Are Doritos Vegan?

Are Doritos Vegan?

Let’s bite right into it and say that no – not all Doritos are vegan, though some are.

If you haven’t yet realized that your fingers are coated in cheese whilst eating Doritos, maybe you haven’t yet realized they’re not exactly vegan.

4 telltale signs your Doritos are vegan:

  1. It’s dairy-free
  2. It doesn’t have any eggs or egg products
  3. It doesn’t have any animal products like chicken fat or chicken stock
  4. The sugar is organic (in order for sugar to be vegan, it has to be as organic and unrefined as possible)*

*Refined sugar is processed with bone char, which is not vegan .. if something is certified organic, it cannot have been processed with bone char.

If your Doritos label ingredients meet all of these above criteria, it’s considered vegan.

How to tell if your Doritos are not vegan:

Most of the Doritos flavors typically do have a good amount of animal products in them, with dairy products used in the recipe like cheese cultures, whey, skim milk, different types f cheeses, enzymes, buttermilk, non-vegan food coloring (animal testing is used), and some of the Doritos recipes are even made with chicken flavor.

If you’re averse to animal products, don’t go anywhere near the jacked ranch dipped hot wings or the salsa verde, as the ingredients in these ones are chicken-based.

Which Doritos flavors are vegan-friendly?

One of the most popular brands out there, the Doritos brand has twenty-one flavors of chips, of which three are vegan – the Spicy sweet chili, blaze Doritos, and the toasted corn tortilla chips flavors.

You can easily tell which Doritos flavors are vegan based on the ingredient list. The following are vegan-friendly Doritos flavors:

Blaze Doritos

Doritos Blaze

There are no animal-sourced ingredients whatsoever in this flavor of Doritos. For those of you that think spice is nice, these are made with fresh

Doritos Toasted Corn Tortilla Chips

Doritos Toasted Corn Chips

This flavor doesn’t have any animal products in it, either.

Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos

Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos

These spicy plant-based Dorito chips are vegan, too. They do have sugar and caramel color in the ingredients, which gives these Frito lay chips a little extra sweetness.

These are completely free from animal products, animal enzymes, and animal-tested food coloring.

*Note that these chips do contain an ingredient called “natural flavor,” which isn’t always vegan or vegetarian. So, if you’re strict with your veganism, pay extra attention to this. It’s an umbrella term that’s used for many different ingredients, which could even include meat.

All of the other Doritos flavors either have milk or chicken-based ingredients.

Non-Vegan Doritos Flavors

The following Doritos flavors contains ingredients that are dairy products and are not vegan friendly.

Nacho Cheese Doritos

Doritos Nacho Cheese

This cheesy brand of snacking’ chips features ingredients like cheddar cheese, whey, whey protein concentrate, skim milk, lactose, and various other cheese cultures, which are not vegan.

Salsa Verde Doritos

Salsa Verde Doritos

This flavor is similar to the Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos in that they have a nice kick to them. Salsa Verde Doritos chips have natural chicken flavor that’s been derived from actual chicken in the recipe…so these Doritos are not vegan. This Frito lay recipe also has artificial food coloring in it that’s been tested on animals.

Poppin’ Jalapeno Doritos

Poppin Jalapeno Doritos

These ones have some nice spice to them, but at a cost, as they are not vegan. Some of the animal product ingredients include buttermilk, Romano and cheddar cheeses, skim milk, and lactic acid.

Blazin Buffalo and Ranch Doritos

Blazin Buffalo and Ranch

This bold, fiery flavor of Doritos includes several milk-based ingredients – buttermilk, whey, sour cream, cheddar cheese, blue cheese, Monterrey jack cheese, butter, and swiss cheese .. so this one is very “unvegan.” The additive monosodium glutamate is also in these flavors, which isn’t the healthiest ingredient to consume in large amounts. Read more about this ingredient here.

These Doritos are not vegan, but the Doritos flavor in these chips is one of a kind.

Spicy Nacho Doritos

Spicy Nacho Doritos

This flavor contains whey, buttermilk, Romano cheese, lactic acid, skim milk, sodium caseinate, and buttermilk – all of which are milk and non-vegan products.

Simply Organic White Cheddar Doritos

Simply Organic White Cheddar Doritos

This Frito Lay product is not vegan. It has ingredients like organic cheddar and Romano cheeses, organic butter, organic sweet cream, skim milk, and lactic acid.

This is a non-vegan Doritos chip brand, but since it has many organic ingredients, this one makes for a healthier option in general.

There aren’t any artificial flavorings or colorings in this flavor either.

Simply Organic Spicy White Cheddar Doritos

Spicy White Cheddar Tortilla Chips

These ones have organic sweet cream buttermilk, organic cheddar and Romano cheeses, organic skim milk, and organic whey. Due to these milk ingredients, this flavor is not vegan.

Cool Ranch Doritos

Cool Ranch Doritos

We wish we could say this popular flavor of Doritos was vegan, but the recipe includes ingredients like lactose, whey, skim milk, onion powder, cheddar cheese, and buttermilk. The food coloring has also been tested on animals, so these tortilla chips definitely don’t fall into the vegan category.

Whether you’re vegan or not, there’s a good chance you’ve tried these tasty chips before if you like ranch.

Taco Flavored Doritos

Doritos Taco Flavor Tortilla Chips

These chips have blue and cheddar cheeses, sour cream, butter, lactic acid, whey protein concentrate, which doesn’t make this flavor a vegan-friendly option.

Flamas Doritos

Doritos Flamas

This one has several ingredients that contain dairy, including cheddar cheese, natural flavor, whey, buttermilk, whey protein concentrate, and cheese cultures. Flamas Doritos are not vegan.

Flamin Hot Nacho Doritos

Flamin Hot Nacho Dorito

There are many milk-based ingredients in this flavor, too. So, this one isn’t a Doritos vegan option.

Jacked Ranch Dipped Hot Wings Doritos

Jacked Ranch Dipped Hot Wings Doritos Chips

If you are vegan, this Doritos flavor is a definite no-no. 

This flavor has both milk and chicken sourced ingredients which includes skim milk, chicken fat, butter, milk protein concentrate, chicken broth, and chicken powder.

Are Tapatio Doritos Vegan?

Tapatio Chips

These ones are not vegan, as they have multiple animal products on the ingredients list, including different types of cheese, whey protein (a milk product), natural flavor, and also colors that have been animal-tested.

Dinamita Chile Limon Rolled Doritos

Dinamita Chile Limon Doritos

This brand of non-vegan Doritos has a bold, spicy lime flavor. It does have animal products in the recipe, such as buttermilk, cheddar cheese, whey protein concentrate, artificial coloring, amongst other ingredients that aren’t vegan-friendly.

This chip brand does have two grams of protein per 15 chip serving.

Doritos Flavor Shots – Fiery Habanero Triangles

Doritos Flavor Shots

These chips make for a bold tortilla chip food experience, but they are nowhere near being vegan.

Containing multiple milk derived products like whey powder, three different types of cheeses, sour cream, and cream, these chips are not vegan.

Final Thoughts 

Out of the twenty-one Doritos flavors, only three are vegan, as all of the other flavors have many animal products like milk and chicken-based ingredients. So, unfortunately, if you’re vegan, the Doritos brand has slim pickins as far as snacks without animal ingredients go. Whether it be the vegan Doritos spicy sweet chili, Doritos Blaze chips , or the non-vegan cool ranch, there is likely a Doritos flavor on the menu for you. And if not- well, before you know it, Doritos will probably be releasing a new flavor, or at least a new limited edition one.