Vegan Frito Pie

Vegan MoFo food journal – October 30-31, 2012

This is a recap from the last two days because I was so excited about Halloween I didn’t get on the computer. I’m such a nerd for Halloween. But that is another post.

On Monday night, hubby-to-be requested Frito pie for dinner for Tuesday. Being the worldly person that I am, he had to explain that Frito pie is really just Fritos covered in chili. Ah, yes. I can do that! So I tracked down an awesome vegan chili recipe via Pinterest on It is called Ultimate Vegan Chili and here is the link.

I had to alter the recipe slightly for what I had on hand so here is my version:

Vegan Frito Pie


  • 1 large onion, chopped (2 cups)
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, drained and minced
  • 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped (1½ cups)
  • 1 log, LightLife Gimme Lean veggie ground
  • 3 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¾ tsp. celery salt
  • 3 15-oz. cans chili beans, such as Bush’s Best Chili Beans, partially drained, or 1 can each black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans, partially drained (I used one can each, black, kidney, and pinto)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots (2 to 3 large carrots)
  • 2 Tbs. low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. vegan Worcestershire sauce (Fred Meyer brand is vegan. Watch for anchovies!)


1. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 7 to 10 minutes, or until beginning to brown, stirring often. Add garlic and chipotle chile, and sauté 1 minute more. Stir in mushrooms; cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Add veggie ground, tomato paste, paprika, oregano, chili powder, celery salt, and 1 cup water; cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Add beans, carrots, tamari, and Worcestershire sauce. Cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 1 hour, or until carrots are tender.

3. Pour a layer of Fritos in a bowl. Scoop on chili. Eat!

This was so easy it was ridiculous and it smelled AMAZING! And it made plenty for two people – enough for leftovers for the both of us the next night! HTB grated cheddar cheese on top of his but I thought it rocked without!

The savory chili + salty chips = OMG

Alas, that concludes Vegan Month of Food for me. However I will still have to hold myself accountable for the other 11  months, so I will keep on chugging!


2 responses to “Vegan Frito Pie

  1. That looks good. Hubby would like that one. I’m roasting vegetables for supper tonight! No meat, just vegetables. 🙂 They are pretty tame though – a big head of cabbage, carrots, celery, an onion, and mushrooms. As long as I don’t get on the computer and forget about them and burn them, they should be good!

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