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Cheese Stuffed Doritos

April 21, 2022 by Chris Collins

Doritos are great, but Cheese Stuffed Doritos are even better!!

Just when you thought cheese couldn’t get any better, today we’re crusting it in Doritos and deep frying it. Because, well, that’s what we do on this blog 😋 Follow me…

close up shot of Dorito crusted cheese triangles on wire rack garnished with sea salt

What kind of Cheese to use?

I recommend using mozzarella. More specifically, ‘mozzarella cucina’ which is a low-moisture cuboid-shaped mozzarella. Not only is it great for slicing into triangles, but the low moisture also ensures the coating crisps up nicely. Mozzarella in general works great for frying because it goes nice and gooey without melting into oblivion.

Do I have to slice it into triangles?

Nope! Mini mozzarella balls or even squares work just as well. You could even use mozzarella sticks/cheese string!

Process shots: add mozzarella to chopping board (photo 1), slice in half (photo 2), slice those halves in half again (photo 3), slice into triangles (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to slice mozzarella into triangles

Dorito Crusted Mozzarella

Alright, cheese sliced, let’s get coating. You’re essentially just coating the cheese as though you were coating it in breadcrumbs, but instead of breadcrumbs, you’re using crushed Doritos. As such, you’ll need to dunk the cheese into flour, then into beaten egg, and then finish in the Doritos.

Seasoning the flour

Whilst the Doritos do obviously add flavour to the cheese, the flavour of the Doritos will mellow out as they cook. As such, just to add another layer of seasoning to boost the Dorito flavour, you’ll want to season the flour. Here I use smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and salt & black pepper.

What kind of Doritos to use?

I highly recommend using Chilli Heatwave Doritos, or another spicy flavour. The above seasoning is most suited to spicy flavours.

How do I crush the Doritos?

You can crush them in a food processor, or a zip lock bag with a rolling pin. Usually I’ll just give them a really good scrunch in the bag. If you do this then make sure you do it over a bowl, just in case the bottom of the packet splits open.

Do I need to double dunk the cheese?

You could give the mozzarella a second coating in the egg and Doritos, which will build up a thicker crunch. This will offer more of a ‘crunch’ and will help prevent the mozzarella from leaking out. However, it’s messier and more time-consuming. As such, I usually just do the one coating, which works just fine!

Process shots: coat mozzarella in seasoned flour (photo 1), coat in beaten egg (photo 2), coat in crushed Doritos (photo 3), rest to allow coating to glue to the cheese (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to coat cheese in Doritos

Deep Fried Cheese Stuffed Doritos

Once you’ve given time for the coating to firm up, it’s time to chuck those beauties in some hot oil. Carefully, of course.

Can I bake these?

I have tried baking, but deep frying will give you the best result. Having said that, if you wanted to bake, you’ll need to freeze them for a few hours beforehand; just to prevent the cheese from leaking out before the coating crisps up (more on this in the recipe card below).

Can I air fry these?

Same as above, deep frying is much better, but you can if you freeze them beforehand.

Process shots: fry in batches (photos 1&2), leave to rest on a wire rack and sprinkle with salt (photo 3).

3 step by step photos showing how to fry Doritos mozzarella

close up shot of fingers holding cheese stuffed Dorito with cheese spilling out the corner

Serving Cheese Stuffed Doritos

These are awesome with a DipSour Cream and ChiveGarlic and HerbSalsa or Marinara Dip are my faves.

For more fried cheese recipes check out my Deep Fried Cheese Balls and EXTRA Crispy Halloumi Fries!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these cheese stuffed Doritos shall we?!

close up shot of fingers dunking Dorito crusted mozzarella into small white pot of tomato salsa

How to make Cheese Stuffed Doritos (Full Recipe & Video)

close up shot of Dorito crusted cheese triangles on wire rack garnished with sea salt

Cheese Stuffed Doritos

Doritos are great, but Cheese Stuffed Doritos are even better!!
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Servings (click & slide): 24 Doritos
Course: Finger Food
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories per serving: 117kcal
Cost per serving: £1.50 / $2

