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Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos Recipe Hack

So lots of exciting things are happening, including my upcoming trip to BlogHer Food in Miami 2014. That’s right, as the spokesperson for Kernel Season’s, I will be attending BlogHer in Miami. Oooooh beaches. Maybe I can find time to stop by Miami beach during lunch break? Totally worth having sand stuck to my behind for the rest of the day…

 

There is an article at BlogHer site on what to wear to the convention in Miami:

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Lovely, but I’m looking for something…classier.

I will be in thissss:

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Photo Courtesy of Amazon.com

 

All day and all night.

 

 

Right. So in celebration of attending the event for Kernel Season’s, I created a fun little recipe. As my Cheesy Doritos Locos Tacos recipe remains a consistently popular food hack, I decided to come back with a vengeance and give you:

 

Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos Recipe Hack…and it’s delish, FYI. I used a little Kernel Season’s seasoning to crack the Cool Ranch recipe code.

 

So, I will be chillin’ on the beach, in my bikini t-shirt, chowing down on some copycat Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. Oh, and of course attending some kick ass panel discussions!

 

Ingredients for Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos Recipe Hack

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1/2 cup Kernel Season’s ranch seasoning

2 teaspoon buttermilk powder (cultured buttermilk, found in grocery store baking aisle)

2 teaspoons sun dried tomato powder (purchase here)

1 tsp tomato powder (purchase here)

1/2 tsp onion powder

 

- 1 cup of masa harina de maiz (can be purchased here)

- 2/3 cup of hot water

 

- 1 lb ground beef

- chopped tomatoes

- shredded cheddar cheese

- shredded lettuce

- sour cream

- Taco Bell taco seasoning (can be purchased here)

 

 

There are three important spices included in the seasoning.

For the ranch seasoning, Kernel Season’s has generously sponsored this post and of course sent plenty of ranch seasoning as the perfect base for the Cool Ranch seasoning copycat home recipe.

If you would like to know more about Kernel Seasons, visit their home website here: https://www.kernelseasons.com/

Learn more about their different flavors and check out their fabulous recipe library, as well as their blog. I also happen to be their spokesperson to boot!

Woodland Foods also generously donated the tomato powder and dried tomato powder for the mix. I provided  links above to purchase the spices via their sister company, Angelina’s Gourmet on Amazon. Should you prefer to order them through Woodland Foods, the link is here.

If you would like to know more about Woodland Foods, visit their home website here: http://www.woodlandfoods.com/

 

Begin by mixing your dry seasonings together. Feel free to start with a smaller amount and mix to taste.

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Boil water and measure out 2/3 cup to mix with 1 cup of masa harina de maiz. Mix together, then knead for a few minutes. Add enough of the flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Roll into a ball and let it sit, covered in a damp cloth for about 30 minutes.

 

Take a small ball and roll out in between two pieces of plastic wrap until extremely thin. Let sit for 15 minutes.

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Now, this part I skipped last time. You are supposed to cook each disk on an oiled skillet at medium, flipping to each side.

I was like, yeah…Um no.

That is the proper thing to do, but being as I was lazy and Mexican food happens to be where I fail I just went straight to frying the disks instead. Don’t care, flip my hair.

 

Once your tortillas are cooked, heat up vegetable oil in a deep pan until extremely hot. You can use a piece of dough to test. Drop it in and if it bubbles and rises to top immediately, the oil is ready.

CAREFULLY place tortilla disk into oil and let it cook or only a second or two.  IMMEDIATELY use a fork and spatula to fold one side over before it hardens to shape the taco. I use the spatula to hold up one side, then the fork to separate the other.

 

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Once the shell is hardened in shape, turn over to cook other side well. Drain on a cookie rack with paper towels underneath.

 

 

Sprinkle seasoning over shells as soon as you remove from frying. Keep in mind some of the spices are heavier and will sink to bottom of bowl so shake it up nicely before sprinkling on.

 

Cook ground beef according to Taco Bell seasoning pack. Layer your ingredients into your Doritos Locos taco Cool Ranch shell.

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It tastes remarkably similar to the original Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. The best part? I know what’s in it.

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I’m pretty sure they are going to have me host a panel at BlogHer next year on how to make recipe hacks with Kernel Season’s seasoning. I mean, I’m pretty much an expert at this point. Required attire will be bikini t-shirts.

 

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***If you are considering posting up photos or ideas from this or any other posts I am truly happy that you are excited and find my recipes interesting enough to share with others. Please see copyright standards in the footer (bottom).

 

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