are doritos vegan

Are Doritos vegan?

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Just because you’re vegan, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy junk food sometimes, right? Now I know that some people prefer to only eat raw, organic whole foods, and that’s entirely their choice. Personally, I love potato chips (or crisps, as they’re called in the UK), especially with some vegan dips!

So, can vegans eat Doritos? Well, that depends on the flavor! Some Doritos flavors are vegan and some definitely aren’t. Then there are those Doritos varieties which are generally acceptable to most vegans but do contain ingredients like sugar, which purist vegans may prefer to avoid.

Read on for the lowdown on the vegan suitability of Doritos flavors from the US, UK and Australia.

Please note that this information was correct at the time of publication according to the Doritos websites. However, recipes may change over time so always check the packet to be sure.

Which Doritos are vegan?

Vegan Doritos flavors vary from country to country. I actually had no idea how many different flavors were available until I started writing this post. As there’s not a whole lot of overlap between the flavors on sale in each country, you can click on these links to jump you to the country you live in:

Vegan Doritos flavors in the US

There are currently two Doritos flavors which are vegan in the United States:

  • Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos
  • Blaze Doritos

However, these accidentally vegan Doritos do contain some ingredients which very strict vegans may want to avoid. See the full ingredients list below and you can make up your own mind about whether you consider them to vegan.


Are Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos vegan?

Answer: Yes, Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos are vegan.

Even if you’re super strict? Maybe not. Blaze Doritos contain the following ingredients which super strict vegans may wish to avoid:

  • Natural flavor – This is a vague term that doesn’t tell us enough to know for sure what it is. Natural flavors are probably vegan, but we don’t know for sure
  • Sugar – Most sugar is vegan, but there’s a small chance that it could be made with made with bone char

Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos ingredients (US)

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.


Are Blaze Doritos vegan?

Answer: Yes, Blaze Doritos are vegan

Even if you’re super strict? Maybe not. Blaze Doritos contain the following ingredients which super strict vegans may wish to avoid:

  • Artificial color (red 40) – this is sometimes tested on animals
  • Natural flavor – this is a vague term that doesn’t tell us enough to know for sure what it is
  • Sugar – occasionally, sugar may be made with bone char
Blaze Doritos vegan

Blaze Doritos ingredients (US)

Corn, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower, Corn, and/or Canola Oil), Maltodextrin (Made From Corn), Natural and Artificial Flavors, Salt, Sugar, Dextrose, Spices, Garlic Powder, Monosodium Glutamate, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Jalapeño Pepper Powder, Artificial Color (Red 40 Lake), and Modified Corn Starch.


Are Cool Ranch Doritos vegan?

Answer: No, Cool Ranch Doritos are not vegan. They are suitable for vegetarians. Just like ranch dressing, Cool Ranch Doritos contain milk.

Cool Ranch Doritos ingredients (US)

Corn, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, And/or Sunflower Oil), Maltodextrin (Made From Corn), Salt, Tomato Powder, Lactose, Whey, Skim Milk, Onion Powder, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Monosodium Glutamate, Maltodextrin (Made From Corn), Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Dextrose, Malic Acid, Corn Syrup Solids, Buttermilk, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Acetate, Artificial Color (Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 5), Spice, Citric Acid, Disodium Inosinate, and Disodium Guanylate.


Are Salsa Verde Doritos vegan?

Answer: No, Salsa Verde Doritos are not vegan. They are also not suitable for vegetarians because they contain chicken flavor.

Salsa Verde Doritos ingredients (US)

Corn, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, and/or Sunflower Oil), Maltodextrin (Made From Corn), Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Dextrose, Jalapeno Pepper Powder, Tomato Powder, Paprika, Onion, Citric Acid, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors (Including Natural Chicken Flavor), Spices, Garlic, Spice Extractives, Vinegar, Corn Syrup Solids, Artificial Color (Including Yellow 6 Lake, Red 40 Lake, Blue 1 Lake), Parsley, and Lemon Juice.


