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Doritos Nacho Cheese Flavor Question

alkapal Apr 17, 2008 09:50 AM

ok, fellow doritos people: is the original nacho cheese flavor changing to a less intense (and less tasty) cheesy hit? or is it just me? i wonder if the proliferation of specialty flavors, e.g. the recent "spicy sweet chili" flavor -- among many others -- has made frito-lay change the original nacho cheese flavor to a blander flavor. the last time i tried the "nacho cheesier" flavor, it was not as good, either. are we going to have to give up on doritos?

yep, i am aware this is trivial, but....hey, its important to me (tho' doc would prefer no such high sodium products). sometimes you just have to have doritos!

  1. danhole Apr 17, 2008 10:05 AM

    I think you got a bad batch. My daughter had nacho cheese doritos at her sons birthday party, and they were so cheesy and good. Lots of coating on them. I haven't had them in a very long time and now I am craving them!

    7 Replies
    1. re: danhole
      charlesbois Apr 17, 2008 10:16 AM

      yeah, have to agree, you got a bad batch. It DOES happen. About 25 years ago my neighbor girls got a burned bag of doritos, and wrote the company a little poem:

      We like your product/it goes well with dips/but this bag tasted/like buffalo chips!

      They were sent 10 coupons for free bags of doritos.

      You could try the other myriad doritos flavors and see if any of them deliver. I personally like taco flavored.

      1. re: charlesbois
        Johnresa Apr 17, 2008 10:18 AM

        I wish they were not so flavored...lol. I abhor Doritos because they are much too coated with gross nacho cheese flavor

        1. re: Johnresa
          alkapal Apr 17, 2008 10:25 AM

          ummm, not to be snarky, but this op was for doritos people. if you don't like them, well....ok!

          ...and yes, doritos people are recognized in the official census! ;-)

          looking at your profile, we could probably agree on some good collards! fresh, fresh mustard greens have been a revelation.. (yeah, just a wee bit OT).

          1. re: alkapal
            Johnresa Apr 17, 2008 04:42 PM

            Just found it funny someone feels exactly opposite as I do about Doritos. I used to love them as a kid and a young adult. Then when they made them "Nacho Cheesier" I lost interest.

          2. re: Johnresa
            aryqalyn Apr 17, 2008 10:36 AM

            I love the nacho cheese powder on doritos, but oddly enough I HATE it on other things - like flavor blasted goldfish.

            And I haven't noticed any difference in the doritos taste recently, but they are a rare treat for me, so I might miss a more subtle difference.

            1. re: aryqalyn
              alkapal Apr 17, 2008 10:40 AM

              yeah, goldfish always give me indigestion....but mr. alka always complains when i get doritos, because i eat too many, and then complain about my tum. that is why i am alka-pal.

              1. re: aryqalyn
                Johnresa Apr 19, 2008 06:53 AM

                I just tried Flavor Blasted Goldfish for the first time the other day and I actually liked them and I am far from a person who likes Goldfish.

                I loved Doritos until they became too cheesy. The original though and not all the other flavors they have came up with since then. I do miss the Jumpin Jack cheese flavor though

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          julesrules Apr 17, 2008 11:05 AM

          Dunno, I've always been pretty indifferent to regular old Doritos, but I love some Sweet Chili Heat!

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          1. re: julesrules
            aynrandgirl Apr 19, 2008 10:18 PM

            I'd love it if there were some actual heat.

            1. re: aynrandgirl
              alkapal Apr 21, 2008 04:57 AM

              you're right. less sweet, more heat!

              1. re: aynrandgirl
                Davwud Apr 23, 2008 10:47 AM

                Try the fiery habanero then.

                I will say, seeing as how this post was about lessening the taste. I don't think the FH Doritos are as hot as they used to be either.


                1. re: Davwud
                  Sean Apr 23, 2008 11:21 AM

                  I agree when the Fiery Habenero first came out they were painfully hot, now they barely burn and the burn is slow to arrive...

                  1. re: Sean
                    Davwud Apr 23, 2008 11:34 AM

                    I don't agree that they just barely burn but do agree that you need to have a few before you feel it.


                    1. re: Davwud
                      julesrules Apr 24, 2008 08:13 AM

                      Can we still get Fiery Habanero in TO?
                      I just tried the two-in-one buffalo wings & dip flavour (some chips are blue cheese sauce, some are buffalo wing). I couldn't help but compare them to the recent President's Choice take on this theme, which were actually potato chips and combined both flavours on one chip.
                      Dorito got the blue cheese flavour much better, but failed on the buffalo wing chips which just don't have much flavour at all (beyond sodium and MSG). The PC chips, which actually tasted a lot like All Dressed, had a whiff of vinegar which helped recreate that vinegar vapour you get with buffalo wings.
                      Overall Verdict: the Doritos are okay. I like the blue cheese ones alright but they are a little too salty. I won't buy this flavour again (nor the PC version), but that doesn't mean much because other than Sweet Chili Heat (and Fiery Habanero if I could get them), I don't buy flavoured chips in general!

