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The Return of Taco Flavor Doritos?

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For decades, I had missed one of my favorite childhood snacks: Taco Doritos. Imagine my excitement when I heard they had returned!

Taco Doritos. Are they the same?

Taco Doritos. Are they the same?

An Old Doritos Flavor Makes a Comeback. Or Does It?

We all mourn when a favorite corporate-manufactured food is taken away from us. And one of the foods I have sorely missed for decades is Taco Doritos.

Imagine my excitement when I saw that this flavor had returned! This article chronicles my quest to reunite with this long lost friend.

(All of the photos on this page are by me, except one. Do not copy my photos without crediting me and linking to this page.)

The History of Taco Doritos

According to an article I read on GenXtinct.com, Taco flavor debuted in 1967. It was the second flavor of Doritos ever made, right after the plain Toasted Corn flavor. That is consistent with my own hazy memory that the Taco flavor had preceded the Nacho Cheese flavor.

Over the years, the recipe for Taco Doritos was changed a few times, and eventually they were taken off the market (I haven't been able to find a reliable timeline on all of this).

So the question would be: If Taco Doritos are back, which version is it that returned? The ones that I loved so desperately were the original recipe from the 1970s; I ate tons of them in my childhood. Is my first love returning to me?

Poll: Did you eat Taco Doritos in the '60s or '70s?

What Did They Taste Like?

The first word that I would use to describe the flavor of the old Taco Doritos is BOLD. They didn't pull any punches. Whatever spices they used, they used a lot of them. The flavor was deep and savory in a smoky, spicy way. Spicy, yes, but not in the way that means hot—just heavily seasoned. The spices were reminiscent of the flavors you would associate with Mexican cooking, but they weren't hot.

Some people might have thought of them as overpowering, but I adored them. One of the best junk foods, ever.

By 1977, a New Recipe

In 1977, a TV commercial with Avery Schreiber announced that Taco Doritos had a "new spicy flavor." This suggests that already they were not the same Doritos that I first fell in love with in 1975. But as I recall it, the Doritos I had in the late '70s were still fantastic.

My quest began at the Crystal Produce Meat Market in Lynwood.

My quest began at the Crystal Produce Meat Market in Lynwood.

When the Taco Flavor Doritos were first re-released, they were only available in selected stores. I used the product locator on the Frito-Lay website to search for a source near me. Fortunately, there was one close by. During my next morning walk, I went to the Crystal Produce Meat Market on Atlantic Avenue.

I had already told my kids how much I had loved Taco Doritos back in my day, and how exciting it was for them to be back. They are fans of all junk foods, so they were eager to try them with me.

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Once inside the store, the Taco Doritos were easy to spot. The little market had plenty of them, on a shelf surrounded by other, less-worthy chips.

I took a bag, admiring the retro look to the package. I scanned the ingredients, but since I had never paid attention to the ingredients when I was a kid, I had no idea whether it was the same recipe or not.

Was my dream coming true? I would know soon. I paid for my chips and returned home.

Back home with my bag of Doritos

Back home with my bag of Doritos

Taste test

Taste test

I Take the Plunge

I grabbed a Dorito and bit.

It was good!

But . . . it wasn't awesome.

I tasted another one. Good! But . . . the old magic wasn't there.

Was it just me? Was I not remembering accurately what Taco Doritos used to taste like? Had my taste buds dulled over the years? Had I set my expectations so high that nothing could ever match them?

But these Doritos had a flavor that was not there before. A bit of a cheesy taste. The old ones had no cheese or dairy-like flavor at all. I had to admit that they really did not taste the same. The experience was a letdown.

My kids loved them, though.

Is the Evidence on My Side?

My personal opinion, like that of many other people, was that today's "original" Taco Doritos are different from the old ones—and not as good. But could I determine for sure that it was the Doritos that were at fault and not my memory?

I tried to search for information about the original recipe. The odds didn't seem that great since corporations are very good at only sharing the information they choose to share and the old Doritos pre-dated the internet by a long way.

But I found what I was looking for!

The original ingredients: photographic Evidence that the new Taco Doritos are not the same! (The original image is of the entire bag, I just cropped and enlarged the ingredients list.)

