Rawritos: Healthy Recipe by Chef Erica Albanese

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Doritos are such a guilty pleasure for so many, it’s great to be able to enjoy the taste and not worry about the side effects.

When I created this recipe, I first shared it with my friend Kim McCoy, who is now the international executive director of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. We were having a raw lunch I had prepared for her and some friends. One was interested in going raw, but he couldn’t imagine that raw, vegan, tasty treats actually existed.

When everybody tried these, nobody could believe they were vegan, because they tasted so much like the real thing! They were a popular menu item when I ran a food preparation service for this reason as well.

Serving size: Approximately 64 triangular crackers (2 sheets scored 4 x 4, then halving each square, diagonally).

Total prep time, batter: 20 minutes, once seeds are soaked/sprouted

Other preparation: Be sure to soak sunflower seeds for 8—12 hours prior (generally overnight or all day prior). Thaw frozen corn in fridge the night before.


3 Cups Sprouted Sunflower Seeds
4 Cups Frozen Corn, thawed
1/2 Cup Braggs
1/2 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
2 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast Topping
2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
3 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
2 Tbsp Chili Powder


Put all of the ingredients into the Vitamix or Food Processor and blend on high until the batter is well-blended. Cover your dehydrator trays with a Teflex Sheet and pour batter onto trays in a large square formation. Dehydrate until firm (usually overnight for me, or morning until evening) and then flip. When you flip them is when you add the topping. Simply blend the nutritional yeast, chili powder and taco seasoning  and, ideally, put in a shaker jar or container. Then sprinkle the Rawritos heavily with the mixture. Afterwards, if you want to be fancy, score the Rawritos into triangles using a pizza cutter, and finish dehydrating them until firm and crispy.

Erica Albanese

Erica Albanese

The School Of RAWk was a live foods educational, coaching and catering service dedicated to sharing information on natural health and detoxification, with a focus on the living foods lifestyle. The School Of RAWk was started by instructor and activist Erica Albanese in 2006. Erica Albanese is a certified raw foods coach and chef, and has worked and taught at some of the most premier raw food and detoxification institutes in the country. Currently, she is studying orthomolecular nutrition, clinical ecology, neuroscience/neuroplasticity, and much more. She is also presently working on an updated website presenting not only a much more extensive vision, but also her own personal story about the shocking revelation that turned her world upside down and inside out. To receive an update when her new site is up, please send an email request to: Schoolofrawk@yahoo.com.


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  1. This is an interesting twist, and would be a perfect snack to introduce kids to a healthier treat. Is there any other way to dehydrate this recipe though?

  2. zyxomma says:

    I think there may be a mistake in the recipe. Both 2 T. taco seasoning (whatever that is!) and 2 T. nutritional yeast are listed twice.

    Vista orthodontist, obviously you don’t have a dehydrator. If you have a convection oven, you can set it very low (just over 100 degrees F.), and some toaster ovens have a defrost setting that’s around 100-110 degrees F. Depending on where you live, you may be able to construct a solar oven for dehydrating (doesn’t work if you live somewhere humid). Also, if you have an old gas oven without an electric starter, you can dehydrate in it using only the pilot light.

    Health and peace.

  3. Carol says:

    Chile powder and taco seasoning are listed twice. So, are those ingredients put in the dorito ‘batter’ and then again put in the topping? I wish this recipe was more clear.

  4. Jlm says:

    I’m fairly certain that the word ‘topping’ after the first nutritional yeast should actually be below that on a seperate line creating a break in the recipe and the beginning of the ingredients for the topping so the topping would contain

    2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
    3 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
    2 Tbsp Chili Powder

    Sounds super yummy…will give it a try this weekend! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Yvonne says:

    It looks to me like the last three ingredients are what is used for the topping and the same ingredients are put in the batter. That’s why they are listed twice.

  6. Barbara says:

    And what is in the Taco Seasoning?

  7. Carol M says:

    What is the 1/2 cup Bragg? Is it apple cider

  8. mike says:

    “Whats in the taco seasoning?”— hahaha oh boy,.come on people..its the taco seasoning!!!..that dark redish stuff in the white package in the back of your cubbord!! Nevermind the expiration date..

  9. Deborah Ray says:

    I sent an email to Kevin. Hopefully he or Erica will clarify about the questions with the recipe.

    Meanwhile, Taco seasoning is what is called “Taco Seasoning Mix’ and is available at most grocey stores in little packets in the spice section. The same item, (healthier) can be ordered in one-pound bags from http://www.azurestandard.com from Dufur, Oregon. They ship via their own trucks through much of the U.S. and will also ship via UPS. Hope this helps, Barbara.


