. Don’t go the easy route and only bring dessert. Make sure what you bring will be enough to fill you up for the evening, so you aren’t miserable…and ‘hangry.’

2. Bake gluten-free treats for your co-workers, family and friends.

This is the perfect time of year to show off how delicious gluten-free food can be. Even though there are tons of great options out there, most people think that gluten-free eaters are deprived. Prove them wrong by bringing the best gluten-free recipe you’ve got!

3. Mentally prepare to ‘turn down’ all the gluten-filled desserts offered to you.

This can be really hard, especially for new gluten-free eaters. Although the cake and cookies look good right now, your health is your first priority. Its not worth jeopardizing your diet for temporary (and I mean very temporary) satisfaction.

Also, as a side note, I finally got my Face of Gluten Free Contest finalist shirt in the mail! I literally jumped for joy when I opened the package. I have never felt more proud to be gluten-free!

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