Dorito Dust Bowl Chili

I came up with this Dorito Dust Bowl Chili recipe when my younger boys couldn’t handle the popular “Chili in a Bag” and would get frustrated trying eat their Chili out of a snack size bag of Doritos.

Dorito Dust Bowl Chili

My way of getting the kids to try Chili, was to add a sprinkle of Doritos to the top of their Chili and by having a snazzy name like Dorito Dust Bowl Chili. I also tone down the Chili spices until they get used to the taste and flavors of Chili.

Here’s my mild Chili Recipe:

  • 1-2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/2 red & 1/2 green pepper chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 beer
  • 1 14 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. chili powder & cumin
  • dash red pepper
  • sugar, salt & pepper to your taste
  • 1 can kidney beans (optional)

Cook beef and onion until no longer pink.  (I usually add a little water to keep the meat from burning).  Then start throwing in every thing else.  Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.  I usually make 8 batches at a time and then freeze about 6-8 cups per gallon freezer bag.



This is such a great thing to have on hand for weekends or cold nights.  (As I write this, it is -14F)

The next step is the Doritos part.  It’s not that exciting, but it makes the kids get to the table a little faster.

Take a bag of Doritos.  Throw a portion in your food processor and make chip dust…I mean, topping.





Ladies & Gentlemen, I now present The Dorito Dust Bowl:



Set the “Dorito Dust Bowl” out with some sour cream, cheddar cheese, and lettuce.  It delights the kids.

Even better, I love that it seems to help with Dorito portion control.  A few sprinkles of Dorito Dust somehow looks more substantial than the whole handful of Doritos I used to give them to scoop up the Chili.  And, Dorito Dust is less dangerous than a whole Dorito.  Well, have you ever gotten jabbed by the corner of a Dorito?!  No worries about that with Dorito Dust.  (Also, no choking worries which is a real concern with little kids).  Bottom line: Dorito Dust is easier for little mouths and hands to handle.

Imagine!  Put your Dorito Dust in a parmesan cheese shaker to have more serving control and reduce spills. 

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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