“Dorito” Flavored Popcorn (dairy free)

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Get Dorito Flavor without the chemicals with this Dorito Popcorn!

If you’ve been around my blog, or my family, for awhile, you know that we love popcorn – I’ve got a bunch of popcorn recipes on my site.

But one thing you likely don’t know is that I love Doritos.

But I don’t eat them.

Not since I’ve become a natural-whole foodie.  Just healthy snacks in this house.

And I for sure don’t since corn has become so heavily genetically modified.

The ingredients in Doritos are nothing that I want in my or my family’s bodies.

Why, you ask? Ummm…do you like your chips topped with monosodium glutamate, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 40, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate?

Me neither.

I actually have a few funny things to tell you about Doritos–each one about one of my sons

What’s a Dorito, anyway?

When I found some Dorito seasoning recipes on the internet and told my boys that I would be making Dorito Popcorn, my youngest asked what Doritos are.

I know, that sounds pretty ridiculous to some folks, but since we’ve never had them in our house, and we don’t watch much TV, my son didn’t know what they are.

Hint: If you are trying to whole-foodify your family’s diet, avoiding TV is a huge help. And avoid the center aisles of the grocery store too.  That’s where almost all of the processed stuff lurks. Just waiting to tempt you to spend too much and put chemicals and additives into your body.

The Only Dorito My Oldest Son Has Ever Had

When my son was about 5 months old, he was diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies to 3 foods (later other foods were added to his “off limit” list.) You can read Eczema and Food Allergies–from Despair to Healing to learn more about all we went through.

Dairy, egg whites, and peanuts have not been in his diet. Ever.

Well, mostly.

When he was about 1 1/2 years old, we were at a church party.

Suddenly, I noticed my son had hives all down one side of his face and was holding a half-eaten  chip.

I grabbed the chip and quickly figured out what had happened.

My suspicions were verified when I found the offending chip’s bag.

Ranch Doritos. They contain milk powder.

Another small child had placed his unfinished plate of Doritos down at “little tyke” level and my son had gotten a bite.

We quickly gave him Benadryl and called his allergist who assured us he was in no danger as long as the symptoms didn’t progress to vomiting or breathing. Which they didn’t.

So–

  • between the one son who didn’t know what Doritos are
  • the other who has only had a small bite ever cross his lips and
  • mom who just loves Doritos but can’t stomach the ingredient list,

we were all super excited to work on making a seasoning that we could put on popcorn and have that delicious Dorito flavor without all the allergy problems and chemical and GMO ickiness.

We made a whole bunch of batches of popcorn this past weekend (it was seriously a big-time popcorn fest) but we finally think we’ve come up with the one that tastes the most like Doritos.  (Nacho Cheese Doritos, that is. Maybe I can work on another flavor in the future.)

And just so you know, this really does taste like Doritos.  I shared some with a friend today and she said it really did–and then we took it to a picnic and someone said that our popcorn really smelled like Doritos.  Ah—culinary success :).

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This "Dorito" Popcorn Seasoning tastes just like the chips but has none of the icky ingredients. It's our latest favorite popcorn topping!

This "Dorito" Popcorn Seasoning tastes just like the chips but has none of the icky ingredients. It's our latest favorite popcorn topping!

We just love this new addition to our much beloved popcorn recipes.

Oh–and as a side note, nutritional yeast is a non-candida-feeding yeast that has a nutty-cheesy flavor. Vegans tend to use it a lot for a cheesy taste without dairy.  You can buy it on Amazon.

If you love popcorn as much as we do, check out my other recipes:

- Surprisingly Good Popcorn Seasoning (Everyone asks for the recipe for this one).
- Herbes de Provence Popcorn
- Nut Buttery Popcorn

Where to buy Quality Spices?

I personally LOVE Frontier spices for their freshness and quality. I buy almost all of my spices from them in bulk because we do so much cooking from scratch.

If you prefer small amounts, Mountain Rose Herbs is another company that carries quality products for a good price.

What is your favorite way to eat popcorn?

Do you still eat Doritos :)?

