This oven-baked tofu with "Doritos" flavor will change the way you think about tofu. I'm struggling to come up with the words to explain how delicious and unique this tofu recipe is, so I really really really hope you'll try it for yourself and love it as much as I do.Jump to Recipe
(Pssst, hey! Please be sure to read the WHOLE recipe and notes before making this–all of the instructions and notes will make a difference in how this turns out! I have also included a video to show you how the coating process works.)
Introducing "Doritos" tofu triangles
One thing you should know about me is that I LOVE chips. I consider them a food group. That could be why I create so many recipes with chips on or in them! But this tofu recipe doesn't have actual chips or Doritos in in. Instead, my Doritos tofu gets its name from the mix of seasoning and parmesan cheese that gives it a Doritos-y flavor.
My inspiration for the recipe? I was cutting tofu into triangles one day and thought, hey that kind of looks like a Dorito. Then, the next thing we know, I am nervously creating a Doritos tofu recipe and worrying I am about to waste some perfectly good tofu on a recipe that's a BUST.
Turns out, this is my absolute favorite tofu recipe of all time. My spicy honey garlic tofu recipe is the most popular recipe on my site, and it's one I LOVE, don't get me wrong. But DAMN, Doritos tofu has worked its way into my heart and it's taking over.
Doritos seasoning mixture for the tofu
Speaking of that unique Doritos seasoning mixture, here's what goes in it.
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Chili powder
- Parmesan (it needs to be very finely grated, or even better, pulverized in a food processor)
Then of course you'll need tofu. For this recipe, it HAS to be extra-firm tofu. You'll get that coated in a mix of half olive oil and half tamari (or soy sauce) before you toss it in the "Doritos" seasoning. The oil helps the mixture stick, and the tamari or soy sauce adds a bit of flavor. The tofu doesn't need to marinate in this mixture, but you can let it sit there for a while if you want.
For this recipe, I cut the tofu into four lengthwise slabs.
Then I lay them on a dish towel, cover the top with a dish towel, and place something heavy on top. I usually use a cast iron skillet. Let it press for at least half an hour.
After the tofu slabs are pressed, you will cut each slab into four triangles. When you're done, you'll have a total of 16 triangles.
While the tofu presses, set out two large shallow dishes (I use pie plates) and preheat the oven to 400 F.
In one dish, add the olive oil and tamari (or soy sauce). In the other dish, add the finely grated parmesan, cornstarch, and all of the seasonings and combine the seasoning mixture.
Add the triangles to the dish with the olive oil/tamari (If you can't fit all of the pieces in one dish, do this in two batches). Flip the triangles so both sides get coated.
Pick up each piece of tofu and make sure you let any excess oil drip off. Now place each triangle in the other pie dish with the Doritos seasoning. Flip the pieces so both sides get covered. As you go, use your fingers to sprinkle extra seasoning on any bare spots. (See the recipe video for this process in action)
Place each coated piece of tofu on a large baking dish lined with parchment paper. Go ahead and sprinkle any remaining Dorito coating from the pie dish onto the tofu triangles.
Once your oven is done heating to 400 F, bake the tofu for 15 minutes. Flip each piece and bake for another 15 minutes. (30 minutes total baking time)
What to serve with Doritos tofu
- Go ahead and munch on these all by themselves, the same way you would with chips!
- Add them to a salad
- Serve them with quinoa (or another grain of your choice) and a side of roasted veggies
- Pop them in a sandwich (it's basically like putting chips in your sandwich which is always a good idea! These obviously aren't super "crispy" like chips though but the flavor is to die for)
Oven-Baked Doritos Tofu Triangles
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup parmesan VERY finely grated, ideally grated and then pulverized in food processor
- 2-3 tablespoon cornstarch I prefer a thicker coating so I use 3 tbsp.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
- 1 block extra-firm tofu MUST be extra-firm, pressed for at least half an hour (See instructions)
- Cut the tofu into four lengthwise slabs.
- Lay the four slabs on a dish towel on a flat surface. Cover with another dish towel. Place something heavy on top (I use a skillet) and press the tofu for at least half an hour.
- After the tofu has pressed for at least half an hour, cut each slab into four triangles. When you're done, you will have 16 triangles.
- While the tofu presses, set out two large shallow dishes (I use pie plates). In one dish, add the olive oil and tamari (or soy sauce). In the other dish, add the finely grated parmesan, cornstarch, and all of the seasonings. Combine the seasoning ingredients very well. Heat the oven to 400 F.
- Add the triangles to the dish with the olive oil/tamari (If you can't fit all of the pieces in one dish, do this in two batches). Flip the triangles so both sides get coated. Leaving the pieces to marinade is not necessary, but you certainly can if you want to.
- Pick up each piece of tofu (Make sure you let any excess oil drip off) and place them in the other pie dish with the Doritos seasoning. Flip the pieces so both sides get covered, use your fingers to sprinkle extra seasoning on any bare spots. (See the video for this process)
- Place each coated piece of tofu on a large baking dish lined with parchment paper. Go ahead and sprinkle any remaining Dorito coating from the pie dish onto the tofu triangles.
- Once the oven is heated to 400 F, bake for 15 minutes. Flip each piece and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
I've poured my heart into this recipe and I really am SO excited about it (If you can't tell lol).
Please let me know what you think once you give it a try! I am CONVINCED there is a tofu recipe out there for everyone–if you haven't found one you love yet, keep trying. There are so many variations, and it's such a versatile ingredient. If you try every recipe there is and you're still not a fan, I might just have to have you over for dinner!
Other tofu recipes you must try
- THE CRISPY AIR FRYER TOFU RECIPE I MAKE TWICE A WEEK
- SWEET AND SMOKY BAKED TOFU
- SPICY HONEY GARLIC TOFU BITES
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