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!