Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)
Señor Tapatio, and Frito Lay, must have relatively recently agreed to an exclusive snack partnership between the two of them because we’ve spotted (and reviewed) a handful of Tapatio hot sauce flavored Frito Lay now! Señor Tapatio seems to have really hit the jackpot! So far we’ve seen versions from Doritos, Fritos, Ruffles, Lay’s (review forthcoming), and now of course we can add Cheetos to that long illustrious list of spicy snacks.
So far, we’re are absolutely confident in calling these Cheetos our favorites amongst the Tapatio and Frito Lay collaboration. At first glance these Cheetos’ bright, bright red appearance had us thinking we had accidentally opened a bag of our favorite Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but one lick and we knew that these Tapatio Cheetos weren’t quite THAT spicy. However, that’s not to say that these Cheetos didn’t have some heat of their own, because they were packing a bit of a punch. More than one of our Chip Reviewers used the word “zippy” to describe the Cheetos’ spicy, vinegar-y, and cheesy combo. The harmonious flavor combination just really worked. The light and crisp crunch of the Cheetos complimented the spicy, salty and sour notes just right.
Probably our favorite aspect of this particular Tapatio hot sauce flavored Frito Lay snack is how much we could actually taste the cheese in conjunction with the hot sauce flavor, and, how we were hoping, and expecting to do so. The slight issue we had with all of the other Tapatio flavored snacks was that they all seemed to encompass at least a little bit of cheese flavoring as well, except that in our opinion none of those snacks are naturally associated with cheese flavoring on their own. Enough said.
Plain and simple, these are tasty and you should give them a try if you spot them on your local shelves.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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