What's for dinner .... New Mexico Frito Pie

From the New Mexico Beef Council recipe file. This is a favorite New Mexico meal, very yummy. This is made with New Mexico red chile which if you've never used it before will find it simple enough to make but you may or may not be able to find the dry ingredient in a store near you so you can order it online at Diaz FarmsMade in New Mexico or Chimayo Chile Bros.. I like Chimayo Dried Red Chile best. I had never heard of Frito Pie before I lived in New Mexico but I quickly became a fan. You'll find that kids will love it too. 
If you aren't familiar with New Mexican Cuisine, read this wiki.
New Mexico Frito Pie

Serves 8 people

2 cup(s) pinto beans, picked through and rinsed
6 cup(s) water
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1 pound(s) ground beef (96% lean)
1 small onion
1 large clove garlic chopped
2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
16 ounce(s) Red Chile puree (see recipe here)
16 ounce(s) can of beef broth
2 tablespoon(s) flour
2 tablespoon(s) butter
Side dish
Bag of Fritos (or crushed corn chips)
diced tomato
shredded lettuce
shredded cheese

Beans: In a Crock Pot add 6 cups of water, salt and beans. Cook beans on high for approximately 6 hours.

1. When beans are almost done, heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat, add olive oil, onions and garlic.
2. Saute’ until onions are clear.
3. Heat butter and flour until browned, combine with onions and garlic. Add 
chile and broth. Let simmer for ~20 minutes.
4. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat add ground beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into small crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings and add to chile mixture and let continue to simmer.
5. When the beans are done add the chile mixture.
6. To serve, sprinkle Fritos in the bottom of a bowl, add chile beans, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and shredded cheese and Enjoy!


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