Dorito Popcorn - gluten free & vegan
Do you like DORITOS but want a healthier option? Try this Dorito Popcorn Recipe to get the flavor of Doritos, but without the chemical topping--delicious and dairy-free too!
Today I'm sharing with you one of our favorite snack recipes--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 homemade popcorn recipes on my site from nut buttery popcorn to one of our faves (with an unusual origin)--Surprisingly Good Seasoned Popcorn. And of course there is healthy stovetop popcorn for the popcorn purist. Seriously - that one is ALWAYS a hit no matter where we take it.
But one thing you likely don't know is that I love Doritos.
But I don't eat them.
In fact, no one in our home eats them.
We did have an unfortunate episode with a Ranch Dorito® long ago that led to a near anaphylactic reaction in my oldest, but that's not why we don't have them around.
Since I've become a natural-whole foodie, GMO corn and the chemical concoction on top of the crispy chips are not welcome in our home anymore.
The ingredients in Doritos are just nothing that I want in neither my nor my family's bodies.
When you think about it, would you really choose to have your chips topped with monosodium glutamate, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 40, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate?
I actually have a few funny things to tell you about Doritos--each one about one of my sons
Dorito® Popcorn & 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.
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.
- 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. Updating the post here. A few readers have said that this tastes more like Taco flavor so it's back to the drawing board on Nacho Cheese....)
And just so you know, this Dorito Popcorn 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 :).
This is basically the same as the popper that we use:
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If you prefer small amounts, Simply Organic is Frontier's section of products in smaller quantities.
Recipe Notes and Substitutions for Dorito Popcorn
- Other Recipes: We just love this new addition to our much beloved popcorn recipes.
If you love popcorn as much as we do, you'll love my other recipes:
- The BEST Popcorn Seasoning (everyone asks for the recipe for this one).
- Herbes de Provence Popcorn
- Sugar-free Kettle Corn
- Nut Buttery Popcorn
- Nutritional Yeast: 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.
And if you're trying to avoid synthetic folic acid (almost all nutritional yeast has it), here is a brand to try.
- THM: This recipe is a "crossover" if you are on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, unless you use air-popped popcorn, which will make it an "E."
"Dorito" Popcorn - dairy free, gluten free, vegan
- 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels (organic preferred)
- 2 - 3 tablespoons coconut oil (for popping)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder or granules (if you would like to make your own garlic granules, see Easy Homemade Granulated Garlic)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder or granules
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (if you would prefer homemade chili powder, see The "Best" Basic Chili Powder)
- 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
- Prepare popcorn using oil with preferred method. My Basic Popcorn post has more information about popping and about my favorite stovetop popcorn popper. Air popped popcorn won't work without additional oil since the seasoning needs moisture from the oil in order to adhere to the popcorn.
- Combine all spices, and salt in a small bowl.
- Blend seasonings in a spice or coffee grinder, or blend in blender to make a fine powder.
- Sprinkle seasoning over popcorn and toss to coat.
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I hope you love this Dorito Popcorn as much as we do!
What is your favorite way to eat popcorn?
Do you still eat Doritos :)?
I just made this! This seasoning blend is the bomb!!! WOW! I wasn't expecting it to be that delicious. I think I will use this seasoning on other things too! It would be great on French fries, baked potato, homemade tortilla chips or crackers, roasted nuts, etc! For those wondering which flavor of "Doritos" this most resembles, it is probably most likely the original "taco" flavor Doritos.
Hi Laura! So glad you enjoyed it so much! I was thinking about tweaking it, but I guess not--LOL! I agree with the topping ideas---love the cracker idea! These Lentil Crackers would be a great option for that!
Thanks for taking the time to comment and share your great tips!
6 stars because it is so original.
Hahaha - I'll take it :). Thanks for the encouragement!
I'll have to skip this one due to the nutritional yeast (migraines here) but other than that it does look much healthier than Doritos, which I haven't had in years. Will be having your Pakistani Kima soon!
Aww so sorry about the migraine issue! I do hope you like the Kima - making it today for Thanksgiving actually :). Hope to have some more popcorn recipes up soon.
