Friday, August 31, 2012

Kind of Cool Ranch Doritos

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Kind of Cool Ranch Doritos

This is the first in a series of posts I’m working on called “The Junk Food Junkies.” My goal in these posts is to try to replicate some favorite junk foods in my kitchen. In general, I like to eat fairly healthily, but sometimes you need some snack food. I would rather make that snack food than buy it.
How to make doritos
These are suprisingly ranchy.
Enter Doritos. Not only one of my favorite snack foods, but the favorite snack food of my Macheesmo taste-tester (aka girlfriend). One day I was working through a bag of Cool Ranch when I looked over at the ingredient list and said, “Hey. I think I can make these!”
What I was worried about obviously, was the spice. The chips I knew I could meet if not beat. But the spice… that was going to be tricky. I had an obvious place to start though:
Ranch for doritos
This stuff is strong!
I poured this stuff into a bowl and thought it might just work as is. Boy was I wrong. The plain spice pack is incredibly strong. It is bitter and makes your eyes almost water. So I had to find a way to “dilute” the spice pack so it wasn’t so strong. This was the recipe I ended up with:
Kind of Cool Ranch
One Ranch Dressing spice pack
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons season salt
- 1 Tablespoon Paprika
- 1 Teas. Garlic Powder
Helpful Equipment:- Cast Iron Skillet
- Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer
Mix that up and it should be much less bitter and more salty which is what you want.
Seasoning for cool ranch
Spice Dilution
Next, let’s make some tortilla chips. Homemade tortilla chips are one of my favorite treats because A) they are cheap B) they are easy C) they are better than anything you can buy in the store.
I like to use white corn tortillas cut into sixths.
corn tortillas
Cheapest Chips on the block.
Now you can bake these at 400 degrees with just a brushing of oil on them and that is fine. Personally, if I’m eating snack food, I want these guys fried. I’m throwing down with Doritos here. Frying is the way to go.
I filled my trusty cast iron skillet with about 1 1/2 inches of corn oil and let it heat up to 350 degrees. You know when it is the right temperature because your tortilla will float and bubble immediately. If you want exact results though, I recommend using a deep fry thermometer for the oil.
Frying chips for doritos
Looking good guys.
The chips are pretty easy to make, but it might take a few times to get it right. The biggest problem I have is if you don’t have the oil hot enough or you don’t let them cook long enough on both sides, you end up with a tortilla chip you can bend. NOT APPETIZING.
The one trick I’ve learned is that the chips will be crispy when they stop bubbling. The reason being that all the water is out of the tortilla which makes it stop bubbling and also super-crispy. Silent tortillas are crispy tortillas.
When they are done, take them out and put them on a paper towel to drain off some of the oil and sprinkle that awesome seasoning on them immediately.
Seasoning doritos
Season now!
I would recommend starting light on the spice as it is pretty intense. Just give a little sprinkle and then try them while they are hot. How many of you can say you have had Doritos while they are hot? Well, these are awesome hot!
Final chips
Doritos ain't got nothing on me.
I definitely did not use all of that spice that I mixed up earlier. I probably used about half of it on a batch of maybe 60 chips


  1. Pinned these in my Geek Food board on Pinterest! They look YUMMY!

  2. Wow these look great! I don't like ranch too much though when it comes to chips, is there any other seasoning you suggest? But the chips might even taste good plain (I love plain versions of most chips: potato, sun, etc.) I'd love to try this, do you have a recipe for the white corn tortillas or do you buy them made? In any case, this looks like something I'd love to try!

  3. Wow.....super great recipe idea and much better for you too, I am sure.

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