Cool Ranch Doritos mac and cheese is the tangy-cheesy side dish of our second grade dreams

If you love mac and cheese but often think, “This is amazing but needs something extra,” we have the taste twist for you. That extra you desire is definitely Cool Ranch Doritos. We’re really into crazy mac and cheeses — if you didn’t know, go check out our Flamin’ Hot Cheeto’s mac & cheese recipe, so this seems like the next natural step.

This Cool Ranch Doritos mac and cheese packs a punch. It’s both the perfect combination of zesty flavors and creamy cheese, sprinkled with Doritos chips and Monterey Jack for an extra bite. If you’re a little hesitant because, well, this isn’t your grandma’s mac and cheese, don’t worry. It tastes like a creamy ranch dip remixed into cheesy macaroni.

Serve it as mac and cheese, or even serve as nachos. Try it if you love anything extra. We promise, it’s actually delicious.

Watch the video below for instruction.

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Cool Ranch Doritos Mac and Cheese

Serves 8 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
Active 35 min. Total 1 hour, 10 min.


8 Tbsp. (4 oz.) salted butter, cut into pieces
2 cups chopped yellow onion, (from 1 onion)
1 3/4 cups chopped green bell pepper, (from 1 pepper)
1 3/4 cups chopped red bell pepper, (from 1 pepper)
1/2 cup (about 2 1/8 oz.) all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. ranch dressing dip mix (from 1 [1-oz.] envelope)
1 tsp. kosher salt
4 cups whole milk
8 oz. processed white American cheese slices, chopped (about 2 cups)
1/3 cup ranch dressing
16 oz. pepper Jack cheese, shredded (about 4 cups), divided
1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked according to pkg. directions
1 (14.5-oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
5 cups lightly crushed Cool Ranch Doritos, divided (from 1 [10.5-oz.] bag)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium. Add onion, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes. Add flour, ranch dressing dip mix, and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil over medium, whisking occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat. Whisk in white cheese, ranch dressing, and 2 cups of the pepper Jack cheese; whisking constantly, until cheese is melted and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Fold in pasta and tomatoes. Stir 2 cups of the Doritos into pasta mixture. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake in preheated oven until bubbly, about 30 minutes.

4. Adjust oven temperature to broil. Spread remaining 3 cups Doritos on top of pasta mixture. Sprinkle remaining 2 cups pepper Jack over Doritos. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes, turning dish halfway through.