This Cool Ranch Doritos Cheese Soup is going to make you the most popular person in your house. The authentic flavor of a favorite chip can now be eaten with a spoon. Who even knew that was even possible? It wasn’t until now.
If you’re anything like me, if there is a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos open in my house, I’m unable to do anything until that bag is empty. I guess you could say I have an addiction to these chips. They are impossible for me to put down once I start in on them. It’s a curse.
A couple of months ago, while I was indulging in yet another bag of Cool Ranch Doritos, I started daydreaming about making a cheese soup that tasted like these chips. I began poking around, looking for recipes for homemade Cool Ranch Doritos.
Lucky me, I came across one of my very talented friends who had successfully made a batch of Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos that her family loved. One of the ingredients she used was dried tomato powder, something I had never seen at the store and I couldn’t locate any at my local markets. It is in fact an ingredient listed on the bag of the chips.
I spent the next couple of months testing this recipe with a variety of seasonings and varying the amounts of each one. I finally settled on the recipe I’ve published here. And you know what, the dried tomato powder is necessary to achieve the authentic Cool Ranch flavor.
I mail ordered mine and you get a decent sized container. Best part is, you have enough to make a lot of soup as well as the homemade chips. It’s a win-win situation. Let’s face it, it’s Cool Ranch Doritos…you need to go all out. The tomato powder is a versatile spice, with a concentrated flavor. It plays nicely in a lot of different dishes and you will find yourself using it often.
The soup bowls I used are perfectly sized for a serving of this soup and the wooden soup spoons are great for enjoying any type of soup.
Just a few chips on top add a nice crunch to the creamy soup.
Here you can see the specs of ingredients in the soup, every single one is very important to get the right flavor, so don’t leave any out.
The soup is rich and delicious. Serve it in one cup portions as a side to a sandwich or salad. Serve it as a larger portion, adding rotisserie chicken to the bowl, making it a complete meal.
Other Recipes Using Doritos You Might Like:
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- Four Years Ago: Biscuits and Gravy Dip
- Five Years Ago: Caramel Toffee Fruit Dip
- Six Years Ago: Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake
- Seven Years Ago: Upside Down Apple Pie
Cool Ranch Doritos Cheese Soup
- 1/3 cup Ranch seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons dried tomato powder
- 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
- 2 teaspoons granulated onion
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 (15 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
- 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1-1/4 cups whole milk
- 16 oz shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend
- Cool Ranch Doritos for garnish
- In a small bowl combine Ranch seasoning, tomato powder, taco seasoning, granulated garlic and onion, paprika and dry mustard. Set aside.
- In a large, heavy-bottomed soup pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add onion and saute until softened; about 5 minutes. Stir in flour until fully incorporated with the onion. Add chicken broth and previously made seasoning. Bring to a decent simmer and whisk in cream and milk until fully incorporated. Whisk in cheese until fully melted. Remove from heat and serve.
- Garnish with Cool Ranch Doritos on top.
- Note: This is a rich and tasty soup. Plan to serve in one cup portions with your favorite sandwich or add rotisserie chicken to the soup to make it a complete meal.
omg stop!! Does it get any better than this?!?! NOPE. It most definitely does not. Genius!
From where did you order the tomato spice?
There is a link in the post.
Erin @ Texanerin Baking says
I’ll have to look for dried tomato powder! Sounds like it could be a handy ingredient.
Yeah it’s really good. I have never found any at any of my local markets, which is why I ordered online, but it’s very versatile!
Amanda | The Chunky Chef says
This is such a great looking soup!!!
carrie @ frugal foodie mama says
I had never heard of tomato powder before! But sounds like it could be a great pantry staple to have on hand. 🙂
And this dip looks and sounds fantastic! Cool Ranch Doritos happen to be my favorite of the Dorito flavors. 😉
Renee - Kudos Kitchen says
I can never resist cool ranch Doritos, and I know I couldn’t resist this soup! What a fun new recipe idea! Congratulation on coming up with something original!
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
This is fantastic! I love dried tomato powder and I always have it on hand! Can’t wait to make this!
Lauren @ Hall Nesting says
I think you just connected my adult life with my childhood’s stomach!! Yum!
HV mom says
I ordered the tomato powder from your link. What brand of ranch seasoning do you use? Does it come in bulk not envelopes? Looking forward to making this n boys. Thanks very much.
I use Hidden Valley. I can find it in bulk at Costco.
HV mom says
This was a HUGE hit at my house — I added rotisserie chicken as you suggested to make a full meal. Thank you so much! Planning to Make it again for a December cookie decorating party. A real keeper!
Kelli Davidson says
I think my daughter would love this soup – and I will make it for her as soon as I find some tomato powder……..hope it’s not too hard to find!
There is a link to the tomato powder in the post, otherwise could be hard to find.
Adam Housley says
Made this soup last night as a part of our NYE Mexican fiesta. Great addition to the menu and great for tortilla-dipping!
Mary harney says
Best cheese soup ever! Tomato opener was worth the expense!
Glad to hear it.
This is an excellent recipe that my entire family enjoys. I followed your directions precisely and the kids agree that this soup tastes just like cool ranch Doritos. I’m making it for the second time for today’s lunch and the only thing I added was finally chopped carrots (2) which I sautéed with the onion. My kids love carrots and requested the addition. Thanks so much for posting this recipe.
This is the third time I’m making this soup…and it is definitely my grandkid’s favorite cheese soup recipe. As a previous poster mentioned, my only change to this recipe is the addition of two finely chopped carrots at the request of the grandkids, who are carrot lovers. The great thing about this soup is that it appeals to adults as well as kids. This soup is definitely in my “soup rotation” during the fall and winter months. Thanks so much for creating this winner.
So glad to hear it!
I finally got around to making this! Of course it was 80 degrees outside, but I still made it! Oh yum! But let me tell you something — it was even yummier (😉😂) reheated the next day! I can’t wait to put in on my Fall & Winter menu plans, but I’ll be making it one day before I actually plan to serve it!