Football and food from home. A good day . . .
Headlines | January 30, 2020
by Rick White
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My dad, for my birthday, took me to my first professional football game on Sept. 24th, 1960

My dad, for my birthday, took me to my first professional football game on Sept. 24th, 1960 – the first, initial Dallas Cowboy game played in the Cotton Bowl vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dallas lost 35 – 28.
That evening my mom made my requested birthday dinner – Frito Chili Pie.

 It’s been a love affair with both ever since (though the Cowboys are making it tough…)

Frito Chili Pie remains a favorite and given the Super Bowl is 3 days away and Frito Pie is the perfect tailgate, pregame, halftime, post-game treat … here’s how we got there.

In 1895, Lyman Davis started selling Lyman’s Wolf Brand Chili in Corsicana, TX. It stayed there.

In 1924, he sold the brand, formula and his wolf, Kaiser Bill to J.C. West and Fred Slauson, who expanded the brand to most of Texas by the start of the 2nd World War, which by that time had become so popular in the state mothers and wives were sending cans of it to their soldiers during the War.

Hold that thought. It isn’t just chili.

In 1932, at the height of the Depression, C. E. Doolin bought the recipe and manufacturing equipment (a potato ricer modified to extrude cornmeal strips) from Gustavo Olguin in San Antonio. The Doolin family founded the Frito Corporation.

You see where we are going with this?

By 1947, they had plants all over the US, including Los Angeles and Denver.

So, based on this knowledge we can place an earliest date boundary at 1932 for the creation of the world’s truly most exquisite cold day luncheon or supper and football favorite.

The elegant and delicious Texas Frito Chili Pie.

But wait! There’s more!

One place for certain where you could get a Frito pie, served in the original Fritos bag slit open sideways, with Rockyfeller’s famous chili filling the crevices, topped with shredded cheese and diced onions. You could eat it there or take it with you.

So, when did they open in Fort Worth, my hometown? According to Mike Nichols of East Ft. Worth, it began in the 1920s and by 1928 was incorporated as The Rockyfeller System.

So, they were in Ft. Worth when they got the first bag of Fritos, slit it open and poured their chili inside. I do not know when, but I am pretty sure I know who and where the gastronomic extravaganza became popularized.

According to NPR, Who invented Frito pie?

* According to corporate lore, Fritos founder Charles Elmer Doolin's mother, Daisy Doolin, invented the immortal Frito pie not long after her boys created Fritos. At its heart, Frito pie is a simple concoction. In its primal form, even a child could make it.

It didn’t take long after that, until they were eaten daily in Fort Worth at many homegrown favorite burger stands.

God bless the Doolins, Lyman Davis, J.C. West and Fred Slauson, and Robert H. Chesney and E.W. Youngmeyer for their service to humanity.

Special mention to Gustavo Olguin and Kaiser Bill for their contributions as well and especially to my friend Chuck Harvey for pulling this all together.

So - enjoy the game!

Make some Texas Frito Chili Pie!

And call if you have any real estate questions or needs. The phone is almost always on.


Best regards,

Rick White
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