Equipment:

  • 3 Large Shallow Dishes (for dredging)
  • Food Processor or Zip Lock Bag and Rolling Pin (optional - for crushing Doritos)
  • Cast Iron Skillet or Large Deep Pot (suitable for deep frying)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Kitchen Thermometer
  • Paper Towels
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Wire Rack

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1x 14oz / 400g block of Mozzarella (see notes)
  • 1x 6.4oz / 180g bag of Chilli Heatwave Doritos
  • 4 cups / 1 litre Vegetable or Sunflower Oil, or as needed to deep fry
  • 1/3 cup / 50g Flour
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp EACH: Smoked Paprika, Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp EACH: Salt, Black Pepper plus extra salt to serve (flaky sea salt best to serve if you have it)

Instructions:

  • Cut Cheese: Slice the cheese into squares around 1/3" thick, then slice diagonally into triangles. You should get 24 triangles from a 14oz/400g block.
  • Crush Doritos: Crush the Doritos to a texture similar to Panko breadcrumbs. You can do this in a food processor or just pound them in a zip-lock bag. Failing that just use your hands to scrunch them up in the bag. If you're doing this just make sure you do it over a bowl, as sometimes the bottom of the bag can pop open.
  • Prep Coating: Line up 3 bowls - the first with flour, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and salt & black pepper, the second with 2 beaten eggs and the third with the crushed Doritos.
  • Dredge Cheese: One by one coat the triangles in the seasoned flour, then in the egg, then in the crushed Doritos. Really make sure you thoroughly coat the cheese at each stage, especially in the Doritos. Carefully transfer to one side, ensuring you don't knock off too much of the coating, then repeat. Allow to sit for 10-15mins, just to allow the coating to glue together with the cheese.
  • Fry Cheese: Heat enough oil to comfortably cover the Doritos to around 180C/350F. In batches, fry the Doritos for 1-2mins or until the cheese starts to leak out (this happens quite quickly, so just be vigilant). Place on a wire rack with paper towels underneath and bring oil back up to temp between batches.
  • Serve: Sprinkle with salt as they rest, then serve up and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) What kind of cheese to use? - I find mozzarella works great here. You can pick up mozzarella cucina (the low-moisture cuboid shaped stuff) from Sainsbury's and Waitrose I believe. You could also use a block of cheddar, however I'd consider double dunking (see below) as it leaks out much quicker than mozzarella. In all cases make sure it's low-moisture cheese.
b) Do they have to be triangular? - Nope! Mini mozzarella balls or even squares work just as well.
c) Double Dunking - You can add the coated cheese back into the egg and into the crushed Doritos again to build up a thicker crust. This does leave the Doritos more crunchy and helps prevent the cheese leaking out, but it is more time consuming and a lot messier, hence why I just single dunk. If you are double dunking you'll need an extra egg and another bag of Doritos.
d) Can I bake or Air Fry these? - I have tested doing both, and they don't come out quite as well because the cheese tends to melt before the coating gets crunchy. If you are opting to bake or air fry you'll want to freeze the coated cheese for a few hours beforehand. And potentially consider double dunking, just to build up a thicker crust. I recommend 200C/400F for both air fryer and oven. Oven took around 5-6mins from frozen, the air fryer was around 3mins.
e) Can I use different flavoured Doritos? - The seasoning here is best suited for spicy Doritos. You could use other flavours (cheesy or cool original) but the seasoning won't quite match. 
e) Serving - These are awesome with a Dip! Sour Cream and Chive, Garlic and Herb, Salsa or Marinara Dip are my faves.
f) Calories - Per Doritos assuming 1/2 tsp oil soaked up per Dorito (slight over estimate as not all the flour and egg gets used up).

Your Private Notes:

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Cheese Stuffed Doritos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 71
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.9g12%
Saturated Fat 4.357g22%
Trans Fat 0.062g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.054g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.908g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 158mg7%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 6.88g2%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 0.26g0%
Protein 4.86g10%
Vitamin A 163IU3%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 0.34mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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