All Your Doritos Questions, Answered

It’s one thing to stuff oneself with Doritos, but did you ever take the time to really get to know the chip, hmmm? (Not too well, you don’t want to become too attached before digesting it, of course.) Today, we’ll field all the burning questions everyone’s always asking about Doritos. You’ve had the snack, now here’s the FAQ.

Who owns Doritos?

Doritos is not a mom-and-pop operation. Nope, Doritos is owned by the Frito-Lay company, which is owned by PepsiCo. Who owns PepsiCo? I dunno, man, what is this, Succession??

When were Doritos invented?

Doritos have been in production since 1964. However, they weren’t flavored until 1966, with the introduction of Toasted Corn flavor. After that, Taco was rolled out in 1967, and Nacho Cheese in 1972. After that, things went a little nuts, and there have been well over 100 flavors since! 

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Who invented Doritos?

The concept for Doritos originated in a restaurant at Disneyland by ad executive Arch West. (The only thing I ever invented at Disneyland were excuses to sit out the more scary-seeming rides. Sorry, Mr. Toad…that ride seems TOO wild.) Yes, the chips were invented in a Mexican restaurant in Frontierland, then known as Casa De Fritos. The restaurant is now known as Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante, which still stands to this day.  

Are Doritos gluten free?

Unfortunately for a certain sub-sect of snackers, out of all the Doritos flavors only one is gluten-free: Doritos Simply White Organic Cheddar. Here’s hoping that the scientists in Frito-Lay’s laboratory are hard at work devising a gluten-free Cool Ranch, because the world would be a better place with those in it. 

Are Doritos vegan?

The base Doritos corn chips are made with ground corn, salt, and sunflower oil or vegetable oils, so they are 100 percent vegan. But, before you get too excited, don’t forget about the flavoring. Blaze, Spicy Sweet Chili, and Toasted Corn are the only flavors that contain no animal based ingredients at all, making them the only bags 100% safe for vegans. Luckily for them, these flavors are pretty dang good. 

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Do Doritos have pork?

Even though many people mistakenly believe that pork is an ingredient in Doritos, this is not true. While most flavors of Doritos may contain animal-based ingredients, such as beef or chicken flavoring, none of the products are made with pork. Which is lucky, because I’ve been feeding my pet pig Doritos for breakfast every morning, and I’d hate to have to stop for silly reason like cannibalism. 

What are Doritos made out of?

Sans flavoring, Doritos are little more than corn, vegetable oil, and salt. However, the chips’ complicated flavor varieties introduce ingredients like buttermilk, different types of cheeses, and loads of spice mixtures. Consult the bag for an exhaustive list of each flavor’s respective ingredients.

Hopefully this answers any questions one may have about Doritos. Oh wait, I forgot one last answer: “Hell yeah.” (This is, of course, how I would answer the question, “While I’m at the store, should I pick up some more Doritos?” Thank you!)

About the Author

Joe Rumrill

Joe Rumrill is a fictional one-eyed spinach-loving sailor created in 1929 by E.C Se- Wait, no, that's not right... Joe Rumrill is a stand up comedian and writer currently based in Los Angeles. His favorite thing about food is a close tie between the taste and the nutrients one gets from it. His least favorite thing about it is the "gritty, dirt-like quality some food has", but he's most likely referring to the time in third grade he was dared to eat playground sand.

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  • Doritos need a salt and vinegar flavor