"Original Taco" Doritos? Not!
A few days ago, I was in Lucky (Mountain View) and saw Taco Doritos on a chip display rack near the checkout stands. There were the bags labeled Original Taco next to bags with the original design, those with "Taco flavor" on a small sombrero on the front of the bag. Both were the Hunger Grab size, 2 7/8 oz.
Well, folks, these are not the original recipe, sad to report. I back up my statement with this testimony to my ability to remember tastes. In 1969, I lived in Virginia and frequented a deli that featured a very good chili which came with sliced dill pickles and keep 'em coming. For years, I searched the supermarkets, farmer's markets, and mom & pop stores hoping to find them. Ten years ago or so, I bought a brand of pickle I had not tried. First bite, I yelled "That's it!" about as loud as Charlie Brown did at Lucy in A C.B. Christmas.
Anyway, back to the chips. These taste more like their Nacho Cheese flavor than anything resembling the fabled Taco flavor of the late 60s/early 70s. They don't have that orange color, almost like the color of the jackets of school crossing guards in elementary school. They aren't liberally coated with the flavoring powder. You couldn't eat the original Taco flavor chips without having your fingers covered with powder that you gleefully licked off. The 2011 version doesn't have that zip in the flavor, not hot spicy but pleasantly spiced.
If anyone from Frito-Lay happens to read this, please do the galaxy a favor. Dig up the original recipe and replicate it exactly. Do that and sell them nationally, you'll have a hit. The original Taco flavor Doritos were a flavor that should never have been altered or replaced. It was the best Doritos flavor of all.
thanks for posting! i emailed the company a few months ago and commented on the old school packaging and also mentioned the chips tasted very similar to their NACHOS flavor, unlike the 'original' taco flavor back in the day. they were grateful for the response, but made no mention of the flavor. i'm glad i'm not losing my marbles!
it's too bad they changed the old packaging to the new and updated version.
thanks for the heads up eric!
yes they have been mentioned already in a post about discontinued products..
and the new ones that u have found mentioned in this thread
which i agree...they are close but nothing like the ones i remember..
i remember them being hotter and having more of the flavoring substance on them...
i would call these taco light