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5 Recipes Using the Salty Snacks in Your Pantry

Who says you can’t eat potato chips for dinner? Making recipes using pretzels, corn chips, and the other snacks in your pantry is an easy way to add a flavorful crunch to any dish. Whether you need to use up the crumbs at the bottom of the bag or got a two-for-one deal at the grocery store, these five recipes will inspire you to incorporate salty snacks into your next meal.

Doritos Taco Salad

Take any classic taco salad up a notch with Doritos. This recipe from Spend With Pennies calls for seasoned ground beef, lettuce, pinto beans, and veggies topped with crushed Doritos and a zingy dressing. Pair it with a homemade frozen margarita and watermelon slices for a refreshing summer meal.

Cheez-It Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese topped with Cheez-Its just makes sense. You can whip up this recipe from Wishes and Dishes in just under an hour. All you need is a box of pasta, butter, all-purpose flour, milk, shredded cheddar cheese, a bit of freshly ground pepper, and crushed Cheez-It crackers.

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

A potato casserole topped with potato chips, like this recipe from Yellow Bliss Road, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. You can serve this mouthwatering side dish alongside homemade burgers the next time you decide to take advantage of your apartment’s outdoor grilling area.

Fritos™ Chili Pie Bake

If you find yourself craving a warm bowl of chili, try whipping up this hearty chili pie bake recipe from Pillsbury. It features taco-seasoned ground beef and a saucy pinto bean mix on a bed of Pillsbury crescent roll dough. And, of course, it’s topped with crunchy corn chips.

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Bites

Need to use up the chicken breasts in your fridge? Give this recipe for pretzel-crusted bites from Sally’s Baking Addiction a go. You probably already have the ingredients on hand: In addition to chicken and pretzels, you just need flour, salt, black pepper, and a couple of eggs — plus your favorite dipping sauce!

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