Fun Tostilocos Recipe 

Tostilocos is a delicious & fun snack made with Tostitos tortilla chips topped with layers of cucumber, jicama, Japanese-style peanuts, tamarindo candy, chamoy, hot sauce, lime juice and more!

A plate filled with spicy Mexican candy and jicama drizzled with chamoy.
Tostitos Locos, Dorilocos, Tostilocos (whatever you call them), are always super fun to make and eat!

**This post was originally published on Oct. 2020. It has been updated to be more helpful.

Tostilocos

This awesomeness of a “crazy chips” snack has no rules and everyone can use their creativity to prepare it their own way as long as Tostitos are used. Most street vendors in Mexico use plain Tostitos although some make them using Doritos chips, and call them “Dorilocos“.

However you decide to make them, Tostilocos are loaded to the MAX and are an explosion of flavors in your mouth!

A plate filled with spicy Mexican candy and jicama drizzled with chamoy.
The original tostilocos recipe!

Where were Tostilocos invented?

You know how we Mexicans are, give us a basic ingredient and we’ll turn it into an extraordinary one! Adding layers of unimaginable flavors is our thing and this is how the history of Tostilocos began.

Their origin started in Tijuana Mexico by Javier Rodríguez, who created this recipe in the 1990s. Since then, this Mexican snack became very popular and has won him several culinary awards.

Even Sabritas (Tostitos’ main brand) has recognized Tostilocos as an official snack! These days you can find this delicious snack at most Mexican snack restaurants and being sold by street food vendors.

A plate with tostilocos drizzled with chamoy and lime juice.

Ingredients: The toppings

Now let’s talk about the most common & popular ingredients to present Tostilocos. See below for other “variations”.

You can make a single serving in the bag of tortilla chips or prepare a large serving platter (nacho style) for a group of people. I guarantee your guests will love to try something so different and fun!

  • The bag of chips – Buy your favorite tostitos; they can be either be plain, lime or salsa verde flavor.
  • Vegetables: chopped cucumbers, jícama, carrots, corn.
  • The Mexican candy: rielito (tamarind candy) and/ or dried spicy mango.
  • cueritos (pickled pork skins).
  • Japanese-style peanutsIf you can’t find these, you can add regular or spicy peanuts.
  • Homemade Chamoy or store bought
  • Valentina hot sauceCholula will work too.
  • Fresh lime Juice
All ingredients to make tostilocos on a metal tray.
Get loco with this crazy but fun Mexican snack!

Variations

I asked my family in Mexico to see what are their favorite ingredients to top Tostitos with and this is what they said.

  1. Japanese-style peanuts, chopped hot dogs, cucumbers, lime juice, salsas: valentina or huichol, chamoy, & clamato.
  2. Tostielotes: Tostitos topped with Mexican Street Corn (a very popular version).
  3. Chopped mango, jicama, any tamarind candy, lime juice and lots of chamoy.
  4. Tostinachos (or nacholocos): shredded beef like birria or barbacoa topped with melted yellow cheese, grated Oaxaca cheese and jalapeños.
  5. Add corn, melted yellow cheese, grated Oaxaca cheese, jalapeños and Mexican crema.
  6. Add pork rinds.

As you can see, the variations are endless! Just top your tortilla chips with whatever you like and I bet they will be amazing!

Tostilocos GIF
Watch the fun layers come together.

How to make Tostilocos

Serving presentation options:

  • Option 1: Cut a bag of Tostitos length wise at the top. Leave the chips inside
  • Option 2: Spread the Tostitos chips on large serving platter, tray or baking dish.

Add the layers:

  • Top with a layer of cucumber, jicama, mango and your favorite topping
  • Sprinkle the Japanese peanuts, rielito (tamarind candy) and churritos if using any.
  • Drizzle with Chamoy, Valentina hot sauce and lime juice.

Featured comment

5 stars

This was absolutely loco for sure! I had never heard of tostilocos before, so thank you for introducing me to it! This was definitely a party on my taste buds with all the different layers and textures, so yummy, so fun 🙂 ~Kristie

A hand grabbing a tortilla chip from a plate filled with tostitos locos.
Tostilocos preparados are a super fun snack!

FAQs

How do you say Tostilocos?

You pronounce it “toe-stee-low·kowz”. Now say it fast! 😀

Are Tostilocos vegan

Yes! These Tostilocos are vegan as the fruit, nuts & other toppings don’t contain any animal products. Other variations might but if you stick to the original ingredients, Tostilocos will be 100% Vegan!

Are Tostilocos healthy

The original version is loaded with fruits, tortilla chips and Mexican candies. While it’s not totally healthy, they’re not too bad if eaten in moderation.

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Mexican Snacks to Try:

Try any of my delicious salsas…. Always authentic, easy & delicious!

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A hand grabbing a tortilla chip from a plate filled with tostitos locos.

Tostilocos Recipe

Servings 6 people
Ana Frias
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Tostilocos is a delicious & fun snack made with Tostitos tortilla chips topped with layers of cucumber, jicama, Japanese-style peanuts, tamarindo candy, chamoy, hot sauce, lime juice plus more!
6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 7 oz bags of Tostitos
  • 1 large cucumber chopped
  • 1 cup jicama chopped
  • 1 cup mango chopped
  • rielito (tamarind candy) Use as much as you want
  • 1 cup Cacahuates Japoneses (Japanese peanuts)
  • Valentina hot sauce se as much as you want
  • Chamoy se as much as you want
  • lime Juice se as much as you want
  • 3 tablespoons Chili lime seasoning homemade or Tajin

Instructions
 

Serving presentation

  • Option 1: Cut a bag of Tostitos length wise and leave the chips inside
  • Option 2: Spread the Tostitos chips on large serving platter, tray or baking dish.

Add the layers

  • Top with a layer of cucumber, jicama, mango and other of your favorite topping
  • Sprinkle the Japanese peanuts, tamarind candy and churritos if using any.
  • Drizzle with Chamoy, Valentina hot sauce, chili-lime seasoning (homemade or Tajin) and lime juice.

Video

*Ana’s Notes:

Variations

  1. Japanese-style peanuts, chopped hot dogs, cucumbers, lime juice, salsas: valentina or huichol, chamoy, & clamato.
  2. Tostielotes: Tostitos topped with Mexican Street Corn (a very popular version).
  3. Chopped mango, jicama, any tamarind candy, lime juice and lots of chamoy.
  4. Tostinachos (or nacholocos): shredded beef like birria or barbacoa topped with melted yellow cheese, grated Oaxaca cheese and jalapeños.
  5. Add corn, melted yellow cheese, grated Oaxaca cheese, jalapeños and Mexican crema.
  6. Add pork rinds.
The calories noted below are for the Tostitos chips, cucumber, jicama & mango. The rest was not included since it depends on which items you use and how much you use. 

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1out of 6 | Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is one of the best recipes of any kind I’ve ever tried. I had never heard of these before, but they sounded so good I had to make them. They are AH-mazing!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never heard of this recipe but I love it! The refreshing crunch of the jicama and cucumber and sweetness of the mango go so well with the Tostitos! So fun too!

  3. 5 stars
    An amazing recipe! So easy to make and so much flavour and texture in it! Will definitely make this again! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This was absolutely loco for sure! I had never heard of tostilocos before, so thank you for introducing me to it! This was definitely a party on my taste buds with all the different layers and textures, so yummy, so fun 🙂