I use this recipe all the time when I make popcorn! But I just use 1/4 tsp of salt and it's more than enough for me. I do everything else exactly like the fecipe, 1/4 tsp of cayenne too and the spiciness is perfect. Thank you for the recipe, really helps me keep my cravings in check 🙂
So glad to hear it! Thanks for taking the time to comment!
Make your own Dorito chips!! Use this spice mixture and use on corn or wheat tortillas cut to the right size, sprayed with olive or avocado oil to the spice sticks, and toast in the oven.
Yes I should do a post on that too - YUM!!!! Thanks for bringing that up again b/c I have thought about it!
I meant to rate this. Sorry! 5 star. Makes plenty left over to use for another batch of popcorn the next day.
Awww thanks for thinking of that - it means a lot especially when someone from All Recipes takes your recipe and publishes it there :(. Not good.
This was delish! I, of course, air popped the kernels, but mister it with plenty of cooking spray and tossed the spice mixture. I like that salt is optional, so I threw in only one teaspoon. I swapped out the cayenne and paprika for hot Hungarian paprika, which I already had on hand. Y U M ! I bet this will be even better with a hit of lime juice. Spicy, sour, salty, crunchy, and zero guilt FTW. I also love that this uses nutrition yeast in a clever way.
Sooo glad you liked this! Working on another new popcorn recipe as we speak! 🙂 Stay tuned!
How long will the Doritos popcorn mixture be good for in the fridge after it is made up, there will be no salt in it?
Hi there. So the recipe has salt in it, so are you saying you wouldn't put the salt in there? Without salt, the shelf life will be the shelf life of the spice that has the shortest shelf life and that will depend on the age of your spices. Hope that helps and that you enjoy it!
Seasoning didn't stick good, so sprayed popcorn with a light mist of olive oil then remixed and that worked well. I will make again, next time will cut chili powder in half and maybe Cayenne too, packed a big punch. Taste was great! Wow, just like Doritos.
Hi there. So sorry I didn't respond to you until now. I've been completely buried. Did you use air popped popcorn by chance? So glad you liked it!
Yes, used air popcorn for healthier reasons. So, that makes sense, why the mixture didn't stick. If I had used microwave popcorn or buttered it obviously would have. Thanks
Yes, that's exactly it! I used to make air popped all the time, but then moved to popping in oil--actually for health reasons. Popcorn is pretty high glycemic and the fat helps modulate that. I went from low fat to much higher fat and actually am much healthier now. Anyhow, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Another popcorn recipe is coming soon so stay tuned! I hope you are subscribed to updates! You can subscribe at the top of the blog or in the sidebar or below the posts. Take care!
I loved this but found it way too salty, will def make again, but cut the salt in half.
I just edited the recipe to make the salt part "to taste" - thanks for the feedback! We do like salt here!
Forgot the cumin and didn't have any chilli on hand... But woooow this was excellent!! Seasoning is really really good!
So glad to hear! Thanks for taking the time to tell me! Hope to see you around again!
Excellent seasoning recipe and delicious on popcorn. Thanks so much for this recipe - I make extra with additional chili powder and keep on hand.
So glad you liked it! I'm revising it a bit so come back and check out the new version :).
Thank you again for this excellent spice recipe! Just made another double batch to keep in a shaker. I use engevita yeast which seems to be a powdered form or run the nutritional yeast flakes through a spice grinder to help ‘sticking’. We also oil pop (avocado oil) and a little melted ghee and believe including some oil in your diet is healthier and keeps you feeling satisfied.
Thank you so much! So happy you like it! We were just saying that we need to order nutritional yeast - haven't had it in our home for way too long!
Yum yum yum. Thank you very much for posting an awesome receipt.
You are so welcome!!
So glad to hear it!!!
Way too much cumin. Tastes like cumin popcorn. The other spices are good. Would just leave cumin out or maybe 1/4 tsp.
I'm so sorry you feel that way. I don't think anyone has said that before. Perhaps you blended incorrectly? Sorry!