Nacho Grilled Cheese

There are Doritos in there. And cheese. And jalapenos. There is no way this is anything but insane. And so so good.

Nacho Grilled Cheese

We all have our secret pleasures. Things we love that we don’t like to admit we love. You might already know about my ridiculously embarrassingly intense love for melted cheese (no? Read my bio below the recipe. I’m already blushing).

My other secret craving is Doritos. The zestier the better. I rarely buy them for myself, but when I do, crazy things have been known to happen. Like this Mexican grilled cheese. Well, not authentically Mexican. Not authentically Tex-Mex either. But it has a Mexican cheese blend and jalapeno rings and those Doritos. So it’s Mexican-inspired, maybe. Whatever, it’s super super good.

The key with this sandwich is to wait to add the Doritos at the very end after the cheese has melted, otherwise the chips get soggy, which is never good. You want a big big Dorito crunch when you bite in, right?

Nacho Grilled Cheese

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 4 thick slices of Italian bread
  • 4 tsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 cup fancy shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Jalapeno rings to taste
  • 8 zesty Doritos


  1. Preheat a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Spread one side of each slice of bread with 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise. Arrange the bread mayo-side-down in the skillet in a single layer. Put about 1/4 cup of cheese onto each slice of bread, spreading it out to cover the surface. Top with as many jalapeno rings as you'd like. Cook until cheese is melted and bread is browned underneath, adjusting the temperature as needed to make sure it doesn't burn.
  3. Remove two slices of bread to a cutting board. Top each with 4 Doritos in a single overlapping layer. Top each with another slice of the bread, cheese side down. Push down slightly to break the chips up and then cut each sandwich in half.

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Cookful. She also blogs at COOKtheSTORY where she specializes in easy healthy homemade recipes. Healthiness aside, she has been known to shred cheese onto a dinner plate, microwave it for 30 seconds, and then eat the messy goop with a spoon.