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Doritos Locos Tacos Recipe

Don’t ask me how or why I decided to do this. It had to happen.

Doritos Locos Copycat Recipe

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Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. (Mind you, the period was intentional as always. Not a question mark.)


                                                                            Magical. Yet appalling.




When I read about the Dortios Locos pending future release I realized this must be conquered.  As in, Masters of the Universe conquered. Then I discovered how involved Dorito flavoring is. Seriously, look at the ingredients on the back of a bag.


So, I added it onto my lengthy to-do list.


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You should see my dog’s list.

Hunter's to-do list


I forced him to remove, “Poop on peepol,” and, “Hump bitchiz.”


Dog with beer (1 Fine Cookie)



After  giving my dog a bath and sending him to rehab, the Doritos Locos had to sit on the back burner for some time.


Until moving to Texas, that is. One cannot forget about Taco Bell when all one sees is Taco Bell. (There are fast food joints EVERYWHERE! EVERYWHERE, I TELL YOU!) Either way, every time I passed one (every other exit on the highway) it was a gentle reminder of the Doritos Locos Taco.


First, I had to obviously try it considering I wanted to replicate it.

Dorito Loco Taco by Taco Bell


I’m not one for Eastwood, so I was pleasantly surprised when it didn’t make me ill.



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A few things I decided concerning my Doritos Locos copycat recipe:

– I made my tortilla shells from scratch. ( I will provide “quicky” options for anyone with ADHD out there, however I cannot guarantee the taste will be as Dorito-like.)

– I fried them. I could have baked or just cooked with a little butter in a pan, but I felt this was the best way to get the Doritos powder to adhere to the shell. I also wanted this to taste amazing and I think fried food tastes amazing. So there. (I will, suggest other options for you dieters out there so don’t fret.) I also skipped a step. You should cook it in a skillet first into a tortilla then fry it. I got impatient, what can I say.

– Because we all have different taste buds, some of you will think differently of the powder flavor. I happen to think that Taco Bell’s version doesn’t really taste like a Dorito while others think it’s on the money (it’s like a blander, less deep version). I called in my trusted Dorito expert who probably eats Doritos at least every other week.

-When my Dorito expert tasted the powder he said it was pretty close. Once the taco shells were dipped in and we ate them, he freaked out. The powder tasted somewhat like Doritos, but once eaten on the homemade Taco shells something magical happened. My expert Dorito taster was completely in awe of how REMARKABLY similar the tacos tasted. He sincerely believed that this one tasted much better than the Taco Bell version.


-Feel free to do a trial version of the spices first in a smaller amount (as in, measure out a quarter of the amounts to taste test). Use that to add a little of or decrease the amount of any spice in order to customize it to your taste. Nothing annoys me more than someone saying, “Oh I don’t like bacon so I don’t like that recipe,” or, “That recipe is not salty enough.” Those are objective opinions, SO JUST REMOVE THE DAMN BACON OR ADD MORE SALT. IT’S REALLY THAT SIMPLE. That is the difference between a naturally good cook and a moron.


-Although this recipe is delicious it will not have the same addictive quality, as in, can’t put it down must have more type of feeling. This is because I left out the  monosodium glutamat. Better known as MSG. They purposely add this to make their food seem more delicious and addictive. If they left it out you would not think Doritos are as amazing. Literally tricks your brain. You could always order some MSG here if you REALLY want to make this recipe as close to the original as possible. I chose to leave it out.

Without further ado,

Here’s What You Need for Your Doritos Locos Tacos Recipe

- 1 cup dehydrated cheddar cheese powder (can be purchased here)

- 1/2 cup tomato powder (can be purchased here)

3 teaspoons turmeric powder (can be purchased here)

- 1/8 cup of red bell pepper powder (can be purchased here)

- 1 Tablespoon of green pepper granulated or powder (can be purchased here)

- 1/8 cup of garlic powder (can be purchased here)

1/8 cup of onion powder (can be purchasedhere)

2 teaspoons of ancho chili powder (can be purchased here)

- 2 teaspoons of Kernel Season’s nacho cheddar popcorn seasoning (can be purchased here)


- 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)



Woodland Foods was nice enough to sponsor this post and generously donated the spices used to make the Doritos powder 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. They offer free shipping and super nice people!

If you would like to know more about Woodland Foods, visit their home website here:

I am not just saying this, everything about Woodland Foods is quality and service. This is coming from someone who deals with a lot of food products.