The original ingredients: photographic Evidence that the new Taco Doritos are not the same! (The original image is of the entire bag, I just cropped and enlarged the ingredients list.)

There's a guy on Flickr who has a collection of photos of old product packaging, and he took a picture of an old Taco Doritos bag. Jason kindly gave his permission for me to use his photo on this page, and I present to you the smoking-gun proof that the current Taco Doritos are NOT the original recipe. You can compare this list to the ingredients on a modern bag.

The other remarkable thing about Jason's photo is the price on the bag. They used to cost 15 cents!

Tell me what you think!

How do you feel about the new Taco Doritos? I've compiled some readers' comments in the following table. I'd love to hear what you think, too!

Readers Weigh In

Thumbs Up!Thumbs Down!

Like you, I couldn't believe when they took the Taco Flavor off the market. I thought it was just me - that they didn't taste the same when they re-released them. I still like them, however! - Country-Sunshine

My husband read your articles and wanted me to take the side of thumbs down. He does not eat anything with cheese and was horrified when he found the new ones cheesy. He used to eat the whole bag as a snack so was also horribly disappointed. Per Gary, the new Taco Doritos gets a major thumbs down! - Ann Hinds

I've had the new Taco Flavor Doritos, and I think they're pretty good! But I don't remember eating the original ones -- I don't think I liked Doritos way back then. So I just don't know what I missed out on! - KarenHC

I agree with you. They just don't match up to the original and you're right, they taste cheesy. - tjustleft

I can't compare them because I've never tried the original taco flavor, but I did like the new, supposedly original, taco flavor. But I really enjoyed your review quite a bit. It was informative and quite humorous "on a shelf surrounded by other, less-worthy chips" Haha! - PapaKork

I'll go with thumbs down. Why do they change some things that are perfect? - Scarlettohairy

Hi Joan. I showed my 70s-crazed 16-year old son your article last night. He absolutely had to have these Doritos, and insisted I drive the 25+ miles one way to town to get them. His verdict is....a great chip! He can even taste the taco beef. I asked about the lettuce, but iceberg has no taste. Ahh, yes. So, now a definitive thumbs up can be delivered from our house. - joannalynn lm

I think they should have stuck to the original flavor. - getmoreinfo

I can't accurately remember the old flavor very well, but when I saw the bag with the little sombrero hat on it I was excited enough! The taste is not bad after all. I'll buy them again! - anonymous

These are not the same chips we ate in the 70's. The recipe is different they were better in da 70's - anonymous

I think they are the best flavor doritos has. I like that they aren't overpowering like the other flavors and the taste is perfection. I have a very hard time finding these lately though. Very frustrating. I am wondering if they are pulling them again. If I do spot a bag I have to buy for fear it's the last I will see. - Deeders

They don't taste the same... At least I don't think they do. I am gonna stick to the nacho cheese and cool ranch. These are tasty but not as good as I remember. I am saying thumbs down but of course they are tasty enough for me to finish the bag. :) - anonymous

I remember a 70s version of "Taco" Doritos, and I found this page searching for it. What I'm not sure of: Am I remembering the circa 1975 chips or the "new " 1977 chips? I loved them, but as I've often told people, they were insane. They'd burn a hole in your stomach. I also remember them having a lot of reddish powdery coloring that would come off on your fingers. I found them addictive, but in a rare case of childhood self-control, I found it was crucial to limit myself to, say, 15, or I'd feel physically bad. One of the current flavors I've tried resembles them; it may be the "spicy sweet chili" flavor, though I doubt it is identical. Sweeter? Still, the closest that seems to be in Brooklyn bodegas. avavaavra - Steve Espinola

Why oh why does Frito Lay insist on putting that nasty sour cream flavoring into every taco flavored Doritos they keep releasing! I had high hopes that these chips would be like the awesome taco flavor Doritos of the 70s and early 80s, but alas, it was not to be. Almost as soon as I put the chip into my mouth and chewed, I spat it out. The disgusting sour cream flavoring overpowers every other flavoring this chip has. Without the sour cream, this would probably be a pretty damned good chip. - Tom Hawkey

I agree with you Joan. When I was a kid a local fishing tackle store owner started stocking chips, candy and gum because he was located near the grade school that I attended. Doritos were part of what he stocked. At that time he only had the original taco flavor. I was bummed when they went away and excited to see them return. but I too was disappointed with the flavor. I even wondered if these were the original flavor. remember them being bolder and I loved them. - MHF

Back in the day Doritos and all the flavor chips had WAY less "flavor sprinkles" on them. The corn chip flavor predominated and augmented what we think of as "the flavor". Maybe if you ate a plain corn chip with a modern dorito you could approximate the old-school flavor? The old saying goes a long way "sometimes, less is more". - Jay B.