Are Nacho Cheese Doritos vegan?

Answer: No, Nacho Cheese Doritos are not vegan. They are suitable for vegetarians. Just like actual nacho cheese, Nacho Cheese Doritos contain milk.

Nacho Cheese Doritos ingredients (US)

Corn, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, And/or Sunflower Oil), Maltodextrin (Made From Corn), Salt, Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Whey, Monosodium Glutamate, Buttermilk, Romano Cheese (Part-skim Cow’s Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Whey Protein Concentrate, Onion Powder, Corn Flour, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Dextrose, Tomato Powder, Lactose, Spices, Artificial Color (Yellow 6, Yellow 5, And Red 40), Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Skim Milk, Red And Green Bell Pepper Powder, Disodium Inosinate, And Disodium Guanylate.


Are Doritos Flamas vegan?

Answer: No, Doritos Flamas are not vegan. They are suitable for vegetarians. Flamas Doritos contain milk.

Doritos Flamas ingredients (US):

Whole Corn, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, Soybean and/or Sunflower Oil), Maltodextrin (Made From Corn), Salt, Citric Acid, Sugar, Monosodium Glutamate, Artificial Color (Red 40 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake), Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Yeast Extract, Sodium Diacetate, Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Modified Corn Starch, Natural Flavor (Including Natural Extractives of Bee, Pepper and Natural Extractives of Lime), Onion Powder, Whey, Corn Syrup Solids, Garlic Powder, vraiCint’atese (part-Skim Cow’s Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt Enzymes). Buttermilk, Whey Protein Concentrate, Disodium Inosinate, and Disodium Guanylate.


Are the other Doritos flavors vegan?

The following US Doritos flavors are also not suitable for vegans:

  • Flamin’ Hot Nacho Flavor
  • Flamin’ Hot Limon Flavor
  • Dinamita Chile Limon Flavor
  • Poppin’ Jalapeno Flavor
  • Spicy Nacho Flavor
  • Taco Flavor
  • Tapatio Flavor
  • Simply Organic Spicy White Cheddar Flavor
  • Simply Organic White Cheddar Flavor
  • Blazin’ Buffalo & Ranch
  • JACKED Ranch Dipped Hot Wings Flavor
  • Flavor Shots Flamin’ Hot Nacho Cheese Flavored Coated Peanuts
  • Flavor Shots Nacho Cheese Flavored Coated Peanuts
  • Flavor Shots Fiery Habanero Triangles

Vegan Doritos flavours in the UK

There are currently three Doritos flavours which are vegan in the UK:

  • Chilli Heatwave
  • Heatburst BBQ & Chilli
  • Lightly Salted

Are Chilli Heatwave Doritos vegan?

Answer: Yes, Chilli Heatwave Doritos are vegan. Dig in!

Chilli Heatwave Doritos are made in a factory that also handles milk so may not be suitable if you have a severe milk allergy. However, they are suitable for vegans.

Chilli Heatwave Doritos ingredients (UK):

Corn (Maize), Vegetable Oils (Sunflower, Rapeseed, in varying Proportions), Chilli Heatwave Flavour [Sugar, Flavourings (Contains Soya, Wheat), Hydrolysed Soya Protein, Acidity Regulators (Sodium Acetates),   Flavour Enhancers (Monosodium Glutamate, Disodium 5’-ribonucleotides), Onion Powder, Salt, Garlic Powder,  Acids (Citric Acid, Malic Acid), Potassium Chloride, Soybean, Wheat,  Colour (Paprika Extract)]


Are Heatburst BBQ & Chilli Doritos Vegan?

Answer: Yes, Lightly Salted Doritos are vegan. Yay!

BBQ & Chilli Doritos are made in a factory that also handles milk so may not be suitable if you have a severe milk allergy. However, they are suitable for vegans.