The powder recipe is an adapted version from Bon Appétit. They created a “healthy” dorito chip recipe. I felt that in order to have a proper Dorito recipe it must have cheese. I also adjusted the proportions substantially, as I felt Bon Appétit’s version did not really resemble the Dorito all that closely. I will provide a link for their version at the bottom of the post. Should you choose to use my version, please see 1 Fine Cookie copyright standards at the footer of my post.


Healthier Options:

– Instead of frying your taco shells, you can bake them in the oven or cook with a little Smartbalance on a skillet

-You can use the Bon Appétit recipe (link at bottom) for a healthier Dorito flavoring (be warned, it is really not that close to a Dorito but does have a nice zing to it).

-Leave out the sour cream and cheese, add some grilled veggies

– Use ground turkey and drain very well


Money Saving Options:

– Spices can become very costly. Try to purchase what you can at your local grocery store or gourmet food store, then order online whatever you cannot find.

-Leave out the popcorn seasoning. Although it helps make the seasoning, it isn’t necessary so long as you don’t mind it not tasting as much like Doritos.

-Split the Dorito powder measurements in half. I made mine so that I could use the Dorito  flavoring again in the future, therefore resulting in a lot of leftover powder. You do not need to do this if you want to minimize the amount of spices your use.


Quicky Options:

-Rather than make tortilla dough from scratch, you can buy corn tortillas in the store and either bake or fry them to shape into taco shells.

– Make the Dorito powder ahead of time and store in airtight container. The cooking process will speed up substantially.

-Buy pre-shredded lettuce, cheese, and pre-diced tomatoes from the grocery store.




Begin by measuring out your spices.

A variety of spices



You also need your dehydrated cheddar cheese powder.

dehydrated cheddar cheese powder



…I also used this. I won’t go into detail, but I found adding the Nacho Cheddar seasoning added the saltiness that the cheddar powder did not.

Kernel Season's Popcorn Seasoning



I measured it all out into a bag to prevent mess and to make taste-testing easier.

Mix your powder together


You may want to add more cheese, more ancho, or more tomato powder depending on your taste buds. I ended up adding a touch more cheese. Again, it won’t taste just right until it is processed and dusted onto your taco shell. This at least gives you an idea.



Use a food processor to grind spices

Use a food processor to grind it all up and mix it thoroughly.



The Dorito Powder will come out orange

It will appear more orange at this point. Not as red as the Dorito itself.



Dorito flavoring




Boil water and measure out 2/3 cup to mix with 1 cup of masa harina de maiz. (Skip this step if you are going to make it the shortcut version.)

tortilla dough



If it is too dry or wet, add a touch of water or masa accordingly.

leave tortilla dough wrapped for 30 minutes


Roll into a ball and wrap tightly for 30 minutes.



how to make tortilla dough by 1 Fine Cookie

Divide into four sections. Roll one section into a ball and flatten out with your hand roll out into a thin, round pancake in between two pieces of plastic wrap. If you are lucky enough to own a tortilla press then use that instead. Repeat with the three other dough pieces.


brown your ground beef

Place ground beef into skillet or pan on medium high.



Pour oil into a deep pan and set to medium high. You want your oil VERY hot. I found that if my shells were fried in oil any lower than 375 degrees they end up soggy. So you want it to heat up to between 375 to 400 degrees.


While the oil heats up drain the water from the ground beef and then add the taco seasoning with 3/4 cup of water.

Add your taco seasoning

Set to low and stir occasionally.



Once the oil is at the correct temp, CAREFULLY drop the tortilla dough into the pan. I stand back for a second or two in case of any splatter. I suggest using a pan with higher sides than mine in order to guard splatter.

How to fry tacos by 1 Fine Cookie

You will let it cook or only a second or two. The tortilla will begin to bubble up. 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.

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


Quicky or Healthy Options:

-If you don’t want to fry, try to spray with a little oil and bake in oven. You will want to use something to keep the sides folded but separated. Try rolling up some wax paper or aluminum foil into a tube, spraying with oil and place in between the taco sides.

-Using a little Smartbalance on a skillet and frying the same as with the oil but directly onto the skillet.

-A quicker option is to buy corn tortillas and fry or cook the same. You simply need to fry or bake for less time.

*I cannot say as to whether any of these other techniques will make the taco taste as good. There was something about combining the fried shells with the Dorito seasoning that gave it just the right taste.


Once cool, sprinkle powder over each side. Drain ground beef. Fill taco shell with beef, sour cream, lettuce, cheese and tomato. Serve to friends after they have offered to sell their soul to you in exchange.


Eat immediately. As if that would be an issue.