These newfangled Taco Doritos are such a major disappointment, I'm about ready to write my disappointment to the factory. These chips don't really have a taco taste at all. The flavors of cumin, chili, and oregano are missing. It tastes like a different flavored Dorito. Now personally I can't stand blue cheese or ranch flavor for dipping things into or to dress up. Blue cheese and Ranch flavors are in the new Taco Doritos, as both those ingredients are listed, and my tongue detected it right away before I even read the ingredient list. Definitely not the same flavor as the one's I ate in high school in the mid-seventies. These things are awful, I should just take them to work and leave them on the lunch table for the rest of the guys to eat. I'll never buy them again. If I buy any Frito Lay product, I'll stick to the kettle chips, that's one of the only one good things that they have left. All the Doritos taste weird, but the Tostitos light and crispy Cantina style chips? Those are a winner hands down! - Ted Hess

Found them en route to the Grand Canyon and have been hunting ever since. We love them! - Kathyanswer

In 1977 I tried Doritos Taco Flavored chips for the first time. I was ten years old. I absolutely loved them! The bold, spicy flavor was what I craved all through my teen years and into my early 20s but unfortunately Frito-Lay stopped making them and focused on the nacho cheese flavor. Sorry ,but I felt betrayed and banned nacho cheese Doritos for quite a few years! When I had seen the old familiar Doritos bag in Market Basket I was in freakin' heaven!! As long as my grocer was selling them; I was buying them. Two or three bags a week. But the recipe was not the same, not as I remember the boldness, the spices and how I could devour a bag of those chips in about an hour. I would love for Frito-Lay to reintroduce the original taco flavored tortilla chips to the northeast US; I think the market for them here will do well. - Dan K

I cannot believe there are others out there like me and my sister. We loved the original recipe! I don't understand why when something is so great they feel the Need to fix it. Thank you for your article it's perfect and mimics our thoughts exactly. - Michelle

 

The original 60s and 70s taco were the best. The new taco (from 1980 to 2016) is just a shadow of the original...too much cheese and sour cream...not enough true spices of the 1970 version. Do not be deceived...the new taco is worthless, and yes, it is a huge quality decline in taste from the original 1970 version. - Scorpio

 

I grew up in Dallas, home of Frito-Lay, and was born the same year that Taco Flavored Doritos were introduced. They were a staple of my junk food habit. I loved and still love them dearly. While I agree with most reviewers that the "new" version is not as good as the original, I do think it's closer than anything else I've tried. It's like a memory of the original... It's a little faded and lacking some detail, but it is enough to remind you of the original item. I still like them better than anything else in the Doritos brand family. - Larry M

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Questions & Answers

Question: Where can you buy taco flavored Doritos? I've tried Wal-Mart and other supermarkets, but I cannot find them.

Answer: I see them sometimes in convenience stores. There is a page on the Frito-Lay website (https://www.fritolay.com/find-in-store.htm), where you can search for stores that sell any Frito-Lay product. They can also be purchased on Amazon.

Question: Do you know where I can find the original corn chip flavored Doritos? I am about to decide they have taken them off the market, too.

Answer: I don't think they sell the plain corn chip flavor any more.

Question: Where can I buy the original corn Doritos? I live in the Dallas area.

Answer: I don't think they sell them any more.

Leave your feedback!

Dave dashner on February 28, 2020:

I grew up in so cal in east la in the 60s and i remember the plain doritos. I also remember the new taco flavor coming out and I was hooked! I was maybe 10 the first time i tried them. So good!

Last year at dollar general what did i see?? That same chip in the same bag as I remembered 50 years ago!

