Once upon a time, a hot dog met an air fryer, and that was amazing.
But then, a chip named Doritos Chips entered the mix and after that, the rest is history!
Air Fryer Hot Dogs with a Doritos Crunch
Trust me, once you eat air fryer hot dogs with a Doritos crunch, you’ll never eat basic hot dogs again!
The recipe is in total demand and requested at every party from football, to family gatherings.
A hot dog encrusted with Doritos Chips is the perfect hot dog game day recipe, right? I mean a Doritos coated hot dog just amps the taste.
Doritos Coated Hot Dogs
My air fryer hot dogs with a Doritos crunch are perfect anytime you want a hot dog with a twist!
My boys are totally all about their ‘junk food’ days because they choose one day a week to splurge, on fun food!
Since they are athletes they rarely eat junk food and this is their ‘ask’ over and over!
Once you try an air-fried hot dog with a Doritos crust crunch, you will understand why they love this and ask for it so much!
Air-Fried Hot Dogs with a Doritos Crunch
Years back when I created this fabulous, recipe, I used to refer to it as air-fried hot dogs with a Doritos crunch, but in fact, it is more properly referred to as Air Fryer hot dogs with a Doritos crunch or Doritos coated hot dogs cause that is what they are!
You say potatoes, I say ‘PO-tot-toe’, you get it.
What Makes A Hot Dog With A Doritos Crunch Twist So Different?
Consider what you eat along with a hot dog? Do you eat chips?
My family seriously pounds down chips when they eat hot dogs.
So, rather than eating chips with an air-fried hot dog, I added Doritos chips to the hot dog.
Yes, a hot dog encrusted with Doritos chips is fire when combined and it is what makes the perfect twist on a basic air fryer-cooked hot dog.
There is absolutely nothing like the taste of a chip against the hot dog.
First, you experience the flavor-coated, salty, basic Doritos flavor, and then a popping explosion of the air fryer hot dog. Just plain yummy.
When Should You Make Air Fryer Hot Dogs Encrusted with Doritos Chips?
I always have fun recipes ready to go, and there seems to be a holiday almost every month, so go crazy with this simple recipe for air-fried hot dogs with a Doritos crunch.
What I have learned is that this recipe for Air Fryer hot dogs encrusted with Doritos Chips is especially perfect during football parties, home-gating, tailgating, and for the Super Bowl!
Plus, any time we have a party, I make sure I have these on hand because they are great after drinking or when you have no time to really prepare special meals.
The answer to your question of when to make Doritos crunch air-fried hot dogs is very vague and best responded to like this, “Anytime you are craving a great tasting hot dog, make these!”
An Air Fryer Hot Dog With A Doritos Crunch Crust and You want to do what?
Can I Switch Out Doritos Chips For A Store Brand Chip?
You are about to prepare an air fryer hot dog with a Doritos crunch crust, so, I have to say, the short answer to your question is, ‘No!’
And the extended answer to your question is as follows.
You can prepare your air fryer hot dog with a Doritos crunch crust however you want, but you will sacrifice taste.
To achieve an extra tasty air fryer hot dog with a Doritos crunch crust, I do recommend purchasing the exact ingredients.
Do you want to get the most taste out of your recipe? Doritos Brand chips have a special, taste and it makes the air fryer hot dogs with a Doritos crunch taste beyond amazing.
Don’t mess with what is good.
Air Fryer Doritos Crusted Hot Dogs
One more word about the Doritos.
Use any flavor you want to make these air fryer Doritos crusted hot dogs and that is why I did not specify a particular flavor.
Doritos always has some new flavor out, so try them all, find the one you like and make my recipe for air fryer Doritos crusted hot dogs your own!
Air Fryer Doritos Encrusted Hot Dogs – Air Fryer Facts
Using an air fryer is also a game-changer, as the hot dog retains its juiciness and gets a nice crunchy texture that yields to a bite.
Your end result when using an air fryer is a tasty hot dog, cooked rapidly, without lighting the grill or boiling water, or using the old microwave!
