Learning to eat healthier means turning food packages over and reading ingredient lists. The simpler, the better. We turned over a bag of classic Nacho Cheese Doritos, and this is what we found:
Vegetable oil (corn, soybean, and/or sunflower oil)
Cheddar cheese (milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes)
Romano cheese (part skim cow's milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes)
Whey protein concentrate
Partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil
Natural and artificial flavor
Artificial color (including Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40)
Red and green bell pepper powder
Nonfat milk solids
Whey protein isolate
Corn syrup solids
Yikes! Not exactly a simple list. There’s a lot of things on there we don’t even recognize as food at all.
But here at That Clean Life, we believe that a healthy lifestyle means never ever feeling deprived! So naturally, we had to create a healthy version that would totally hit the spot.
Homemade Nacho Cheese Doritos
Time: 30 minutes
- 6 6-inch corn tortillas (preferably organic, sprouted corn)
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ cup avocado oil (or melted coconut oil)
- Preheat your oven to 400F.
- Stack the tortillas and slice them into 6 small triangle-shaped chips using a large knife.
- In a coffee grinder or small blender, add the nutritional yeast, chilli powder, sea salt, turmeric, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Grind into a fine powder. Transfer the ground spices to a bowl and stir in oil to create a thin paste.
- Brush each side of the chips with some of the paste. Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until the chips are slightly browned and feel crispy. This should take 6 to 8 minutes. Watch them closely so they don’t burn. (Note: They will crisp up further as they cool.)
- Remove from oven, transfer to a paper towel and cool for 10-15 minutes before eating. Enjoy!
Storage: The chips are best fresh, but can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for 1 to 2 days.
Blender Tip: If you are using a regular sized blender to make the seasoning, make a double or triple batch. This way, it will grind more evenly. You can store the leftover seasoning in a spice jar.
These homemade “Doritos” are totally vegan, totally delicious, and use just a handful of healthy ingredients. Try them out and taste the nostalgia!