Most Doritos are not vegan.
- Most Doritos contain milk or cheese ingredients and are not vegan. However a few flavors might be vegan.
- Doritos Toasted Corn Tortilla Chips are vegan.
- Doritos Blaze and Spicy Sweet Chili might be vegan, but have a few ingredients like natural flavors and caramel color which may or may not be vegan.
You’re not going to find an easy-to-see “vegan” label on any bad of Doritos.
Their website at the moment doesn’t mention “vegan” anywhere.
But, if you’re a fan of Doritos you do have a few options as a vegan.
Let’s take a look at them.
Keep in mind that I based everything in this post off the ingredient information on the Doritos website.
It may vary from country to country, so double-check before buying anything. I’ve pointed out the things to look for throughout this post.
Doritos Flavors that ARE Vegan
There’s only one flavor that I’m pretty confident are okay for vegans: the Toasted Corn Tortilla Chips.
These are similar to other corn chips like Popcorners and have a very simple ingredient list:
Corn, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, and/or Sunflower Oil), and Salt.
All of those are clearly vegan ingredients.
Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili and Blaze MIGHT Be Vegan
Most varieties of Doritos are clearly vegan or not, except for the 2 here.
Depending on how strict of a vegan you are, you might consider Spicy Sweet Chili Flavored Tortilla Chips vegan.
Its ingredient list isn’t quite so short:
Corn, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, and/or Sunflower Oil), Salt, Sugar, Monosodium Glutamate, Fructose, Sodium Diacetate, Soy Sauce (Soybean, Wheat, Salt), Onion Powder, Maltodextrin (Made from Corn), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Garlic Powder, Torula Yeast, Malic Acid, Extractives of Paprika, Spices, Caramel Color, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Dextrose, and Natural Flavor.
There are 3 ingredients in them that I have some concerns over:
- Natural flavor – Some natural flavors are vegan, and some are not. It’s an umbrella term for a ton of different plant and animal ingredients, so only Doritos knows if their natural flavors ingredients are vegan.
- Sugar – In the United States, not all sugar is vegan. Most is, but some is made with bone char, so it depends on the supplier here.
- Caramel color – Caramel color is usually just made from sugar. It’s different than caramel, which isn’t vegan in many cases
It’s probably safe here, but if you want to be 100% sure you’ll need to contact their customer service.
Similarly, the Blaze Flavored Tortilla Chips also might be vegan.
These have no milk ingredients in them.
However, there are 3 ingredients in them that I’m concerned over:
- Artificial color (red 40) – Red 40 comes from coal, but is tested on animals regularly. For that reason, some vegans don’t touch the stuff, and don’t consider it vegan.
- Natural flavor – For the same reasons as above.
- Sugar – For the same reasons as above.
Personally, I stay on the safe side and wouldn’t take the risk here, but you have to make that call for yourself.
Doritos Flavors that are NOT Vegan
Most Doritos are not vegan because they have a ton of dairy ingredients.
Take the ingredients for the “Flamin’ Hot Nacho” flavor as an example. It contains (among others):
Whey, Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Buttermilk, Artificial color, Romano Cheese, Whey Protein Concentrate, Lactose, Skim Milk, Milk Protein Concentrate
Here’s a list of Doritos flavors that are clearly not vegan because they have milk products in them:
- Flamin’ Hot Nacho
- Collisions Blaze and Ultimate Cheddar
- Nacho Cheese
- Cool Ranch
- Chile Limón
- Poppin’ Jalapeño
- Spicy Nacho
- Simply Organic (Spicy) White Cheddar
- Blazin’ Buffalo & Ranch
- Jacked Ranch Dipped Hot Wings
- Salsa Verde*
- Taco Flavored tortilla chips
Salsa Verde and the Blaze flavor are 2 that have no milk products, but do have the artificial coloring still.
In summary, most Doritos are not vegan, but there are 2 flavors that appear to be vegan friendly.
Many chip brands are the same. For example, most Chex Mix flavors aren’t vegan, but a few might be.
But, there are a few exceptions, like Tostitos, where most flavors are vegan.