Yes Virginia, you can make your own fritos-type corn chips. Do they taste exactly like fritos? No. Are they super easy? I think so. Can I pronounce and feel good about consuming all of the ingredients in homemade fritos? YES!
These were fairly simple to make, they make a good corn-y tasting chip and they take 4 ingredients. I made them today and used them in frito pie for our lunch. now, sometimes when I make frito pie 2 things happen: 1) it can seem really salty because of the commercial fritos and 2) the fritos seem to dissapear into a soggy mass of congealed chips. Some people may like that, and more power to ya, but I don't.
Like I siad, I used these today and they not only kept their shape, they also added a delightful polenta type flavor to the dish. It was good and my kids LOVED it.
You may not want to make these every time you want to snack on a chip, but they would be good for dipping guacamole, salsa or bean dip for something fairly healthy and special.
I found the recipe here, but I changed the directions to suit me a little better.
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon oil
Put the cornmeal and salt into a bowl; pour the boiling water over the cornmeal. Stir really well and add the oil. Stir to combine. At this point, I felt like the dough was a little too thin, so I added some more cornmeal, a teaspoon at a time, until I had a fairly stiff dough. I lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper and put the dough on that. Then, I put a piece of wax paper on top of the dough so I could roll it without the doough sticking to my rolling pin. I rolled it out to about 1/8 inch thick, then I cut it into frito shaped pieces. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Yes, it takes some effort. No, they don't taste exactly like a frito.
I think they taste better, like actual corn, but that's just me. You'll have to make them and see for yourself! :)