Do-It-Yourself Doritos

April 24, 2013   33 Comments

Frito Lay better watch out because we can rise up and make our own Doritos.

DIY Doritos

Yes, the “life hacker” crowd is here and no one is going to tell us that we can’t attempt to recreate one of the most amazing feats of food science. Doritos have a whopping 33 ingredients including MSG and artificial colors and flavors. Can we do it?

Since, we are going to use real ingredients and our “plant” is our kitchen, the answer is “kinda”. It is fun to try to make your own chips and if you made a food rule:

I will only eat the chips that I make.

You would probably eat a lot fewer chips. It is much harder to make the chips below than to open a bag. Trust me, I made them.

The most important step here is to ensure that they are crispy without burning them. I let mine go a little too far and they were a bit charred. It did take 20 minutes for them to crisp up.

Look for corn tortillas in the “International Foods” section of your store. They are right there next to the fish sauce, rice noodles, and curry paste. This is the only part of the world where these countries are next to each other.

I did try to store these in a plastic container and they became soggy pretty quickly. I would plan to eat them with friends or just make a couple of tortillas. Maybe you will have better luck.

Give these a try and let me know what you think. They lack a certain chemical taste that you just can’t get from any other source :)

Do-It-Yourself Doritos Recipe

5.0 from 1 review

Makes 6 servings of 6 chips each (or one tortilla)

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6 6-inch corn tortillas
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay tortillas on rimmed baking sheet and brush with oil on both sides. Stack them up and cut 3 ways making 6 pieces.

In a medium sized bowl, mix together parmesan, chili powder, smoked paprika, and salt. Toss the sliced tortillas in the spice mix and lay them in a single layer on the baking sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp. Serve when cooled and enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Facts

For one serving = 88 calories, 4.0 g fat, 1.1 g saturated fat, 11.2 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 2.9 g protein, 1.5 g fiber, 242 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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This is genius! I love Doritos but refuse to eat them. A coworker of mine who is in remission said her cancer doctor advised to never eat Doritos, ever. That's all I needed to hear to swear off of them. I can't wait to try this!

I would make these, but use a different oil. Never use vegetable oil.

Going to try with olive oil spray! Thanks for sharing!!!

Wish you would create a space for us to store our favorite recipes like other sights.

My son loves Doritos but that cancer remark just scared the crap out of me. I usually keep them in the house for him. I don't like them so its not tempting for me. I'm going to see if I can convert the kid. This should be interesting.

These look yummy! Thanks! I've made chips with flour tortillas before but never tried corn tortillas. I have a brand new package in my pantry calling my name!

Haven't touch Doritos in a while. Once I start, challenging to stop. Will try your recipe snack-girl. You score again !

When you buy corn tortillas, watch those ingredients as well. Some of the shelf-stable corn tortillas have ingredient lists that make my head spin. (Trader Joe's corn tortillas are made of "white corn, water, and lime" - they're in my fridge right now. I've also found locally made corn tortillas with a similar ingredient list at a large international grocery store.) And yes, there can be issues with corn, but I'm going to let someone else go there because I only have so much energy today. ;)

Ouch, I love Doritoes. Never keep them in my house, but my parents always keep a bag for "splurges" when I visit. BUT...with that cancer doc's comment, guess I'm done. Snack Girl, your humorous writing always brings a smile to my face! Thanks for your wit and wisdom; you do such a great job!!

(Funny, I read the comment above by Marla and (since that's my wife's name) thought, "Do we really have some in the fridge? I don't remember buying any!" haha)

Lisa wrote:

> I will only eat the chips that I make.

and that reminded me of Authors @ Google talk by Michael Pollan ( where he was discussing his "In Defense of Food" book.

He floated out the idea of "banquet foods" like french fries, chips, cookies, cakes, and pies. His advice about that stuff? If you like those things, no problem. Feel free. Oh, only one catch: you have to make them yourself.

In the beginning, you might make stuff like that every day, but eventually, the time and hassle and cleanup and annoyance will grow and you'll likely settle into a once-a-month-ish frequency and that's probably not going to hurt anything (or at least not much).

I know you have no control over the ads that pop up on your site, but a Lay's potato chip ad was on the site while I was reading this post. Too funny!

@Leslie - let me work on it. I do have some control. This is so difficult because I have to have ads to support my work - on the other hand - I do NOT want to promote junk food.

Thank you for your comment.

How about a ranch dorito now? :D

These look great, thanks so much

Not advocating eating Doritos but people need to get a grip. Unless you eat 20 bags a day, you are not going to get cancer from eating chips. Remember mercury poisoning from canned tuna? You would have to eat 60 cans a day! The media made it sound as if one bite would put you in the ICU. EVERYTHING in moderation! An occasional Dorito and a tuna sandwich once a week is not going to send you to the hospital or the morgue. Ask your doctor for scientific evidence before you go overboard.

I was thinking the same thing Victoria!

I have a serious MSG allergy, so am going to try these.

There are many parts of the US with thriving Mexican populations. If I made these (I'll pass since I'm not a Doritos fan), I'd run down to the local tortilleria and buy freshly made tortillas which likely have many fewer ingredients than those mentioned by Marla above.

Kristal - I was thinking of trying Hidden Valley dry ranch that comes in a package. Maybe a teaspoon or two. Also I like True Lime (or Lemon) that is crystallized, so will add a pack to Lisa's recipe.

OMG!! Def I will make it.

@shanna- Marla mentioned that the Trader Joe's tortillas are made from white corn, water, and lime. How "many fewer ingredients" than three can tortilleria tortillas have?! :)

You might try using grape seed oil. It is a very healthy oil.

Sue, I was thinking something more like this recipe and sprinkling that on. I don't like buying packets of stuff, and have changed out my chili and taco packets for making homemade versions with spices already in my cabinet :D Time to get corn tortillas and buttermilk powder :)

Kristal - Thank so much for the site. I will definitely be making it. I don't know why I never thought to look it up as I looked up a low salt taco seasoning that I use all the time. This is one of the many reason why I love this site. Between Lisa and her readers, I have gotten some great advance on how to be healthier.


I would be really interested to know what ingredient in the Doritos the cancer doctor was most concerned about. Do you know, or could you find out from your friend. I'm guessing it might be the MSG. Thanks in advance!

I just made these and they were good! I did burn a few of them so will have to watch closely next time but I will definitely make them again! Thanks for the recipe!

Try turning the oven down to about 275. It might take longer to finish, but dries out the tortilla and crisps without burning.

Google homemade ranch dressing recipe for the person that wanted ranch flavored ones. I make a ranch powder that has no MSG from the common recipe, and adjust to my families taste. This is really good on these! Thanks snack girl!

We recently visited Trader Joes for the first time and found lots of yummy stuff. We bought Flaxseed Tortilla chips which were yummy. My kids were even scarfing them down with homemade salsa! :0)

yummy! I think that I would sprinkle a little bit of nutritional yeast on it cause it has a cheese like flavor to it.

Hi Lisa! I just invested in a convection toaster oven but can't find recipes that will allow me to use it to its full potential. The manual tells you which buttons to push but that's it! I HATE guesswork! Do you think the Doritos receipe could be adapted for use in my oven? Would LOVE to read about YOUR experiences with this kind of appliance!

I am not a fan of Doritos but I love Cheetos so I must give this a try, thanks for sharing.

These were no where close to a dorito. Followed exact recipe. Threw it away.

Can’t wait to try these. After researching the ingredients in Doritos, no one should eat them. Thanks for the recipe

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