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.