Cooking In College: Dorachos, nachos fit for Superbowl Sunday

Dorachos (Photos by Heather Hamilton)
Dorachos (Photos by Heather Hamilton)

Dorachos on Superbowl Sunday are the ultimate nacho platter.

It’s not healthy in the slightest, but sometimes it’s OK to let loose a little.

Dorachos were a sometimes treat when I was growing up because visiting relatives didn’t like regular tortilla chips.

When making their nachos, they used Dorito chips instead and, while it’s the unhealthiest dinner imaginable, it is delicious.

Brown a pound of ground beef over medium heat until all the pink is gone. While doing this, have your kitchen helper shred some cheddar onto a plate. Pre-shredded cheese works too, but it is more expensive.

Once the beef is browned, drain most of the grease from the pan, but leave a small amount in the bottom. Pour one or two tablespoons of taco seasoning into the pan, depending on how strong you want the flavor, and mix well.

The leftover grease will help evenly distribute the seasoning. Remove the pan from the heat and begin preheating the oven to 300 degrees.

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Layer the bottom of a baking pan with Doritos. Nacho cheese flavored Doritos are standard, but try other flavors to for extra adventure.


Then, evenly distribute the cooked ground beef on top. Then sprinkle your preferred amount of shredded cheese over the beef. Once the oven is heated, put the baking pan in and set the timer for five minutes. This will adequately melt the cheese but keep the chips from getting soggy.

While the Dorachos are baking, wash and shred five or six big leaves of lettuce onto a plate, and take out the salsa and sour cream.

When the oven beeps, remove the baking pan and use a spatula to immediately plate them. Top the meal with the shredded lettuce and your preferred amount of salsa and sour cream.

Guacamole and olives are a nice touch, too.

Tomatoes could dress it up as well, but if the salsa is heavy in tomatoes, then extra may not be necessary.

Dorachos are not an everyday dinner, and I don’t recommend eating them often, because they are unhealthy as can be. But, for the big game and possibly a group of friends watching it with you, it’s the ultimate snack food.

Pair it with a beer and tell your nagging conscience to be quiet so you can have a little fun once in a while.