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 on wooden cutting board with red striped popcorn. box in background.

I can’t resist 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. I do 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.

Overhead of cool ranch popcorn in square container.

Popcorn will always have a place in my life. Obviously. Naturally, this Cool Ranch Popcorn is 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.

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Overhead of popcorn in square container.

Cool Ranch Popcorn Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

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!


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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 930mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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