Doritos nacho bake

Doritos are not a chip that I enjoyed growing up because they only had taco and nacho cheese flavors. I hated cheese except on pizza growing up. When I say hated it I mean full tears and dry heaving hate. It wasn’t until Doritos came out with non cheese flavors that I gave them a try and really enjoyed the salsa verde flavor.

This recipe was created 6 years ago as a culmination of everything that I had at home.  I combined the ingredients, baked it, and was shocked by how delicious it was. This was my first time using junk food to create a dish that tasted like I’d used high end ingredients. It is a great dish for game day, week nights, or as a pot luck dish. Make this one your own and let me know you like it.


Serving size: 8

Active time: 25 minutes

Inactive time: 10 minutes


10 1/2 oz. Spicy nacho Doritos

32 oz refried beans

16 oz medium salsa IMG_5159

1 lb ground beef

1 t salt

1 t pepper

1 t granulated garlic

1 t Litehouse garlic (minced dehydrated garlic)

1 t Litehouse cilantro (dehydrated cilantro)

1/2 t seasoning salt IMG_5161

1/2 t granulated onion

1/2 t McCormick chipotle chili powder

1/2 t dried oregano

1 C. spicy red enchilada sauce

1-2 C Mexican cheese

1/4 C. Litehouse chives (dehydrated chives)


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

2. Heat refried beans on medium-low until smooth in a pot with a lid. Stir frequently to prevent the beans from sticking and burning. The beans should be ready in approximately 7 minutes. Sit the beans to the side until the meat is ready.

3. Cook the ground beef on medium-high heat until the meat is no longer pink. When the meat is cooked drain the excess oil from the pan and return it to the heat. Season the meat with the garlic, cilantro, salt, pepper, seasoning salt, granulated onion, granulated garlic, and the chipotle chili powder.

4. Stir the seasoning in to the meat is coated. Add the enchilada sauce and stir until mixed. Sit the finished meat to the side.

5. Open the bag of Doritos and press down firmly on the bag of chips until the chips have broken but aren’t crumbled.

6. Using a 13x9x2 inch (33x23x5cm) glass Pyrex begin layering the ingredients. Add half of the chips to the bottom of the pan and  arrange so the bottom of the pan is covered. Next add half of the beans then half of the ground beef and smooth so the chips, beans, and beef are level. Next add the salsa and level it. If you are adding 2 C of cheese add 1 C of it on top of the salsa and repeat the layers beginning with the chips and finishing with the cheese. The chives can be added to the top for garnish.

7. Bake the nacho bake for 10 minutes. Allow it to cool slightly and then enjoy!

Notes and Variations:

  • I use Doritos for this recipe because they add flavor to the dish. Any flavor of Doritos can be used.
  • The completed ground beef makes amazing taco meat as well.
  • The ground beef can be substituted for any kind of meat or meat substitution.
  • Any kind of cheese can be used.
  • Sour cream and guacamole can be added to the top of layers of this recipe.
  • Olives can be added to the top of layers.
  • More or less meat or beans can be used to your liking.
  • C=cups
  • T=tablespoons
  • t=teaspoons
  • oz=ounces

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