Nacho Grilled Cheese

Cheese. Jalapenos. And…Doritos! This grilled cheese is insane. And so so good.

Cheese. Jalapenos. And...Doritos! This grilled cheese is insane. And so so good.

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 embarrassing love of 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 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 it has Doritos, of course. So it’s Tex-Mex-inspired, maybe. Whatever, it’s super super good.

The key with this sandwich is to wait to add the Doritos until 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

Cheese. Jalapenos. And…Doritos! This grilled cheese is insane. And so so good.

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings


  • 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 non-stick or a large cast iron skillet (this one is my absolute favorite pan ever) 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.
This post originally appeared in April, 2016 and was revised and republished in April, 2017.

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Senior Editor and Owner of The Cookful, COOKtheSTORY and IsThisThatFood. Her sites reach over 1.5 million readers per month, which means that things can get a bit crazy. She's constantly writing, taking pictures, editing, managing contributors, and, oh yeah, cooking. To say that she wears many hats is an understatement - there are many hats, and also many shirts, shoes, pants, and even the odd cape!