“Dorito®” Popcorn – dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan

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Love DORITOS®, but don't love the chemical ICK? This popcorn seasoning recipe is for you! Get Dorito Flavor without the chemicals with this Dorito Popcorn! Dairy free and gluten-free, this topping works for almost all special diets, but it's great on veggies, pasta, salad, etc 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 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?

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.


  • 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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Love DORITOS®, but don't love the chemical ICK? This popcorn seasoning recipe is for you! Get Dorito Flavor without the chemicals with this Dorito Popcorn! Dairy free and gluten-free, this topping works for almost all special diets, but it's great on veggies, pasta, salad, etc too.

"Dorito" Popcorn (dairy free)

Serves 6-8 cups     adjust servings

Like Doritos but don't like the chemical topping? Try this Dorito popcorn recipe - like eating Doritos, but without the chemicals! It's dairy-free too!



  1. 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.
  2. Combine all spices, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Blend seasonings in a spice or coffee grinder, or blend in blender to make a fine powder.
  4. Sprinkle seasoning over popcorn and toss to coat.


Recipe Notes

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.

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

10 reviews

This is basically the same as the popper that we use:

Stainless Steel Popcorn Popper

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.

Love DORITOS®, but don't love the chemical ICK? This popcorn seasoning recipe is for you! Get Dorito Flavor without the chemicals with this Dorito Popcorn! Dairy free and gluten-free, this topping works for almost all special diets, but it's great on veggies, pasta, salad, etc too.

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 :)?


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  1. Tamera Wengeler says:

    It’s probably because I’m on my phone, but I can’t find the recipe on the page. I really miss doritos and would love something similar. Unfortunately my recently aquired allergies include not only milk and wheat, but corn, I’m in major withdrawl. I’d love to try the recipe, though I’ll need to find something else to put it on.

  2. I made this and we all agreed it didn’t taste like Doritos but it does taste like chili, which we like too! I’ll try making this again with a lot less chili powder and see what happens.

  3. JoséeFruits says:

    Thank for your wonderfull recipe. I love it!

  4. Yum! I’m going to make this tomorrow ? I have Bob’s Redmill Nitritional yeast and am wondering if you know if it contains the synthetic folic acid? Thanks!!

  5. Amanda Foster says:

    Do you absolutely have to use the nutritional yeast? I would have no problem using it but I don’t have it and it will be awhile before I get it… just wondering if I can make it taste like Doritos with just the spices?

  6. O.M.G.
    Never been a fan of chips, but I made a batch for my sister’s S.A.D.-addicted family (I’ve moved in to get them all healthy, but sometimes I forget to satisfy those cravings, and then I find all the old YUK filling the pantry again)…

    THANK YOU for this recipe!!!!!!!!!!! I DEVOURED half the batch, lol!!!!

  7. HI there, I just made this seasoning and as one commenter suggested, I used a coffee grinder to turn it into a fine dust. I used only 1/2 the amount of salt and found it perfect for my taste. But I didn’t use it on popcorn…yet. I made actual “Doritos chips” using corn tortillas, brushed with oil, then a generous amount of this seasoning, cut the tortillas into triangles and baked them on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees until crisp. On my goodness! Reel me in ’cause I am hooked!! Thank you!

    • YAY – thanks for taking the time to comment. Hope to see you around again!

    • Brilliant!!! I just discovered microwaving popcorn (eureka!) and your tip of grinding into a fine powder sounds like it will really work. I just made my first batch and I wasn’t sure if I should spray the kernels before or after microwaving them. I just put some nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. It tasted good, until I got to the bottom. 🙁 ok, I’ll stop babbling, but thanks for the tip!

  8. This was really tasty, we air popped our popcorn instead of using coconut oil and it was difficult to get the spices to stick. I ended up pouring a Tbsp of melted butter over the popcorn and also using a bit of spray oil, then I turned the popcorn into another bowl and left the spices on top. I’m wondering if you have any other suggestions for getting the spices to stick. We really enjoyed this, but also seemed to have a large amount of leftover spices in the bottom of the bowl.

    • So glad to hear it! We always have leftover spices and just put them in a container to reuse. Or we “press” the popcorn into the bottom of the bowl and eat up as much as we can. Popping in oil will make it stick better, of course and I think it’s healthier b/c the fat reduces the glycemic load. Hope that helps!

  9. Christine says:

    This turned out awesome! It’s been a year since I last had doritos and I miss them but this hit the spot perfectly, thank you!!!

  10. Too much talky talky

    • Hi Karen.

      So are you saying that I write too much in my posts?

      If so, sorry you feel that way. I try to share background information on recipes and not just the recipe itself. You are, of course, free to skip that part and just go to the recipe and print it out. 🙂

  11. I was wondering if you have the caloric/nutritional info on this delicious popcorn? So good!!!

    • Sorry, but I do not. Typically I don’t provide such calculations due to the variations in my recipes, but I will consider it. There are other online calculators that you can use. Glad you like it!