What will grab the younger generation by the horns? What item do young people have the “hots” for?


At the time of this writing (2017), Taco Bell in the Philippines has rolled out a brand-new item that made lots of people happy, The Cheetos Quesadilla. The Canadians were happy, too, when Taco Bell announced the Cheetos Crunch Wrap.

Here in the States, Cheetos has a partnership with Burger King where you could get Cheetos Chicken Fries and Mac and Cheetos Bites. Can’t forget about those classics.

All this talk about this crunchy delicacy got us thinking. Imagine all the culinary places we could go! Here are just a few hot Cheetos recipe and serving ideas…that include snacks, sides, and main courses!

cheetos recipe ideas

Three Cheese Cheetos Mac and Cheese

American cheese, cheddar cheese, and Velveeta white cheddar cheese sauce over cellentani pasta and topped with Cheetos crumbles.

Hot Cheetos Crusted Jalapeno Poppers Wrapped in Bacon

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and cream cheese stuffed into a jalapeño and wrapped in applewood smoked bacon.

Cheetos Crusted Tilapia

Tilapia coated in your choice of any Cheetos flavor and panko bread crumbs, fried, and served with white rice. By the way, here are some of the flavors: CHEETOS® Cheese Flavored Snacks, CHEETOS® Crunchy Cheddar Jalapeño Cheese Flavored Snacks, CHEETOS® FLAMIN’ HOT® Limón Cheese Flavored Snacks, and CHEETOS® XXTRA FLAMIN’ HOT® Cheese Flavored Snacks.

Hot Cheetos Corn On The Cob

Steamed corn, chipotle mayo spread, grated cotija cheese, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos crumbs, and finished with a drizzle of melted butter. If that sounds good, you must check out this YouTube video (cute kid included).

Hot Cheetos Sushi

Cream cheese, avocado, jalapeños, carrots, and spicy ahi tuna all wrapped up in a Spicy Cheetos and sticky rice roll.

Hot Cheetos Sushiritto

Similar to the above, but instead a hand-held burrito version! We haven’t tasted it, but we have seen pictures.

Four Cheese Cheetos Pizza

A pie covered in hearty spicy marinara sauce, provolone cheese, mozzarella cheese, pizza cheese, and crumbled cheesy Cheetos.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Onion Rings

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos crumbs coated onion rings that are fried and served with a roasted jalapeño ranch dipping sauce.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Infused Tequila

Yes, that is typed out correctly! Your choice of silver tequila poured into a mason jar filled with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Once infused, serve with a lime wedge and salt.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Cocktail

The secret to this one, the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos simple syrup! Your choice of vodka or rum, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos simple syrup, lime juice, salt, and topped off with beer of your liking. (Pretty much the opposite of farm-to-cocktail.)

Some Final Cheetos Thoughts…

Other ways to eat Hot Cheetos include right out of the bag with cream cheese or topped with a sprinkling of lime and hot sauce. You could bake with cheese and corn or bake with french fries, cheese, and corn. Take it even further by adding chili to that bake!

If you are up for cooking with Cheetos, this list is just the start. Keep exploring recipes with Hot Cheetos. Sky is the limit.

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This list of food trends is brought to you by FDR Chef Danny Romero. If you like his Cheetos recipe ideas, then you’ll love his list of bread trends, too.

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