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(5 Min!) Homemade Paleo & Keto ‘Cheetos’ Hack 🧀

Seriously delicious and totally addictive! You’ll be hard-pressed to believe these homemade keto cheetos are packed with all good-for-you ingredients!

Paleo & keto cheetos in a brown paper bag
5-Minute Paleo & Keto Cheetos

Paleo & Keto Cheetos

A 5 Minute Hack!

The easiest recipe in the entire site (I keep saying this, but true fact)! More than a recipe, I might just call it a nice and nifty hack…. that just so happens to taste like pure junk food (in the best of ways).

You see, I consider myself quite the pork rind connoisseur (like every single other Mexican peep out there…!). So when I came across this baked variety (which has 40% less calories!), I couldn’t help but be intrigued. They were awesomely puffy… but also kinda dry and lacked some flavor (i.e. fat).

Because let’s face it fat = taste.  So after playing around with a ‘cheesy’ mix to make them a little more extra…. some pretty gorgeous cheesy puffs were born.

And while I do get that pork rinds are not for everyone, I do think it’s important to take a nose-to-tail approach when it comes to our animal produce (and keep them as hormone free, organic, grass-fed as possible). Bone broth is a primary example of this, but the skin is part of this too. And it doesn’t hurt that its fatty macros make it a keto ideal.

Keto Cheetos with pork rinds
5-Minute Paleo & Keto Cheetos

For The Crunchy ‘Cheetos’

As mentioned, pork rinds guys! But tbh in order to get that airy crisp bite you’ll want to procure the baked variety (such as these). The pink Himalayan sea salt ones work a charm (not sponsored).  It’s also great that they’re antibiotic free etc.

And note that while I think these pork rinds are awesome for these keto cheetos (and would work great as panic breading too!), they’re a bit too dry solo. But less calories guys…!

And did I mention nil carbs?

Keto cheetos in a brown paper bag
5-Minute Paleo & Keto Cheetos

For The ‘Cheesy’ Note

Don’t kill me, but I’m dropping a cheese alternative on you! The thing is that powdered cheese is generally packed with cornstarch, maltodextrin and food colorings… and it’s a pain to make at home without some form of starch.

So I took the vegan route with nutritional yeast. And before you snob on this wonderful ingredient, trust the paleo and vegan communities in that it really does resemble cheese. Different yes, but seriously delicious.

Fun fact: nutritional yeast is a powerful source of vitamins, particularly rich in vitamin B12, as well as being a complete protein.

Freshly dusted keto cheetos
5-Minute Paleo & Keto Cheetos
Paleo & keto cheetos in a brown paper bag

(5 Min!) Homemade Paleo & Keto Cheetos

Seriously delicious and totally addictive! You'll be hard-pressed to believe these homemade keto cheetos are packed with all good-for-you ingredients!
4.95 from 20 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 97 kcal


For the 'cheeto' topping

For the 'cheetos'


  • Add all the topping ingredients to a bullet (spice or coffee grinder) and blend until smooth. Nutritional yeast is flaky, so you want it ground smooth. Oh, and feel free to play with the cayenne for a 'flaming hot' version!
  • Lightly spray your baked pork rinds with an oil (avocado and olive oil sprays work great), as it'll make the topping adhere properly. Transfer the pork rinds to a plastic bag, sprinkle the topping and give it a good shake. Enjoy!


*Please see post for in depth deets on the ingredients!


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 2.7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, keto, low carb, paleo
Whip up this recipe?Comment below or drop me a line @gnomgnom._ and tag #gnomgnomyum!


  1. Dave says:

    5 stars
    I have never been inclined to comment on a recipe before. I stumbled across your website while looking for a simple keto “cheeto” recipe, and this sure hit the nail on the head. Sure, they’re not identical to cheetos, but they’re frigging delicious, especially with the addition of cream of tartar as one reader suggested. The second time making them I also added some parmesan crisps into the bullet for extra cheesyness, and they were excellent too! Thank you so much for this simple yet satisfying recipe, I look forward to making many more of yours soon. Next up, tortillas!

  2. Cathy says:

    Definitely going to try this! Looks amazing! But going to have to do this with fried pork rinds due to availability here in Canada. Based on other comments posted, using fried will be fine, in fact some say they like it better.
    Love gnom-gnom website, lots of great keto recipes! Thanks for posting them Paola!!!

  3. DONNA L says:

    Would love to try these! I saw someone asked months ago what the serving size is because that space is blank on the recipe card. Want to be a good girl and not go beyond my limits – what is the serving size please?

