Doesn’t that title just draw you right in? πŸ˜‰ Ok, ok – it might not sound too appealing to you, but you’ll just have to trust me on this one, ok? Should you ever find yourself with leftover BBQ – you’re going to want to try this… me.

In my home town, there’s a restaurant that serves something called “Texas Trash”; it’s essentially a taco salad of sorts, but with BBQ instead (and lots of other yummy things!). It’s so good, most of the time I don’t even wait until I have leftover BBQ to use up – I’ll just run by a good BBQ joint and pick up some brisket, beans and sauce just for the sole purpose of making Texas Trash! Start with a bed of Fritos, top it off with some chopped brisket, a little BBQ sauce, pinto beans, cheddar cheese, sour cream, black olives (yes, black olives!), jalapeno peppers (lots of ’em), lettuce, cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of ranch dressing and you’ve got yourself one tasty pile of food! I swear, my mouth is watering just thinking about it! This is seriously one of my favorite things to eat! Tired of the same old chef salads and taco salads, but still don’t want to cook?? Make this! I *promise* it’s delicious!!

Texas Trash
(there are no measurements because you just pile it on your plate according to how much you feel like eating!)

Chopped BBQ brisket (if you’re using leftover, make sure to heat it first)
pinto beans
BBQ sauce
shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream
black olives
pickled jalapenos
ranch dressing
cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
lettuce, chopped

Place the Fritos on a plate and top with remaining ingredients (however much you want!). Enjoy! (Wasn’t that simple?!)



  1. This looks super delicious! I will try it this weekend!


    Comment by Christi — August 13, 2010 @ 12:06 PM

  2. This is a salad my husband would eat, for sure! I love Fritos so so much, and look for any excuse to eat them. Yum yum!


    Comment by Josie — August 13, 2010 @ 1:49 PM

  3. There’s a BBQ place here in Saginaw that makes something like this, they call it “THE BIG NASTY”!! Oh it is GOOD!!


    Comment by Amy Brown — August 13, 2010 @ 3:15 PM

  4. Amy- it’s been my experience that anything with a title like “big nasty”, “trash”, etc. is always GOOD!! πŸ™‚ Only in Texas, I guess! πŸ˜‰


    Comment by amy — August 13, 2010 @ 3:18 PM

  5. Haha. I just asked my husband who is from Texas about this and he’d never heard of it! I guess it depends where in Texas you are from–but this sounds good nevertheless!


    amy Reply:

    Like I said in the post- it comes from a restaurant in my home town. They made the dish and the title up. So unless your Hubby comes from Cleburne, he probably wouldn’t have heard of it! πŸ™‚


    Comment by Jen — August 13, 2010 @ 3:39 PM

  6. That looks and sounds SO tasty!!!!!


    Comment by Jennifer — August 13, 2010 @ 6:09 PM

  7. I’ve got leftover beef barbecue in my fridge right now! Really, I made a batch in my crock pot ( to welcome my brother-in-law to Texas and I have leftovers! We used a bit on baked potatoes ( seemingly Texas treat, but there’s more left! I can’t believe it! Texas Trash, I think I love you!


    amy Reply:

    I love it on baked potatoes too, Heidi!! If you like stuff like that, I think you’ll really enjoy the “trash”!! πŸ™‚


    Comment by Heidi's Recipes — August 13, 2010 @ 9:03 PM

  8. Yay! An excuse to eat Fritos! This just looks like a party to me. I think you couldn’t NOT have fun eating this. Thanks!


    Comment by Betty @ scrambled hen fruit — August 13, 2010 @ 10:18 PM

  9. what a colourful dish!


    Comment by Paula — August 14, 2010 @ 11:04 AM

  10. I think it looks AND sounds good. There is a taco stand in Austin, TX called Torchy’s Tacos that houses my favorite taco that you can ask to make “trashy” (extra cheese and other condiments). I love the stuff! So, when I saw the title of your post, I was totally not put off by it. This dish looks fantastic!


    Comment by Memoria — August 14, 2010 @ 12:47 PM

  11. this looks great! it’s like a salad that doesn’t seem like a salad. i love being sneaky like that!


    Comment by delish living — August 16, 2010 @ 9:51 AM

  12. Oh I trust you girl – this looks super delicious.


    Comment by Eliana — August 17, 2010 @ 9:17 AM

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