Frito Pie

I miss playing music.  It’s almost impossible to play my viola with the kids awake (they want to touch and see and yell at me if I say no) and I can’t play when they are asleep…what if they wake up?  We can’t have that.  *sigh*  Someday soon I’ll get my chops back.


Frito Pie 3

In high school I was in orchestra, a fiddle performance group, marching band, and concert band.  Yep.  I was a Band Nerd and an Orch Dork.  I can actually play a lot of different instruments.  I play piano, viola, violin, mallet percussion (think xylophone type instruments), and lots of other miscellaneous percussion instruments…tom drums, congos, bongos, tambourine, chimes, cymbals, calves, guiro, castanets, well you get the idea.  I was in the PIT (Percussion in Training) for band.  It’s not what you think.  PIT is an old term used and carried over to modern application.  The PIT is it’s own mini ensemble within the band.  Here.  This will help explain (the PIT is the the bottom left corner of the floor).  I went to high school and performed with the majority of these people, this drumline’s instructors were my instructors.

While I was at Gilbert High, we started the WGI program.  WGI (Winter Guard International) is a spring competitive program wheres drumlines and color guards can compete with other schools around the country/world for top ranking.  It’s amazing and so incredibly fun.  I really can’t describe the rush and intensity to anyone who hasn’t played in or attended a WGI competition.  {check out the link, there is video}


Frito Pie 1

After my real freshman year of college, I went and did Drum Corps (pronounced: Core).  Not familiar?  Drum corps is like marching band, on crack.  It’s all drums and brass and color guard.  DCI is a 3 month, super intense, competitive performance circuit that takes place across the country.  You may have seen finals on your local PBS channel in August.  There are different divisions based on corps size (memebers) and level of playing ability.  Div 1’s (GO SVC! {watch}  Ok, Cavys too, their PIT is amazing! {watch}) are the cream of the crop and it trickles down to Div 3.  The first half of the season is regional.  I was in DCM (Drum Corps Mid-West), then the second half of the season is national.  Corps travel any and everywhere to compete against the best of the best.  What a rush!!

The point to all that was to say Mike plays drums too.  When we started dating we found out we knew many of the same people. And that when I was living in Ohio for drum corps, I got introduced to Frito Pie.  Mmmmm.  And it’s National Cornchip Day.  So I made you all Frito Pie for lunch.  Dig in!

Frito Pie 2


Cornchip Day ~ Frito Pie
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 6
  • I bag Fritos cornchips (original, not the scoops)
  • 2 cans Wolf brand chili, no beans (or your favorite chili)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a 13″ x 9″ baking dish, layer cornchips, then chili and top with cheese. Bake for 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and chili is warmed through. Serve warm.
You can make individual portions (for a party or camping) by buying the small Fritos bags.  Just cut off one side of the bag, top the chips with hot chili, and top with cheese.  Let everything hang out for a second so the cheesy gets melty and the chips and chili become friends.






  1. says

    Yummy! I did not know you played the strings! I knew about the pit and drumline.

    Yay for learning more about you!

    There's a brand here called B&L and it is the best ever!


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