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Easy Skillet Nachos Recipe With Cool Ranch Doritos

Upvote your nachos with this Easy Skillet Nachos recipe with Cool Ranch Doritos. This beefy nachos recipe includes cajun spices and America’s favorite tortilla chips.

Nachos get a makeover with this recipe thanks to Cool Ranch flavored Doritos and cajun seasoning. Let’s take a look at how to make these simple but tasty nachos.

Doritos Nachos in a skillet

How To Make Skillet Doritos Nachos

This recipe makes enough to serve 4 people. You can easily double the recipe to serve more or to have larger portions. You need the following ingredients:

  • ½ medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 ½ teaspoons corn starch
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese and/or Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 bag Tostitos
  • 1 hand full cilantro, chopped
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
sautéing onion

Once you have all of the ingredients in place, cook the onion in vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat until the onion starts to become translucent.

ground beef and tomato sauce

Next, add the ground beef and Cajun seasoning and cook until the beef is no longer pink. Add the corn starch and tomato sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Be sure to make sure that the beef is coated with the sauce completely. You can add a little bit of water, if necessary, 1-2 tablespoons at a time.

The next step is to turn off the heat and to remove the pan from the stovetop. This is a good time to taste test the beef and adjust the seasonings if needed. A little salt and pepper or a smidge more of cajun seasonings could be needed.

Go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While it is heating, place a layer of Doritos in the bottom of 8-inch cast iron skillets for single servings or in a large skillet for sharing.

On top of the layer of Doritos, add a layer of seasoned ground beef.

Doritos and ground beef in a skillet

Top the meat with shredded cheese. Cheddar cheese is good, but use pepper Jack if you want to kick the heat up a notch.

nachos in a skillet

Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Remove it from the oven and garnish with the remaining chopped onion, cilantro, and jalapeños. Add more Doritos around the side – it will create a sunburst or sunflower design.

Doritos Skillet Nachos
skillet nachos

Easy Skillet Cajun Nachos

Jane Smith
Upvote your nachos with this Easy Skillet Nachos recipe with Cool Ranch Doritos. This beefy nachos recipe includes cajun spices and America’s favorite tortilla chips.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 653 kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 ½ teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 small bell pepper chopped
  • 1 medium jalapeno sliced
  • 1 bag Tostitos
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • 1.    In a large sautee pan, heat enough vegetable oil on high heat, add 2/3 the amount of chopped white onion, and sauté for a few minutes until the onion turns golden brown.
  • 2.    Add ground beef followed by corn starch and Cajun seasoning to the pan. Continue to stir the pan until the beef is fully cooked.
  • 3.    Add tomato sauce and cook for another 2-3 minutes, make sure to coat the beef with tomato sauce completely.
  • 4.    Turn off the heat. Remove the pan off the stovetop. Taste the beef and adjust seasoning with salt & pepper, if necessary.
  • 5.    Preheat oven to 350F.
  • 6.    In a cast iron skillet or a casserole, put Tostitos chip in 1 layer followed by half amount of sauteed beef. Then top the beef with half the shredded cheddar cheese.
  • 7.    Then add the remaining cooked ground beef and topped it up with the remaining shredded cheese.
  • 8.    Bake in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese on top melted completely.
  • 9.    Take the pan out of the oven, scatter over remaining chopped onion, cilantro, jalapeno. Add more Tostitos to the pan if desire. Serve immediately.


Top these tasty nachos with garnishes like cilantro, diced bell peppers, jalapeño, sour cream, and/or black olives.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 653kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 46gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 1133mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g
Keyword beef, dinner, nachos, recipe, Tostitos
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These nachos are loaded with flavor from the Doritos and Cajun seasoning.  If you aren’t familiar with Cajun seasoning, it is typically a blend of paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper, onion powder, and cayenne for some heat.  You can make your own or buy it at the grocery store or at Amazon (see the affiliate link at the bottom of this post).

Skillet Nachos Variations

If you are wanting to serve skillet nachos for meatless Monday rather than on Taco Tuesday, then you can substitute 1-2 cans of black beans for the meat.  After cooking the onion, add the beans (don’t drain them), seasoning, corn starch, tomato sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Follow the rest of the directions in the recipe.

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