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  1. If you can figure out how to do a Cool rnch I will be forever in your debt they are my craving since I have gone dairy free, allergie issues not as severe to cow’s milk as your son.

    • I was thinking that would be the next one. I’ve never eaten that (and don’t plan to) but I am guessing a ranch flavoring w/ “punch” would do it, right???

    • sorry about the spelling misteaks above, Cool Ranch. For whatever reason I couldn’t see my typing when I wrote that one

  2. Stephanie W. says:

    This sounds really yummy! What function does the nutritional yeast have in this? I’m still not sure what to think of nutritional yeast because of gut issues, etc.

    • I just added more info on the yeast to the post. If you’re concerned about candida, it doesn’t feed it. Believe me—I would know :). I was concerned about it for other reasons but I did a bunch of research and I am OK with it now. Let me know if that’s not what your concern was :).

      • Stephanie W. says:

        Thanks, yes, I guess you would know! :) (That was my concern. I thought I read something else about it before, but I cannot remember.) So, it’s mainly for the flavor? Maybe I will have to try it sometime.

  3. sandtruck says:

    Popcorn is not GMO? I thought all corn is GMO, at least according to my nutritionist. He said because bees move freely and pollinate gmo with non gmo.

  4. Lakisha Scott says:

    This is really weird. I pretty much came up with the same recipe months ago for my popcorn, I even put it on organic tortillas chips and they taste so much like Dorito’s. I can remember seeing your perfect popcorn recipe, and saying “Hmph, I wish she could taste mine”…lol. The only differences that I could think of is that I add paprika, turmeric, and sometimes I add Chile Powder when I’m in a spicy mood. I know you didn’t copy me, because I have never shared it, but when I first saw this recipe, it was so cool to see it, I was like, “Oh my goodness, that’s my recipe”. I also use this recipe for my kale chips, but I add evoo, water, lemon juice, and ACV to it. Thanks for posting it, and for all you do, I love your recipes.

    • There is paprika in it :). I missed writing down the chili powder…sheesh. Too much going on . There are a number on the internet but I didn’t care for them. This one was the hit :). Thanks for the kind words!

      • Lakisha Scott says:

        Lol, sorry, I noticed the paprika after I had already posted, but you are so right, this was a great hit. You are very welcome… kind words for a kind lady=).

  5. My kids love doritos and I don’t eat them but my husband was walking by as I was reading your post and he convinced me to try and make the recipe tonight. Thanks, so much! :)

  6. I will! My kids are already looking forward to it. So am I, actually.

  7. I will make this popcorn in my air popper and add the spices to the oil. Do you think I should decrease the amount of oil doing it this way?

  8. I am very eager to try this! I’ve been experimenting with spices on popcorn this very day!

  9. Valerie says:

    I can not eat popcorn , but the seasonings sound so delicious I will try mixing it up to use on vegetables .

    • Great idea!

    • I use it on my roasted chickpeas. Drain, rinse, and pat dry 1 can of chickpeas. In a bowl toss the chickpeas with 1 TBS of olive oil ( I don’t measure, I just guess) and then toss with the “doritos” recipe until nicely coated (not the whole recipe! Just add until coated). Lay out on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 mins. I usually take mine out at 15 mins and sorta stir them for even roasting.
      SOOOOO Good. I generally eat the whole can because its so addicting.

  10. I know Arrowhead Mills and Eden Foods have Organic popcorn that is non- GMO.
    I find it interesting that “Jeffrey Smith” said that popcorn isn’t GMO. Gonna have to look into that some more.

    Wish I could have nutritional yeast… I am super duper sensitive to anything with glutamate acid in it… MSG and everything in the family of altered glutamates. Will keep searching for a substitution, as Nacho Popcorn sounds awesome. Thanks for the post!

    • Joyce, that is the research that I did. I came to the conclusion that it was minimal. There is glutamic acid in orange juice and breastmilk and gelatin. I think that issue is blown out of proportion after looking into it so I would recommend doing some research and making your own decisions. I hope to write a post on it.

