Homemade Doritos

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a recipe for how to make homemade Cool Ranch Dortios. You can thank me later, once you're done licking the powder off your fingers.
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Step 1: Tortilla Chips

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Tortilla chips are simple to make, whether you plan on converting them to Doritos or not.  For your tortilla chips you will need:
  • Soft corn tortillas
  • an oil with a light flavor, like sunflower, soybean, canola, etc.
Using a pastry brush, spread a thin layer of oil on both sides of 1 tortilla. Lie flat on cutting board, and stack on another, brushing oil on the top. Repeat until you have a substantial pile. 

Take a sharp knife, and cut your pile of tortillas into even sixths. Lay out on an oiled baking sheet. It doesn't matter if your triangles are touching, but try to not have any overlap. 

Bake at 350 until they start to lightly brown, approximately 10 minutes. Be sure to watch carefully so they don't burn.

If you're not in the mood for Doritos anymore, salt lightly and enjoy with salsa.

Step 2: Mix Seasonings

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This was the hard part, makers, but for you I pushed myself through exhaustive "research" to perfect the Cool Ranch powder. Lots of Doritos bags were finished off in the process, and a special thanks to Carleyy for her help in the test kitchen.

With a small bowl and whisk, mix together your seasonings. These are approximate measurements - it's all about taste testing to your own preferences. But with these ingredients and ratios I got a powder that tastes just like the real thing
  • 1/2 packet Hidden Valley ranch mix
  • 1/4 packet cheese powder from a box of white cheddar mac n' cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • pinch paprika
This made about enough seasoning for a large bag. You'll need ~2 teaspoons of finished spices per baking sheet of chips.
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snu.wolf5 days ago

I'm not gonna lie I just looked this up to get 4 times as much seasoning on my bag of doritos

SHIFT!3 years ago
Kazmataz, have I ever mentioned how much I love you recently?

Now all you have to do is make them 3D :D

BethV SHIFT!3 months ago


mann3 SHIFT!3 years ago
OMG!!!! 3D Doritos! I lately have been mentioning these to my friends, and no one believes me they exist! Know anywhere I could find them?
SHIFT! mann33 years ago
MéxIco :/
flio191 SHIFT!3 years ago
silvertank3 years ago
Looks yummy, but I'm afraid Hidden Valley ranch mix is full of MSG, and that gives me a smoking headache. Any alernatives?
I will try the chips recipe, as I can eat them without the ranch mix.
BethV silvertank3 months ago

There are also tons of recipes online for ranch seasoning. It may be cheaper than buying the organic kind in the long run, plus you can tweak it to perfectly suit your tastes.

I agree with you, silvertank; I stay away from MSG, not for headache reasons, but because it's a chemical. I have just read this recipe and have not yet tried it, but I actually have a packet of Simply Organic Ranch Dressing mix in my pantry which is what I will use. You should be able to find it in most grocery stores (organic section).
wobbler BGR8FUL3 years ago
MSG is a chemical, as most things are. I presume you mean it's "man made" but it's actually a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid commercially produced from fermentation with yeasts or bacteria.
In addition, MSG has never, in scientific tests versus anecdotal evidence, been found to cause any adverse effects in humans, even in "MSG intolerant" people.
I would worry more about the salt (5% sodium) and the 200 calories in a 40g bag.
MSG crosses the blood brain bearer and causes Alzheimer's. It also opens the blood brain bearer to pass other harmful toxins into the brain, like micro aluminum and fluorine. Keep using it and you brain will be gone by the time you are sixty years old.
I point these things out for your own good. Live long and prosper.
Blood brain bearer should read blood brain barrior. Thanks to max_brasil for correcting my typo.
I find it interesting that I cannot post a comment about MSG without having someone defend it. After all, high fructose corn syrup is just sugar, so why all the hoopla? Well, because they are not naturally occurring and our bodies weren't designed to process them. Sure, they are cheap, so corporations will dump in massive amounts; and they have stronger taste than their natural counterparts, so we consume more than we should. If the goal of this instructable is to create a Doritos-like chip, then go ahead and dump in the MSG. But I prefer to upgrade the recipe into something that favors more natural ingredients. For that, I will follow BRG8FUL's advice on the organic ranch mix.
I have no idea about any studies, but I DO know when my mother was being treated for migraines, her Dr. told her to stay away from MSG, Nitrites, Nitrates, etc. I know many people who get headaches from MSG. On several occasions after my mother had a horrible headache, she reviews what she ate and when reading ingredients of certain foods, she discovered MSG in the item. Personally, I don't see that as being coincidental. So, it is my personal opinion and choice to stay away from it. :o)
This is a good point I hadn't considered. Thanks for the tip!
max_brasil3 years ago
MSG is a chemical. So what? So is table salt (NaCl) and sugar (C6H12O6).
MSG is a sodium salt of glutamic acid, a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid. The stuff used to be extracted from seaweed. Now it's made from beet or cane sugar.
Arsenic is extracted from seaweed too. MSG crosses the blood brain bearer and causes Alzheimer's. It also opens the blood brain bearer to pass other harmful toxins into the brain, like micro aluminum and fluorine. Keep using it and you brain will be gone by the time you are sixty years old.
First off, it's the blood-brain "barrier" (not "bearer") Then - could you cite a trustworthy reference for your findings? Please read this article for a very different point of view.
Thank you for correcting the typo. Yes, surely you would not argue with Dr. Russell Blaylock and Dr. Andrew Weil. These doctors are world famous for their work in Holistic Medicine. I do not think that Peter Mitchell is qualified to argue with these world famous doctors either. It is my OPINION that if you checked Mr. Peter Mitchell's stock portfolio you may find that he has something to gain by helping the chemical companies that make this chemical.
I am still interested in the health of the people and have nothing to gain here.
I guess we'll each keep to our own opinions (and diets) I've done my own research including the aforementioned article and also this one on the highly respected webmd site.
So, to each his own. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my comments.
sprice333 years ago
i love this recipe! i think the seasoning tastes better than cool ranch doritos. my only issue was that i didnt leave some of the tortillas in long enough..and they had this weird rubbery texture - still ate them with the seasoning. =]

