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May 24, 2017

Perfect Crunchy Doritos Beer Brats

Perfect Crunchy Doritos Beer Brats – Recipe Perfect Crunchy Doritos Beer Brats – Recipe

This post has been sponsored by Frito-Lay. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #SayYesToSummer

A recipe for the perfect party time beer brats, simmered in beer with onions and peppers, then seared and topped with crispy, crunchy Doritos. I’m ready for summer!

I am SO ready to fire up the grill. Now that the warm weather is rolling around, I find nothing more satisfying than grilling out in the backyard. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy grilling most of the year, but where I live it gets rather cold in the winter, and it isn’t quite as fun grilling in subzero temperatures.

So bring on the sun and warm weather, I say! Along with that warm weather comes something else we truly love in the Chili Pepper Madness household – parties! Oh yes, it’s time for friends and good food and gatherings galore. Tell your friends to bring along some side dishes, because for this party, we’re grilling up the beer brats, and not only that, we’re topping them with crispy, crunchy Doritos. Yes!

Perfect Crunchy Doritos Beer Brats – Recipe

Hosting parties in our backyard is something we look forward to each year. Luckily, we back up to a pond that is teeming with wildlife - ducks, geese, herons, cranes, frogs, turtles, even muskrats out there building their tiny stick huts. One of the first things we did when we built the house was to install a large patio in the back, overlooking the pond, where we can sit and read and enjoy the sun and, of course, entertain.

Take a look at the view.

Perfect Crunchy Doritos Beer Brats – Recipe

So perfect for entertaining! So yeah! Let’s throw a party, right? This time we’re keeping it a bit more traditional by cooking up a small batch of beer brats. Beer brats are ideal for your summer backyard gatherings for a few reasons.

They’re popular – I mean, practically everyone loves a good brat. They’re crazy easy and hard to mess up. Toss them in beer with peppers and onions, let them simmer a while, then sear them off to get that gorgeous color. They can sit a while if you’d like, too. When they’re done cooking, you can toss them back into the original beer and keep them warm on the grill where they will stay nice and juicy and ready when your guests are hungry.

And finally, they go AWESOME with Doritos. Just like these.

Perfect Crunchy Doritos Beer Brats – Recipe

I picked up a bag of the “Jacked” Doritos, Ranch Dipped Hot Wings flavor. Um, heck YES I did. Talk about zest. You already know I love my “jacked up” flavors, and these qualify. These babies are going right over the top of our brats, and I’m serving some on the side, too, because that’s how great brats and Doritos go together. If you’re going for a more subtle flavor, pick up Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch Doritos.

But first! Let’s get those brats going. Fire up the grill first to medium heat.

Start by layering a baking dish with peppers and onions. Make sure to choose a dish that will be OK on the grill. Set the brats over the peppers and onions.

You can fit more on there if you’d like. Go ahead, toss on a couple more. This recipe is easy to scale up.

Next, pour the beer over the brats. You want to cover or mostly cover the brats in beer, so you may need more than one, or use a smaller container. If you’d prefer to NOT cook with beer, use chicken or vegetable broth. The results will be similar, though not quite the same.

Perfect Crunchy Doritos Beer Brats – Recipe

Swirl in a couple tablespoons of spicy mustard and shut the grill lid. Let the brats simmer in there for about 40 minutes, flipping them once about 20 minutes in. They will turn a whitish color.

Now, it’s time to sear! So, remove the baking dish and set it aside. Set the brats directly onto the hot grill grates and sear them a couple minutes per side, until you get those gorgeous dark grill marks, like these babies.

Perfect Crunchy Doritos Beer Brats – Recipe

Don’t they look perfect? They do to me! Some people like to achieve a dark crisp char, so go for it and cook to your own preference. Listen to the telltale sizzle of the brats, making music for you on the grill.

When they’re just right, pop them onto some lightly toasted buns. Drain off the beer from your pepper and onion mixture and distribute the peppers and onions over the tops of the brats. You’ll get a TON of extra flavor in there.

Drizzle them with a bit more of the spicy mustard, and finally, crumble a good amount of your favorite crunchy Doritos over the top. The pièce de résistance! These beer brats are crazy good, but the crunch and flavor from the Doritos puts them over the top. So go for it.

Perfect Crunchy Doritos Beer Brats – Recipe

Pass out them crunchy Doritos brats! I’m enjoying one right now on the patio, getting ready to stare out over the pond as I crunch-and-munch away.

Perfect Crunchy Doritos Beer Brats – Recipe

Don’t be stingy with the Doritos. Serve them up right alongside your brats. Make people happy! They will love you forever when you feed them good food.

Perfect Crunchy Doritos Beer Brats – Recipe

Visit The Doritos Web Site at to find Doritos at a store near you, or check out other great summer recipes at the Frito-Lay Pinterest Board:

Perfect Crunchy Doritos Beer Brats – Recipe


  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 5 brats
  • 12 ounces light beer, or more as needed – or use BROTH as a substitute
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard + more for serving
  • Lightly toasted buns
  • Bag of your favorite Doritos

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat your grill to medium heat.
  2. To a side ovenproof dish, add a layer of onions and peppers.
  3. Add the brats and pour in the beer.
  4. Swirl in a couple tablespoons of spicy mustard and close the lid. Grill for 40 minutes, turning the brats once about halfway through. The brats will turn a whitish color.
  5. Remove the dish and drain off the liquid, reserving the peppers and onions.
  6. Set the brats onto the hot grill grates and grill them about 2-3 minutes per side, until they nicely char.
  7. Serve onto lightly toasted buns topped with the reserved peppers and onions, a bit more spicy mustard, and crushed Doritos!

Makes 5 brats.

Perfect Crunchy Doritos Beer Brats - Recipe

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