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Oct 4, 2008 10:36 AM

Really Crappy Unhealthy Disgusting Toe-curling Junkfood!

Today, at age 75, I had my first ever Frito Chili Pie from Burger Street, right here in Plano, Texas. Loved it! <sob> I'm sure I'll burn in culinary hell forever for this. I have taken an oath never to compound the sin with a second one. I hope. Cardio-vascular tragedy in a styrofoam package!

So tell us what kind of edible sin rings your chimes?

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  1. The Triple Play at Chili's. It is horrible for you, trashy greasy bready buffalo wings, chicken crispers and Southwestern wraps, each with its own sauce junk food but I love it. Listen to this:

    2330 Total Calories!
    177 g Total Fat
    5360 g SODIUM!!!!

    I can eat the whole thing.

    btw, Caroline1, I have never had Frito Chili Pie but I can't keep fritos or potato chips in the house or I'll eat them til I'm sick. I guess that means I already am sick, hmm?

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    1. re: fern

      Get a vendor bag of Fritos, open it and spoon in some heated canned chili and toss on some shredded cheese. Eat out of the bag.

      ...not that I have ever done this....

      1. re: Cathy

        Curse you, Cathy. May you join Caroline1 in her eternal hot seat for planting this idea in my head.

        1. re: Cathy

          I've noticed Frito pie on the menu at Sonic a couple times when I've been there.

          1. re: beachmouse

            O yes! We always used to get those, along with extra long cheese coneys.

          2. re: Cathy

            Ahhhhh yes...the "Frito Bandito." I was first introduced to that magical mixture at a summer camp I used to go to. We always had Frito Banditos on our overnight camp out...and S'mores of course.

            1. re: Cathy

              Where I am from they add diced onions to the above and sell them at local football games. They are called "walking tacos".

              1. re: Cathy

                Ive never eaten it out of the bag only because I didn't think of it. My favorite in collage was canned chili out of the vending machine with corn curls eaten out of the can. It helped me maintain my GPA

              2. re: fern

                While I haven't had this culinary treat in years, I used to love dipping crispy Cheetos in cream cheese. If that wasn't enough, I would fry up about four pieces of baloney and slap them on white bread with a big slather of Best Foods mayonaise. I was white trash years before i ever heard that term.

              3. Oh dear. For me it's the godawful cheap tacos at Jack in the Box. The 99-cent ones. (They used to be 99 cents, anyway: it's been a while since I last hit a Jack in the States, so I'm not sure if they're the same price still.)

                Those things are such desperate junk. There can't really be meat in them: or maybe th company occasionally walks a token cow past the factory where they make the stuffing mix. But I *cannot* resist those things. It goes back to when I was in nursing school on Long Island, and a Jack was the only fast food to be had in the neighborhood. Now, every time we get back to the US, the hubby has to suffer through watching me seek out the nearest Jack, buy about half a dozen of them, and eat them *all.*

                I'm not proud of this, believe me. (mournful look)

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                1. re: dduane

                  I love those tacos too. And since I've never seen any felines walking around the local Jack in the Box, I have dubbed them "cat meat tacos". I know what I am having for dinner. :)

                  1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                    My husband calls them "dogfood tacos" and cannot bear watching me eat them. He can even smell the wrappers when I buy a couple and have a private couch/taco party.

                    1. re: mamachef

                      For the record, they are not 99 cents each. They are TWO for ninety nine cents. That must say something about the quality of the ingredients. But I too MUST have a couple once every year or so. I can't help myself.

                      1. re: Caroline1

                        Darnit, now I want to go try one. Or two, or four.
                        eta: the recent story on Taco Bell's "meat" is helping to hold me back though.

                        1. re: rabaja

                          Don't worry about it. I would be greatly surprised if JitB uses ANY beef in their taco filling. '-)

                  2. re: dduane

                    They make it easier for us taco junkies. For the past few years they've been 2 for $.99 cents. DH & family love these, so I go thru the drive and order 20 tacos to go please..