                      1. re: julesrules
                        Davwud Apr 24, 2008 08:17 AM

                        What part of the city are you in??
                        I've found the FH chips at just about every 7 - 11 I've been in. Often times they're up front under the hotdog display.
                        I still say they used to be hotter but they're still damned good.


                        1. re: Davwud
                          julesrules Apr 24, 2008 08:45 AM

                          East End (Danforth area). I was just looking for them at 7/11 yesterday because of this thread. Also at Food Basics where they were on sale, that's how I ended up with the buffalo wing flavour. I will keep looking though, thanks!
                          Oh, do you buy big bags or single serving? I only ever saw them in the smaller bags.

                          1. re: julesrules
                            Davwud Apr 24, 2008 11:10 AM

                            I buy the small bags. I think some have the big ones and some don't.
                            I believe the 7-11 on Queen west of Leslie has them. The Doritos I mean.


                            1. re: Davwud
                              Davwud Apr 25, 2008 09:08 AM

                              Hey Jules
                              I was there (Queen and Leslie) today and they don't have the FH.
                              Next time I'm at one I'll pick up an extra bag and you can have them.


                              1. re: Davwud
                                julesrules Apr 25, 2008 09:36 AM

                                That's very generous of you but probably unnecessary, I will find them sooner or later! Thanks though.

            2. ipsedixit Apr 17, 2008 02:41 PM


              I don't know about recently, but I do know that the nacho cheese flavor has in fact decreased in intensity since the early 1990s.

              I used to eat a large bag of Dortios Nacho Cheese chips (with a 2 litre Dr. Pepper) nearly everyday after practice in high school and back then the nacho cheese was much more intense, and it was definitely more salty.

              I think the chips were also thicker back then as well.

              1 Reply
              1. re: ipsedixit
                mkel34 Apr 18, 2008 12:16 PM

                All I taste nowadays is onion powder when I eat the Nacho Cheese variety.

              2. Lindseyup67 Apr 19, 2008 01:42 PM

                Personally I find that each bag/batch varies in intensity. Some bags I buy are loaded with cheese, some not so much.Hense the taste varies also.

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                  mojoeater Apr 19, 2008 10:34 PM

                  I agree that taste varies from bag to bag. So does smell. There's an unnatural odor to some bags of Doritos (and not other corn chips) that is remarkably similar to foot odor. The ones that taste the best smell the worst.

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                  1. re: mojoeater
                    beany Apr 22, 2008 05:51 PM

                    Totally agree! Some doritos smell like feet!

                  2. Scargod Apr 20, 2008 04:47 AM

                    Uhmm, not sure. I ate them years ago and then actually got sucked into eating them again because of Stephen Colbert. I find them very tasty and then I find them over-seasoned and disgusting as I get to the bottom of the bag. Maybe it's just me??

                    4 Replies
                    1. re: Scargod
                      alkapal Apr 21, 2008 04:58 AM

                      bottom chips probably suffering from "coating drift".

                      1. re: Scargod
                        julesrules Apr 23, 2008 06:46 AM

                        No it's not just you. For me, I think it's the combined effect of "coating drift" and the fact that I get sick of the flavour. Like most foods with MSG (which I have nothing against other than its overuse in junk food), tastes great at first, grows old quickly.
                        I also agree with the stinky feet comments.

                        1. re: julesrules
                          alkapal Apr 23, 2008 07:20 AM

                          i think as julesrules says, it is coating drift + flavor fatigue.
                          i guess that second factor might be mitigated if i didn't consume the bag in two days!

                          and yes, there is a little funky odor thing goin' on. could it be an earthy "cumin" scent"? <generously said>

                          1. re: alkapal
                            Scargod Apr 23, 2008 02:42 PM

                            I was halfway serious but mostly I think it was consuming a half or more bag at one time.

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                        yankeefan Apr 23, 2008 06:50 AM

                        How great are the blazin buffalo doritos? wow, I was blown away.

                        On the other hand, their flavor 'x' which was basically supposed to be hamburger flavored was horrid.

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                        1. re: yankeefan
                          Sean Apr 23, 2008 11:26 AM

                          When I was a kid there were only two flavors, original and Taco. Taco in my opinion was always the best flavor. They are now offering the taco again but only in the Fusion flavors in the NE area. I have not seen original flavor since I was a kid...

                          1. re: Sean
                            danhole Apr 23, 2008 11:49 AM

                            I was thinking about the Taco flavor ever since this thread came up. I haven't seen them in a long time. I really haven't looked for them, but now I am on a hunt. Those were the best, IMO.

                            1. re: danhole
                              DanaB Apr 23, 2008 03:20 PM

                              According to the website, they still make Taco flavor, although they say it came out in 1985.


                        2. beelzebozo Apr 23, 2008 03:56 PM

                          the "natural" doritos are totally rad.

                          1. Lindseyup67 Apr 25, 2008 06:57 PM

                            The sour cream and onion in the green bag were the bomb! I pray they will someday bring these back!!

                            1. revsharkie Apr 25, 2008 07:38 PM

                              I've had nacho cheese doritos twice in the last couple weeks, once a small bag with a Subway sandwich, and the other time out of a big bag at a cookout with my youth group. I thought they tasted pretty much like they always have. Yum. Y'all can have all those gimmicky new flavors.

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