These boldly flavored Doritos Nachos are loaded with Cool Ranch Doritos and your favorite nacho toppings, making this easy recipe a fun twist on the classic appetizer. Best of all, like any nachos, these can easily be customized with your favorite toppings, but I will also provide plenty of recommendations as well.
What flavor of Doritos is best?
My recommendation is to use Cool Ranch Doritos. Not only do these have an exciting flavor on their own, but the seasoning pairs really nicely with nacho toppings such as sour cream and guacamole.
That being said, this recipe will work well with whatever your flavor is. Nacho cheese Doritos would be an obvious choice, or one of their new spicy varieties would be fantastic as well. In the end, your favorite flavor will be the best to use!
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Cool Ranch Doritos - You can substitute your flavor Doritos flavor as well.
- Ground beef - I recommend lean ground beef such as 85/15 beef. You could use refried beans instead for a vegetarian option.
- Taco seasoning - Use enough for 1 pound of meat.
- Sour cream - You could also use my cilantro lime sour cream sauce.
- Guacamole - Traditional guacamole works well, or you could use my roasted tomatillo guacamole.
- Shredded cheese - Cheddar cheese, pepper Jack, or a Monterey Jack cheese blend would be my top choices.
- Pico de gallo - I do not recommend using salsa because it is too watery. It will make the Doritos soggy. Pico de gallos is chunkier and has less liquid.
- Green onions
How to make it
Begin making this easy Doritos nachos recipe by browning your ground beef in a large skillet set over medium high heat, breaking it into crumbles as it cooks. Once browned, add your taco seasoning and stir to combine well.
Tip: Adding some water with the taco seasoning helps it disperse more evenly. Just be sure to cook the water out.
Place a single layer of the chips on a large serving platter and add ground beef, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, pico de Gallo, and green onion on top of the Doritos. Serve immediately.
Tips and tricks
It is worth noting, Doritos are not as strong of a chip as traditional tortilla chips used in nachos. For this reason, avoid using overly watery ingredients like salsa, or excessively thick and heavy ingredients on top of the chips. The chip will turn soggy more easily or break under the weight more easily.
Feel free to warm the chips in your oven on a baking sheet prior to serving. Heat them just enough to warm them through, overbaking will turn them brittle. A few minutes at 350 degrees will be sufficient.
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- Add ground beef to a large skillet and cook over medium high heat until well browned. Break it into small crumbles as it cooks.
- Add taco seasoning to the ground beef and stir to combine.
- Assemble nachos by pouring Doritos onto a large plate in an even layer, then top with ground beef, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, pico de gallo, and green onions.
- Serve immediately.