Healthy Dorito Flavored Popcorn

Do you ever find yourself staring longingly at the bottles and bottles of soft drinks that line the shelves in grocery stores? Or maybe you’ re one of the one’s that gaze at the seemingly enormous chips and dip aisle. The right amount of temptation and lack of common sense can sometimes push me to make a bad decision. I’m not perfect by any means, but that doesn’t mean I should shatter my values just because I was tempted. While making good decisions when grocery shopping may not be the easiest thing in the world, it is among the most necessary. That means skipping things like candy bars, highly processed crackers, and soda pop. So, is there a way to satisfy my cravings without buying processed or refined-sugar-filled “foods”? Of course!

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A few days ago, my mother came to me with a recipe she was dying to try. This particular recipe came from Whole New Mom, a wonderful website to check out if you haven’t yet. Let’s just say, this was another one of those perfect recipes. We’re talking gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and uses ingredients that I already have in my pantry. Now, you may not have nutritional yeast in your pantry, but when you hear about the health benefits of it, I’m sure you’ll want to buy a container or two of the stuff. Nutritional yeast is high in vitamin B-12, protein, fiber, and a great source of folic acid. You can learn more about the health benefits of nutritional yeast here.

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Anyways, snacks that leave their powder all over your fingers tend to be the kind of snack I crave on a daily (hourly?) basis. So, obviously, when my mother told me she wanted to try to make Dorito Flavored Popcorn, I rushed to get all of the ingredients out. While I started to make the blend of spices, my mother tried to make the popcorn using the stove-top method.

Turns out, she has no clue how to make popcorn. When I came to examine her—ahem—failure, I noticed that she used about 1 1/2 cups of oil in attempt to pop a 1/2 cup kernels, resulting in a pot half-filled with burnt, oily, soupy popcorn. Yeah. Luckily, I came to her rescue (we switched tasks) and all went well. Very well. Let’s just I’ve found a new comfort food I can feel good about eating. Plus, it’s a hit with the younger kids. A HUGE hit.

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The best part? I can make this easy snack in less than 10 minutes—popping my own popcorn over the stove. If this is a new concept to you (no shame), here is a lovely tutorial that couldn’t make it much easier. I use a spice grinder to blend the spices together, and it works like a charm. You can use a coffee grinder, but make sure you clean it out well before you use it to grind coffee beans again. There is no need for Dorito flavored coffee. YUCK!

The three times we’ve made it, we experimented with different amounts of each spice, but nothing tastes quite like the original recipe. By the way, unless you are doubling the recipe, DO NOT double the salt.

I really think you’ll like this popcorn snack. It is off the chain amazing. Inexpensive, easy, and tasty. Guaranteed!

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Here’s the recipe:

Healthy Dorito Flavored Popcorn
Serves 5
A great, healthy processed food replacement.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 8 cups freshly popped organic popcorn
  2. 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (You can get some here)
  3. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  5. 1 teaspoon cumin
  6. 1 teaspoon paprika
  7. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  8. 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  9. 2 teaspoons salt
  1. Combine nutritional yeast, garlic, onion, cumin, paprika, cayenne (if using), and salt in a spice or coffee grinder.
  2. Blend seasonings for about 15 seconds to make a fine powder.
  3. Sprinkle seasoning over popcorn and toss to coat.
  1. For kids who can't tolerate spicy foods, leave out the cayenne pepper. It will still taste great, just not as spicy.
Adapted from Whole New Mom
Adapted from Whole New Mom
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Comments: 14

  1. Cole March 13, 2014 at 12:10 am Reply

    This is exactly what I need! A tasty popcorn recipe! I’m definitely going to try this on the weekend :)

    • Margaret Anne March 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm Reply

      This is exactly what you need! This recipe won’t let you down. :)

  2. Kristin Kelm March 16, 2014 at 8:46 pm Reply

    Can you leave the nutritional yeast out as I don’t have any at the moment.

    • Margaret Anne March 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm Reply

      Hello Kristin. I have not tried making the popcorn without the nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is known for its cheesy/nutty taste, turning ordinary popcorn into something amazing. If you try it without the nutritional yeast, I’d love to know how it turns out! :)

      • Kristin Kelm March 17, 2014 at 11:57 pm Reply

        Both ways are super yummy. Without the nutritional yeast it has more of an Indian flavor which is also very good. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Kim March 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm Reply

    How do you get the seasoning to stick to the popcorn?

  4. Kathleen March 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Well, once again, I don’t see nutritional information with this recipe. What’s the deal? Do Vegans not care about nutritional information? I’m at wits end. I’m trying to go Vegan but this seems to be too much to ask. I’m so disappointed :(

    • Margaret Anne March 16, 2014 at 9:41 pm Reply

      Hi Kathleen! I’m sorry for the inconvenience. I wouldn’t say that vegans don’t care about nutritional info, but it’s just that I chose not to go through the process of figuring out how much carbs, proteins, and such are in the recipe. Many websites offer free nutrition facts for recipes if that’s what you’re interested in. I’m sorry to hear that you’re having a hard time changing your dietary choices. Generally, though, I don’t worry about nutrition facts and here’s a great post that explains why many don’t. I hope you find something that helps. ;)

  5. Laura March 17, 2014 at 8:55 am Reply

    I’m so excited to try this! Only problem is I don’t have a spice or coffee grinder. How bad would it be if I just tried mixing the spices really well, maybe in a food processor??

    • Margaret Anne March 17, 2014 at 11:18 am Reply

      Hi Laura. I think if you put the spices and such in the food processor it would turn out fabulously! Let me know how it works for ya. ;)

  6. Paige at The Spice House March 30, 2014 at 4:32 pm Reply

    I make and flavor my own popcorn all the time, but I wouldn’t have guessed you could get a doritos flavor without cheese powder. I’ll have to try this nutritional yeast method. By the way, if you’re using a coffee grinder for spices, the easiest way to clean out the spice flavor is to grind a handful of rice. The rice powder pulls out the spice oil residue.

    • Margaret Anne March 31, 2014 at 2:04 pm Reply

      Thanks for the awesome tip Paige! I will definitely be trying that. I hope you love the popcorn! ;)

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