I bought 2 bags in case it was a one time shot. You know what? It was heaven!!

I remember as a kid always going for the heavily dark chips bc that was all pure flavor. I was not disappointed at all and they tasted as remembered!

Michael on January 24, 2020:

There isn't anything "missing" here...the problem is that it has too much nacho cheese and sour cream flavor, neither of which were part of the original formulation. Also, the chips no longer have the same heft that they used to. I'm not so much concerned about that second bit--it's the nacho cheese and sour cream part that annoys me. There's already a nacho cheese-flavored chip, and sour cream is simply disgusting. It is clear that many people long for something more like the ACTUAL original Taco flavored chip. I really don't understand why Frito-Lay refuses to do something about this.

Confused on January 07, 2020:

Taco flavor hasnt returned.. Its been around for the past few years at least...

Melissa on November 09, 2019:

You are absolutely right, I just tried them in hopes of that fantastic flavor I loved so much, but unfortunately this was not it. This reminds me more of the taco flavored they came out with in the nineties, a few years after they discontinued the original (or I guess second original) taco flavor. I feel like I was duped, with the throwback packaging and the picture on the bag. Very Disappointed.

Flyballlvt on November 03, 2019:

These are exactly as I remember and are amazing I am a bit younger so I probably Have only had the new formula Also with new health regulations Doritos might not be able to make the same ones (see Malcolm Gladwells podcast revisionist history on McDonald’s French fries )

Michael on October 13, 2019:

The new recipe is definitely NOT the same, and I have written to Frito-Lay at least twice about my disappointment. Each time they send me coupons for other products--coupons I will never use because I want the ORIGINAL Taco Flavored Doritos returned. The problem with the recipe change happened somewhere in the late 80's and early 90's. First, they added sour cream (blecccch) to the recipe. The original did not have sour cream. Sometime later, they may have added some of the nacho cheese flavor (which I have never liked). Then they went off the market. During the time they went off the market, the formulation of the chips themselves changed--they are not as crispy, not as substantial, have rounded corners, etc. What they brought back seems to be a combination of that last "nacho cheese" monstrosity and the new tortilla chips. It is a pale echo of the original. The only thing I have seen that came close were Mexi-Snax Pico de Gallo Tortilla chips. Unfortunately, those have also gone away as the company went out of business.

Ed on September 25, 2019:

Just saw them at Walmart today! Bought the bag! Excellent! Glad you’re back!

Matt on August 28, 2019:

The rules that control which ingredients are fully described and which are categorized have changed over the last 40+ years. "Spices and Flavorings" as shown on the original packaging may have actually included many of the ingredients that appear on the modern bag.

Raymond p. Sanbeck on April 06, 2019:

I have seen them in vending machines over the last year or 2 but no big bags food lion grocery has the big bags this week have never seen them in the big bags and it's buy one get one free so I bought 10 bags love them

Dennis on March 21, 2019:

Was just talking about the Taco Doritos the other day, they were the best. Haven't had the new version yet, but sounds like I'll be disappointed. Why not just bring back the original recipe?

Earl on March 07, 2019:

Taco flavored Doritos from the '70s is the taste that I fell in love with and will always consider the best flavor of all time. the new taco doritos seemed to be made differently to me and, while I could taste the old school flavor, it was very light and didn't have the same zing.

Shannon on February 21, 2019:

I completely agree they do not taste the same at all. I still remember that taste and yea there was no cheese flavor. It's hard to describe the flavor but I still know the flavor if that makes sense and this was over 40 years ago for me. It's aggravating when a company says they will bring the original back and then it doesn't taste the same. Anyways I'm glad I found people to agree with me and prove that I'm not crazy!

Beverly on February 08, 2019:

NOT the same as they were in the 70's . But glad it's back

Sylvia Birdwell on January 06, 2019:

I love the Taco flavor doritos. I remember them when I was growing up in the 60's. I was so happy & surprise to see them on the shelf in my local market. I think that is also the original design.

Monica on August 14, 2018:

I agree, they are missing something like more taco seasoning, and less cheese taste.

I’m disappointed with these new taco flavor Doritos, they taste too much like nacho flavor. They need to find the old recipe, and also put them in see through bags like they used to be.

