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 our faves (with an unusual origin)–Surprisingly Good Seasoned Popcorn. And of course there is basic 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 on 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 my or 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
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.)
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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- ½ cup unpopped popcorn kernels (organic preferred)
- 2 -3 Tbsp coconut oil for popping
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast (here's one brand that is free of synthetic folic acid)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder or granules (See Easy Homemade Granulated Garlic here.)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder or granules
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (here's how to make your own)
- ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 2 teaspoons salt (I recommend Real Salt)
- 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.
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.
And if you're trying to avoid synthetic folic acid (almost all nutritional yeast has it), here is a brand to try.
If you love popcorn as much as we do, you'll love my other recipes:
- Surprisingly Good Popcorn Seasoning (everyone asks for the recipe for this one).
- Herbes de Provence Popcorn
- Nut Buttery Popcorn
This is basically the same as the popper that we use:
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, Simply Organic is Frontier's section of products in smaller quantities.
What is your favorite way to eat popcorn?
Do you still eat Doritos :)?