    • Lisa says:

      5 stars
      That’s funny 😆 I literally JUST finished making my third batch this week when I received this notification.

      Enjoy Manon!

  4. Julie says:

    What brand of nutritional yeast do you recommend? When I hit the link, it takes me to the deal of the day. I want to try these!

  5. Joan says:

    Oh my goodness! Just made this and so good and easy. I love the baked so much better. I cannot handle the greasy regular rinds. I found I could use 2 bags for one of the seasoning. Thanks for this recipe!

  6. Marcella Rice says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is fabulous! You are my go to person for All things Keto.
    Just want to add that nutritional yeast is so yummy on popcorn! I also add tamari and grated parmeasan flakes: DELICIOUS treat.

    • Lisa says:

      5 stars
      Last night I tried the seasoning with fried pork rinds and I have to say that was my absolute favorite. My theory is that the extra pork fat made the seasoning taste even cheesier.

      Granted the texture of the baked rinds are closer to that of Cheetos, I loved the taste of the fried snack way more. So much so that when I was experiencing insomnia in the wee hours of this morning, I found myself in the kitchen polishing off the bag 😏 Time to restock because I plan on keeping this snack at the ready 😉

  7. Lisa says:

    4 stars
    I like it! I appreciate that I can have this dairy-free snack without breaking the rules of my current WOE. Thanks Paola 🤗

      • Lisa says:

        I took these along on a road trip this past weekend, sharing with my sister and brother-in-law. My brother-in-law who says he absolutely hates pork rinds enjoyed these “cheesy poofs” as he called them 😄

      • Lisa says:

        5 stars
        I’ve made this recipe so many times I can practically do it blindfolded now! I think I’m pretty much addicted to keto Cheetos 😆 I love the original recipe but I was feeling adventurous. Last night I decided to experiment a little with some wonderful results.

        Taking a few hints from Bon Appetit for making Doritos dust, I decided to add a little acidity to mimic the tang of the vegetable and buttermilk powders. I also wanted to try a little real cheese. I added a pinch of cream of tartar and about 1tbsp of grated Romano to the original recipe. WOW 😲 It tasted fantastic! For good measure, I added some collagen and MCT oil powder as well. Loved it!

        • Paola van der Hulst says:

          LISA THIS IS BRILLIANT (can’t wait to try!!)!!! Thank you so much for sharing, I do bet that it makes the recipe a tonne better! I bet the vitamin C powder would work too!

          • Lisa says:

            5 stars
            Great minds think alike! 👍 I had the exact same thought when I read the slushy recipe. I just happened to have cream of tartar but no vitamin C powder at the moment.😚💛

  8. Lorelei says:

    5 stars
    I’m giving this 5 stars despite it tasting nothing like Cheetos, my favorite chip, because it is still very tasty. I made two batches- one following the recipe exactly and the other I used Anthony’s brand premium powdered cheddar because it contains no artificial colors or starches. My family enjoyed both! Thank you for the lovely recipe!

  9. Vicki says:

    I appreciate the idea, and the effort. I really do. But I excitedly made these (I do miss Cheetos), and I have to say, these taste nothing like Cheetos. In fact, they taste pretty nasty, and ruined a perfectly good bag of pork rinds, lol. Sorry, but that’s my opinion, which I’m posting in the hopes that it might help someone decide whether they want to make these or not. I’m off to see if someone, somewhere, makes a cheese powder that’s not full of artificial colors, flavors, and starches. If not, oh well. My next experiment is a sweet pork rind, coated with melted butter, cinnamon, and powdered Lakanto sweetener.

  10. Aff says:

    Hi. I love all yoir recipes
    I. Dying to have some sort of chips but we’re Muslim and halal. Any kosher alternative to the pork rinds pleeeeeeze

  11. Suzanne says:

    What brand of baked pork rinds do you like? I would love to make these and serve them for the Super Bowl football game next week. Thank you for your recipes!

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      Hi Melissa! They’re linked in the post and recipe card- but I saw that they’re now sold out. They’re the EPIC pink Himalayan sea salt ones (Whole Foods, Larsen’s, sprouts etc carry them too!). They’re extra puffy so resemble Cheetos more xo!

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      Ohhhh what a wonderful touch Andrea!! I did note that mine changed color drastically once mixed with the oil coating xo!!