You can use whatever air fryer brand you choose. That is the beauty of air fryers, they are very similar in their functions brand vs store brand.
5 Reasons You Will Love Using an Air Fryer (Air Fryer Doritos Crusted Hot Dogs)
- No Oil
- Grease Free
- Easy Clean-Up
- Not getting spattered with hot oil
- Precise cooking times.
- Fast Cooking
Now, add in the Doritos coating, and you have a Big Game Day treat. Even better, these are fabulous for party holidays, like New Year’s Eve, birthdays, celebrations, etc.
Preparation Tips: Doritos Crunch Air-Fried Hot Dogs
How do you get the best crumbles of Doritos chips to make Doritos crunch air-fried hot dogs?
Oh, you will love this answer and what it does for your endless bags of chip debris.
Yep, you guessed it, keep a jar of the bottom of the bag crumbs and let it build up, those are your premium Doritos crust candidates!
To Skew Or Not To Skew Air Fryer Hot Dogs Encrusted with Doritos Chips?
I really believe this answer lies within the package of hot dogs you bought to air fry and the size of your air fryer basket.
If in fact, your air fryer basket is on the smaller side, then you may no be able to add a skewer in ahead of time.
The fact that you can not skew air fryer hot dogs encrusted with Doritos chips is not a deal-breaker because you can totally add a skewer in AFTER air frying.
I have skewed before and I have skewed after preparing Doritos crunch air-fried hot dogs and both methods work equally well.
One last point I would like to share about skewers. Using a skewer allows you to grab on to the skewer rather than the crunchy Doritos crunch, which can be helpful.
If you don’t use skewers or can not use them, I suggest tongs.
TIP: Air Fryer Doritos Crusted Hot Dogs + Sticking To The Air Fryer Basket
Always and I mean always, use the nonstick spray before you attempt a crusted, encrusted, coated, battered, type of recipe and it does not matter what brand of air fryer you are using!
The golden rule is to dig out before you dig in when it comes to nonstick! Which roughly translated in my ‘Dana’ language is, “always be ahead of potential sticking issues” so that NOTHING comes between you and that amazing air-fried hot dog with Doritos crunch crust!
1 Final Air Fryer Doritos Crusted Hot Dog Tip
Last, do not stack the Doritos encrusted hot dogs more than across the basket, in other words, not on each other!
If you stack these on each other they will not cook the same way, (let’s just go with… I tried it and hated the results).
Fill the width of the liner and no more and give yourself room to remove them with tongs.
Air Fryer Hot Dogs With A Twist
Use this recipe in the summer when you are having parties, prep the hot dogs ahead of time and just fry them up when everyone is there.
Really these are basic air fryer hot dogs with a twist and the twist is crunchy and fabulous!
- 8 Hot Dogs (we used all beef, you can use whatever you prefer)
- 10-15 Doritos (crushed fine in plastic bag) (1 Cup +)
- ¼ - 1/2 C Buttermilk
- 8 wooden Skewers *Optional
- Spray your air fryer basket with nonstick spray as discussed in tips on the blog post.
- Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
- Crush Doritos in a bag, making sure there are no large pieces.
- The smaller the better in fact, because you want these pieces tight and covering.
- Add buttermilk to an oval dish (you will be dipping hot dogs in here)
- Bath hot dog in the buttermilk bath on all sides
- Then dip the hot dog into the crushed Dorito chips bag.
- Press firmly.
- If the chips are not adhering, dip them again in the buttermilk
- If just enough chip crumbs are on the hot dog, don't do the double-dip, this truly is a personal choice and depends on how crunchy you want the hot dog and how many chips are stuck.
- For those adding a skewer before air frying, add it now or add the skewer in after, whichever works best for you.
- Place the crusted Dorito hot dog in the Air Fryer
- Program for 2 minutes on 400°
- Close basket.
- When time is up remove with tongs via the skewer and serve!
- Enjoy. ~ Dana XO
See the blog post for details, tips and tricks.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 434Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 791mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g
Nutritional Content may be inaccurate.
These are quick and easy to make and the end taste makes it #GoodEats!
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