REVIEW: Smartfood Doritos Nacho Cheese Popcorn

Smartfood Doritos Nacho Cheese Popcorn Bag

What is Smartfood Doritos Nacho Cheese Popcorn?

Kicking off the year strong, Frito-Lay created a Sam’s Club exclusive variety of its popular Smartfood Popcorn that uses the classic Doritos Nacho Cheese seasoning. It offers the flavor of Nacho Cheese Doritos, but without the stained fingers you might get with the chips.

How is it?

Smartfood Doritos Nacho Cheese Popcorn Bowl

The flavor of Nacho Cheese Doritos is strongly present but without the expected crunch of the tortilla chip or corn flavor. Admittedly, it was a little jarring at first. Once my mouth and brain took a moment to adjust expectations, it was a very delicious snack. Without the chip’s corn flavor, you get a chance to really taste the different elements of the nacho cheese seasoning. The garlic, onion, and paprika shine the most, with the cheese flavor coming in subtle at the end.

Anything else you need to know?

Smartfood Doritos Nacho Cheese Popcorn Bag Back

Because this is available at Sam’s Club, the item is over 2.5 times bigger than the standard Smartfood bag. If you don’t want to open it yet, you can always use it as a lower back pillow when you’re sitting at your desk.


Smartfood’s Doritos Nacho Cheese Popcorn is an all-around enjoyable item. It’s a nice blend of Smartfood Popcorn and Doritos Nacho Cheese that feels new, but familiar. I could absolutely see it being a hit at parties or as a new snack to break up the normal noshing. Hopefully, it does well enough that we get other crossover flavors in the future. Maybe some Smartfood Flamin’ Hot Dill Pickle Popcorn?

Purchased Price: $5.28
Size: 17 oz bag
Purchased at: Sam’s Club
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2 1/3 cup) 160 calories, 11 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 200 milligrams of sodium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 1 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

13 thoughts to “REVIEW: Smartfood Doritos Nacho Cheese Popcorn”

    1. I think the exclusivity is only for a few months before broader availability in the late spring/summer, kind of like the Krispy Kreme one a few years ago.

      Good to know that it doesn’t leave much/any Doritos dust on the fingers.

    2. Yes, yes, yes @Twix and @Jane: I *specifically* came to the comments section on this one, just to say the very same thing. I’ve never set foot in a Sam’s Club, in my life, and have no desire to join.

      Stupid exclusives!

      1. Oops: I meant to say “@Tina”, not “@Twix”. Getting my fellow commenters’ names mixed up. 😛

      2. FYI – I have been purchasing them at Kroger’s all summer. They are often sold out though. It is pretty yummy! ?

    3. I saw these at Walmart and was curious out of 3 people including me I was the only one who liked them very much! Thanks for putting a spin on something old and making it new!!

  1. Hoping my parents can find this for me with their Sams membership. Also they should totally do a cool ranch version!

    1. If you pick up the Kernel Seasons ranch powder you can pop your own corn and season it to make that dream come true!

  2. I hope they come to Walmart, I was a huge fan of Cheetos popcorn, which seems to have disappeared. Rats. Maybe this will make a decent substitute.

  3. The Best popcorn going!! Has flavor and nice kernels….Please keep it on the Market!!!

  4. Love this popcorn…..once you start eating it you can’t put it down!!! Needs to be on the market everywhere!!! I buy 3 n 4 bags at a time!!! Needs to stay on the market……great snack food

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