  10. Barbara says:

    You gotta be kidding. Threw all that crap out years ago.

  11. Cam says:

    I think Carol is right — the word “Topping” after the first listing of nutritional yeast should actually be a heading on its own line, with the three ingredients remaining underneath it. Probably lost its formatting during a cut-and-paste.
    Still sounds tasty!

  12. Frances says:

    C’mon people, don’t be lazy. It’s easy to make your own Taco seasoning powder (no MSG or other junk in it either) Here’s what I use:

    4 teaspoons hot chili powder
    2 teaspoons paprika
    2 teaspoon onion powder
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon oregano
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
    2 pinches cayenne pepper, or to taste (optional)
    2 pinches red pepper flakes, or to taste (optional)

    This makes about 4 Tbsp. Mix it up (in the blender, if you’re not using ground herbs) and put it in a sealed jar and use wherever needed.

  13. Ling says:

    Your recipe calls for Braggs..Braggs what? Olive Oil, vinegar? Thanks.

  14. Sarah says:

    What is nutritional yeast topping as opposed to nutrtional yeast?

  15. Jan says:

    The word ‘Topping’ was supposed to be a heading on the next line for the last 3 ingredients. It’s just nutritional yeast & is supposed to be used both in the batter & the topping.

  16. Mary says:

    Picture looks clear; can’t say the same for the recipe.
    Taco Seasoning????
    Whoops, I see a recipe for it above from Frances, thank you.
    Now can you clear up the rest of the recipe?
    I’m guessing the “Braggs” probably refers to liquid aminos, but….maybe not.
    Can you fix this recipe for us and try again, please?

  17. Sun~Rose says:

    Nutritional yeast isn’t raw, and frozen corn is probably blanched. A lot of corn is gmo. Never had a dorito, however Juliano has a good recipe for corn chips. I’ve made it with carrot juice, fresh organic corn, garlic, and whatever additional spices You like. It’s really good.

    Can be dried out in the sun if no dehydrator, or slowly over gas burners withapilotlight.

    Pyrex or other glass is good fordehydrating. More corn, less liquid, and made thicker and You have a very good corn bread.

  18. SOR says:

    Yes, Bragg’s is Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. And if people don’t choose to do do seasoning, that’s fine, but Frontier makes a great simple organic taco seaasoning.

  19. Lana says:

    Bragg’s is a soy product, but you can mix chickpea or adzuki miso with water for a non-soy version(There is no longer any GMO-free soy available, including organic)Bragg’s is also not raw.

    There is no longer any non-GMO corn available, including organic, except for popcorn.

    Nutritional yeast is not raw.

    Nice attempt, though, at making junk food healthy.

  20. wpapke says:

    I’m dismayed that you would suggest frozen corn. As one poster already commented, not only is it probably blanched but it will undoubtedly be GMO. Why would recommend GMO anything?

    • Kevin Gianni Kevin Gianni says:

      Organic, frozen corn — while not the best option — is an option for some who can’t get it fresh. Lighten up, guys. 🙂 Organic also is not GMO.


  21. SOR says:

    Fresh corn doesn’t dehydrate as well, either. You know, this is a great transitional recipe. But one thing I did notice in my years of working with raw foods is that many make themselves sick or cannot enjoy anything because they obsess over one ingredient in a seasoning, etc. I rarely eat corn, but let’s compare corn to an actual Dorito that someone with a health problem refuses to give up. Also, it is damn near impossible to avoid GMO everything. Or pollutants from chemtrails, parasites in the dirt while out in your flip-flops, etc.

    And the body can handle quite a lot or we wouldn’t be standing. Some thrive on 50 bananas a day, I don’t touch them. But I will have wine here and there and I may buy a cheap Mcdonalds or mexican meal for my homeless friend. 😉

    Everybody just do the best you can. This is the food I sold as a treat for people every few weeks, it certainly isn’t anything anyone should LIVE ON daily, and I make that clear in the beginning of the book.

    I have no problems with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. But I have no problem with people not using it either. Substitute. Create! Life is good, people! I am road-tripping to the Pacific NW tonight from Chicago (Oh, how I will so miss the Chicago Blues scene *sniff*) and still have much to do. My internet has been fledgling but please know I have not been ignoring you.

