Santa Fe abounds with urban legends. One of these is that a lady named Teresa Hernandez invented the Frito Pie in the early 1960’s – at the now defunct Woolworth store on the Plaza. Try to get that one to fly in Texas, though, and they will come after you with big guns.
Fritos were invented near Dallas over 75 years ago (see what you learn by reading this blog!?). It is thought (in Texas) that Daisy Dean Doolin, mother of the Frito-Lay founder, invented the Frito Pie as soon as she got her hands on some Fritos.
Of course, Texas also abounds with urban legends, so it’s hard to tell what the truth may be.
But, we do know that Frito Pies are a combo of Fritos, chili, cheese, and sometimes, onions, and that they are delicious.
We also know that they are served at Gene’s Sandwich Shop right here in Eldorado – and you can even add extra toppings. Plus, you get your Frito Pie in a nice, manageable dish (they were served right in the bag by Woolworths, which added a sense of adventure, but was not worth the spills and burned fingers).
Come by Gene’s to get yours anytime. Maybe we can start a legend that Gene invented the Frito Pie at LaTienda? Nah – the Texans would never go for that one either.
(posted by jessica)