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Taco Bell – Hot Flavored Tortilla Chips

Posted in Chips, Fast Food

Ding! Ding! Round Two – Fight!

Good Morning Friends! Anyone else drowning in their own body from allergy season? No? Just me? Great! I am truly miserable right now and feel like my head might just pop off. You know what might clear the sinuses? Some spicy chips!

Yesterday I talked about how I prefer Hot Taco Bell sauce on their culinary masterpieces so I was pretty excited that they decided to make that into a chip flavor.

Upon opening the bag I was immediately greeted with the strong smell of spicy. The chips did not look as covered in spices as the Mild chips did, but the deep red color of the chip said to me “I mean business”. I tried these chips two different times, the first time right after trying the Mild flavor and again the next day to confirm my thoughts about the flavors. I thought that perhaps I might have skewed the flavoring by eating something with a different flavor prior but I think I was able to get a good idea the first go around. Second time around just confirmed it for me.

Much like the Mild flavor – these chips are alright. They are nothing groundbreaking but don’t get me wrong, they are good. I would consider these kind of a slow burn hot. The more you eat, the hotter they get, causing you to eat more. Ever have that happen? Two other chip flavors come to mind when I think of the slow burn, Salsa Verde Doritos, and Spicy Szechuan Chex Mix (which I don’t think is even a thing anymore?). I don’t think I have ever demolished a bag of Chex Mix faster than the Szechuan flavor because of how spicy that stuff was.

The spiciness is a good level, not overpowering to it being the only flavor that you taste and it also has a subtle hint of smokiness. Much like the Mild flavor, I felt like these chips seemed “greasy” to me, even though they aren’t.

Overall, I think if I had to choose between the two flavors, I would choose the Mild chip flavor. While the Hot flavor is good, I felt like the overall flavor combination of the spices used in the Mild flavoring were more appealing. I also felt compelled to eat the whole bag of the Mild flavor because of the flavor, not because my mouth was on fire which I think would have been the case had I chosen to continue to eat the Hot flavor.

I think these would make really good chips in a Crunchwrap or something like that – bringing extra heat and a nice bit of crunch. Get on it Taco Bell! (just please think of me if you decide to roll with this idea – I could use a little kick back *wink* *wink*)

Found at Target

May 12, 2018
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Taco Bell – Mild Flavored Tortilla Chips

Posted in Chips, Fast Food

Good Morning Friends! It’s Friday! FINALLY.

If you don’t know – Taco Bell recently came out with 3 flavors of tortilla chips. I have known about these for a hot minute and the anticipation of getting my hands on them was pretty major. I had heard rumblings that someone found them at 7.11 so I made my way to the one over by my house and was greeted with nothing even remotely close. Have you ever walked every inch of a small convenience store and feel weird getting nothing so you find something to buy that you don’t really need? That is exactly what happened – though what I purchased is somewhat new so that review will be up in the next couple of days.

I would call my enjoyment of Taco Bell a guilty pleasure, but I think its best labeled a regretful pleasure. Have you ever had anything off the Taco Bell menu without cheese? It’s not even worth it – so on the rare occasion I do partake, I go hard and get the cheese. And I ALWAYS regret it later. ALWAYS.

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If I am feeling saucy, I will go with hot. I enjoy spicy and hot foods but I like when the sauce adds to the flavor, not overpowers it for the sake of being hot. Ghost pepper stuff? Nah. Why obliterate my taste buds when I can get some heat and still taste the delicious meal I am eating. I once tried a tiny taste of a ghost pepper hot sauce while driving – the reaction nearly made my car become a compact if you get what I’m saying. I like one packet of sauce per item for maximum sauce coverage but not overload.

I was very surprised when I opened the bag of these chips. I was expecting the flavor coating to look some what like the flavor coating of a ranch Dorito. Why? I havn’t a clue, but that’s what my brain decided. These babies are COATED and I am here for it. Nothing more disappointing than an underflavored chip. I also immediately noticed the smell from the mixture of spices – very potent! Getting pumped! Visually good lookin’? CHECK. Smellin’ delicious? CHECK. Tasting great?! OKAY.

These chips tasted like something I have had before, and I cant’t quite put my finger on it. The chip is a bit dense – but nice and crunchy and would definitely hold up if you were working with a dip situation. I do however really like their tortilla chips that you can get at the restaurant so I kind of wished that they had used those for the chip base. The chip definitely encompasses a nice range of spices with a bit of heat, but nothing over the top hot. I was expecting these to be a little on the tame side but was pleasantly surprised how much I liked them. With the serving size being between those tiny lame bags of chips and a large bag, I could see my self accidentally killing a bag of these. My only real gripe is that the chip seems a little… greasy? You know how when you get tortilla chips that haven’t really got a proper toweling off and they get that darker greasy pseudo transparent look to them? That is definitely the vibe I am getting from these chips. While my fingers aren’t greasy, they just SEEM it.

