Our Easiest Recipes That Begin With A Bag Of Chips

These recipes are all that and a bag of chips.

Walking Tacos
Photo: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

With a spoonful of this and a dash of that, you can turn a classic snack into a complete dish. All you need is a bag of chips. From classics like tortilla chips or potato chips to childhood favorites like Fritos and Doritos, we’ve given these snack packs a meal-time makeover. Our dressed-up chip recipes include obvious but delicious snacks like nachos as well as sophisticated plates given a delicious upgrade with a bag of chips. We even have appetizers, sides, and salty-sweet dessert option hidden in there. No matter which route you take, a bag of chips is the quickest and easiest way to bring bold flavor and crunch to your dish. Whether you’re in a pinch or have all the time in the world, these snack-fueled recipes promise to impress.

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Smoked Salmon-Potato Chip Canapés

Smoked Salmon-Potato Chip Canapes

Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

This elegant appetizer is all that and a bag of chips. Assemble Smoked Salmon-Potato Chip Canapés just before guests arrive for the freshest ingredients and snappiest chips.

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Crunchy Potato Chip-Crusted Fish Sticks

Southern Living Potato Chip Fish Sticks on serving tray with tartar sauce

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

A decidedly grown-up take on childhood favorite fish sticks, this homemade version is much fresher than the ones from the freezer. Choose your favorite plain potato chips to get the party started.

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Doritos Casserole

Doritos Casserole
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Doritos make a lot more sense for dinner once you remember that Doritos are just flavored tortilla chips. It's no wonder then that they taste so delicious in this casserole.

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New Tuna Casserole With Potato Chips

New Tuna Casserole
Greg Dupree

If your family needs a break from chicken or ground beef, tuna is an excellent and economical way to get in your protein during supper. This classic preparation has a crunchy crust made from crushed potato chips.

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Loaded Deviled Eggs

Loaded Deviled Eggs - Southern Living

Greg DuPree, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Spice up the usual party spread with these crowd-pleasing deviled eggs gone wild. Topped with cheese, ruffle chips, bacon, and chives, Loaded Deviled Eggs will give your favorite loaded tots or fries a run for their money.

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Hot Chicken Salad With Potato Chip Crust

Hot Chicken Salad with Potato Chip Crust
Sheri Castle

Once a staple at tea rooms and bridge clubs, hot chicken salad is one dish that deserves a comeback. Our version is similar to a chicken casserole and features a delicious chip topping.

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Corn-and-Smoked Sausage Nachos

Corn-and-Smoked Sausage Nachos

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Smokey and savory nachos will be appreciated at any function, whether it's a tailgate or a weeknight in need of a quick fix for supper. Serve this chip-based meal right off the stove for the most gracious guests.

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Frito Pie

Frito Pie

Southern Living

Our take on country fair food is a humble but delicious (and portable!) favorite. To keep those crunchy Frito chips from getting soggy, wait to spoon on your chili until just before eating.

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Boiled Potato Chips Mashed Potatoes

Potato chip mashed potatoes
Getty Images / evemilla and Brett Stevens

Making mashed potatoes from re-hydrated Lays potato chips is an innovative and wacky trend that took the internet by storm. We just had to try it for ourselves.

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Memphis-Style BBQ Nachos

Memphis Style BBQ Nachos
Greg DuPree

These nachos are made with a hefty helping of tender pulled pork that you can make yourself or pick up from your favorite local barbecue joint. Go the pick-up route and dinner will be served in just 25 minutes.

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Beefy Nacho Casserole

Beefy Nacho Casserole
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Rishon Hanners, Prop Stylist Heather Chadduck

If you're still unsure about eating nachos for dinner, this recipe will convince you. We brought all of your favorite nacho bits into one decadent casserole that the whole family will love.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos

Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Laurey W. Glenn

After slow-cooking your beef, these nachos come together in a snap. Bright, simple ingredients combine for a crunchy, tender, and flavorful snack or meal worthy of a fiesta.

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Sheet Pan Nachos

Sheet Pan Nachos

Greg DuPree

We can't decide what we love more about these nachos: That they come together easy as can be on a sheet pan, or that they're customizable to the whole family's tastes. To switch things up, include fresh, seasonal veggies and herbs.

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Pulled Pork Nachos

Pulled Pork Nachos
Antonis Achilleos

Thanks to a quick cook time and hardy ingredients, this easy-going party food doubles as a fantastic weeknight dinner. Best of all, you can prepare the ingredients ahead of time to get nachos on the table in a snap.

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Kitchen Sink Cookies

Kitchen Sink Cookies
Jennifer Causey

These chocolate chip cookies are dressed to impress with many glorious additions. We used Fritos, but potato chips would be delicious too in this salty-sweet treat.

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Pork Carnitas Nachos

Pork Carnitas Nachos
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

Partway between a burrito bowl and nachos, this recipe has it all. Slow-cooked pork loin, tortilla chips, and rice are loaded high for a filling, all-star meal.

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Herb-and-Potato Chip-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Herb-and-Potato Chip-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Photo: Jennifer Davick

For any special occasion, an elegant beef tenderloin is sure to impress. This one, crusted with herbaceous potato chips, goes the extra mile.

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Doritos Chicken Casserole

Southern Living Doritos Chicken Casserole serving on plate with casserole beside

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Kids won't be able to get enough of this supper, and neither will you. Pick up a rotisserie chicken, a bag of Doritos, and a few other simple ingredients to get family-favorite dinner on the table in a flash.

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Sheet Pan Nachos with Chorizo and Refried Beans

Sheet Pan Nachos with Chorizo and Refried Beans
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Usually, nachos make for a scrumptious but messy supper. Thanks to a hardy and binding combination of salsa and refried beans, each crispy chip in this dish will make it, fully-loaded, from the tray into your mouth.

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Walking Tacos

Walking Tacos
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

With this easy recipe, dinner can be as fun as it is satisfying. Let your kids choose their favorite bag of chips like Fritos or Doritos to garnish with supper staples like chili and veggies.

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