Book on the History of Fritos® Just Released

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I'm not the only one writing books on the history of Mexican food in the United States. Just this week, Kaleta Doolin released Fritos® Pie: Stories, Recipes, and More via Texas A & M University Press. Doolin is the daughter of Charles Elmer Doolin, founder of Fritos. We're going to interview Kaleta soon and offer feedback on the book once we receive our copy.

But how are Fritos Mexican? Oh, where do I begin...

The short story is that Doolin, in the 1930s, ate at a Mexican restaurant in San Antonio and liked their corn chips so much that he bought the recipe and machine that made them from its producer for $100. Doolin went on to create a snack-food empire; the Mexican was lost to the annals of history...or (cue Oscar Bluth) was he???

I know the rest of the story, but will wait to see if Kaleta tells it before making my pronouncement. Meanwhile, can't wait to read about the history of the Fritos Kid, the Frito Bandito, the creation of Cheetos, Doritos and so much more Mexican derivatives...

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No one in the history of the world has ever called Frito Pie "Fritos® Pie". Until now.


I can remember as a little kid when Doritos first hit the store shelves. (only one flavor then.) as I recall they were touted as some sort of low calorie alternative to potato chips My next door neighbor took the advertising to heart and would walk around munching on a bag of them all the while running her hands down her hip as if she could feel the pounds melting away. Her son and I would get a good laugh from that. It seemed for a few months she was never without bag of those things. And instead of the pounds melting away they went strait to her hips!

Jack Green
Jack Green

Chili-cheese Fritos are like crack to me.

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