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Chili “Cheese” Spiced Dried Corn Nibblers

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Have any of you eaten those Chili Cheese Flavored Fritos?  My mind might be playing tricks on me, but that is what these corn nibblers remind me of.   I went in search to see just what those Fritos are made of and all I can say is, “Thank God that I don’t eat those anymore!”

Here is the ingredient list:Whole corn, corn oil, salt, whey, spices, cheddar cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes), whey protein concentrate, wheat flour, tomato powder, monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium caseinate, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, Romano cheese from cow’s milk (cultured pasteurized part skim milk, salt, enzymes), dextrose, onion powder, sugar, natural flavor, butter (cream, salt), disodium phosphate, buttermilk solids, citric acid, garlic powder, artificial colors, lactic acid, disodium inosinate, and disodium guanylate. 

And to think I did it with four ingredients. :) Ok, so they aren’t an exact replica, but hey, for me they take the place of ever needing to eat Fritos again.  These nibblers are great for snacking or even for sprinkling on a salad for a splash of flavor and crunch.

Ingredients: yields 2 cups

Corn soak:

  • 8 cups organic corn, fresh or frozen
  • 2 Tbsp sea salt

Add ins:

  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Preparation:

  1. Place the corn kernels and salt in a large bowl and add enough water to cover the corn.  Stir and cover.
  2. Allow the corn to sit overnight in the fridge.
  3. When ready to make, drain the water from the corn through a strainer.  I did not rinse the corn.  Put the corn back into the bowl.
  4. Add the chili powder, nutritional yeast and additional salt.  Toss until the corn is well coated.
  5. Spread 2-3 cups of corn on the mesh sheets that come with the dehydrator.  Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 4-6 hours or until dry.
  6. Package the corn as soon as possible after cooling.  Store in airtight containers and keep it in the cupboard, pantry, refrigerator or freezer for future use. Dried corn has a shelf life of about 1 year.

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6 thoughts on “Chili “Cheese” Spiced Dried Corn Nibblers

  1. Mary says:

    I love chili cheese fritos but not the long list of ingredients. I’m going to give the nibblers a try! Do I soak the frozen corn?

    • amie-sue says:

      Agreed Mary. :) If you use frozen corn, yes, do the same soak process. Since they soak overnight, I wouldn’t worry about thawing them first since they will do that anyway once they get in the water for that period of time. Have a wonderful weekend, amie sue

  2. Tammy Smith says:

    Think these nibbles would work in the nacho chip recipe too? Those were faaaaaaaantastic by the way. Solved my Doritos cravings!

    • amie-sue says:

      You betcha Tammy….. they would be great in that recipe! I so happy that you loved them Tammy… thank you for sharing. Have a happy day! amie sue

  3. Becky says:

    sounds yummy and I’m going to try this weekend. One question. 8 cups of corn really only yields 2 cups?

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh gosh Becky, I am sorry that I took so long to get back to you. I was under the weather yesterday. Yep, I got 2 cups dried out of 8 cups fresh. Tiny little buggers. :) Have a wonderful day, amie sue

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