Comfort Food

Comfort Food

Little Corn Chips!

When I was a child during my favorite vintage period … the 1950s and 60s … potato chips were an every-Friday-night treat at our house.  They were served just once a week with pan fried hamburgers that were deliciously prepared in a big cast iron skillet.  Catsup, mustard, sliced onions and pickles were always part of the treat, and in season wonderful sliced Big Boy tomatoes right from Daddy’s garden were heaped on a platter.  

We were also treated with a little container of Prairie Farms French Onion dip.  Prairie Farms was and still is a prominent Dairy in my neck of the woods.  Their French Onion dip is still on my grocery list!

One of my favorite memories of this meal surrounds a visit from my older sister’s boyfriend (she married him!).  At a table filled with four hungry kids, he set the dip container right beside his plate and proceeded to dip each of his chips right into the container.  I was six years old and I not so politely told him that at our house we were not allowed to ‘eat out of the bowls’!  We weren’t and what he was doing was disgusting to me, even at that young age!

At some point, Fritos Corn Chips were added to our Friday night menu!  I loved them and for me, they didn’t require dip!   The Frito Kid was all over television commercials and later the Frito Bandito arrived on the scene!  The promotions for Fritos included lots of recipes on the package and in my aunt’s magazines!  Still, at our house it was just another chip!

Fritos were invented by C. E. Doolin.  Doolin was a follower of Dr. Herbert Shelton … who was a health educator, pacifist and vegetarian.  He was an advocate of cures brought about by fasting.  Shelton promoted some of the natural hygiene ideas that originated in the 1830s.  Doolin was so impressed by Shelton’s teachings that he donated $50,000 in 1959 to build a training facility. 

Charles Elmer Doolin was a foodie!  In the 1930s he operated a confectionary in San Antonio, Texas.  A confectionary is a shop that sells chocolates and other sweet things.  Doolin decided that he needed a salty corn snack available to his customers!  Think how popular chocolate and salt is today!  I think he might have been a man ahead of his times!  I’m glad!

While traveling, Doolin met a Mexican man in a gas station.  He was frying little corn chips he made using masa.  These ‘little fried things’ soon became Fritos and Fritos became a popular household word!  That was in 1932! 

Doolin and his family were vegetarians and corn chips fit their menu!  He would get chips at his factory before they were salted because the family didn’t consume salt.  His wife developed recipes for using Fritos and I plan to share a few of those today!  In 1961, Doolin’s Frito Company merged with the Lays Potato Chip Company.  Frito-Lay was born and marketing exploded for the little corn chips!  

FRITOS BRAND is a trademark and brand of Frito-Lay North America, Inc.




My favorite way to eat Fritos is on top of chili or chili mac!





This recipe is really unusual, but it is important to remember that Doolin’s family believed in purging and fasting as a remedy for health issues.  These ingredients might have something to do with that notion!

Fritos Prune Whip

1 cup prune pulp
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup powdered sugar
Dash of salt
¼ cup crushed Fritos

Whip the cream until stiff.  Add the sugar and salt.  Add the lemon juice to the prune pulp and fold it into the cream.  Chill and served with crushed Fritos on top. 






This was promoted as a Halloween refreshment!  It is a little more standard and sounds appealing!



Fritos Chicken Breasts

Cut the breast of a boiled hen into four servings.

Wrap each portion with a piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick.

Dip in milk and egg and roll in crushed Fritos. Fry until golden brown.





















Fritos Veal Roll

¾ cup Fritos
2 ½ slices of bread
2 Tablespoons chopped onion
3 Tablespoons chopped celery
¼ cup stock
½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

Soften bread in water.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Salt and pepper the steak.  Place 2 cup of the dressing in the center, spread over steak and roll.  Tie with string.  Place in casserole and add ½ cup of water.  Cover and bake for 1 ½ hours at 325 degrees.  Bake remaining dressing in a greased pan to serve as a garnish.











At first glance, I thought this was a chocolate brownie!  Not!

Fritos Potato Brownie

6 medium baked potatoes
½ cup hot milk
2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon paprika
½ cup crushed Fritos

Cut the potatoes in half and remove the centers.  Mash and combine with other ingredients.  Beat until light then fill the potato shells.  Top with the Fritos and place in 350 degree oven until hot.  Serve with a  cheese sauce.






1950s Hostess Dip

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
3 tbsp milk
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp horseradish mustard
¾ tsp garlic salt
½ tsp paprika

Whip all the ingredients together and serve with Fritos!






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