Cool Ranch Popcorn Recipe (like the Doritos!)

This Cool Ranch Popcorn tastes just like your favorite Doritos…but in popcorn form. The ranch mix makes extra so you can have this more than one time!

Cool Ranch Popcorn |

I could get fat eating Cool Ranch Doritos. They are one of the (many) things that I absolutely do not buy or else I would eat the whole bag in one sitting. What is it about them that is so darn good? Translating these chips into popcorn was the only right thing to do, given my love for them as well as my obvious obsession with popcorn.

If there are two things I love, Cool Ranch Doritos and popcorn certainly top the list.

Okay, maybe not at the very very top, but under family and faith and all that good stuff, these two guys are trailing close behind. Of course these days, I try to watch what I eat (key word being try…) so I’m not stuffing my face with all the Cool Ranch Doritos that I would like to.

This popcorn is super easy to throw together and perfectly flavorful, just like those dangerous chips.


Momma’s got some post-baby belly jiggle that needs a one-way ticket to anywhere but here.

But popcorn will always have a place in my life. Obviously. Naturally, this Cool Ranch Popcorn was a no-brainer. Insanely easy to make and full of outrageous flavor. No weird blue colored specks either. As much as I love the chips, those blue specks always kind of weird me out.

Not that I think I’m eating something all-natural when I’m chowing down Doritos, but do they have to be so obvious about it?

Enjoy the popcorn! You could even share with friends, but I’d totally understand if you didn’t.

Cool Ranch Popcorn Recipe

This Cool Ranch Popcorn tastes just like your favorite Doritos…but in popcorn form. The ranch mix makes extra so you can have this more than one time!

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For the seasoning:

  • 1 (1 oz) packet Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 2 tablespoons white cheddar cheese powder, from boxed macaroni and cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric, optional, for color

For the popcorn:

  • 8 cups air popped popcorn, from 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2-4 tablespoons ranch seasoning


For the seasoning:

  1. Mix all spices together in a bowl, whisking to combine evenly.
  2. Store in an airtight container if not using all of the spice mixture.

For the popcorn:

  1. In a very large bowl, pour melted butter over popcorn.
  2. Toss quickly to coat and add 2 tablespoons of the seasoning mixture, tossing to coat all the popcorn.
  3. Add more seasoning mixture as desired depending on preferences. If you use all of the seasoning mixture, the popcorn will have a very strong flavor so taste as you go.


Cool Ranch Seasoning Mix adapted from Carpe Season

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  9. I gotta have this! This is the perfect snack!!

  10. Cool Ranch is the best flavor ever. I have always wanted to JUST create that flavor. That cooling effect. So good. Pinned to my popcorn board (that’s how much I LOVE popcorn!)

  11. Ha! I could get fat on Cool Ranch Doritos too! And salt and pepper kettle chips :/

    Now, I love popcorn like you love popcorn so THIS is happening!

  12. I haven’t had Cool Ranch Doritos in forever! My husband and I are on a kick with the original flavor right now though – can’t get enough. Love this idea!

  13. I’m sorry, I can’t leave a coherent comment because COOL RANCH POPCORN. Drool.

  14. Such a fun and delicious flavor for popcorn! This is so happening at my next movie night! Great recipe, Rachel.

  15. This is such a good idea! I can’t wait to make this for movie night!

  16. Such a great idea!!! I may or not sneak enormous handfuls of Cool Ranch Doritos during the SuperBowl each year. So much more fun in a popcorn though!!!

  17. I’m scared to even know the recipe. Guaranteed I’ll be making these, and probably inhaling the entire batch in 1 sitting.

  18. I love cool ranch Doritos. I am so down with this popcorn. I can’t wait to try it. Pinned!

  19. DO WHA????!! Girlfriend, this is an amazing idea! Now I can have my Doritos and eat it too!!

  20. Seriously?! I am the same way, I can not buy them or I will inhale them! Love Cool Ranch!

  21. oh doritos! i love them and cheddar and sour cream chips way. too. much. will have to check out this popcorn!!

  22. Cool ranch doritos are my favorite guilty pleasure. I can eat a whole bag if I’m not careful. I cannot wait to try this!

  23. I had cool ranch doritos for the first time a few weeks ago. Whoa. I had to slowly back away. Now I’m mad at myself for buying the Cheesy Garlic Bread Lays that won the new flavor contest? I need to pour them in the trash. I can’t stop eating them. Help. Popcorn helps :)

  24. Such a fun idea!! I haven’t had cool ranch doritos in years!

  25. Cool Ranch was alwaaaays a weakness for me! I used to demolish a bag! Popcorn is a much healthier (& tastier!) option..what a great idea!

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