next time i will make sure to let them brown a bit more, bc the ones that tasted the best were the ones that had browned slightly. my oven is ancient -- my cook time was about 15 mins.

delicious recipe, will definitely be making much more!
JakeBlanton3 years ago
I have always deep fried my cut tortilla chips for making nachos. How do these compare to deep fried?
bonpierce3 years ago
Had to try this ASAP. I only had whole wheat tortillas. I loved them. Made a spicy sprinkle with salt, chili , chipotle, garlic and onion powder and red pepper.
Dang tasty! These will be a dangerous quick and easy snack.
mwoodall13 years ago
What's the spaghetti sauce pack for? I don't see it in the instructions.
That is just one of the flavorings you can use...I've used the spaghetti seasoning before on some home fries...unusually delicious@@
kazmataz (author)  mwoodall13 years ago
Gave Nacho Cheese a whirl, and it called for powdered tomato along with some other things I found in the spaghetti sauce pack
Did the Nacho cheese work out?
kazmataz (author)  mwoodall13 years ago
Still a work in progress. Couldn't quite get the right cheese flavor, but will be trying again!
monsterlego3 years ago
Tim loves Doritos...
Shesu3 years ago
Yes!!! I can finally eat the ranch Doritos! (I'm allergic to the red food coloring they add.)

Thank you!!!!! XD
Y'know... my doctor told me to cut my salt intake, but this recipe has me sorely, SORELY tempted!!! It just looks too delicious!
bdeink3 years ago
Is that 350 Fahrenheit or Celcius?
kazmataz (author)  bdeink3 years ago
YUM, YUM AND YUM! I've made the cinammon sugar chips before, but never anything like this. I'm with jwolff6 - they kept disappearing before I could coat them with more flavor!
This is sooooo great! I love it. Doritos are my favorite snack, and I love knowing that I can make them myself. Thanks so much! Tamara ;)
These look much nicer than Doritos! Do they taste better, or the same? Since this still relies on highly processed ingredients, how much better are these nutritionally than Doritos? I'm sure this is not as terrible for you, but it seems more of an awesome reverse engineering experiment than a healthy alternative.

Did you try the powder on popcorn yet : )
jwolff63 years ago
Unfortunately you've left out a key step, which is not refraining from eating the tortilla chips before adding the seasoning. I had far less chips to season because they kept mysteriously disappearing...into my mouth. These taste uncannily like Doritos - excellent instructable!
lalaclassic3 years ago
AH-MAZ-ZING! I would venture to say these are amazing... I would ask though if you could put the measurements of the ingredients up because I had to guess, since I have a container of hidden valley ranch, and i used the white cheddar popcorn flavoring. I didn't add the extra salt, but these are soooooooooo yummy!! Nom Nom Nom indeed!
lalaclassic3 years ago
I went shopping for the ingredients!! Now off to the kitchen to try this out!
kretzlord3 years ago
simply amazing...(bows)
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