  11. People who know me well laugh at my Dorito obsession. I just love them so I was excited to see this recipe. Pinned!

  12. I eat popcorn right out of the electric popper just natural. I love it! And I do not eat Doritos.

  13. That is really interesting. I use to eat Doritos by the bagful in High School. I’m not sure my kids have had them, I’m sure somewhere they must have. But I bet they would enjoy a twist on boring ol’ popcorn. I’ve never tried nutritional yeast, although I see it popping up everywhere. Maybe it’s time to give it a try.

  14. Yum, this looks good, we love popcorn around here too. We have to be careful with allergens around here too, each of us with our own list of don’ts, we will have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I can totally imagine how these taste like Doritos! I used to love them too, though not as much as chocolate. ;-) Going to try this out–thanks!

  16. Saw your link at the TitusTuesday link up.

    Thank you for this great recipe- my son has a dairy allergy and we suspect my almost 3 year old has a sensitivity. We love popcorn, Doritos (which we don’t buy),and tropical traditions! So we will be adding this to our snacks list!

    Thanks again!

  17. I love popcorn and am always looking for new seasoning ideas. Thank you.

  18. Kelly L. says:

    I loved, and now miss, Doritos and I love popcorn! Tonight I made the spice blend and, since it wasn’t snack time, I tossed some of the seasoning onto cubed yellow potatoes that were tossed in olive oil and roasted them as usual. YUM! I can’t wait to use the rest on popcorn tomorrow.

    Thanks so much for giving me (vegan) and my son (dairy allergy) that Dorito flavor back without all the nasty stuff.

  19. Jessica says:

    Possibly to use brewers yeast instead of nutritional yeast? I have brewers already in stock and am curious…

  20. This popcorn sounds fantastic. I have never made any popcorn from popping corn (apart from microwave popcorn) but we have had a few packets of it and love it. While I love some of the sweet ones I really would love a good savoury recipe.

    And I love how your kids don’t know what dorritos is – I am not sure my 4 year old does – we buy corn chips occasionally but not often. More scary is how easy it is for a kid with allergies to eat the wrong food because kids just get into all sorts of food as soon as your back is turned, especially when they are with other kids. Glad this accidental bite didn’t have you spending hours at the emergency department, though it must have been a scare.

  21. In doing a search for dorito popcorn, I came cross your recipe. I did find another recipe very similar to your and she has a Cool Ranch alternative…Are you feeling like a little “Cool Ranch”? Simply omit the cayenne and paprika from the recipe above and add in 1/2 tsp parsley, 1 tsp chives and an additional 1/4 tsp garlic. She doesnt add any dairy so this might be right up your alley to try next. :-)
    I found it at The Naked Kitchen.

  22. Sounds good! They also sell nutritional yeast in the bulk bins at Whole Foods for those who have that store in their area.

  23. Oh My Gosh you just made my night with Dorito popcorn! I make popcorn on the stove just about every night, and am always looking for new spices to try. Now I can have my doritos and still be a clean eater! Thanks!

  24. Wow! This sounds awesome! I can’t wait to try this recipe tomorrow! Thanks :)

  25. My mouth is watering.

  26. My family has been using nutritional yeast as well as other spice blends on popcorn for years. I’ve found that if you have an oil “spritzer”, its easy to add just enough oil to air-popped popcorn to have the seasonings adhere. My youngest daughter has turned into a bit of a nacho Doritos fiend…so I’m very excited to try this blend! Thanks for sharing :)

  27. featuring this this week Adrienne!

  28. I don’t typically try new recipes due to energy level, but GFE Easily shared this last week and it’s amazing. I can’t say it tasted like Doritos (Just because it’s been so long since I’ve eaten any Doritos). But it was without a doubt, THE BEST popcorn seasoning, and with nutritional yeast, healthy! NOTE: If you make it, don’t leave anything out. Don’t make any substitutions. And grind the seasonings and nutritional yeast in a coffee grinder. (Oh, and don’t season the popcorn with this until it is popped – the seasoning does burn in the pan. I found that out when I made it a few days ago. Very glad I tried it again. It’s a keeper!) Final note: I am always adding things to recipes to try to improve taste and flavor. I’m a perfectionist – never satisfied with a recipe “as is”. This recipe is tremendous – as is. I’m not touching it…it’s absolutely perfect. Wish ya’ll knew me so you would understand. PERFECT RECIPE!! Clip this recipe and nail it inside your kitchen cupboards…you won’t ever want to be without it because your kids, well, they just won’t forgive you for losing the recipe once they’ve eaten a bowl…or six….

