Dorito Casserole!! Don’t knock it until you try it…plus it’s great for picky kids (there’s an entire rotisserie chicken in the filling)!
So my kids came home a few weeks ago raving about a dish that had been served to them at a friend’s home at dinner the night before. “Mommy, you’ve got to make it!” and “It was the best dinner ever!” was being screamed in my ear before we’d even pulled out of their driveway. “Okay, okay!” I laughed and asked what was in it.
So I Googled it. And discovered that, yes, Dorito Casserole is a thing. There are people who exist in the world who buy Doritos not just for snacking and possibly dipping or heck, even crushing to make a coating for chicken. They use it to make its very own Dorito Casserole.
All of the recipes I came across use canned cream of chicken or mushroom soup which I just can’t bring myself to do (that’s the one area in which I am a true food snob). Most were also laden with cheese (which I am all for, there’s no food snobbery here regarding cheese), but I wanted to come up with a version that was still considered serious comfort food while keeping an actual food group somewhere in there.
But, let’s be honest, it’s still Dorito Casserole. This isn’t something to make when counting calories.
So I began the way I do with many casseroles: I sauteed an onion. Then I added a little flour for thickening and some chicken stock. A can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes and a little chili powder for seasoning became a tasty base and a cup of sour cream turned it thick and creamy. Store-bought rotisserie chicken kept it easy and fast and even more flavorful. After that, it was simply a matter of crushing some Doritos and putting it all together.
Doritos went on the bottom then the creamy filling was spooned over. More crushed Doritos covered the top before it went into the oven to bake. It all took about 15 minutes to throw together. Not bad for a quick weeknight meal!
The girls devoured it and proclaimed it even better than the Dorito Casserole they’d been served (that may have just been a ploy to get me to make it again). Me? I actually loved it! There’s a lot of chicken and it has just enough sauce without being too saucy, y’know what I mean? I had a friend over who tried it and asked for some to take home, which is really saying something! Leftovers were delicious and the entire thing was gone before bedtime (I snuck down and ate the last of it around 9pm). I did make it a couple more times to get the amounts just right and once with a little cheese, too. This is the version we all prefer, no cheese added!
It was Dorito Casserole success, y’all. I hope you try it, too!
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- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 3 T all-purpose flour
- 1 14 oz can chicken broth, about 2 cups
- 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 1/2 t chili powder
- 1 8 oz container sour cream, 1 cup
- kosher salt, to taste
- shredded chicken from 1 rotisserie chicken, about 4 cups
- 1 11 oz bag Doritos, crushed (I use Nacho Cheese flavor)
- a few tablespoons chopped cilantro, optional
- a cup of shredded cheese, optional
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until soft and translucent, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle flour over onions, stir and cook for about 1 minute (this will remove the "raw" flour taste). Slowly whisk in chicken broth until smooth. Add tomatoes and chili powder; stir and simmer for a few minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in sour cream until incorporated. Taste and season (I usually add at least 1/2 t salt, keeping in mind that the Doritos are already salty so I slightly under-season).
- Add chicken to pan and mix well.
- Pour half of Doritos over the bottom of a greased casserole dish. Pour chicken mixture over then top with remaining crushed Doritos. Bake for 20 minutes or so, or until casserole is hot and bubbly.
- Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired, and serve immediately.