Cool Ranch Popcorn: Wicked Good Snacking

Rachel Gurk | Rachel Cooks

All the great taste of your favorite Doritos flavor, but in the form of America’s favorite treat: Popcorn. This Cool Ranch Popcorn will become your go-to snack.

Cool Ranch Popcorn Photo

If there are two things I love, Cool Ranch Doritos and popcorn top the list.

Okay, maybe not at the very very top, but under family and faith and all that good stuff, these two guys are trailing close behind. Of course these days, I try to watch what I eat (key word being try…) so I’m not stuffing my face with all the Cool Ranch Doritos that I would like to.

Cool Ranch Popcorn Picture

Momma’s got some post-baby belly jiggle that needs a one-way ticket to anywhere but here.

But popcorn will always have a place in my life. Obviously. Naturally, this Cool Ranch Popcorn was a no-brainer. Insanely easy to make and full of outrageous flavor. No weird blue colored specks either. As much as I love the chips, those blue specks always kind of weird me out.

Cool Ranch Popcorn Image

Not that I think I’m eating something all-natural when I’m chowing down Doritos, but do they have to be so obvious about it?

Enjoy the popcorn! You could even share with friends, but I’d totally understand if you didn’t.

Also, don't forget to try my Homemade Wheat Thins Recipe! More fun Southwestern flavor you can make at home. 

  8 Servings


  • 1 1 oz packet ranch dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons white cheddar cheese powder, from boxed macaronie and cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon tumeric, optional, for color


1. Mix all spices together in a bowl, whisking to combine evenly. 

2. Store in an airtight container if not using all of the spice mixture. 


Rate This Recipe!

Rating: 3.5 / 5.0 (19 Votes)
Source: Adapted from Carpe Season

  8 Servings


  • 8 cups air popped popcorn, from 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2-4 tablespoons ranch seasoning


  1. In a very large bowl, pour melted butter over popcorn.
  2. Toss quickly to coat and add 2 tablespoons of the seasoning mixture, tossing to coat all the popcorn.
  3. Add more seasoning mixture as desired depending on preferences. If you use all of the seasoning mixture, the popcorn will have a very strong flavor so taste as you go. 


Rate This Recipe!

Rating: 3.6 / 5.0 (12 Votes)
Source: Cool Ranch Seasoning Mix adapted from Carpe Season
Tags: , , ,

About Rachel

Rachel freely admits she could eat popcorn every day on her blog Rachel Cooks. Given her love of snacks, we decided she'd be a perfect addition as a Snack Fanatic.

Around the Web

    More From Food Fanatic


    Gluten Free Rice Krispie Treats: Nutella & Peanut Butter Make 'em Awesome

    Gluten free Rice Krispie treats full of nutella and peanut butter-y goodness. You won't even miss the marshmallows!

    Easter Trail Mix for Your Little Bunnies

    This fun Easter trail mix has bunnies, “carrots,” and chocolate eggs. Everything you know and love about Easter. Kids and adults will both love this fun and tasty treat.

    Homemade Hamburger Helper: Conscious Comfort Food

    Homemade hamburger helper made with real ingredients. This is the kind of comfort food we can dig into - a homemade, wholesome version of the American classic!

    Homemade Starbucks Breakfast Sandwich: Make-ahead Delicious

    A Starbucks breakfast sandwich might be a delicious way to start the day, but they're also expensive. Our homemade make-ahead version is pennies on the dollar, and delicious too!

    5 Comments New Comment Subscribe


    not a very practical recipe. You want people to waste a box of macaroni for another recipe. Maybe you have money to throw away...but most people do not.

    Rachel-gurk @ michelle

    I'd never recommend throwing away the macaroni in the box! You could use it for anything else, chicken noodle soup, make your own cheese sauce for mac & cheese, or cook it and dress it with butter and Parmesan (one of my favorite things!)...the possibilities are endless!

    @ michelle

    couldn't you use the noodles for something else? not a biggie...


    This sounds so good. I can't wait to try it. I love having flavored popcorn. Usually I just sprinkle on taco seasoning but this sounds great.


    Yayyyyyy popcorn! I adore cool ranch doritos, so this stuff must be crazy addicting.

    You are posting as a guest. To post as a user, please Sign In or Register