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.