                    1. re: Cinnabon

                      My highschool yearbook teacher used to work at Jack in the Box in his younger days. He said that the Jack in the Box taco meat is soy!
                      This was confirmed awhile back by a young man at the drive thru window :)

                      1. re: epicureous eggplant

                        from the Jack-in-the-Box website:


                        Beef Regular Taco or Beef Monster Taco® Filling Ingredients: Beef, Water, Textured Vegetable Protein (Soy Flour, Caramel Color), Soy Grits, Seasoning . . . {etc}

                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                          Vindicated! Not only are they good(mainly between midnight and 6:00am),
                          but good for you too....:)

                    2. re: dduane

                      I'm guilty. So guilty I make my own version of these little devils.

                      1. re: chef chicklet

                        Is that possible? EVERY Jack in the Box taco I've ever had is a puzzlement of cooking technique. They are always crisp and taco-ie around the perimeter with a ravioli-like pocket of filling saturated in grease in the center. My experience is that they are sometimes served hot, often served close to cold, but always with hard crusty edges and the well oiled pocket of filling in the center. I curse them every time I buy them, focus on gratitude they are 2 for 99 cents, lick my fingers until they are painfully clean, and get on with my life. Until the next time.

                        1. re: Caroline1


                          Now I used white corn tortillas here and white cheese but the way to make them is to fry your saute product, add your seasoning then side a little into the tortilla and fry it in about 2 inches of oil ( I used corn oil) then add the lettuce your salsa ( I saved their packets!) and then add the cheese and shredded lettuce.
                          I got the concept from a Mexican gal that worked. To try it I used monterey jack, but the whole thing tasted pretty close. Yes it was soft in the center, and crispy hot at the edges. The trick is not to put too much filling, or it will fall out.
                          I really enjoyed these..... You can buy soy that is like hamburger, they use American cheese, and soy.... Now I'm craving them... hmmmm Breakfast!

                          1. re: Caroline1

                            Trying to maintain at least a modicum of healthy eating, I once ordered one taco at Jack in the Box only to be informed that they were 99 cents, same price as two. Oh well, nice try, I ate both of them. I saw per your original post that you're 75 and live in Plano and have just now tried a frito pie. You must not be from Texas, but if you are, you must have had very strict parents or very strong willpower.

                            1. re: James Cristinian

                              Good surmise! Nope. Not a native Texan. Born in Los Angeles, moved to San Diego when I was five, summered in San Francisco with paternal grandparents. The California I grew up in now only exists in people's memories and dusty old photographs. So I don't go back. But my brother still lives there. I live in far east Plano... It ends in my back yard. Country-ish here, reasonably clean air with trees so dense in my backyard I can ONLY see the Arabian breeding farm behind me in the wintertime. Imagine my surprise my first autumn here! Unfortunately, I have a colony of squirels that horde all of my pecans... From all three trees! Ah well, pecan pies aren't exactly diet food.

                              1. re: Caroline1

                                My Grandmother used to make a very good fried squirrel, chicken fried. Alas, my days of shooting furry animals and birds are past me. I do enjoy fish caught from the Texas coast, just finished off some speckled trout caught in June in the Gulf.

                                1. re: Caroline1

                                  I still dream about Texas pecans. The little teeny ones, they are just so cute and sweet tasting.
                                  I'd get a sling shot and some squirrel stew recipes.

                                  1. re: rabaja

                                    Would you have had the story not come out??


                              2. re: Caroline1

                                Simply: ditto. Back in the day I went to nursing school in a place where the only fast food for miles around was JitB. Addicted! Now I live in Ireland, and dream of the damn things. Every time we visit a US region that has them, my first stop is for a bag of half a dozen or so of these pestilent things. Gone in a matter of minutes...:)

                                1. re: Caroline1

                                  I think, by the way their product comes out, that they stuff it with "meat", deepfry it and then fill it. Wow.
                                  I could eat 2/99c right now, but instead I guess it's oatmeal this morning.......
                                  or leftover potroast.

                              3. re: dduane

                                I cannot eat those Jack tacos without getting sick--so I was cured before I ever developed the disease ;)

                                I guess my weak spot is the blue box--every so often I have to have me some Kraft three-cheese shells. I 'enhance' it with extra Velveeta or American cheese (and ground bison, onions, scallions, and grape tomatoes to balance the scales a bit).

                                1. re: dduane

                                  I've always joked that it was raccoon meat in those tacos. BUT... they are so darn good!

