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Homemade Doritos Tacos

photo of a plate of Homemade Doritos Tacos

A few months ago, Taco Bell launched their Doritos Tacos.

I’m going to shamefully admit that I wanted to try it. DH actually looked at me with disgust. This coming from a guy who spent his college years eating canned Vienna sausages or boxed macaroni and cheese and used to ask for McDonald’s gift cards for his birthday. He’s become such a food snob.
close-up photo of Homemade Doritos Tacos
Anyhow, I love Doritos and yes, I do like those cheap crunchy tacos from Taco Bell even though they have no semblance to Mexican food. So the idea of combining both sounded really really good.

Well when we finally tried it, I was disappointed. Perhaps it’s the Taco Bell I went to, but I found it to be too salty. The almost neon orange Doritos taco shell had even more cheese powder than a regular Doritos chip. Combined with the salty sauced meat and there was nothing to balance it out.
photo of three Homemade Doritos Tacos on a plate
So we haven’t been back for more, but the other day I thought, why not make my own? I bought a packet of dry taco seasoning mix, some ground beef, simmered it at home. Then I put them on individual Doritos chips, sprinkled some shredded cheese on top and I had some delicious homemade Doritos Tacos that weren’t nearly as salty as the previous ones I bought. I also added less seasoning to the meat then I usually do since the Doritos have so much sodium in them already.

I thought these were good, and probably healthier than the version served at Taco Bell. Then I thought about other ways to make the recipe even healthier. I exchanged ground beef for lean ground turkey. Tasted less like Taco Bell, but still very tasty. Then I went a step further and replaced the nacho cheese Doritos with nacho cheese tortilla Pop chips. The cheese powder on the Pop chips tortillas taste just like the ones used to season the Doritos. The chips have fewer calories and fat too. The texture isn’t exactly the same since the torilla chips are popped, but they are still really darn tasty. And they still tasted really great with the turkey.

Pop Chips:

DH approved of all the versions and gobbled these up in no time. This appetizer is definitely going to be a keeper.

Doritos Tacos

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Inspired by Taco Bell's Dorito Tacos my homemade version is easy to make and a fun appetizer for parties.


  • 2 individual-sided bags Nacho Cheese flavored Doritos or Pop Chips Tortillas
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • shredded cheddar cheese for topping


  • Brown meat in pan and follow directions on seasoning packet. You may want to avoid adding the entire packet of seasoning since the Doritos or Tortillas will be salty. I used a little more than half the packet. 
  • Spread tortilla chips out onto a plate. Spoon a tablespoon of taco meat onto chip. Sprinkle top with cheese. Serve immediately.


Serving: 0.25of recipe, Calories: 224kcal, Carbohydrates: 12.6g, Protein: 25.9g, Fat: 7.3g, Saturated Fat: 2.2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2.6g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 67.8mg, Sodium: 737.5mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1.7g, Vitamin C: 4.1mg, Calcium: 30mg, Iron: 3.4mg, Net Carbs: 11g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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6 comments on “Homemade Doritos Tacos”

  1. Oh kirbie u are too funny ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. wow, your DH has certainly come a long way from his college days eating habits. ๐Ÿ™‚

    when my husband was in college, he and his friends would usually eat at carl’s jr or arby’s. their refrigerator was usually empty or would be filled with “science experiments”.

  3. HAHA I cracked up at the paragraph about DH and McD’s gift cards. Where did you find pop tortilla chips?

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