  12. Sharon Frommie says:

    5 stars
    An unnecessary negative comment is unbelievable! If something is actually ‘wrong’, then that is a different story. We all have our own taste preferences but…. ‘com on now…………….. Personally Paola, I’ve tried as many of your recipes as I can and so far they are the best I’ve found for our Keto WOE. I’m so anxious to try this one! Keep on ‘keepin’ on’…………. Love ya! (for this comment, because I’ve not tried it yet, I don’t know how to rate it, but will give it 5 star……. which is what I consider all of your recipes I’ve tried to date)

  13. Cindi Podsiadlik says:

    5 stars
    HI! I can’t wait to try these! I love pork rinds and the nutritional yeast for other recipes. So together they should be awesome! Just recently found your blog at work. I work in a health food store and always looking for new Keto/Gluten free foods for customers. I’ll turn them on to this blog too! Thanks, Paola!

  14. Lynn Chamberlain says:

    Hi folks, thanks Paola for the recipes, cannot believe how rude and stupid some people are! But, yes I can, there is a chap here in UK who reviews electronic items. He’s very good and we enjoy his posts even me who is not that interested! He has also done some comedy YouTube videos and one in particular is very apt. His channel is called Techmoan and the particular video is titled ‘how to write a YouTube comment ‘ I suggest anyone who wants a laugh watches it, ‘it’s funny cause it’s true’
    Keep up the good work and thanks

  15. karen says:

    Hola paola
    here in southern ecuador you can find towers of containers of lard and lots of fresh pork products. One of those being the skin. since you cant find commercially prepared pork rinds, am wondering if you know how to produce them?

  16. Lauren says:

    Hello! This recipe looks absolutely amazing! Thank you thank you! I know that the nutritional yeast is what makes it cheesy probably, but do you know of any dairy free, grain free, yeast free substitute? Right now I am on a strict diet, Avoiding those things.

  17. Mary says:

    I don’t see anything in this recipe which would bring the decidedly ‘cheese’ taste of Cheetos…
    Been enjoying Cheetos for over 5 decades. Pretty much am familiar with their taste…Just checked ingredients of real Cheetos online and regular crunchie Cheetos do not have one spice in them except salt. No onion, no cayenne, no garlic no paprika.

    Surprised, since cheese is encouraged on Keto that this recipe included #NoCheese…?

    But gobs of non-Cheeto spices. Hmmmm🤔

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      Hi Mary! I suggest you read the post properly as there’s a section titled The ‘Cheesy’ Note that explains the cheese.

      Alternatively, go buy a bag of Cheetos filled with starches, artificial flavorings and colorings, carcinogens… the list goes on.

      My point is that I don’t get why you’re complaining that my ingredients are different? Isn’t that what you want? A healthy alternative? 😉

      • Pea Green says:

        You tell her, Paola. Mary is just being needlessly rude and MOST of us here love you and appreciate all the hard work you do providing us with your recipes and your baker’s knowledge. ♥‿♥
        ps . . I hope you’re continuing to recover well. x x
        Love from Pea.

    • Greatful One says:

      5 stars

      If you have an issue with the receipe, then don’t try it. For the rest of us, we appreciate the fact that another human being went out of her way to post delicious receipes for the individuals who are trying to lose weight without sacrificing great taste. With that said, if you have nothing nice to say, then do not say. The world has more then enough negative Nancys!

      • Jude says:

        Well I made the recipe. And it is worth mentioning—they don’t taste anything like a Cheeto. I was suspicious of the spices but bought the nutritional yeast ( never used) and gave it a try. I thought maybe -based on reading the recipe- the yeast would make them taste like cheese and maybe a “Spicey” Cheeto. A Keto Chili Frito maybe and a decent snack if all is what you expect. And before you all blast back—- comments were encouraged. And this review is intended to be helpful. I’m sure it’s unintentional, but, to call them Cheetos might just seems misleading to some folks.

  18. mary anne says:

    5 stars
    I LOVE those pork rinds they;re so puffy and light
    thnx 4 the inspo cant wait to try i’m obsessed with your blog
    i dont think ive ever eaten this yummy and lost weight, pls make meal plans!

  19. Ana Bárbara Alzúa says:

    Hello Paola!!

    Do you think it would work with regular pork rinds, but baking them for a few seconds so the oil comes out and catches the seasonings? Or dis you ever found baked pork rinds in México City?

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      Hi Ana! You can use regular fried ones, but they’ll taste more like the flavored chicharrón chips (but cheesy). I’ve done it and it works. But I do recommend these in particular for the US peeps as they’re very light and do resemble Cheetos. Un beso!

  20. Catherine says:

    Thank you for putting this out! I LOVE your blog and recipes, I can’t thank you enough for you work holding keto recipes to a high standard and perfecting them. Cheetos (particularly flaming hot) are my FAVORITE junk food and I was actually just thinking longingly about them yesterday. Excited to try this tonight!

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