Homemade Nacho Cheese Powder

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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.

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. (View on Amazon) [paid link]

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. (View on Amazon) [paid link]

Once you start making your own nacho cheese powder, you might discover that you “need” a cheese shaker! (View on Amazon) [paid link]

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Nacho Cheese Powder
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Homemade Nacho Cheese Powder

This seasoning blend doesn't taste exactly like Doritos, but it's close enough to comfortably pass.
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 3kcal
Author Stefani


  • 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


  • Pulse everything together in a spice grinder until you have a smooth powder.
  • Sprinkle on popcorn, pretzels, tacos, sloppy joes, or whatever appeals to you.


Yield just over 3/4 cup


Calories: 3kcal | Sodium: 292mg | Vitamin A: 100IU | Iron: 0.1mg
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