Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos {vegan, gluten free}

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I really, really love chips.  In fact, that might be an understatement, the truth is that I’m a chip fanatic and I can’t be trusted in a room alone with a bag of chips.  I actually think it has crossed over into the realm of chip addiction.  Whether they are veggie chips, potato chips, or plain old corn chips, as long as they are crunchy and salty I will devour them, so you better get our own bag.  I can’t count the number of times my husband has said to me, “Are all the chips really gone?  Didn’t we just buy that bag yesterday?”.  Opps!


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Growing up, my mother was pretty deep into health food and while I got my fill of corn chips and salsa, we never kept a stock of exciting chips in the house, like sour cream and onion potato chips or nacho cheese Doritos.  It’s not that I was denied them completely, but when I did get them it was considered a treat.  I don’t know about you, but when I am denied something for so long and I finally get to indulge in it, I go all out.  A year ago, I tried the Paleo diet for about 1 week before it ended with me in a pile of pizza and ice cream.  So, naturally when I did get the chance to eat exciting chips, like cool ranch Doritos, I would eat the entire bag and then lick my fingers clean.

My version contains corn tortillas, olive oil, and 8 different herbs and spices, most of which you probably already have in your cupboard, and in my opinion they taste pretty darn close to the originals!


These days I survive mostly on corn chips dipped in guacamole or salsa, but today I was really craving some good old fashioned Doritos.  While I do love a classic Nacho Cheese Dorito, spring is in the air and I wanted something with a little more zing to it, so I decided on Cool Ranch Doritos.  I convinced myself that if i made them at home, from scratch, it would be ok for me to eat all of them without feeling any guilt.  I started by googling the list of ingredients in Cool Ranch Doritos.  There were a few ingredients that I would expect to be in them and that I have included in my version; onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.  Then there were a few other ingredients that the store bought ones contained that my homemade version will definitely not contain, such as; red 40, corn syrup solids, and blue 1.

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Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos

Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos {vegan, gluten free}

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2
  • Category: Snack, Gluten Free, Vegan


  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil, or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush both sides of each tortilla with olive oil and then cut into sixths. Spread tortilla chips out on a large baking sheet and back for about 12 minutes, flipping once. You may have to bake in two batches if you have a smaller baking sheet.
  2. Mix all spices together in a small bowl. Once tortilla chips are finished baking, place them in a large paper bag or plastic tupperware. Add the seasoning mix and shake until all chips are coated. Enjoy!


*You may have to brush some additional olive oil over the chips once they are finished baking to ensure that the seasoning mix sticks to them.

Recipe makes enough chips for 2-3 people, recipe is easily doubled or tripled if desired.



When I eat chips, I do this thing that drives my husband crazy.  I look into the bag and inspect each chip to make sure I am getting one with lots of seasoning on it.  Does anyone else ever do that or am I completely weird?!  I think I just found the best chip!



See you later!


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    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks, Cindy!! I never made homemade chips until recently when I figured out how easy they are and how much cheaper it is to make your own! Now I make them all the time, which may or may not be a good thing :)

  1. kathy says

    Definitely going to make these. oh and I wanted to tell you I made the beet chips, they were great! My first batch burned but the second batch came out pretty perfect!

    • She Likes Food says

      I’m so glad you liked the beet chips! I had some trouble at first too, but my second batch was much better than the first as well. I’m gonna give you guys a call this week!

  2. Shoshona says

    YES! For my cooking classes (which I wish I could teach with you!) I have been using a plain corn tortilla chip recipe (whole grains, healthy snacking, reducing sodium, saving money, etc.) and people love those chips…but these will be even more of a hit!!

    • She Likes Food says

      That would be so fun to teach a cooking class together! Remember that time we recorded ourselves making a noodle dish at your dad’s house and it ended up being so bland? haha, I think we forgot the salt! I was thinking about you when I made these chips because I feel like we both used to gobble down the doritos when we got the chance! I hope they like these!

  3. shanna says

    hey I just had a quick question. Is there a particular reason you didn’t coat the chips with the seasoning BEFORE putting them into the oven? I’m just curious…

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Shanna! That’s a good question, I think the main reason I did it that way was because other flavored chip recipes I had looked at put the seasoning on after the chips were baked. Maybe it is the same mindset as when you deep fry something you season it afterwards so the seasoning sticks to the hot oil. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work to season them before you put them in the oven though.

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks, Jennifer! They are really good and you don’t have to feel guilty about eating a lot because they aren’t fried! I hope you enjoy them if you try them :)

  4. says

    You are a genius! I used to be obsessed with those chips, and my sweetie still can’t resist them at parties. He will love me forever when I make these. :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks, Alanna! I used to be obsessed with them too, (and still kind of am…)! Ever since I made my first batch a few months ago, I’ve been making them on a weekly basis and can’t get enough :)

  5. says

    You just blew my mind! We cut most processed foods from our diet a few years ago and I never thought I’d savor the taste of Cool Ranch Doritos again. Definitely will be making these with the kids… thank you!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks so much, Deborah!! I’ve been trying not to eat as many processed foods lately and chips are one of my favorite things ever, especially doritos! I hope you and the kids love these!