                                  1. re: MissKiKi

                                    Why, oh why, do those tacos have to be so tasty?! They are the bane of my existence. >< I'm craving two now. Melty American cheese, questionable "meat" product, and greasegrease grease!

                                2. Corndog at Disneyland.

                                  Monte Cristo would be worse, but I draw the line at the corndog.

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                                  1. re: mlgb

                                    A Monte Cristo is not junk food, though. It's insanely rich and unhealthy, but it's not junk (i.e. mass-produced of cheap ingredients of questionable origin and loaded with artificial chemicals).

                                    I have a weakness for nachos with day-glo orange cheese sauce. I don't even like nachos with "real" cheese, but occasionally I get a craving for the mini-mart version.

                                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                      Years ago, my boyfriend went off in search of nachos for me and came back with nachos with REAL meat and REAL cheese. I ate them, but it didn't satisfy the craving so the next day, when I filled up the car, I found dayglo nachos at the Shell station and had to have them. W. extra pickled jalapenos. And it did scratch the itch.

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                                    1. I've recounted this before, but once again: when I have to overnight in LA coming or going to Asia or in Burlington coming back to Colombia. I shoot for gas station cuisine: two corn dogs, two dogs, and two burgers (easy, now, it sounds like a lot, but if you wad these six items up with your fist, you get about a golf ball's worth of food) - each in its foil paper wrapping and long awaiting in the light - box heater. I get these and loads of squirt bottle mustard, ketchup, mayo, and sweet bright green pickle relish, onion, and jalapenos, jalapenos, jalapenos, from the plastic lidded tubs. Then either a large can of Bud or Schlitz - or two, or other 'Mercan beer OR across the street for a pint of Jim Beam (white please!) - and good to go! Whoopie: Crappy Unhealthy Disgusting Toe-curling Junkfood AND AND American Network TV news and the Food Shows! Gimmie RR and all the other baddies I wouldn't otherwise know who to knowingly villify.

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                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                          I promise you, I'll look for them on my next fine culinary adventure! I've actually had nachos only once - in the sports bar in LAX's international departures area. I think they were upscale and were quite good.

                                          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                            Come thru IAH and try Houston's take on nachos. I think there's a Shell station on JFK, try the stale chip nachos with canned cheese sauce, don't let them skim the scum off, wash it down with a Lone Star or Pearl, almost forgot, the very non-lethal jalapenos. Continental flys to Cali, broaden your culinary/cultural horizons.

                                            1. re: James Cristinian

                                              Clearly a must for my future culinary quests. Thank you.

                                        2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                          Sam, re: (easy, now, it sounds like a lot, but if you wad these six items up with your fist, you get about a golf ball's worth of food)

                                          I get the distinct feeling you've actually done this... for science purposes, of course. It all goes in the same place, right?

                                          I'm thinking it's more like a tennis ball size, possibly a hardball. But I'm wondering if with enough compression you could get a diamond ;-)

                                          1. re: Panini Guy

                                            Better to incinerate--to get rid of the hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and so on--prior to squeezing the remaining carbon into a lattice.

                                          2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                            Sam - wasn't there something about several cans of Chef-Boyardee the last time you revealed this ritual?

                                            1. re: southernitalian

                                              The CBRD ravioli is for one of my nights or lunches in DC where I have had a great suite hotel with a great kitchen. There I also have been able to consume canned sauerkraut, canned chili, Jimmy Dean pork sausage, cheap pickle relish, peanut butter, and grocery store bagels and English muffins and more.

                                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                    I think that stuff glows in the dark, and it now occurs to me to wonder why ... is it made near Three-Mile Island?

                                                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                  Not all at once!
                                                  Do you go into Supermarket Overdrive when you hit the states?
                                                  Don't you need some Nalley's Chicken & Noodles from Bi-'Mart? :)

                                                  1. re: bbqboy

                                                    The supermarkets here don't have any good bad food, so have to go all out when in the US. Bi-mart? I remember those from Oregon.

                                                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                      I'm sure they are a NW (or Oregon) chain. When I first mentioned Bi-Mart to my SO when he moved out here from Maine, he thought it was something a bit perverse, so to speak. Growing up here, that had never occurred to me!