    I appreciate your interest and, quite frankly, with the medical discoveries I have made—–SHOCKING, TO SAY THE VERY LEAST—-and I say that as an activist, as to WHY my journey has been different than so many others, well, let’s just say that a perfect Wigmore-based diet every day for life wouldn’t have touched this, but I believe so much in the power of diet and lifestyle, and intend on making history as well as teaching western medicine a thing or two-thousand. (LOL) AS WELL as, with all due respect, using my story as an example to the raw foodies who truly believe that one ingredient in 9 in a spice in a raw foods recipe is where they must be going wrong, and who beat themselves up for probably not being raw or organic or non-gmo (almost impossible, folks, and yes, that does suck) or low-glycemic enough.

    I have done IT ALL, healing-wise. And only fasting put a dent in how I felt. And I abused it. i was sick of watching everybody benefit from my info but me, dammit (lol; helping others though is the best in the world, and I will always be an activist).

    I would never have the money for the testing I wanted, and no insurance would ever cover it. I finally decided to go into a major debt and borderline bankruptcy (after a work injury that caused me to start one anyways, and HAVING TO DEAL WITH ORTHOPEDICS, who we need but who are NOT healers), and hired the best there is of everything, including a freakin brilliant psychic. And was shocked (then not really) at the results of everything……as was my ND, one of the nation’s top doctors.

    My bucket list before I die was medical tests, always, not anything else. No trips to Europe, knight in shining armor, NOTHING. So I took that leap, at 37 years old, after losing almost everyBODY in my life, my job, everything. I told the universe I wanted ANSWERS, and I got them. And I am glad I did. No diet or tonic herb or anything, while it helps, would solve this. But I intend to show the world what these things CAN do, with the help of technology as well, though.

    I’ve learned a lot, folks. It’s unbelievable, quite frankly. And in a few months when I have insurance, I can continue my journey. Can you believe? I want to share it now—-I am an activist, and this is not some dumb “teaser” for a mailing list I don’t have (just collect addresses for now), to sell you something later. I truly had to stop with my healing on some levels because I ran out of credit and lost my insurance when I was fired. I want to share the full story, and do it right. Talk about your entire world being turned upside down, though.

    I can only hope I can get involved with medical research in Eugene. 😉 Then I don’t have to wait for insurance, perhaps. PLUS THE LINUS PAULING RESEARCH CENTER IS NEARBY! That is no accident, I hope.

    Knowing what I already know, I UNDERSTAND MYSELF vs. beat myself up, and honestly, just do what I have to do. Right now? That’s pharmaceuticals. Disgusting, huh? That is just one element of my story. I LOATHE IT. But you’ll understand why later. I am about to turn this world upside down, and it will be a lesson to the raw foodists too. Not that they are wrong, but that there is more to medicine.

    One last thing about ingredients, though: ALL corn is fungal, gmo or non-gmo. Ditto for cashews, unless you get the “truly raw” ones which most of us cannot afford regularly. But ENJOY as treats if not working on a serious issue, folks. I never felt TONS better, even on the Wigmore program, but noticed everybody else improve.

    These are gourmet treats, as if going to a restaurant. But so many moms were thrilled their kids and husbands would FINALLY eat at least one raw meal, and almost always it was my fajitas (which can be made with Nama Shoyu or lettuce or red pepper, not corn wraps) and the cinnamon rolls. That was so AWESOME. But always listen to your body, above all.

    Can’t wait to share more with you….and THE WORLD. 😉 Finally coming into what I was born to do, and all the healing information I have studied and experienced, turns out, WASN’T just to educate the natural health seekers, oh no, and even when I was still suffering no matter what I ate. There are no accidents. 😉

    Peace out, folks. Road-tripping, but feel free to email me, post comments, and challenge anything. 🙂 Freakin God bless you all for making positive changes, PERIOD.


  22. kim says:

    Kevin, I truly appreciate your comments and believe when it comes to food, people can become too strict and judgmental. In a perfect world we would all be eating apples from a tree that had not been sprayed, and other such natural foods. But to worry about everything we put into our mouths is as detrimental as eating pesticide and gmo fruits and vegies. So I am with you, we stay informed, make good choices most of the time and don’t get hung up on doing everything perfect.

  23. Lana says:


    According to Jeffrey Smith, author of “Seeds of Deception”, even though a product is organic, it hasn’t escaped the GMO process. The only corn that has no GMOs is organic popcorn. I gleaned this information through a personal conversation I had with Mr. Smith himself.

  24. Help! I’m an Australian & am not familiar with
    Bragg’s products. Should I use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or Bragg’s
    Cider Vinegar in this recipe?

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