Are Doritos Vegan? (Spoiler: Some Flavors Are)

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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.

The 2 Doritos Flavors that ARE Vegan

There are 2 flavors that I’m pretty confident are okay for vegans.

First, 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.

The second option are Spicy Sweet Chili Flavored Tortilla Chips.

spicy sweet chili doritos

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.

The only real one that I’d have any concern over is the caramel color.

Caramel color is usually just made from sugar. It’s different than caramel, which isn’t vegan in many cases.

I’m pretty sure it’s safe here, but if you want to be 100% sure you’ll need to contact their customer service.

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

There are a few flavors with no milk products, but do use artificial coloring, with red 40 being the most common one.

Red 40 comes from coal (ew, but vegan), but is tested on animals in pretty gruesome manners. For that reason, most vegans don’t touch the stuff, and don’t consider it vegan.

Here’s a list of Doritos flavors that are clearly not vegan:

  • Flamin’ Hot Nacho
  • Collisions Blaze and Ultimate Cheddar
  • Nacho Cheese
  • Blaze Flavored Tortilla Chips*
  • Cool Ranch
  • Chile Limón
  • Poppin’ Jalapeño
  • Spicy Nacho
  • Flamas
  • Simply Organic (Spicy) White Cheddar
  • Blazin’ Buffalo & Ranch
  • Jacked Ranch Dipped Hot Wings
  • Salsa Verde*
  • Taco Flavored
  • Tapatio

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.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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