Healthier Dorito Casserole

Healthier Dorito Casserole

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In a recent poll for recipe requests, one amazing reader suggested a low carb take on the classic Dorito pie. My eyes lit up as I stumbled across their suggestion, as Dorito casserole was one of my favorite childhood memories. Taking on the challenge was a no-brainer.

The average Dorito pie recipe has around 3,600 calories, 200+ grams of fat, 300+ grams of carbs, and fewer than 100 grams of protein. Yuck.

I managed to make this version with around 2,000 calories in the entire recipe. And that comes with 182 grams of protein and half the carbs of a normal Dorito pie.

But more importantly, it’s delicious. According to the hanging judge, my girlfriend, this is the best tasting recipe to date. Boom.

Low Carb Dorito Casserole Ingredients

We’ll be using low-carb Doritos fauxritos in this recipe. Don’t worry, these things are super easy to make and only requires one ingredient and a bit of seasoning.

low carb dorito pie recipe

The one special ingredient is something called cheddar powder, which is essentially dehydrated cheese similar to powdered peanut butter.

I buy cheddar powder in bulk and use it for all kinds of stuff like mac and cheese muffins, nacho fries, or taco pinwheels. I went as far to dedicate an entire article to its goodness.

Okay, you get the point, it’s a solid investment. You may be able to find alternatives in your grocery store like Knorr cheese sauce mix or even nutritional yeast. 

 

low carb doritos pie recipe

Protein Options for Dorito Casserole

The recipe calls for 93/7 ground beef, but you could use all kinds of proteins. Keep in mind, rinsing and draining your meat during cooking can reduce fat by up to 50%. If you can’t find a good deal on lower fat ground meat, go with an 85/15 and drain the fat during cooking.

If you wanted an even lower fat option, you could use cooked chicken or even shredded rotisserie chicken. Here are a few of my favorite chicken recipes that you could cook for your Dorito casserole filling:

chipotle ranch pan fried naked chicken tenders

That’s about it for ingredient notes. You could serve this dish with reduced fat sour cream, avocado slices, or hot sauce and salsa. Just be mindful of your additional calories from toppings. If reheated, I’ve found 60 seconds to be about right in the microwave.

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Healthier Dorito Casserole

A lower calorie alternative to classic Dorito Pie. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword low carb
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 257 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey, Beef, or Chicken Macros for 93/7 ground beef
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1 roll Reduced-Fat Crescent Rolls

Cream Sauce

  • 1/2 C (113g) Plain Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
  • 4 oz Fat-Free Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 C (120g) Salsa

Fauxritos

  • 1 C (112g) Shredded Parmesan
  • 2 Tbsp (16g) Cheddar Powder
  • 1-2 tsp Paprika

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. Mix parmesan cheese, cheddar powder, and spices of your choice in a bowl. (I added a bit of cayenne pepper for a little kick.)

  3. Line baking sheet with cheese mixture as flat as possible. If you were making these individually you could put them in small circles. Since we'll be using it in a lattice-ish manner, I made one big sheet.

  4. Bake for 4-5 minutes or until brown around the edges. Remove to cool.

    how to make low carb doritos
  5. Brown ground meat and add taco seasoning as you normally would for taco prep.

  6. Mix the Greek yogurt, cream cheese, and salsa together until smooth. 

  7. Line a pie dish with crescent rolls. Make sure there are no openings or holes in your crust.

  8. Start your layers with half of your fauxritos on top of the crescent roll crust. Next, add the taco meat, followed by the cream sauce. Add the second half of your fauxritos on top. If your fauxritos are crispy enough, you can crumble them. I broke mine into small pieces and covered as much as possible. (Optional: add 1/4 C fat-free cheddar cheese on top to fully cover)

    how to make low carb dorito pie
  9. Spray the top of your pie with low-cal cooking spray and bake for 20 minutes at 400. Let the pie fully cool if possible.

Recipe Notes

Each slice has 5 Smart Points.

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Dorito Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Protein 23g 46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

More Recipes You Might Like

If you’re looking to keep the fiesta going, check out my high protein cheese dip or chorizo dip recipes next.

And as always, if you try any of these recipes out, tag me in your creation on Instagram. I hope you enjoy!

This high protein, low carb dorito pie recipe has 40 percent fewer calories and nearly double the protein of a traditional Dorito pie with all the flavor!
This lower calorie Dorito Pie made with #lowcarb Doritos will definitely spice up dinner this week! #lowcalorierecipes #recipes #iifym #macrofriendly


3 thoughts on “Healthier Dorito Casserole”


  • OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS IT IS MY FAVORITE! We eat this every week. It is the best. Everyone loves it, even the people who refuse to “lighten up” recipes. Try it. Amazing.


  • WOWZA! I made this and left out the Fauxritos layer and it was STILL amazing! I wonder if you could mix the cream cheese sauce in with the meat. I am going to try it!


  • This is a repeat request in our home and one of our favorites! I slightly modified Mason’s recipe by skipping the fauxrito making to save time and instead, layered the top of the pie with (1) Bag of Quest Nutrition Tortilla Chips. This pie feels like it’s a “treat meal” because it’s so delicious!! I highly recommend you give this one a go and/or take it to your next potluck or celebration because it will be a HIT!

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