Dorito Casserole


Disclaimer: In case you couldn't tell from the title, this recipe isn't the least bit healthy. So if you're doing that whole new years resolution thing where you eat healthy,  just bookmark this for when you get tired of eating vegetables.

When I saw this recipe I was caught between thinking "wow that sounds good" and "holy crap, that's unhealthy". For the most part, even though I live with the chocolate and carb o-holic, I try to make recipes that are as healthy as possible. I actually like healthy foods better than unhealthy ones.

In my dream world where I'm independently wealthy, I live on a farm with cows, chickens and an insane vegetable garden. Other people take care of the animal killing and vegetable picking because I spend all day every day in my ginormous state-of-the-art kitchen making everything from scratch. Anything that I can't get from my fantasy farm comes from a high quality butcher and organic farmers market.

Unfortunately, none of that exists in the real world. You'd think living in a really rural area would make this pretty possible in my real world, but apparently everyone else who lives in the middle of no where, Maryland with me either buys everything from the grocery store or doesn't sell their eggs/chicken/whatever.

So ever so often when I get bored of the usual healthy recipes, I made Tom extremely happy by making something like this.

Dorito Casserole
Slightly adapted from: Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour, as seen on Jam Hands
Servings: 4-6
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    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • 1/4 cup chicken broth (or water)
    • salt and pepper
    • 2 cups crumbled Doritos, plus extra for topping (I used Cooler Ranch)
    • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese, divided
    • 1 can cream of chicken soup
    • 1 can Rotel
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 3 tbs. taco seasoning

1. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place in the crock pot and pour the chicken broth or water over them. Cook on low for 8 hours.
2. Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Add 1 cup of the Doritos to the bottom of the dish. 
2. Using two forks, shred the chicken and transfer to a medium sized bowl. Add 1 cup of the Mexican cheese, the cream of chicken soup, Rotel, sour cream, milk and taco seasoning to the bowl. Stir to combine.
3. Scoop half of the chicken mixture on top of the Doritos. Make another layer with the remaining Doritos and chicken mixture. Top with the remaining Mexican cheese.
4. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove the foil and bake for another 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is lightly browned.
5. Serve in bowls and top with extra crumbled Doritos for crunch.

I could tell you this was disgusting and I couldn't eat it, but that would be a complete lie. This was actually really good. Cheesy, gooey, completely unhealthy, but really good. The extra crumbling of Doritos on top really give this a nice crunch. You could easily serve this as a dip with extra Doritos or Tostitos for scooping. Would you be surprised if I told you that Tom had seconds? :)

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