Kreg on July 03, 2018:

I was at a 7-Eleven in Oakdale California this morning and I saw a bag of Taco Bell mild tortilla chips, I tried them what I didn't expect to find was as close to the original 70s recipe taco flavored Doritos that I have ever tasted..... if you like the old recipe Doritos from the 70s give these a try you won't be disappointed I'm psyched out!!!!!!!

heekan on May 28, 2018:

The new Taco flavor is OK but not the same. I remember when they hooked up with Taco Bell and introduced the tomato and cheese flavors into them. Like you, I remember them as being really thick with flavor back in the day. They were way better than nacho cheese and when cool ranch came out that was just gross.

Lee - Austin, TX on May 23, 2018:

Was so excited to see this were back! But, like you I found it wasn't the same taste. Close, but not the same. Still, good to see it back.

David ...San Diego on March 11, 2018:

I remember the originals to be bold..but not hot...and slightly greasy....which made them great.

Bobby W. on February 28, 2018:

Taco flavored Doritos were always my favorite as far back as 1971 when I was 9 yrs old - Great with Bean Dip (Frito-Lay brand or Laura Scudders) But would break in the dip - lol -

I always felt Nacho flavor pushed Taco out - and I never liked Nacho - the later Spicy Nacho was good though & the Tapatio -

But the new ones - as you I was excited like a 9 yr old when I heard and later found them at Ralphs Super market here in Los Angeles - bought 4 bags -

The taste - good - really good but not like the 70s - something missing - but still better than most other Doritos though - glad their back but wish they’d use the 1970s recipe -

Erica on February 22, 2018:

I loved the Taco Doritos with a can of Dr. Nehi

Rick Fenchurch on January 30, 2018:

I loved the Taco Doritos back in the 70s - my first bag of "Nacho Cheese" Doritos was my last - and the new Taco Doritos are okay. They're not the same as the originals, but they'll do for a little nostalgia noshing.

Cocoa for flavoring??? That's interesting....

Back in the day I would take an old cookie sheet that my mom let me use and I would arrange 15-18 fairly flat Taco Doritos in three rows. Then I'd place one little-fingernail-sized pinch of a Kraft individually-wrapped cheese slice (American??) atop each Dorito. Then I'd add one slice of pre-sliced pepperoni (Hormel??) and finish with another pinch of cheese.

I'd put the sheet in our gas oven's broiler and toast everything for no longer than 60 seconds. (Or things would burn.)

Easy Taco Pizza Bites for my and a couple of friends. :)

Seaheart88 on January 30, 2018:

From a fan that once wrote to Frito-Lay asking them to reinstate Taco Doritos, the new ones are good, and better than any other flavor Dorito currently has out (Spicy Nacho has been my only other Dorito weakness in 51 years!), but not the caliber of the old Taco flavor. The 60s/70s Taco was much more bold and spicy; today's seems weak compared, and a little cheesy!

Wes on January 07, 2018:

Cocoa? Maybe that is the missing ingredient...

Annie on December 09, 2017:

Why don't we all start writing to Frito-Lay ? There absolutely MUST be a record orf the Original Taco flavor recipe. They got the BAG right!

RanchoFiesta on November 11, 2017:

I loved Taco flavored Doritos from late 60's and early 70's. The new ones taste only slightly of the old, bold flavor. Even the darkest orange chips in the bag have only a hint of the original flavor. Disappointed, to say the least.

Jim Lassiter on November 09, 2017:

They had a few bags here in NH few years back. I almost freaked as i thought my favorite chip was back! Sadly it was a small bag but i HAD to have them again! For over 30 years i've dreamed of this and then i ate them.... one chip after another, dissapointment building with each one...

Fritolay, give the original recipe to someone who'll make them properly and sell them everywhere...all your other flavors are terrible, especially the nacho flavored Doritos... Not at all like the original flavor!

THUMBS DOWN!

violette phillips on September 21, 2017:

I hope they bring back the taco flavor. I found them once (by mistake) I thought I was the only one that loved these.

