Doritos Nachos are the ultimate game day starter, after school snack or even a family-friendly dinner idea! This Doritos nachos recipe is easy to customize and hard to stop yourself from trying any more.
Packed full of savory flavors, these Doritos nachos with minced meat are sure to please.
Is there anything better than sharing a huge plate of nachos with friends or family? We tend to pick our favorite bar-style restaurants based on how great their nachos actually are.
We’re big fans of all types of nachos here – don’t miss out on these amazing chicken nachos and even those Italian nachos. It’s such a fun way to share with a crowd for a game day or even a simple weekday dinner.
Yes, nachos can be a dinner – why not? Top them off with lots of veggies, pack them with protein and you’re good to go. In fact, they’re very similar to my ever-popular walking tacos recipe. What is not to love
These Doritos nachos capture all your favorite seasonings for the hearty game day in a pile of delicious treats! I think you will love them for a fun round with the classic tortilla chip nachos.
Why you will love Doritos nachos
- Fast and easy
- Crowd favorite
- Do for one or a lot
Doritos Nachos Ingredients and Substitutes
- Doritos – Nacho Cheese Doritos are a classic in this recipe, but choose your favorite Doritos variety! Just be careful not to mix anything too wild with your taco meat.
- Ground Beef – Choose the best ground beef you can find as you want tender, soft pieces of taco meat for this Doritos nachos recipe. We generally go with 93/7.
- Taco Seasoning – It’s so easy to make your own taco seasoning, but you can also get your favorite package from the grocer.
- Cheese – Buy a block and chop it fresh for the creamiest texture with the best melt. You can use Cotija Cheese, Cheddar, Queso Fresco, Monterey Jack, Manchego, Velveeta, or any of your favorites!
- Toppings – Have fun with this part! I’ll list all of my favorite topping ideas below.
- Try a spicy Doritos bag or ranch or your favorite Doritos variety!
- Use chicken taco meat instead of ground beef.
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- Always grind your cheese fresh – the flour mixture added to the grated cheese in bags will keep it from melting completely.
- Create a thin layer of chips for good chip to topping ratio.
- Repeat with two layers to make sure each chip has a wide variety of toppings if you’d like.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleaning.
- Do not bake for more than 8-10 minutes or your Doritos will turn brown and burn around the edges.
Scale up, scale down or replace? You will love this printable measurement conversion chart!
- Use fried chicken
- Cook your taco meat ahead of time to save a step – just warm it up a little before adding it to the nachos to make sure it’s warm enough when it comes out of the oven.
frequently asked Questions
Cotija is a salty, crumbly cheese that’s popular in Mexican dishes. It’s a firm, dry cow’s milk cheese that can be crumbled over any of your hearty Tex-Mex or Mexican favorites.
Yes, Doritos can go in the oven for up to 10 minutes. Just be careful not to bake them for too long or they will get too crispy!
Doritos are a flavored tortilla chip – made with a corn chip as a base and coated with a dried cheese and seasoning mixture.
How to save
- At room temperature – These Doritos nachos can sit for up to two hours during serving. Of course, nachos always taste best straight out of the oven with warm processed cheese.
- Refrigerate – You can keep your nachos in the refrigerator and reheat them for later – although they will never be quite as tasty as the original. Put your nachos in an airtight plastic bag to eliminate the extra air for refrigerator storage.
What to do with leftovers
Before warming up these Doritos nachos, remove the cold toppings (crema, sour cream, pico de gallo, salad, etc.) from the nachos. Spread them out on a baking sheet and heat them at 275 degrees F for 10-15 minutes to make the chips crispy again.
- Gluten-free (Doritos are technically gluten-free, but may be subject to cross-contamination in their processing facilities, so proceed with caution)
- Nut free
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Preheat oven to 375 ° F.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the ground beef or chicken and taco seasoning. Brown with a potato masher or spatula until there is no pink left.
Add a layer of Doritos on a baking sheet or ovenproof plate.
Top with drained meat and grated cheese along with any toppings you want to bake.
Bake for 2½ to 3 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Be careful not to burn the chips.
Add toppings and serve warm (see below for topping suggestions).
- Pico de Gallo
- sour cream
- Green onion
- Red pepper
- Jalapeño (or candied jalapeños)
- Banana peppers
- Cojita cheese
The estimated nutritional information is provided as a gesture of goodwill and cannot be guaranteed.