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NACHO CHEESE & COOL RANCH DORITOS, but totally VEGAN!


These were definitely in my top 5 favorite snacks as a teenager (and if I'm being honest well into my 20s) and the good news is, they are fairly easy to recreate vegan! There's a few ingredients that might be less common, but if you are going to be making your own vegan cheeses, sauces or seasonings, they are super useful, so it's worth it to get them.


The first is LACTIC ACID, which will give things a cheesy tangy quality. You can skip it, but I can't say how good or bad the seasoning will be without it! I'm sure it'll still be good, just won't be nearly as cheesy and zippy! That being said, I would start off with only 1/2 Tbsp of the lactic acid and add more to taste if desired. It's powerful stuff and you don't want it to totally overwhelm all the other flavors.


The next is nutritional yeast (aka NOOCH) which you should've gotten on your first day going vegan. And lastly is SAZON seasoning, which will impart some more umami flavor as well as the orange color we all know and love. After that it's just a few basic ingredients, cutting up some tortillas and frying them, giving them a dusting in that cheesy gold, and then you are done!


Here's a video that goes into more detail, and a recipe below naturally!




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COOL RANCH SEASONING

  • 1/2 - 1 Tbsp Lactic Acid (or to taste)

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp MSG

  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp dried chives (minced)

  • 1 tsp dried parsley

  • 1 tsp dried dill

  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)

  • Black pepper to taste

NACHO CHEESE SEASONING

  • 1/2 - 1 Tbsp Lactic Acid (or to taste)

  • 3 Tbsp SAZON seasoning

  • 6 Tbsp nutritional yeast

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)


INSTRUCTIONS


Simply mix everything in a bowl (for each seasoning respectively) and keep it in a seasoning shaker if possible. The lactic acid can be quite sour, so start off with 1/2 Tbsp and add more as you see fit. Same with the salt. It's always easier to add it, but you can't really take it out. I highly recommend adding to a blender and grinding it into a fine powder, or dust.


RECIPE

  • Yellow Corn Tortillas

  • Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch Seasoning

  • Oil for frying


INSTRUCTIONS


  1. All you need to do is cut your corn tortillas into chips, I usually just quarter the tortillas then quarter again, so 8 chips per tortilla.

  2. Then fill a wide skillet with about an 1 1/2 inches of oil, ideally peanut, but vegetable or canola is fine too. Bring the oil to 350 F, then fry the chips until crispy. Shouldn't take long, a couple minutes or so at most. Make sure you flip them and keep them from sticking to each other. Don't crowd the pan!

  3. Once fried, add the chips to a wire rack, they should still have a little residual oil. Dust them with as much of the Cool Ranch or Nacho Cheese seasoning as you'd like. Flip them over and dust them again. Bam, DORITOS but VEGAN!

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