Karl chesser on August 06, 2017:

Wow, I have looked for these for years And found them today at an GIA, I bought 2 bags, thinking I might not find them again, I like them but I also think there not as good as I remember,I loved them back when they first came out, anyways I will use them to dip in my chili and eat, and will buy more but no there not like I remember

Rich on July 29, 2017:

In Australia, Doritos has a "Mexicana" flavor that is similar to the original and my favorite Taco flavor. They don't add any cheesy or sour cream flavors just onion, tomato and garlic powders with paprika, chili and cumin spices. Delicious, but not quite as bold as the original.

Anna on July 09, 2017:

I've lived in Iowa for my entire life (20 years) and I have always been able to buy them. Maybe the availability is regional?

Rita Dentmom on June 08, 2017:

Please bring them back! I loved them and still do where can you buy them in stores rather than online?

Harry on May 27, 2017:

I loved the original Taco flavor back in the 70s..these new Taco flavor are a cross between nacho cheese and cool ranch....too cheesy

Prb on May 17, 2017:

New taco Doritos are disgusting

Keith on May 10, 2017:

I was born in the middle sixty's,so I grew up on the Taco Doritos. I told my wife several times that I wish we could still buy them. She is not a fan of the Taco flavor like I am. I was looking at the chip isle at one of our Walmarts there to my surprise I saw them. I bought two bags and couldn't wait to get home and rip into a bag. The taste was ok and I liked them but they just weren't the chips of my childhood. I came across your post accidentally looking for original date of the Taco flavor Doritos. I will buy more but wish we could get the flavor of our childhood again. Thanks for your research.

Greg Smith on March 18, 2017:

I loved them and other Taco favored chips back in the late 60s & 70s. Taco flavored chips started disappearing sometime in the 70s. Goodness knows when I traveled I searched lots of stores. The last ones left were Doritos, but at some point they started adding sour cream flavoring (I was pretty annoyed). I still like them, but they are nowhere as good as the original without the sour cream flavoring

Robert on March 06, 2017:

Did anyone else notice that you got a really terrible aftertaste if you drank a Pepsi right after eating Taco Doritos?

Joe on March 06, 2017:

I agree I found a bag of the Taco flavored but I instantly knew this wasn't the same flavor, something was off, big disappointment.

tim t on May 14, 2015:

Loved them in the early 70s..we'd take a bag or 2 and a drink with us for lunch when out riding our bikes all day. Great summer memory

anonymous on October 15, 2012:

I am coming up on 50 and unlike many posters do remember when the only choices were corn tortilla or taco! We ate a ton of the taco flavor as a kid and when i saw the retro bag, figured 'I gotta try these'! The verdict is as you've said, not as strong in the spicing and and more of an ambiguous 'cheesy' aftertaste. If they truly want to re-create the original they need to go to a spicier spice base (cumin, chili powder) and remove the cheesy additive.

Kapalbility on September 04, 2012:

Awesome! So it was pulled out then it came back. I love Doritos here in the Philippines. Especially dipping it in home made salsa. Mmmm. I'm driving to the nearest grocery now.

OliviaDaughter LM on June 20, 2012:

Very creative and funny. It had me smiling, I like that. Sorry that didn't have the same flavor.

randomthings lm on May 10, 2012:

This is a GREAT lens! Creative, funny and informative. I was chuckling through most of it. You are an entertaining writer. Thanks!

getmoreinfo on May 09, 2012:

This is an interesting taste test experiment, I sure can relate to having a favorite snack food and then finding that the original recipe has been changed. I think the cheese flavor is the one I buy the most now.

cleanyoucar on May 08, 2012:

I love tacos, might buy a pack or two. :D

Pastor Cher from United States on May 08, 2012:

Love this snack. Could go for some right now.

dellgirl on May 08, 2012:

Wow, you had me hooked from the title - Taco Flavor Doritos - I used to LOVE those things! My heart sank when you bit into one and it didn't taste the same...siiigh

What a great lens, I love what you've done here.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on May 07, 2012:

I love your zest for the quest to find the new ones!

tjustleft on May 07, 2012:

Goodbye taco flavored doritos. I am now hooked on spicy sweet chili flavor. Frito Lay please remove the MSG. I wan't to be sure it's the flavor I am addicted to and not the "flavor enhancer".

publicdomain lm on May 07, 2012:

Haven't seen them around here yet, but I will definitely pick up a bag if I see one, just because you've got me curious.