  29. Linda S. says:

    This treat taught my two year old to spell. He figured out that if he spells out “P O P C O R N”, I will drop everything to make him some.

  30. I loved this and everyone I shared it with loved it too. However, the first time I made it I forgot the cumin. Turns out I like it better that way because I made it again yesterday with the cumin. It still tastes good, but it’s so stinky! lol

    Thank you for this, it’s nice finding delicious snacks. I love your blog!

  31. Susan Alexander says:

    Been wanting to try this since it came up in my email! I finally got my nutritional yeast in my subscribe and save shipment this week and tried it this afternoon – yum! We like it, though we’ll probably tweak the seasonings a bit… My only REAL complaint for us is that it’s a little too much salt. Delicious though and I’m really excited to play with my new nutritional yeast! :D

    • Sorry you don’t care for the salt – I love salty things and since we use real salt I am not concerned about health effects. Is it a taste issue or health issue for you?

      • Susan Alexander says:

        Just a taste thing. Actually I think maybe it was just too much seasoning – maybe my popcorn didn’t pop up as big? It was just super coated… Next time I’ll try about half as much seasoning and see if that helps. :p

  32. Oh yum! I have one Kiddo who believes that Doritos are the essence of life. He will love this on our next popcorn and movie night!

  33. This is a great Crossover for Trim Healthy Mama – and an excellent snack for children! Thanks for sharing at Trim Healthy Tuesday!

  34. Adrienne, I can’t wait to try this. If you nail the Cool Ranch flavor, and want another one to work on…I have been obsessed with the Taco flavor since I was about 12 years old (I’m considerably past that now), and would LOVE to have that blend in my repertoire. In any case, thanks for posting!

    • You mean you could like me to try Cool Ranch? I don’t know that I have ever had it (I gave up Doritos a long time ago) but I would like to try. This recipe I think is like Nacho. I don’t think I’ve had Taco…is that different?

  35. I’m not a fan of Cool Ranch. And yes, Taco is quite different from Nacho, but difficult to describe.

  36. If I can’t get nutritional yeast, is there something I could substitute? Parmesan? I’d love to try this, but it would be a cardinal sin in our house to wreck a batch of popcorn! ;)

  37. My daughter loves Doritos which of course makes me absolutely cringe when she sweet talks her dad into buying them for her from time to time. This looks like a great alternative to try. Thanks!

  38. Jeanne B-W says:

    I made this for the 1st time tonight — it was sooo yummy. My husband loved it too.

  39. This. Is. DELICIOUS!!! Thank you, my whole family loves it!

  40. Aaaaand I’ve got the ingredients I didn’t have on my grocery list. This looks delicious. We too are HUGE popcorn fans.

  41. Our family has been enjoying the popcorn seasoning — only on squash and zucchini. I cube the squash, pour a very small amount of olive oil on it to get the powder to stick, then shake it in a bag with the seasoning. Roast as usual in a hot oven. Even my pickiest non-squash eater loved it.

  42. We are popcorn fanatics at our house…we eat it nearly every evening – with coconut oil and sea salt. I bought nutritional yeast the other day just to try this recipe. I made this popcorn tonight, and OH MY!!! It. Is. Delicious!!! In our past eating life, our oldest loved Doritos (well…we all did, for that matter). This is going to be an excellent addition to our healthy snacking. Thanks so much for this recipe, and for all of your wonderful blog posts.

  43. Do you have to use nutritional yeast? I don’t have any and would love to try this recipe!

    • The yeast gives it the cheesy flavor. Without it you will likely have a chili / taco flavor. If you can have dairy you could sub in dried parmesan I think. :)

  44. I want to make salt and vinegar popcorn so my husband will (hopefully) stop buying potato chips! The problem is all the vinegar powder I’ve found online has maltodextrin and potato starch added. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for how I can make it at home, since you have more experience in the test kitchen. Do you think after I evaporate the vinegar I could add arrowroot or whey, maybe? I really don’t want to spritz wet vinegar on our popcorn. Thanks!

