Homemade Petros

October 17, 2011


It may be that you’ve never heard of a Petro. As in Petro’s Chili and Chips. A fine Tennessee establishment.

A Petro is simply a chili bowl with layered ingredients. A delicious fast-food concept that really should have caught on across the nation by now. Because many of you have not had the good fortune to live in or visit TN, I am generously bringing Petros to you, DIY style.

So, how do you make a Petro you ask? Keep reading to find out.


A pot of homemade chili (This is a good one!)

Fritos corn chips (or try making this homemade version)

shredded cheddar cheese

chopped green onion


sour cream

(use any additional toppings you like- black olives, tomatoes, fresh basil, get creative!)

Directions: Petros are all about the layers.

First, you need a layer of Fritos.


Just enough to cover the bottom of the dish.


As an aside, today a coworker told me today that Fritos burn if you light them. I couldn’t resist testing the theory.


Watch it burn!


Um, yeah so that urban legend is legit.  Scary!


Next, pour a good ladle full of chili over the chips.


Smother with cheese.


Top with salsa and sour cream.


Sprinkle with green onions.


Admire your creation.





Keep in mind that this is a great dish to serve buffet style for a dinner party or book club. That way everyone can customize their own. Yum!

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Virgilio Dupar December 26, 2015 at 9:46 pm

Nice blog mate! Thanks for posting!

Cheryl August 10, 2015 at 4:33 pm

love these so much! So good with tomatoes and Jalepeños and a tad of Texas Pete hot sauce as well! :)

tim July 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm

looks like Frito chili pie to me very goods stuff

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 23, 2012 at 7:39 am

Very similar. Yum!

Ranjani October 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

I had never heard of a Petro, but it looks awesome! And homemade Fritos? I’ve got to try that soon!

Allison October 20, 2011 at 8:25 am

Yum, this looks deic! I love mix-up style bowls… Yum!

Candy October 19, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Love me some Petro’s! They also have a lighter version that replaces spaghetti for the Frito’s, low/reduced fat cheese & low-fat sour cream. It’s pretty tasty too!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods October 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Very cool! Sounds tasty!

Katie @ BloomEveryday October 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm

This looks amazing! We would LOVE this for dinner. Totally going to make it sometime. Check us out some time @ BloomEveryday.wordpress.com – we’d love to share some recipes of ours with you too. :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods October 19, 2011 at 7:37 am

Katie, I love your site! So many great recipe ideas! :)

collegevault.net September 24, 2014 at 9:15 pm

So much info in so few words. Tolstoy could learn a lot.

leaf (the indolent cook) October 18, 2011 at 4:33 am

That looks absolutely moreish! I’ve not heard of Petros, but thank you for the introduction!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods October 18, 2011 at 7:14 am

You are most welcome! Enjoy!

Lauren October 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Hey…. I recognize that blue Le Creuset!

I looooooooove veggie chili in cold weather. So filling and delicious!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods October 18, 2011 at 7:14 am

Good eye! I’m loving this dish! xoxo

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