Rock Artist on May 07, 2012:

I'm sure they're delicious, but ALL Doritoes contain MSG so beware.

anonymous on May 07, 2012:

Never thought I'll come across this topic, you're so cute!

GeekySocket on May 07, 2012:

we don't have doritos where i live D:

SteveKaye on May 05, 2012:

We now buy organic corn chips that have about a fourth of the ingredients listed above (as in just food and no chemicals).

anonymous on May 05, 2012:

What a fun trip down memory lane - taco style!

Joan Hall (author) from Los Angeles on May 05, 2012:

@anonymous: I would rank the new Taco Doritos as being of about equal tastiness to the Cool Ranch flavor. The result has been that I always buy the Cool Ranch instead because the Taco flavor still makes me feel disappointed when I remember the old ones.

anonymous on May 05, 2012:

Oh, and I was wondering if your taste buds have adjusted to the change or have you moved on for good? Funny the things we think about....reminds me of when Coke made their dumb move.

anonymous on May 05, 2012:

For some reason I got to thinking of this last night and realized that I didn't finnish my comment after the dancing in the streets, sadly the music was just not the same and that good news folks will be hoping to find was better in the past...a shame, sorry your hopes were dashed, guess all those new additives just don't taste right! Also, I love how you are holding the "specimen" in your intro picture.

fullofshoes on May 04, 2012:

Hi Joan: Not a big fan of Doritos of any kind but I' a huge fan of how you did this lens!! Great job, loved it!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on May 04, 2012:

Yech. They made me ill with the original simple ingredients enhanced/laced with MSG. Now they've added even more chemicals and colors along with the MSG. I'll eat real chips made with real food, thanks, but I know there are plenty of folks who do have a Dorito passion.

jfjones1 on May 04, 2012:

This lens is very creative and informative. Loved it!

Fay Favored from USA on May 03, 2012:

It seems just when they get you "hooked" on something they change it. Then when they reintroduce it, for some reason it just doesn't taste the same. Love your quest here. Such a fun lens.

KimGiancaterino on May 03, 2012:

I love that you used the Frito-Lay website's product locator to find a store.That's something that couldn't be done when the original Taco Doritos were around. I'm sorry the recipe was "improved." I can't tolerate MSG, so nearly all flavored chips are out for me.

livinglargeandh on May 03, 2012:

Hmmm. So what's missing from the old recipe to the new? Don't hold us in suspense. I haven't seen the taco flavor here.

Nicole Pellegrini from New Jersey on May 03, 2012:

Love it! (Well, the lens, haven't tried the chips yet.) I know how sad it is when a favorite junk food goes MIA - or when the recipe changes and is no longer as good as before.

JZinoBodyArt on May 02, 2012:

lol! Great lens!

JoshK47 on May 02, 2012:

These are some of my favorite salty snacks - blessed by a SquidAngel!

iWriteaLot on May 02, 2012:

Great lens! Lots of fun and a look back at the past :)

miaponzo on May 01, 2012:

I really love Doritos any way you look at it. :) Blessed!

Kathy McGraw from California on May 01, 2012:

LOL Joan, this is funny :) Loved it that you found "proof" they weren't the same, but sad after all that you didn't get that old pleasure of your Taco Doritos :)

OctavioMelesio on May 01, 2012:

Hi Joan... yes I like it your lens...

Annamadagan on May 01, 2012:

I love doritos, but I've never tried the taco flavored ones... Great lens!

anonymous on May 01, 2012:

Let there be dancing in the streets for the return of the Taco flavored Dorito and congratulations on getting this featured on the front page so more can hear the good news and maybe be guided here by that purple star!

puppyprints on May 01, 2012:

I love nacho cheese doritos...never tried the taco ones !

Ann Hinds from So Cal on April 30, 2012:

This is fabulous and you did a wonderful job on this lens. It was also my husband's favorite chip and he was also disappointed. Blessed!

gatornic15 on April 30, 2012:

Nothing is ever quite the same as the original. Sorry your quest to not lead to the happy ending you were looking for...however, it did get you a Purple Star!