Heatburst BBQ & Chilli Doritos ingredients (UK):

Corn (Whole Maize Kernels), Vegetable Oils (Sunflower, Rapeseed, in varying proportions), BBQ Flavouring [Flavourings, Sugar, Salt, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Diacetate), Flavour Enhancer (Monosodium Glutamate), Potassium Chloride, Colour (Paprika Extract), Acid (Citric Acid), Smoke Flavourings], Chilli Extract


Are Lightly Salted Doritos vegan?

Answer: Yes, Lightly Salted Doritos are vegan. They only have three ingredients so get stuck in!

Lightly Salted Doritos are made in a factory that also handles milk so may not be suitable if you have a severe milk allergy. However, they are suitable for vegans.

Lightly Salted Doritos ingredients (UK):

Corn (Maize), Vegetable Oils (Sunflower, Rapeseed, in varying proportions), Salt


Are Cool Original Doritos vegan?

Answer: No. Cool Original Doritos are not vegan as they contain milk. They are suitable for vegetarians.

Cool Original Doritos ingredients (UK):

Corn (Maize), Vegetable Oils (Sunflower, Rapeseed, in varying proportions), Cool Original Flavour [Flavourings (contains Milk), Salt, Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Potassium Chloride, Cheese Powder (from Milk), Flavour Enhancers (Monosodium glutamate, Disodium 5′-ribonucleotides), Acidity Regulators (Malic acid, Sodium acetate, Citric acid), Colour (Annatto), Milk Proteins, Spice


Are Hint of Lime Doritos vegan?

Answer: No, Doritos with a hint of lime flavour are not vegan as they contain milk. They are suitable for vegetarians.

Hint of Lime Doritos ingredients (UK):

Corn (Maize), Vegetable Oils (Sunflower, Rapeseed, in varying proportions), Hint of Lime Flavour [Flavourings, Cream Powder (from Milk), Milk Powder, Whey Powder (from Milk), Lime Juice, Parsley, Salt, Sugar, Dextrose, Acid(Citric Acid), Flavour Enhancer (Monosodium glutamate), Acidity Regulator (Sodium diacetate)].


Are Tangy Cheese Doritos vegan?

Answer: No, Tangy Cheese Doritos with are not vegan as they contain milk. They are suitable for vegetarians.

Tangy Cheese Doritos ingredients (UK):

Corn (Maize), Vegetable Oils (Sunflower, Rapeseed, in varying proportions), Tangy Cheese Flavour [Flavourings (from Milk), Whey Powder (From Milk), Wheat Flour (contains Calcium, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Salt, Cheese Powder (From Milk), Buttermilk Powder, Potassium Chloride, Flavour Enhancer (Monosodium glutamate), Milk Protein, Dextrose, Acids (Lactic acid, Citric acid), Colours (Paprika extract, Annatto, Plain Caramel), Spice, Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder


Are the other Doritos flavors vegan?

The following UK Doritos flavours are also not vegan:

  • Flame Grilled Steak
  • Flamin’ Hot Tangy Cheese
  • Collisions Honey Glazed Ribs and Lemon Blast
  • Collisions Habanero Chilli and Guacamole

Vegan Doritos Flavours in Australia

There is currently only one flavour of Doritos which is vegan in Australia:

  • Original Salted Flavour

Original Salted Doritos ingredients (Australia):

Corn, Canola Oil, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Antioxidants (Tocopherols, Ascorbic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid).

Are the other Doritos flavors vegan?

The following Australian Doritos flavours are not vegan:

  • Cheese Supreme
  • Nacho Cheese
  • Mexicana
  • Grilled Cheese Burger
  • Spicy Buffalo Wings
  • Doritos Crackers (all flavours)
  • Doritos Peanuts (all flavours)

So, are Doritos vegan?

Most Doritos are not vegan. However, there are two vegan Doritos flavors in the US, three in the UK and one in Australia.

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