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How to Make Flaming Hot Protein Cheetos

As a nutrition coach, one strategy I aim to implement early on in a client’s life cycle is the elimination of trigger foods. These are foods that no amount of willpower can withstand. Once you start eating these foods, there’s no chance of stopping. Flaming hot Cheetos, if you haven’t guessed by now, are one of my biggest trigger foods. So, I’ve distanced myself from Chester Cheetah over the years for the sake of my health and waistline. But that ends today.

With 18g of protein and 6g of carbs per 165 calories, these flaming hot Cheetos definitely make the cut now. You might think making Cheetos is going to be super complicated, but this recipe only has 3 primary ingredients and some added spices that you probably have in your kitchen already.

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This recipe was inspired by Cait’s Macro-Friendly Cheetos on The Macro Experiment blog. Also, this post may contain Amazon affiliate links to the products I use. Please read my disclosure for more information.

Like Cait, I used Hoosier Hill Farms Cheddar Powder from Amazon. If you hate to buy an ingredient for one recipe, check out this article I put together with 5 other recipes you can make with this powdered gold.

A piece of kitchen equipment you’ll probably need for this recipe is a hand mixer. You can whisk these by hand if you’re looking for a great workout, but I prefer to save the time.

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Speaking of time, you can use whole eggs and separate the whites if you’d rather. But since we don’t have any use for the yolk in this recipe, I hate to waste.

I’ve tried both a piping bag and a resealable bag with a corner cut off to create my Cheetos, and I prefer the resealable bag oddly enough. Be careful not to cut your hole too big and make sure your bag is sealed. (Red food color is a mess!)

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For this version, I went for a puffier Cheeto. You’ll also notice that I opted to not roll my Cheetos in the spice mix and sprinkle it on top for this version. More comments on thin vs puff and rolling vs sprinkling in the recipe below.

flaming hot cheetos recipe

Okay, here’s the recipe. You can get creative with the size and shape of your Cheetos, as well as the spiciness of your cheddar mix.

how to make flaming hot cheetos macro friendly and high protein

High-Protein Flaming Hot Cheetos

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 6 servings Liquid Egg Whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 5-6 drops Red Food Color, puts the "flame" in the "hot"
  • 36 g (6 servings) Cheddar Cheese Powder
  • 1-2 tsp Paprika
  • 1-2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, How bold are you?
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder, optional
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil with cooking spray.
  2. Using a hand mixer, mix your egg whites and cream of tartar on high for a few minutes until your egg whites form stiff peaks. (When you pull the whisk out, the mixture looks like mountain peaks where your whisk came out.) 
  3. Add your red food color and mix a few more seconds until uniform.
  4. Line a large bowl or shallow dish with your cheese powder and spices.
  5. Using a piping bag or Ziploc bag with a corner cut off, create long, red, Cheeto shaped egg whites onto your cheese mixture. The thinner your piping bag or hole in your Ziploc bag, the crispier these will be. If you like Cheeto Puffs, you can make them larger, but you'll want to watch closely to make sure the outside doesn't burn before they're fully cooked.
  6. Once your Cheetos are in the cheese and spice mixture, spoon the mixture to fully coat each Cheeto. Place the finished Cheetos on your baking sheet. (If your Cheetos have trouble sticking together, your egg whites probably aren't stiff enough. You can continue mixing them and retry - or go straight to the baking sheet and spoon the cheese/spice mixture on top.)
  7. Bake your finished Cheetos for 10-12 minutes. (I found that spraying a tiny bit of cooking spray on the top before going in the oven reduced any burning/scorching of the spices.)
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: Entire Recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 9gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 36g

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With 18g of protein and 6g of carbs per 165 calories, these Flaming Hot Protein Cheetos are an excellent example of turning a frown upside down.


Wednesday 16th of June 2021

I made these! I also have a Flamin Hot Cheeto powder for you: * 5 Tbsp Cayenne pepper * 3 bottles Powdered red dye * 2 ½ tbsp Dehydrated cheddar * 2 tsp Salt * 1 ½ tsp MSG * 1 tsp Maltodextrin * 1 tsp Citric acid * 1 tsp Buttermilk powder * 1 tsp White pepper * 1 tsp Onion powder * 1 tsp Garlic powder * 1/8 tsp Ghost chile (I got it frome Mythical Kitchen on Youtube)


Thursday 16th of August 2018

This recipe looks really easy and I'm looking forward to trying it. Can you tell me how many servings does the recipe yield or is the recipe just for one serving? Thanks!

Mason Woodruff

Sunday 26th of August 2018

Thanks for the question, Renee. The serving size on the recipe is for everything. So if you wanted to split it into 2-3, just divide those numbers as such. It's been a while since I published this recipe but if I remember correctly, I'd probably recommend cutting the recipe in half. They're much better fresh out of the oven.


Thursday 9th of August 2018

There must be a low carb recipe out there that makes denser chips. They're so light after and don't really even crunch. I do have a decent hot Cheetos powder for you

1 part salt

1 part stevia

2 part beef boulion

1/2 part yeast extract

1/2 part citric acid

1 part cheddar powder

dash (1/16) of onion powder (it's incredibly potent)

1/8 part garlic powder

1 part cayenne pepper

Mason Woodruff

Sunday 26th of August 2018

Thanks for that, Casey. I'll have to give it a try. I would agree with you. Low carb chips are difficult to create density without lots of fat. Parmesan crisps (like the fauxritos: are probably your best bet for a dense, cripsy chip. I've also experimented with dense crackers like Cheez Its here:

Hope that helps!

Diana GarciaDiana

Thursday 5th of July 2018

Seems legit how do you pare the taste to real hot cheetos

Mason Woodruff

Thursday 5th of July 2018

There's no replacement for the real thing, but these are definitely flavorful!


Tuesday 15th of May 2018

Excited to make these! Is one serving of egg whites equivalent to one egg white if using fresh eggs?

Mason Woodruff

Thursday 17th of May 2018

Hey Heidi, that's correct. One serving equals 3 Tbsp (46g) of liquid egg whites or one whole egg's whites. Hope you enjoy!

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