A Homemade Spice and Seasoning Mix – Better Than Doritos!

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A mix of spices and flavors that will remind you of those chips that maybe you should be avoiding.

Awhile ago, I was at a camp with 33 students. As much fun as that sounds like it might be, I ate an entire family-sized bag of Doritos at the end of the first day to de-stress. That was the strongest thing I could find. There is something about those chips that is ridiculously addictive. I really don’t know what it is. What I do know is that those chips are not good for me. And, a whole bag? I knew better than that. Even though I enjoyed every tasty chip, I immediately went into a salt coma after finishing that bag. As much as I enjoyed the flavor of Doritos, I have not touched them since. But the flavor…

Recently, I came across a popcorn recipe that featured a spice mix reminiscent of those terribly addictive chips. Jack and I love a good date night featuring a movie and popcorn.  After tinkering with the recipe (it is no longer vegan), I have come up with a keeper. I’ve used it on popcorn and enjoyed it on homemade oven-baked potato chips which we devoured.

Better Than Doritos Spice Mix


  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp finely shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Use to taste on popcorn, fried potatoes, grilled corn, and anything you’d imagine.
  3. Store leftovers in an air-tight container.

4 thoughts on “A Homemade Spice and Seasoning Mix – Better Than Doritos!

  1. We’ve come a long way from the salt and pepper shaker. I never miss an opportunity to stop by a Penzeys spice store. This looks like a grocery list next time I get to a big city.

    • Hi Doug, So far we have 10 large tubs packed for our upcoming move. Today I tackle the kitchen, which means inventorying spices and putting in an order with Penzeys. We brought 70-some different seasonings and spices with us to Mongolia (not much is available here) and will take a similar amount with us to Chignik Lake. One of our very favorites from Penzeys is their whole Chipotle Chilis. Really smokey and perfect in chili or in pumpkin soup, in smoking brines for salmon and trout, and in brines for whole chickens. We grind them up, but I think they carry a powdered version as well.

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