Cheetos vs Doritos: What’s the Difference?

Cheetos and Doritos are two of America’s most favorite snacks that each brings in over $1 billion in revenue for their parent company. This article will take a look at the similarities and differences between these two snack foods. Be sure to vote for your favorite between Cheetos vs Doritos in our poll in the “Taste” section below.


Cheetos (pictured left) are stick-like corn puffs that are topped with a generous amount of unnatural-looking cheese. Doritos (pictured right) are mostly triangle-shaped tortillas chips covered in a generous portion of nacho cheese.

Ownership & Brief History

Cheetos is a brand of PepsiCo and is made by the company’s snack food subsidiary called Frito-Lay. This corn puff snack brand was first sold in 1948 throughout the United States. Cheetos were invented by Charles Elmer Doolin who partnered with Herman W. Lay to distribute the brand nationally. In 1945, Lay’s company, called H.W. Lay & Company, merged with The Frito Company to form Frito-Lay. That same year, Frito-Lay became a part of Pepsi when the two companies merged in June 1965.

Doritos were first made at Disneyland during the early 1960s at a restaurant called Casa de Fritos (called Rancho del Zocalo today). The restaurant was owned by Fritos as you like guessed from its name. It used its surplus of tortillas that were otherwise going to be discarded at the end of the day to create deep-fried triangle tortilla chips. These chips were served to the guests without a charge. Their popularity allowed Frito-Lay to capitalize on their success by bringing them to consumers nationally across the U.S. in 1966. Today, Doritos are a brand of PepsiCo that is made via Frito-Lay similar to Cheetos.


We typically do our own taste test and then let the readers vote for their favorite. However, we suspect that most readers have consumed both of these snack foods on many occasions. Instead of boring you with our taste test, we ask readers to vote for their favorite in the below poll.


Okay, most people don’t eat either of these snacks with the idea that they are eating healthy. That being said, here are the nutrition facts for Doritos Nacho Cheese and Cheetos Crunchy Cheese. There are no major differences between the two. You do consume slightly fewer calories, fat, and sodium when opting for Doritos over Cheetos.

Doritos – Nacho CheeseCheetos – Crunchy Cheese
Serving Size28g/About 12 Chips28g/21 Pieces
Total Fat8g10g
Saturated Fat1g1.5g
Trans Fat0g0g
Fiber1g Less than 1g
Total Carbohydrates18g15g
Sugars1gLess than 1g
Vitamin D


Doritos Nacho Cheese Chips – Corn, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, And/or Sunflower Oil), Maltodextrin (Made From Corn), Salt, Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Whey, Monosodium Glutamate, Buttermilk, Romano Cheese (Part-skim Cow’s Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Whey Protein Concentrate, Onion Powder, Corn Flour, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Dextrose, Tomato Powder, Lactose, Spices, Artificial Color (Yellow 6, Yellow 5, And Red 40), Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Skim Milk, Red And Green Bell Pepper Powder, Disodium Inosinate, And Disodium Guanylate.

Cheetos Crunchy Cheese Snacks – Enriched Corn Meal (Corn Meal, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, And/or Sunflower Oil), Cheese Seasoning (Whey, Cheddar Cheese [milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Canola Oil, Maltodextrin [made From Corn], Natural And Artificial Flavors, Salt, Whey Protein Concentrate, Monosodium Glutamate, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Artificial Color [yellow 6]), And Salt.

Products Offered

As most people realized, Doritos and Cheetos offer a variety of products to consumers. Here are the products that each brand offers at the time of this article:


  • Nacho Cheese Toritilla Chips
  • Cool Ranch Toritilla Chips
  • Spicy Sweet Chili Toritilla Chips
  • Flamin Hot Toritilla Chips
  • Flamin Hot Limon Toritilla Chips
  • Poppin’ Jalapeno Toritilla Chips
  • Spicy Nacho Flavored Toritilla Chips
  • Flamas Toritilla Chips
  • Taco Flavored Toritilla Chips
  • Tapatio Flavored Toritilla Chips
  • Salsa Verde Flavored Toritilla Chips
  • Blazin’ Buffalo & Ranch Flavored Toritilla Chips
  • 3D Crunchy Flavored Corn Snacks Spicy Ranch
  • 3D Crunch Corn Snacks Chili Cheese Nacho Flavored


  • Crunchy Cheese
  • Crunchy Flamin’ Hot Cheese
  • Crunchy Flamin’ Hot Limon
  • Crunchy Xxtra Flamin’ Hot Cheese
  • Crunchy Cheddar Jalapeno Cheese
  • Puffs Cheese Flavored
  • Puffs Flamin’ Hot Cheese Flavored
  • Paws Cheese Flavored
  • White Cheddar Cheese Bites
  • Crunch Pop Mix
  • Cheddar Popcorn
  • Flamin’ Hot Popcorn
  • Fantastix Chili Cheese Flavored
  • Fantastix Flamin’ Hot Flavored
  • Simply Puffs White Cheddar
  • Simply Puffs White Cheddar Jalapeno
  • Simply Crunchy White Cheddar
  • Baked Crunchy Cheese Flavored
  • Baked Crunchy Flamin’ Hot Cheese
  • Flavor Shots Flamin’ Hot
  • Mac ‘n Cheese – Various FRlavors