I also had a small revelation while sitting here thinking about these chips – with Frito Lay and Taco Bell being BFFs, was the flavor that I felt so familiar with something that I have tasted on a Dorito before? How come they didn’t choose to make sauce packet flavored Doritos, then make a Doritos Locos Taco with the chip flavor?! One could argue that they have similar offerings already with their current line up, but I feel like this would be a marketing slam dunk! One thing I can definitely see myself doing is making nachos with these chips. The generous flavor coating would make for a delicious nacho-y experience.

Overall I thought these chips were good but did not knock my socks off. The flavor was evenly distributed on every chip and brought a good amount of flavor and heat to each bite. I would really love to see Taco Bell incorporate these into their every day menu items even if for a limited time offering. Check back tomorrow for the review of the Hot flavor!

Found at Target

May 11, 2018
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Limited Edition – Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos Nacho Cheese

Posted in Chips

Good Evening All!

So I am sure by now everyone has heard about the Doritos Locos Tacos craze and I hope you have tried them as I can’t remember life before they existed. Regular crunchy taco? You’re going the way of the dinosaur!

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When I saw the picture that Marvo from The Impulsive Buy posted on his instagram of the Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos I thought it was a joke. Its like Dorito inception. What is next? Doritios Locos Tacos Doritos Tacos? Where does it stop!?

Anyways, I saw both the Nacho Cheese and Ranch flavors at my local Walmart and figured that I would give them a go.

When I opened the bag, I was immediately greeted with the smell of stinky pits. What is with the food that I have been buying lately that smells like someones armpits after a long day? I thought that Doritos would work some sort of wonder and craft a single chip that tasted just like a Taco Bell Taco – but they totally duped me and just mixed Taco Doritos and Nacho Cheese Doritos together. So unless you are shoveling multiple chips together into your mouth, you slightly lose out on the Locos Tacos flavor.

I also find that the Taco flavored Dorito lacks the fresh flavor of wilted lettuce that you get on a Taco Bell Taco (well, I don’t get it because I don’t really care for warm lettuce) I think they need to partner up with Jelly Belly to fine tune the flavor profile a little.

Overall I like these chips, though had I known that they were just going to mix the two together, I would have just done that myself and pitched to it Frito Lay, then maybe I might be a millionaire – oh well, next time I guess. Hey Frito Lay, want my next big idea? Make a Salsa Verde Locos Taco. I may just never eat another food item ever again.

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Texture : 5/5 – Unlike the occasional Doritios Locos Taco shell that I get, which is chewy – mmmmm. NOT. these chips are extremely crunchy – good luck eating them secretly at work.

Smell : 2/5 – As I touched on before, when you pop the bag open, it kind of smells like pits. And tacos. Pit Tacos.

Appearance : 4/5 – The flavor distrobution on these is a little wonky at times. There are some that have WAY more seasoning than others, but overall these look good, and the trained eye can spot which chip is Nacho Cheese and which chip is Crunchy Taco. However, due to the excessive seasoning, chances are that if you have more than a few, you may need to brush your teeth after because that seasnoning gets everywhere.

Taste : 4/5 – Despite the limited edition tag, I would not be sad if Frito Lay decided to make these a permanent fixture on their racks. I like Nacho Cheese but I find that I get burnt out on them quickly, so the mixture of Taco chips really makes this bag irresistable.

Tomorrow – Doritos Locos Tacos Ranch Doritos!

April 9, 2013
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News Scoop

Posted in News

Here are a few news tidbits for this week in junk food :

Lays “Do Us A Flavor” voting is still open for the 3 finalists for the Lays contest – Which is your favorite?

– Want to feel old? McDonalds Chicken Nuggets turn 30 this year. How did we live before 1983?

– Can’t get enough of the Doritos Locos Tacos? Did you know that this has been the biggest food release in the history of Taco Bell? Doritos Locos Tacos have been so popular that they have created 15,000 jobs since their release. Loco.

Annie’s plans on adding Cheddar Squares and Graham Crackers to its organic line this year. Sounds delicious!

Green Giant is leaving the freezer aisle and heading to your local chip section with their new offerings of tortilla chips and sweet potato chips.

Hostess lovers rejoice – their new owners plan to have Twinkies back on store shelves by summer of this year.

April 3, 2013
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