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Dorito Mozzarella Sticks

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Air Fryer Dorito Cheese Sticks (easily altered with flaming hot Cheetos) are an incredible cheesy snack made with fan-favorite Nacho Cheese Doritos.

So much better than pre-made frozen cheese sticks recipe, everyone loves easy appetizer recipes that only take minutes to prep, making the perfect afternoon snack recipe.

pile of homemade mozzarella sticks with a side of ranch dressing.

Why you will love making Homemade Cheese Sticks.

Getting creative: Fried cheese will never hit your tongue the same way again once you realize that you can get creative!

  • Crunchy Goodness: The air fryer turns the Dorito coating into a crunchy masterpiece, making each bite a crunchy extravaganza.
  • Melt-in-Your-Mouth Interior: The mozzarella stick inside becomes lusciously gooey when air-fried, offering a heavenly contrast to the outer layer.
  • Quick & Easy: With a prep time of just 10 minutes and an air fryer cook time of under 10 minutes, these sensational sticks are a perfect quick snack or appetizer.
  • Less Guilt: Air frying eliminates the need for deep frying, offering a less greasy but equally indulgent alternative.

Where did Dorito Cheese Sticks come from?

We have seen several flamin’ hot recipes on social media in the last year. This particular recipe glorifies the Dorito, a delicious and addictive snack!

We love seeing how creator @ayvarisley took chips to the next level with cheese

Check out the original viral recipes video here.

Do we love this TikTok viral recipe

These homemade cheese sticks are good!

The outside shell is quite crispy. I noticed it, and so did my husband.

The Dorito flavor is good since it’s all in the chips, and you can add nearly any variety of chips for a different array of flavors.

Ingredients

  • Nacho cheese chips: There are so many flavors of nacho cheese chips. We like Nacho Cheese Doritos for this dish, but feel free to get creative with one of the many types of Doritos!  Chili Cheese, Spicy Ranch, Cool Ranch, or Flamin Hot Doritos would all work fantastic. 
  • Mozzarella cheese sticks: just a regular bag of mozzarella string cheese sticks with each piece cut in half.
  • egg
  • flour

Tip: The best way to crush down chips is in a food processor or a blender; however, as in the video recipe, it’s OK to add to a plastic baggie and crush with a rolling pin.  

Can Hot Cheetos be used over Dorito’s?

Absolutely! Hot Cheetos, like we used in Cheeto Chicken, can easily be crushed and used instead of Doritos.

Another excellent recommendation is to use takis or hot cheese puffs.

Using different types of chips can change the flavor and heat of this dish. 

How to make Dorito Mozzarella Sticks

While this tasty snack can be made in any air fryer brand, the settings and terminology listed below are specific to the Ninja Foodi 6-quart air fryer. Please adjust your air fryer machine as needed. 

  1. Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes and set the air fryer setting at 400 degrees on air crisp.  
  2. Place the egg in a shallow bowl, place the flour into a separate shallow bowl, and put crushed chips into a third separate bowl. 
  3. Dredge each cheese stick into the egg mixture, followed by flour, another egg wash (so it’s a double coat), and the coated cheese sticks in the crushed nacho chips.
how to egg wash homemade mozzarella sticks.
  1. Place into the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring cheese sticks do not touch. 
  2. Heat on Air Crisp for 3–4 minutes at 400 degrees.
  3. Remove the air fryer mozzarella cheese sticks and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. 
layering cheese sticks recipe.

Great Dipping Sauces for Homemade Cheese Sticks

Cheese sticks are a crowd-pleaser that rarely disappoints.

While they are undeniably delicious on their own, the right dipping sauce can transform the perfect smacking experience.

From classic marinara to spicy aioli, the possibilities are endless.

dipping doritos cheese stick into ranch dressing.

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Doritos Mozzarella Sticks (TikTok Snack)


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Nacho Cheese Dorito Mozzarella Sticks: Air Fryer Crunchy Cheese Snack – Easy Viral Trend Recipe from TikTok. Creamy, gooey delight of mozzarella sticks with the irresistible crunch of Nacho Cheese Doritos. This easy-to-follow recipe, which has gone viral on TikTok, takes snacking to the next level. The combination of Doritos' cheesy spice with the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of mozzarella creates a snack that's bound to become a staple at your parties or just a sinful indulgence while binge-watching your favorite shows.

Equipment

  • air fryer

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup Nacho Cheese Doritos crushed
  • 6 mozzarella cheese sticks cut in half
  • 1 egg whisk in bowl
  • ½ cup all purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400 degrees on air crisp (or air fryer depending on the version of air fryer you have).
  • Crush Doritos down by using a food processor, blender, or place in a baggie and crush with a rolling pin.
  • Crack an egg in a shallow bowl and whisk. Place flour into a separate shallow bowl, and crushed chips into a third shallow bowl. 
  • Dredge each halved cheese stick into the egg wash, followed by flour, again in the egg wash, and finally in crushed nacho chips.
  • Place each cheese stick into an air fryer basket, making sure sticks do not touch, in a single layer. 
  • Heat mozzarella sticks on Air Crisp for 3-4 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Carefully remove with tongs and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. 

Notes

  • nacho cheese chips – There are so many flavors of nacho cheese chips. We like Nacho Cheese Doritos for this dish but feel free to get creative with one of the many types of Doritos!  Chili Cheese, Spicy Ranch, Cool Ranch, or Flamin Hot Doritos would all work fantastic. 
  • Mozzarella cheese sticks – Just a regular bag of mozzarella string cheese sticks with each piece cut in half.
Yes, Flaming Hot Cheetos or Takis will easily substitute for Doritos.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cheese sticks | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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