"Take a bag of Fritos, add hot chili, add cheese, add onions, shake, enjoy." That’s the simple recipe. There are places that try to make it more complicated, but it boils down to a classic American snack food plus a bunch of things that will make or break your gastrointestinal system. Suck it up, buddy. Take the true test at Texas Chili Parlor or Lambert’s. Veggie Frito pie can be found at Billy’s on Burnet.
Yes, it’s the Spanish word for "cheese," but it’s so much more. You can barely set foot inside Austin's city limits before you’re bombarded by that ultimate cheese, meat, avocado, and whatever-else-we-can-fit-in bowl of melted magic. Top contenders for best queso are always Magnolia’s Mag Mud, Kerbey Queso, Matt’s Bob Armstrong, and Maudie’s. Oh, and we order this by the bowl, not the cup.