Frito-Lay snacks bring super flavor to creative big game recipes

Iconic Frito-Lay snacks, like Doritos, Lay’s, and Cheetos, will fill the snack bowls and the screens during that Sunday night football game, that favorite food can be more than just constant snacking for four quarters. Get excited about creative big game recipes that use those favorite flavors.
Doritos Dinamita and Starry Sweet and Spicy Shrimp
Doritos Dinamita and Starry Sweet and Spicy Shrimp / PepsiCo

Over the years, chefs and home cooks have found ways to transform those Frito-Lay snacks into even more enjoyable bites. Sure, a Tostitos chip can become a layered single nacho. Or, the broken pieces of Lay’s chips can become the crust for a fish or chicken tender. This year let creative big game recipes take over the table and impress guests as much as the commercials make them laugh.  

Although not necessarily a discussion on avoiding food waste, ensuring that every bite of food is enjoyed and not put in the trash is important. Sure, some people might just pour that bag of Doritos directly into their mouths, it is more than just that simplicity. Finding exciting, creative ways to see those favorite Frito-Lay snacks in new ways can be the most flavorful weekend.  

Of course, people have enjoyed walking tacos, pulverized Cheetos into dust for topping, and even found ways to make Funyons even more fun, this food conversation is never ending. With the revitalized Doritos Dinamita, that snack is ready for its bit moment during the big game.  

While Jenny Ortega will be all over the screen during that Doritos Dinamita commercial, the snack adds another layer of fun to the event. Those new sticks can be the edible food on a stick option.  

During the recent Stir It Up Competition, PepsiCo showcased a shrimp recipe that used Doritos Dinamita and STARRY as both the textural component on the shrimp and it was the serving stick. The new serving method is fun and has no clean-up issue. It is a win for everyone at the big game party.  

Here’s how to make Doritos Dinamita and Starry Sweet and Spicy Shrimp 

Recipe Yield: 100 Shrimp 

Marinate the shrimp  


100 ea. 15/20 shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail on 

1 cup dark brown sugar 

6 Tbsp. orange juice 

4 tsp. garlic, chopped 

2 Tbsp. ginger, grated 

1⁄2 cup green onion, chopped 

2 Tbsp. soy sauce 

4 Tbsp. gochujang Juice of 2 lemons 


Combine the shrimp and all other ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Soak wood skewers in water for at least an hour and skewer the shrimp to make them easier to grill. 

Make the glaze 


2 cans (12 oz.) Starry Lemon Lime Beverage 

6 Tbsp. Tamarind concentrate 

4 Tbsp. chopped palm sugar 

6 Tbsp. gochujang 

6 Tbsp. rice vinegar 

3 Tbsp. fish sauce 

4 tsp. soy sauce 

2 Tbsp. lime juice 

6 Tbsp. shallots, chopped 

2 Tbsp. garlic, chopped 


In a sauce pot, bring the Starry to a boil and reduce down to less than 1⁄4 cup. Reduce the heat to low and add the remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. 

Keep at room temperature.  

Make the Topping  


2 cup crushed Doritos Dinamita 

Chile Limon 

1⁄2 cup toasted sesame seeds 

1⁄2 cup toasted black sesame seeds 

1⁄2 cup scallions, thinly sliced, tossed in at the last minute 


Mix together in a bowl and cover tightly (green onions only just before serving) 

To Grill  

Preheat grill to medium high heat. Make sure to grease the grill by brushing it with oil to avoid the skewers from sticking. 

Grill the shrimp for about 2 minutes on each side, brush liberally with the glaze and grill 2 min more and when done, remove the skewers. 

To Serve  

Push one Dinamita Chile Limon stick through each shrimp in a way that stands the shrimp up, then sprinkle liberally with the Topping and serve. 

This idea is one that cooks can adapt in many ways. While the Dinamita works well as a skewer substitute, the idea is not limited to shrimp. It might not be as easy with steak, but it can be fun to see how this idea can be adapted in other ways.  

Given that the Frito-Lay snacks fill the shelf, there are plenty of ideas that can inspire some culinary creativity. Whether that big game commercial preview sparks idea that will make the confetti rain down or it is a tried and true dish that is always a crowd pleaser, it might be beneficial to get a couple extra bags. Just make sure that nothing goes to waste after the game is over.