Doritos Crusted Mac & Cheese – Creamy Mac & Cheese is covered with a crispy zesty Doritos crust. All you need is a few simple ingredients: elbow pasta, butter, milk, flour, cheddar cheese, Doritos, egg, and flour. Cooked to perfect crispy golden color with the best Dorito crust! So good! Video recipe. |

Mac and cheese is definitely some of the best comfort food. But why stop there when you can create this Dorito Fried Mac And Cheese?

I mean, who can resist combining Doritos with good ol’ mac n cheese in some deep fried yumminess?

Given it’s not exactly diet food, so save it for cheat day and share with your friends at your next party! Our friends are always impressed just at the idea, not to mention the amazing taste…

The secret is freezing the mac and cheese in triangular pieces, so it stays solid during deep frying. We include a recipe to make the mac and cheese from scratch, but you can also use store bought to save time.

Watch How To Make Fried Mac and Cheese

Deep fried mac and cheese first appeared at the Minnesota State Fair in 2002, and again years later at the Texas State Fair. To our knowledge, no one has combined deep fried mac and cheese with Doritos … until now!

There are two steps to making it. First you need to make the macaroni and cheese, and then freeze it in triangular pieces. Then you need to bread the pieces with crushed Doritos and deep fry them.

In terms of serving ideas, you can pair it with dipping sauces like marinara, guacamole or even ketchup. Enjoy!

Fried Mac and Cheese - an irresistible bite size appetizer that's perfect for game day
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Fried Mac & Cheese (With Video)

Creamy Mac & Cheese is covered with a crispy zesty Doritos crust. The ultimate comfort food combining flavors you love. See how to make it!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 48 servings
Author TipBuzz


  • 8 ounces elbow pasta
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 cups Doritos crushed
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour


  1. Bring water to a boil and cook elbow pasta according to instructions from the package. Drain them.
  2. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter and add flour. Wisk until mix completely.
  3. Add milk and stir continuously until it starts to bubble and thickens.
  4. Add cheese and stir until fully combined.
  5. Add cooked pasta and stir until fully coated.
  6. Remove mac and cheese off the heat and place it onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread evenly and freeze for 2 hours in the freezer.
  7. Crush Doritos using your hands or place them in a food processor and finely crush until they resemble bread crumbs
  8. Cut the frozen mac ‘n’ cheese sheet into triangles according to the video.
  9. Batter the cut pieces in flour, egg, and Doritos crumbs, and then double dip into egg and crumbs.
  10. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes in oil at 325 F or until golden brown, then drain on a paper towel. Serve and enjoy!

Check out our 3-Ingredient Dorito Popcorn Chicken for another Dorito crusted recipe:

20 Minute Baked Popcorn Chicken – A healthier alternative to the deep-fried version that comes together in no time! All you need is only 3 ingredients: chicken breast, Doritos and mayonnaise. Baked crispy golden brown with the best Dorito crust! So good! Quick and easy dinner recipe. Video recipe.

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