Doritos Locos Taco Recipe by 1 Fine Cookie


Notice how the seasoning turns a little more red.


Doritos Locos Taco Bell Recipe by 1 Fine Cookie


My Dorito expert was picking at the shells before I could even construct the Taco itself!


Doritos Locos Taco Bell Recipe by 1 Fine Cookie






Doritos Locos Taco Bell Recipe by 1 Fine Cookie





Doritos Locos Taco Bell Recipe by 1 Fine Cookie




Doritos Locos Taco Bell Recipe by 1 Fine Cookie


The dough makes four tacos. I intentionally calculated measurements for leftover powder so you can make these again. And again.


Doritos Locos Taco Bell Recipe by 1 Fine Cookie


And again.


Guess what? We Made a cooking. VIDEO for Doritos Locos Taco. See it here.

Don’t forget to make a giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake for dessert.


Giant Peanut Butter Cup Cake


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Don’t forget to visit Woodland Foods website:

Here is the link  for the other version on Bon Appétit.



Homemade Doritos Locos Taco Bell Recipe. Yes, It Happened.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 0-100
A copycat home DIY version of the popular Doritos Locos Tacos. Use this to make tacos or tortilla chips. Hack your way to a healthier meal.
  • You do NOT have permission to paste or share this recipe anywhere without the author’s permission. Please see copyright standards in the footer of site. Visit: Search: “doritos” for photos, supply list and detailed instructions. Or click here..
  • 1 cup dehydrated cheddar cheese powder
  • ½ cup tomato powder
  • 3 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • ⅛ cup of red bell pepper powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of green pepper granulated or powder
  • ⅛ cup of garlic powder
  • ⅛ cup of onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons of ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons of Kernel Season's nacho cheddar popcorn seasoning
  • 1 cup of masa harina de maiz
  • ⅔ cup of hot water
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • chopped tomatoes
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • shredded lettuce
  • sour cream
  • Taco Bell taco seasoning
  1. You do NOT have permission to paste or share this recipe anywhere without the author’s permission. Please see copyright standards in the footer of site. Visit: Search: “doritos” for photos, supply list and detailed instructions. Or click here..
  2. Mix together spices
  3. Mix water and harina de maiz. Form into flat pancakes.
  4. Fry into taco shells using a spatula to keeps sides from touching. Generously sprinkle with seasoning.
  5. Cook beef according to package instructions.
  6. For more detailed instructions, visit this link.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 100



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73 Responses to Homemade Doritos Locos Tacos Recipe. Yes, It Happened.

  1. Jenn says:

    Holy crap…you win the internet.

    • says:

      She “won the internet” Lmao!! Too funny, and so true! I can’t wait to try this… I’m not sharing this recipe either. Forget it!

  2. Lindsay Ann says:

    AMAZE! I think this post deserves an official “nom nom nom”

  3. So wrong it has to be right. I LOLed for realz reading this whole post!

  4. OMG that looks so good, and nothing at taco bell will ever look that good!

  5. This post must have taken you forever LOL. It certainly took me forever to read it LOL.

    We even have a Taco Bell here in Malaga City. Never been though, but would be interested to try your recipe, thanks.

    You are welcome to join in my monthly food blogger event THE SOUP KITCHEN, here for entry details and current theme offering a new theme each month. All bloggers are welcome, hope to see you participate soon.

    • Jasmin says:

      @Debs, I add in a lot of options and details for the healthy cook, or the beginner cook. Although you may not need as much information considering you know cooking enough to have your own blog, there is a lot of positive feedback from those who don’t have that experience.

      The post did not take me forever. I have superhero powers (you also learn to type quickly in college + more college).

  6. Love these! My 7 year old loves Taco Bell, and those tacos. I will have to try these for sure.
    I had to laugh – I don’t like Bacon so I don’t like this recipe – I HATE those kind of comments!! Seriously, Leave the Bacon OUT!!!

  7. Samantha says:

    haha this recipe is being saved for the eventual day (probably not so far away) when Taco Bell stops selling these. We like them but our big complaint is that the shells fall apart too easily! Thanks for the recipe, these looks good!

  8. Jessica says:

    I’m not a big fan of Doritos (or Taco Bell, for that matter)but I have a husband and children who will love this. My favorite thing, though, was your comment, “That is the difference between a naturally good cook and a moron.” SO true! I was cracking up! Thanks for a fun recipe to try and a good laugh!

