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Homemade Hot Ramen Cheetos

I was introduced to hot Cheetos in College... yea, it's a little late, but I lived in a home where fruits were desserts and rice cakes studded with beans and nuts were snacks. I think it was my roommate and now best friend that always had a bag of hot Cheetos (con limón) glued to her hand and her fingers permanently covered in fluorescent orange cheese powder. She was always panting and guzzling water too, since she kinda of sucks at eating spicy food (lol, she's going to kill me). I had to try for myself and find out why she was going through all that trouble to eat them.

My first bite I had a revelation. I'd never tasted something so cheesy, but spicy at the same time. So crispy, salty and with just the right amount of heat and lingering perfume of lime. I was like, OMG I've been living such a deprived childhood!! I was so addicted to the stuff, you'd see me eating out of the bag with a pair of chopsticks all around campus (way before reddit made it mainstream). I think I ate so much hot Cheetos that my poop even turned orange/red.

I guess I got sick of it after a while, because it's been quite a long time since I've had some Cheetos! So, I've decided to go and make some myself and add something equally as addicting...Ramen! Or more like the MSG in ramen. Don't tell me you've never licked your fingers after you opened the MSG packet to make instant ramen!

As kids, it was really popular to get a bag of instant ramen, pour in the MSG, smash up the noodles, shake the bag and just eat it dry. It must be a really Asian thing, because I've never seen anyone do it here. This is my version with hot Cheetos! I'd eat these homemade cheese puffs with anything actually. They are soo good. And then you toss it into a bag and shake it up with some hot ramen spice, and it is out of this world. Literally, you will be licking your fingers (mostly because you will have salt all over them :P)

Homemade Hot Ramen Cheetos
adapted from Classic Snacks Made From Scratch 
makes 3 dozen

Cheese Puffs
1/2 stick unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 cup flour
2 tsp cornmeal
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, finely shredded
1/4 cup Kraft macaroni cheese powder
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2-3 tbsp milk (or water, I used a mix of both)

MSG cheese coating
1 MSG packets from an instant ramen bag (I used Shin Ramen)
1 tbsp Kraft macaroni cheese powder
1/2 tsp cornstarch

  1. Cheese curls: In a mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter with garlic powder for 1-2 mins. Add in flour, cornmeal, parmesan cheese and Kraft cheese powder. Stir at low speed, add veg oil and add enough milk/water until a slightly firm dough forms. Knead into a disc with your hands, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. Break off small pieces of the chilled dough and pinch into skinny cheetos looking logs (skinnier than in my photos. I made them too thick). Place onto baking sheets (can be close because they don't puff or spread much)
  4. Bake for 14-18 mins or until you see some brown color. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely
  5. In a large ziplock bag, add ramen MSG packet, cheese powder and cornstarch. Shake to mix
  6. Add cooled naked cheetos to the ziplock bag and shake gently to coat evenly


  1. SPEECHLESS. Can you ship some to me? Thanks.

  2. Oh my, homemade cheetos! Also, have you seen the hot cheetos and takis music video? Because I'm just gonna leave it right here.

  3. hehe. I would if we didn't gobble it all up! :D

  4. lol. Just watched it. These "thug" kids... so cute! Damn it's so catchy.

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  9. Very appetizing! I hope I will finish my book review for students papers writing earlier today to cook this Cheetos! I am sure they are soooo tasty!

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