Chicharrones de harina are a crispy Mexican snack made from wheat flour. Light and airy, they're similar to cheese puffs without the cheese. Since their texture is so perfect for that flavor, this recipe uses nutritional yeast to add cheesiness and a blend of other spices to give it some heat. The result? Crunchy fried snacks that are perfect for munching on.
Cheesy Doritos Chicharrones [Vegan]
For the Spice Mix:
- 6 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
For the Chicharrones:
- 4 cups vegetable oil, for frying
- 1 cup dried chicharrones de harina
To Make the Spice Mix:
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Grind into a fine powder in a coffee grinder. You may need to do this in batches, depending on the size of your grinder. The spice mix should be kept in a sealed container for up to 3 months.
To Make the Chicharrones:
- Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set within reaching distance.
- Pour oil in a large, deep saucepan and place over medium heat. Attach a deep-fry thermometer and heat oil to 350°F.
- Carefully add a handful of chicharrones to the hot oil and fry until puffed to twice their size and are crisp and cooked through, about 2 minutes. Use a bamboo skimmer or slotted spoon to occasionally turn and submerge the chicharrones in the oil as they cook.
- Remove to the paper towel-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with spice mix. Repeat with remaining chicharrones.
Chicharrones de harina are also labeled duros, duritos, Mexican wagon wheels, or Mexican wheat snacks. You can find them in the ethnic aisle of most grocery stores or in Mexican markets.
- Nutritional Yeast / Nooch