It is mandatory by tradition for brides to walk the aisle with something old and something new. This spot of wisdom seemed apt for my inaugural blog entry. I am embarking on a mission to sample every item the gas station near my office has to offer. I knew I wanted the first review to be a chip, because glancing at the impulse-buy chips near the counter was my original inspiration. I didn’t want to start off with something new and wacky, nor did I want to review the items we’ve had time and again. This led me to the perfect compromise: Taco Flavor Doritos.
After putting in a little research (big ups, Wikipedia) I found out that what I thought were OG Doritos, the cheesy fellas, were actually not introduced until the ’70s. What came before that? Ding ding! Este es taco.
I first noticed this flavor last year when the retro bag had me rolling my eyes. “What are these, Doritos made for Coachella?” I thought to myself. Upon closer inspection, I found out they were a whole different flavor. And I proudly bought my first bag today. Now, I don’t think the New Bigger Size is authentic ’60s style, but rather an emerging promotion in the Doritos camp.
The first chip looks much like its Nacho Cheese progeny, except that the flavor dust has more of a muted tone. Earthy, if you will.
My first bite was harsh, almost overwhelming. Going into it you imagine a beef taco to prepare for the possibility, knowing full well Doritos has pioneered a spectrum of flavors. But once you get past the salt, the flavor is mild and somewhat savory. Sure, it’s missing the refreshing sour cream and the sweet squishiness of tomato but it’s not half bad. It’s missing the over-processed sting I’m accustomed to with new flavors. All in all, it tastes like your average tortilla chip has been shown a good time by a packet of taco seasoning.
Nutrition Info (per bag)
|Calories||490, 42% DV|
|Sodium||595 mg, 24.5% DV|
|Total Carbohydrate||56 g, 18% DV|