  6. Brianne says

    What is nutritional Yeast, is it different that bread making yeast? Where would I find something like that?

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Brianne! Yes, nutritional yeast is different from the yeast you use to make bread. It is an inactive yeast that is yellow and comes in flakes. It is a really good source of Vitamin B-12 and a lot of people who are vegan use it because it has a flavor that is similar to cheese. I’m not sure if all grocery stores sell it, but you will definitely be able to find it at a natural foods store. They usually sell it in bags or in the bulk section. It’s not too uncommon so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding it!

  7. Sandy says

    Like most commenters, I’m a sucker for Doritos too. I really want to try this recipe.

    Also, you are not alone! I definitely always look for the chip with the most specks on it!! :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, I’m so glad I’m not the only one! My husband likes to tease me and ask me what exactly I’m looking for, and I always reply, “The perfect chip!” I hope you enjoy these doritos, Sandy!

  8. Kelly says

    I do that too! I love to search for the ones with the most flavor. Glad to know I’m not the only one who does this. I can’t wait to try to make my own. Thanks for doing the hard part and coming up with the recipe!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha! I’m so happy you do that too! My husband always looks at me like I am crazy! I hope you enjoy these chips :)

  9. Liz says

    Another “chip inspector” here. LOL 😀 Except I don’t just look for the ones with the most seasoning but also puffiness and shape. And, it extends to almost any packaged snack. My SO is actually REALLY patient and tolerant about it (I don’t know HOW; it would drive me NUTS), but, it’s just easier for us to have our own bags OR let me pick out my chips (and such) first and let him have my “rejects”. LOL

    SUPER excited to try these. I grew up in a VERY healty household, as well, but my mom would let us get one “treat” a week, and I almost ALWAYS got Cool Ranch Doritos. 😀

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha! I’m so glad I’m not the only crazy person that looks at every single chip! Puffiness and shape is very important too! And you never want to get a broke chip either! I need my husband to take a lesson from you SO! Although I think he is pretty used to it after seven years, hopefully! Getting my own bag is a great idea! And maybe I need to eat it in another room too, haha! My husband brought home some cool ranch doritos the other day and I snuck one and then I couldn’t stop! I guess it is best we don’t ever have them in the house! I hope you love these homemade ones and thank you so much for your comment, Liz!! :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, thank you so much, Chris! I am totally obsessed with them too! I make these ones all the time and don’t feel quite as guilty when I eat the entire batch :)

  10. Anna says


    Made these & my whole family loved them! Thanks for the great recipe. Also! We always look for the chips with the most seasoning too!


    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Anna! Yah! I’m so glad you made them and loved them! The chips without much seasonings are just a waste :) Although, I’ll never pass up a chip!

  11. Victoria says

    It’s so funny that you inspect the chips for the most seasoning. I inspect the chips for the biggest ones first. Haha! Anyway, thank you so much for this recipe. I’ve been trying to keep all the artificial food colorings out of the house, but my daughter LOVES Cool Ranch Doritos (they have dye in them). I’m so thrilled that I can finally give her the chips that she loves without all the bad ingredients. :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Ohhh, finding the big chips is very important too! My husband always asks me what the heck I’m looking for in there, haha! Yah! I’m so glad you can make these for your daughter! I hope she loves them :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Jennifer, I’m sorry you couldn’t find any nutritional yeast! It gives the chips a slightly cheesy taste, but I think they would still taste great without it!

  12. Emma says

    These are amazing! Great recipe and super easy to get right the first time. Seasoning sticks well after baking it. Won’t be buying Doritos anymore! Thanks for sharing the spice mix. Any others you’ve tried? My favourite is Mexicana, but I have no clue what spices to use. Thanks.

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Emma! I’m so glad you liked them!! I haven’t made a Mexicana one before but I love all things Mexican so maybe I should work on that next! I’m already dreaming of all the spices I could use :)

  13. Ms Michelle Grant says

    Could I sprinkle the uncooked chips with the spices before cooking so they would cling better to the chips, or would this be yucky?

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Michelle, You could do that, but the spices will get a cooked a little bit and change their flavor slightly. You could also try spraying the cooked chips with a little bit more olive oil so the spices stick a little better :)

  14. Emily Wright says

    Hey me and my friend are making these chips for a class project and we need the nutritional facts of these delicious chips. you know like the thing on everything that includes serving sizes and calories. By the way the chips are truly great and fun to make

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Emily, unfortunately I don’t have the nutritional information on hand but I believe there are some websites out there where you can input the ingredients and it will configure it for you, myfitnesspal.com is one of them. So glad you both liked the chips!


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