My party choices were between an Oscars Party (still on my must do list one day!) and a Texas Independence Day Party since March 2nd was Texas Independence Day. Being the proud Texan I am I chose the former, obviously.
Frito Pie seemed like the perfect food for a crowd, just make a big batch of chili and serve it over Fritos along with a few toppings and voila!
I spruced up the house with a few Texas decorations and before dinner, we recited the Texas Pledge of Allegiance. We also had Texas sheet cake for dessert but I somehow forgot to photograph that! We also did 2 rounds of Texas trivia which was a crowd pleaser. I copied these questions for the "easy side" and then found some general questions about Texas that weren't multiple choice.
Mark your calendars for next year or this would be great for a spring or summer get together anytime!
I'm lucky I even got some pictures of the chili! It was gobbled up fast with everyone eating seconds too! Definitely double or triple the recipe if you are having a big crowd!
recipe slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman
2 pounds ground beef (I used ground chuck for a group but for just my family would use a leaner cut)
1 can (12 To 14 ounce) tomato Sauce
1 can (10 Ounce) Ro-tel (diced tomatoes and chilies)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
2 Tablespoons chili powder (more To Taste)
1 can (14-ounce) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (14-ounce) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 bags of 10 ounce Fritos or individual bags of Fritos
Grated Cheddar Cheese
Brown ground beef with garlic in a pot over medium-high heat. Add tomato sauce, Rotel, salt, oregano, cumin, and chili powder. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add drained and rinsed beans. Stir to combine, then cover and simmer for another 20-30 minutes until thoroughly melded.
Remove from heat. Serve over Fritos and top with grated cheese, diced onion and sour cream if desired.