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Super Bowl Sunday was the day that these babies made their way into my life. The game was on and (of course) I was really only paying attention to the commercials.
Year after year Doritos commercials are a clear winner in my opinion. But it started me thinking that I needed to create a keto doritos version of this factory made, carb filled favorite.
This was a tall order.
Doritos are created in a lab with the express intention of creating a flavor explosion in your mouth. The scientists are put to task to create a food product with the trifecta of flavor, crunch, mouth feel.
Then….they are manufactured at a break neck pace to keep up with the demand for these addicting little salty treats.
The Cheese Slices
I started my Keto Doritos with simple thin sliced cheddar jack cheese slices. I get my cheese slices (available in every supermarket I’ve ever been to) in the pre-packaged cheese aisle at the grocery store.
Any blend of cheese slice will do. I even imagine Pepper Jack cheese slices would be great making these spicy little suckers.
The key for me in making these Keto Doritos is that the cheese is thin sliced. I’ve made these before with thicker cheese slices and they spread too far out on the baking sheet.
Thick cheese still tastes good, it’s just thicker. Thicker means less crispy…and that’s fine, too.
I use a pre-packaged taco seasoning for these Keto Doritos, but there are plenty of homemade recipes on Pinterest.
Here’s the thing with those taco seasoning packets…usually they add some starch. The starch adds a thickening agent and bulk to the packet. Sometimes they even add sugar. Why? 🙄
It’s irritating that big food producers and factories add a bunch of junk when tacos never make me think of anything sweet. The do it to get us to eat more and add to the flavor trifecta.
I buy Trader Joe’s brand taco seasoning or Primal Palate is also a clean brand. Again, you can make your own with many of the ingredients you already have in your pantry.
I have come to love these inexpensive little powerhouses. Imagine being afraid of jalapeños for fear they would be too spicy.
I like spicy stuff.
So…I am not so sure what I was so afraid of. Once I tried jalapeños in many recipes, I keep them stocked in my fridge at all times.
The heat in the jalapeños comes from the seeds. Simply scrape out the seeds if you do not want spicy spicy. You still get a warmth from the jalapeños without the seeds, but nothing that will wallop you.
Again, I tend to like a little heat so for this recipe I keep all the seeds intact on each slice of jalapeño on my Keto Doritos.
Bake time for your Keto Doritos depends on if you indeed bought the thin sliced cheese. There are so many brands and variations of cheese on the market.
Thin sliced is best for this recipe, but don’t sweat it if all they have is regular sliced.
The thin slice cook in about 5-7 minutes. I check them at 5 minutes and then set the timer again for another 2-3 minutes to bake them some more.
Once my Keto Doritos are starting to bubble I will turn the oven to broil and watch them for 30 seconds to 1 minute. The gets the edges a little crispy.
Blotting and Eating
This last part happens fast when I pull my Keto Doritos out of the oven. I set the hot baking sheet on the counter and let them sit for a minute.
Then I take a paper towel and blot any extra grease on the tray.
Then with a small spatula I transfer the Keto Doritos to a serving plate to enjoy immediately.
Storage of Keto Doritos
First and foremost, there will probably be no leftovers of these salty snacks. However, if you do happen to have extras you can store then in a ziploc bag on the counter for a day.
These do not stay crisp, but they still taste great. They’ve got a great chew to them the very next day.
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- 6 slices cheddar jack cheese thin sliced
- 1 Jalapeño sliced in rounds
- 1 tsp taco seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 350* and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut each slice of your thin sliced cheese into 4 triangles. Lay out each triangle on the parchment paper.
- Sprinkle the taco seasoning over each of the cheese triangles. Then place a single slice of jalapeno on each cheese triangle.
- Bake for 5 minutes then check on them. You may need to turn the baking sheet to get your triangles to evenly bake and bubble. Bake for another 2-4 minutes while watching them.
- You may even want to turn your oven to broil for 30 seconds to a minute. Again, you must watch them at the end until they are at the desired doneness.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set aside to cool. Using a spatula transfer your Keto Doritos to a paper towel lined plate. Enjoy these crispy/chewy spicy delights.
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My secret to lasting weight loss
Maintaining my weight loss, and quite frankly staying healthy, has always been the main driver for this website. Making meals like these Keto Doritos is really my trick.
Sorry, it’s that simple for me…I meal prep and almost always cook at home.
I wrote a few articles about this and will write more. Everyone needs to know that cooking at home is one of my major keys to success.
Every meal does not have to be epic.
When I am prepared I have a much better chance at success and maintaining my best health.
- The Diet That Changed My Life
- My 80 – 20 Rule
- Re-Thinking Healthy Food
- Life with a Keto Mom
- My Favorite Low Carb & Keto Resources