In this short guide, we'll answer the question: Are Doritos Vegan? Keep reading to learn which vegan flavor of Doritos we found.
Let's get right to it...
Are Doritos Vegan?
ANSWER: We were actually able to find ONE Dortito flavor that's vegan and that's the Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos. After first believing that a vegan Dorito's Flavor did not exist, we were happy to stumble upon this flavor. Be sure to keep a lookout for cheesy / dairy products on future Dorito flavors.
Learn more about vegan foods with our Vegan Essentials Shopping List.
What Makes a Dorito a Dorito?
The reason why Doritos taste delicious is because each crunchy corn chip has the perfect balance of fat, salt, tanginess, coolness, and spice. Anyone who has ever tried a Dorito knows that they can be downright addicting. Luckily, these flavor profiles are not exclusive to animal products, so finding them in similar plant based alternatives or making them from scratch isn't too hard!
What Does a Typical Ingredient Statement Look Like?
As you might already know, there are a lot of ingredients in Doritos. The majority chunk of the ingredients that make it so long are either colors, flavors and flavor enhancers (msg) , cheese powders and seasonings. We transcribed the entire ingredient statement from the Dorito's website below:
Corn, Vegetable Oil, Maltodextrin, Salt, Cheddar Cheese, Whey, Monosodium Glutamate, Buttermilk, Romano Cheese, Whey Protein Concentrate, Onion Powder, Corn Flour, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Dextrose, Tomato Powder, Lactose, Spices, Artificial Color, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Skim Milk, Red and Green Bell Pepper Powder, Disodium Inosinate, and Disodium Guanylate
Going further down the rabbit hole, it turns out that enzymes derived from pork could be hiding in some of your Frito Lay Snacks. They have an entire list on their website (linked here) of products that do not contain pork, so one can only assume that the rest of their products do. Buyer beware!
Conclusion on Doritos
As you delve farther into the world of plant-based eating, you'll quickly learn that there's nothing exclusively special to Doritos. Learning how to use new ingredients such as nutritional yeast will give you the tools you need to create all kinds of cheesy flavors for different types of foods including hard vegan cheese and cheese sauces!