“Cool Ranch” Popcorn

It’s no secret that I love Doritos. And when I say I love Doritos, I mean that I firmly believe a bag has approximately 2 servings. It’s been a huge detriment in my quest to be healthier and to get into shape… that, and not going to the gym. Before my month-long sojourn to China, Tibet and Cambodia this summer, I need to get into shape… no thanks to Doritos.

Baby steps. I’ve decided not to purchase Doritos again (we’ll see how that works), but I can make Cool Ranch Popcorn, which is almost as tasty and mountains better for you!

I love popcorn experiments, and also have a cheesy bbq recipe, which by definition, is oh so good, and by reality, amazing! I’ll share that recipe soon, since popcorn occurs in our household several times a week.

I did some googling and found this fantastic recipe for Cool Ranch popcorn, but of course made some modifications to achieve the flavor and coloring of my beloved Doritos. Just kidding on the coloring… I did NOT (emphatically) turn the popcorn the color of corn chips.

My recipe calls for making popcorn in a pan… I hate the microwaved stuff and we don’t have an air popper. If you must go for microwaved, just don’t tell me, and get the plainest stuff you can. If you use an air popper, you may want to spritz the popped corn with water from a spray bottle or melt some butter and drizzle over to help the mix stick to the kernels.

Here’s my take on “Cool Ranch” Popcorn
1 tbsp buttermilk powder, heaping
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp chili powder (paprika would work too as this is mainly for color)
1/2 cup popcorn
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil (note, if you use an air popper,

Place the oil and unpopped kernels in a saucepan that you don’t care about. (If this is to become your popcorn pan, it will soon be black from the oil, when you make popcorn like this 3-4x a week.) Heat over high heat and cover.

While kernels are sizzling away, mix all other ingredients together in a small bowl.

Once popcorn has popped and you’ve placed in the popcorn bowl, (K is the chief popcorn maker in our house, as he has discovered secrets to popping nearly every kernel in the pan, whereas mine always has lots of old maids), spoon the dry mixture over the popcorn, shaking the contents of the bowl between spoonfuls. Shake more, and serve!!

This is linked up with the Hearth & Soul Blog Hop!

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8 Responses

  1. Lyndsey says:

    I never would of thought to duplicate Doritos cool ranch seasoning. Sounds really good! Thanks!

  2. Louanne says:

    This sounds amazing! I can’t wait for you to post the cheesey bbq popcorn recipe.

  3. Christy says:

    I love cool ranch doritos also – and I love popcorn – I can’t wait to try this and see if my kids like it! Not only is this healthier but it is cheaper too! Score!

  4. Hey Erin 😉 I read this post the other day and it cracked me up! Somehow I think Cool Ranch Doritos are to you what Stephen Colbert Ben and Jerrys is to me….dangerous territory!

    Thanks for sharing at the Hearth and Soul Hop and thanks for the kind notes. I’ll get back with you on the email you sent soon.


  5. Swathi says:

    Delicious and popcorn .Home made are always best. thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul Hop.

  6. Mmmm, what a yummy popcorn! Just had a bowl of plain popcorn tonight!

  7. Candace says:

    That is a great flavor combination! Where do you find buttermilk powder?

  8. I think my boys would LOVE this…they are definite lovers of cool ranch! I always keep buttermilk powder in the fridge…I love it!

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