I have to say, I had a suspicion. Not long after I had moved, I got a phone call from my friend Michael. You might remember him from his attempts to surprise his girlfriend Denise with a homemade sandwich or when he passed by and devoured all my Pasta with Tempeh Bolognese. I was very happy to hear from him because – well, I do miss my old friends.
He was telling me that he and Denise were going on a three weeks roundtrip through the US. It was supposed to be the first big travel they’d do together so Michael’s comment that “we will come and visit you when we are back – and everything went well” seemed innocent enough. Although the tone in which he said it was a bit… ominous.
True enough, I got the answer to my question because as it turned out, he popped THE question during the trip and she answered Yes!
Now the happy – and engaged! – couple was coming here for a visit. I had found out that, Michael being Michael, he proposed to her in some – well – Mexico-inspired food place in San Antonio (or was it Houston? I keep forgetting).
All after having been along the west coast from north to south, staying over in Vegas. Guess it just wasn’t meant to be there. Or too much of a cliché maybe. Anyway, I thought we had to celebrate the happy event with food in style of how it came about, so I was trying to think up a nice vegan dish that one might get in the restaurant of proposal.
Having browsed the interwebs for a bit something got my attention and the idea was born: I was going to make a Vegan Frito Pie. A Frito Pie is a layered casserole-like dish, with corn chips, chilli, and cheese. I kept it fairly basic and prepared a tasty vegan chilli with black beans, corn, bell pepper, and onion. Add with the gluten-free chips to a baking dish and top with a good amount of vegan cheese. Only a couple of minutes in the oven and the Vegan Frito Pie is done.
When the two came for their visit and I served our dinner, they immediately understood what it referred to. Though Denise complained that it wasn’t authentic enough: “Your food tastes much better than what we got in that restaurant…” 🙂
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A Frito Pie is a layered casserole-like dish, with corn chips, chilli, and cheese. I kept it fairly basic and prepared a tasty vegan chilli with black beans, corn, bell pepper, and onion. Add with the gluten-free chips to a baking dish and top with a good amount of vegan cheese. Only a couple of minutes in the oven and the Vegan Frito Pie is done
- 1 bag organic tortilla chips (gluten free)
- 15 oz (400 g) canned diced tomatoes
- 7 oz (200 g) can corn
- 15 oz (400 g) can black beans
- salt, pepper to raste
- hot sauce to taste
- 1 Tbs Coconut blossom sugar (optional)
- Splash balsamico
- 3.5 oz (100 g) vegan cheese for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 390°F (200°C).
- Add the diced tomatoes, corn, and black beans to a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Season with salt, pepper, and some hot sauce, if you like. One Tbs of sugar and a splash of balsamic give the mix an extra touch. You can also add extra veggies of your choice, such as bell pepper, or maybe some onion. Be creative. The mix should not be too liquid so that the pie doesn’t end up soggy.
- Now lay down the tortilla chips into a baking dish. Add the tomato-veggie mix on top and sprinkle with the vegan cheese.
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes and enjoy!