  9. Christopher says:

    Very much appreciated…maybe it’s because (like the author) I was born a “masshole” and have spent many years living between California and Massachusetts…..Oh and by the way (I now live in Texas so I get that part as well) 🙂 Good work…..and greeeeeat recipe!

  10. Georgie says:

    Made these. Winning at life now. Shanks!

  11. Yvonne says:

    Love your funny dog….hilarious.

  12. James says:

    Good lord.. that looks so delicious. I must try this. Thank you!

  13. Jack Sprat says:

    hands-down best recipe on the internet! just wanted to say that i made these, and used Quorn grounds instead of beef (found this recipe while looking to buy the shells wholesale haha) and now my favorite guilty pleasure is actually kinda healthy…

    also thumbs up to the moron comment 🙂 soooo many bad cooks don’t understand the difference between measuring seasoning (to taste) and “reactive” ingredients (to chemistry, like your masa)

    • Jasmin says:

      @Jack, It’s good right? Everytime I have cooked something for the first time, I do a “test” to see how it tastes, then add whatever until it tastes just right. I believe it is like learning to fish, versus having a fish handed to me for a day. I’m glad you liked it!

  14. connie says:

    Just wondering, could u put the seasoning right in the masa and after they fried. Just wanted to know if u tried! Thanks

    • Jasmin says:

      @Connie, as we can add seasoning before frying chicken or other foods, I don’t see why you couldn’t try it. I did not try it myself, but perhaps you can add a little to just one portion of the dough and fry it to check.

      • Ginga says:

        What about spraying hard taco shells with cooking spraying, sprinkling the seasonings on the shells, then baking them? Do you think the seasonings would stay on?

        • Jasmin says:

          @ginga, if you watch the video we say you can do it. Not as much will stick as when frying and tossing but that’s okay. The seasoning is powerful do you don’t need to have a lot stock to it anyway.

  15. MigraineMe says:

    This is AMAZING!!! My boyfriend loves these things from Taco Bell and I would love to try to make this for him. Your version looks so great and your photos look so cute too! Great work!

  16. Ben says:

    You basically made a giant corn chip with dorito flavoring instead of actual doritos. The shell should be cooked on the flat top first to make it into a tortilla, then fried. Its the difference between say frito lays corn chips and tortilla chips.

  17. natalie says:

    I think I just died

  18. karen says:

    Would it be easier to take a bag of Doritos your choice of flavor and pulverize it in the food processor? I have done this and use the powdered doritos for seasoning other foods.

    • Jasmin says:

      @karen,I suppose you could do that, but it would be missing the point of a from-scratch recipe. You may as well out and buy a Dorito taco from Taco Bell.

  19. karen says:

    Yours looks better than taco bells

  20. grindle says:

    If we only had more talented people putting good content on the interweb the world would be a better place. I heard that the locos is the most lucrative item TB has launched and I believe that.

  21. Mandy says:

    I’m just so glad that I can have gluten-free Doritos now if I make them from this recipe! Yay! Thanks!

  22. Allison says:

    Have you ever used this powder on tortilla chips to make homemade Doritos?

  23. Becca says:

    Oh my goodness, you cracked me up through your whole blog and even some of your comments. I’m glad there’s a blogger out there to call someone a tool. I wish I could standup for my blog like that.

  24. Johnna says:

    Great recipe!! I can’t wait to try it! I’m not a fan of Doritos, personally, but I know a few men who are! I was unable to find many of the ingredients in my local store, and as a college student, I cant afford to pay upwards of $8 per ingredient for each of the 9 spices listed..I think I am going to pulverize regular Dorito chips instead (cheaper and more cost effective) and try it that way. I understand that it won’t be “from scratch” but it’s all I can afford. Either way, I’m sure it’ll be impressive. Thank you for the AMAZING RECIPE!! 🙂

    • Jasmin says:

      @Johnna, you can purchase cheaper spices at Indian and Asian grocery stores. Also, some people have mentioned to me that the dollar store and Walgreens sells less expensive spices. This mix is meant to be used more than once so you could always cut it into thirds as well.

  25. Diane says:

    You made my “comment” day! I like reading them because people share their adds/deletes in a recipe. It never fails that at least one jackass will share an unnecessary opinion. I will follow your blog just for the zingers!!

  26. Erin says:

    We just moved back to Texas too. Second time. And yes there are three taco bells between home and my daughters volleyball. I’m going to snicker now when I pass them!