    • There are a few posts if you check on the internet but it doesn’t appear that there is a “this is the greatest thing” way to do it. I am very intrigued, though :).

  45. I was surprised that this taste like doritos! haha! This was good on our popcorn! We became vegans about 5 months ago and don’t use oil anymore so we popped out popcorn kernels in a paper bag in the microwave and used a little bit of water to make the seasoning stick and it turned out just fine! :) We love this! It’s great, Thank you! :)

  46. Finally tried this tonight. My husband (a 7 yr recovered Dorito addict) loved it!! He just asked for seconds so I need to go. :)

  47. Mary Jean says:

    checked out the Frontier Spices and anyone with allergies or trying to eat using healthy ingredients had better check out their ingredients carefully—some are not good at all!

  48. My son is allergic to garlic, onion, and coconut, along with a few other things but if I can figure out how to make faux garlic bread and taco seasoning that he isn’t allergic to, I’m sure I can figure out how to tweak this so it will work. I used to use a lightly oiled pot with a lid on top of the stove to make popcorn but it started scratching my new smooth top stove so I recently bought a popcorn popper that has an arm that spins around so the kernels cook evenly. I’m so glad I did. It’s the best popcorn I have ever had! I can’t wait to try a version of this recipe this weekend!

  49. Have you ever used your “Dorito” seasoning on organic corn chips??? Homemade Doritos!

  50. We love popcorn around here too! Even buying organic popping corn is super cheap compared to buying ready-made snacks. Is there any way to make this without the yeast though? Or are there some other good uses for it? I just hate to buy special ingredients to make one thing. Thanks for all you do, I love your blog!

    • You could try dried parmesan. I think that would work. I use the yeast for a topping on the table as well. We love it and have other recipes – just haven’t shared them yet. Oh – check out in the search bar….5 ingredient salad dressing :).

  51. Christine says:

    Made these tonight -delicious!! Recipe is spot on!! Thank you.

  52. I’m so curious about nutritional yeast, since I’ve never used it before.

    We are waiting on blood triad results to see which foods my autistic four-year-old son is sensitive to; I am mentally/emotionally preparing myself to see casein on the list–we’ve been big dairy eaters at my house thus far.

    Do you think I could use this “Dorito” seasoning in meat for taco salad? Of all of us, my husband will suffer the most not having cheese in the house, and keeping his beloved Mexican food night on the menu is my biggest challenge right now.

    I’ve visited your blog occasionally in the past, Adrienne, but I have a feeling I will need to subscribe when those blood test results come in.

    • Yes, it would be GREAT but I have a DIY taco seasoning you will love. It’s on my site.

      There are a ton of good ideas for you here. I would just go ahead an subscribe now :). But of course, I am biased.

      • Thanks! I took a look at your taco seasoning recipe, even though we’ve been making our own for years. I was specifically interested in the “nacho cheese” element of the yeast. Either way, I’ve been meaning to try this recipe for months and haven’t gotten around to it yet. Maybe banning dairy from the house will motivate me. ;)

  53. We loved this! Would probably back off the cumin for personal tastes only, but it was super yummy!

  54. This has been our favorite way to make popcorn for about 5 months now–we don’t even make popcorn anymore unless we have this seasoning to go on top! I just wanted to share that I make a quadruple batch of the seasoning mix in my Vitamix until all the seasonings are powdery. I find that it coats a bit better and we go through the seasoning mix more slowly! Thanks for the awesome recipe :)

  55. Definitely pinning, sharing and trying. And yes, on the cayenne! Thank you!!!

  56. Oh my goodness, I am indebted to you!! This recipe is amazing! I have been missing that distinct cheesy, spicy “doritos” flavor so badly… you have no idea! :-) Just tried the recipe for the first time tonight, and I am totally hooked! Thank You!!!

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