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Homemade Nacho Cheese Powder

Nacho Cheese Powder

Have you ever wanted to add Doritos-like flavoring to another food?  Maybe on your popcorn?  Maybe over pretzels?  Perhaps on tacos or sloppy joes?  Now you can!

This seasoning blend doesn’t taste exactly like Doritos, but it’s close enough to comfortably pass.

How to Make Nacho Cheese Powder

To make nacho cheese powder, you’ll first need cheddar cheese powder.  I made homemade cheddar cheese powder by dehydrating cheddar cheese and then running the result through a food processor.

Cheezie Sprinkles Sharp Cheddar Seasoning Powder, 16 Ounce

If you don’t want to take the time to make your own cheddar cheese powder, there are a variety of powders that you can buy.

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KRUPS F20342 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades, Black

You will also need a spice grinder in order to finely mix the cheese powder with the other spices.  You may be able to get away with a food processor, but the end result won’t be as fine.

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NEW, 6 oz. (Ounce) Swirl Glass Cheese Shaker, Pepper Spice Shaker w/ Perforated Stainless Steel Lid - Set of 2

Once you start making your own nacho cheese powder, you might discover that you “need” a cheese shaker!

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Homemade Nacho Cheese Powder

Yield: Just over 3/4 cup nacho cheese powder

Homemade Nacho Cheese Powder


  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


  1. Pulse everything together in a spice grinder until you have a smooth powder.
  2. Sprinkle on popcorn, pretzels, tacos, sloppy joes, or whatever appeals to you.
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8 Responses to Homemade Nacho Cheese Powder

  1. Amy | Club Narwhal January 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    Stef, what a cool idea! I bet this would taste amazing sprinkled on some popcorn, too :)

  2. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch January 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    I saw this on google plus and had to stop by to check it out! I love how simple the ingredients are!

  3. CJ Huang January 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Just pinned it! This recipe definitely looks like a must try. :) Maybe you could share it over at Five Friday Finds if you get a chance. http://morselsoflife.com/five-friday-finds-120.html

  4. Margie September 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    Yum! I’ve been looking for something to put on my tasty (never) rice cakes! Sorry Mac n Cheese, I’m robbing you for your cheddar powder. It’s for a good cause :)

  5. Rachelle April 29, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    I just found this site, but it’s clear from this post that you’re doing amazing things here. I think I’ve found love.


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