  27. JamieLynn says:

    I would think that using ground-up Doritos wouldn’t taste as good, since you’d be coating tortillas with more tortillas, so that seems a little redundant. Just my opinion…
    Taco Bell just made a ranch version as well. Can we expect to see a recipe for that one soon as well?
    I can’t wait to try this for my family! I’m gonna go the semi-homemade route & experiment with just adding the seasoning to pre-made tortillas & hard shell tacos. Off hand, I’m picturing taking taco shells, moistening them with water or oil, coating them in seasoning & baking or frying. Actually, now that just sounds like a frito chip with Doritos seasoning, so maybe not… lmfao…
    Regardless, I’m not up for making tortillas from scratch. I would like to say, though that Ben’s suggested extra step sounds dumb & unnecessary, & I really don’t see how that would change or improve the quality of the all-around experience.

    • Jasmin says:

      It won’t be soo much work if making the dough the day prior.
      I will be attempting a Cool Ranch probably, if I can find the time.
      Ben was pointing out a step I skipped in making a legit taco shell. I just don’t care and left out the step in order to make this a more feasible recipe, but it would stay crunchier longer if done the other way.
      I just hate when people comment on here as if I don’t know. People who form assumptions before asking annoy me.

      Let me know how it works for you!

  28. Becky in MO says:

    Where have you been all my life?

  29. I LOVE you!! Your sense of humor is FABULOUS! The dog story is FABULOUS!! The pictures are FABULOUS! and you COOK? FABULOUS! AND you’re a smart-aleck, and not afraid to show it! FABULOUS!! I wish I was a man and 30 years younger – I’d stalk you until you slept with I mean married me…Anyway, I just wanted to say “I’ll be watching you…” cuz I love your blog & this recipe. I WILL be making it – tacos are my favorite food! And I just got my tortilla press, for the “total experience” – I’ll christen it with this recipe! Thanx for the entertainment, Sandi

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  32. siri says:

    your a genius!! im definitely going to be gifted some jewelry for making this! THANKS SO MUCH!

  33. Siobhain says:

    I have only had the doritos locos taco whilst inebriated, but drunk me is inclined to think that they are spot on. These look interesting to try. Obviously I can’t make them sober. It just can’t happen.

    – Siobhain

  34. Carlito says:

    i read it twice, you are AWESOME!!! 🙂 tomorrow will go buy those spices!!!!

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  37. Jill says:

    I am looking for a recipe for the powder used to make the spicy sweet chili Doritos. I can’t get enough of that flavor! Any help?

    • Jasmin says:

      @jill, I have actually never tried it. The only thing I can recommend is Kernel Season’s has a Kettle corn shaker that’s sweet (in popcorn and chip aisle of grocery store), and a chilli powder mix blend from McCormick.

  38. Jeff Stift says:

    Ask Taco Bell where they got the Doritos Loco Tacos idea from.They got it from me….People were saying this guy is high or this guy is genius.One of my Facebook accounts got deleted.I called Taco Bell and told them again afterwards and they told me they would pass it on to their financial advisers and management.This was back in 2011..A couple weeks later I call Frito Lay.They tell me “We don’t take advice from outside people.”Hmmm…that’s interesting.3 or 4 times they have paid people for different Lay’s flavors.Frito Lay is so stupid..they are already paying me.My grandpa sold out to them in the 60’s.I haven’t been thinking about this just on this day.They tried to say they thought about it 20 years ago but didn’t know if people would like it yet copy write the idea 2 month after I told them.In 2011 after giving them this idea I was on my death bed.In January 2012 while learning how to walk again I started to see commercials and was pissed…off.I haven’t ate Taco Bell in over 3 years.

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  43. Laurie says:

    Love your attitude. 🙂

  44. CORNF-- USED! says:

    I’m confused…you found out Taco Bell had MSG but you are using Kernels Seasons that has Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Disodium Inosinate and Guanylate, and Silicon Dioxide.

    • Jasmin says:

      @CORNF– USED,
      I would be confused too if I lacked your reading comprehension.
      1. I did not find out Taco Bell had MSG. I already knew it did as that is common knowledge for any American who bothers to read food labels.
      2. Kernel Season’s has no MSG in it. It is also two teaspoons in the entire bag of seasoning, so anything else that is “bad” is far less significant when compared to a fast food taco. That is why making a burger at home is almost always better than getting one at McDonald’s. Neither is healthy for you, but the homemade burger is the much better option.

      In conclusion, you are a troll who is so displeased with your life, that you hide behind a computer and try to “pick apart” or “correct” strangers online to make yourself feel better. Go get hobbies, make new friends, or switch up your career bc you are clearly unhappy with SOMETHING in your life. My life, and these tacos are awesome.
      P.S. you have caca breath

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