Homemade Doritos Seasoning

Sep 21 2012 by
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Kale chips.  That’s how this recipe came about.  I wanted to come up with a tasty fun new seasoning for a batch of kale chips that I was working on.  I used to love Doritos and thought it would be great if I could recreate that flavor.  I ended up using this on not only kale chips but I added it to pasta, sprinkled it on my salad, over roasted veggies and even put some on my popcorn.  Then I made Dorito breadcrumbs, added it to my favorite tacos and finally made a to die for Doritos flavored hummus.  Aren’t versatile recipes the greatest?! Now, it’s been many, many years since I’ve had an actual Dorito so if the recipe below doesn’t taste exactly like you remember a Dorito tasting like please feel free to add a pinch of this or that until it’s to your liking.  If you were a Cool Ranch lover, don’t worry, I got ya covered too!  Enjoy!



  • 6 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 heaping tsp paprika (for a bit of a bacon-y flavor substitute with smoked paprika – so yummy!)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp yellow mustard powder


  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse 2 or 3 times.
  2. You can mix this seasoning by hand but it’s best to use a blender to create the right consistency.

Nutritional Info:

Makes just over 1/3 cup.

Serving size 1 tbsp.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 30.5, Cal. from Fat: 3.5, Total Fat: 0g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Carbs: 5.5g, Fiber: 1g, Sugars: 0g, Protein: 3g, Sodium: 80mg, Chol: 0mg


Leftover seasoning can be stored at room temperature for several months.

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.

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  1. Super cool. Thank you for sharing. Yes I was a Cool Ranch lover. I haven’t had them in a long time, but I think you may have inspire a flare up :-)

    I hope you don’t mind I shared my link to my Kale chip recipe for you readers. I think the seasoning will go very well together.

    Really? Kale Chips for a Menopause Diet and Snack


    Thanks Again

    Kris T. Smith

  2. Heather J says:

    Just had to comment after making this. It’s really good and actually very similar to Dorito seasoning (but better!). I tossed it with some steamed broccoli, lemon juice and olive oil… very good!

  3. Sf says:

    Hi! Wanted to try out the recipe, what EXCATLY is nutritional yeast? Are you referring to regular yeast we use in bread making?

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