REVIEW: Papas Caseras – Adobadas Kettle Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

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Adobadas flavored chips seem to be springing up like weeds in a garden right now…….they are everywhere!!!

Adobadas means: in Adobo sauce.

Adobo: is fundamentally a sauce consisting of dried and pureed chiles, with oil and vinegar (sort of similar to a hot sauce), but like so many other sauces, there are countless versions of Adobo throughout the world, with even countless more ingredient options.

A little while back we reviewed Frito Lay’s Sabritas Adobadas Potato Chips, and we feel it is fair to say that to understand Papas Caseras’ version, all one must do is take our flavor description from the Sabritas review, and amplify it by ten-fold.  These chips exude loads of chipotle adobo flavor.  The photo on the potato chip bag above, similar to the Sabritas bag, seems to be showing us some red jalapeno chile peppers (chipotles perhaps?), along with a tomato.  Those two items, combined with a semi-truck full of powerful and zippy acidic lime flavor, pretty much sums up the flavor profile for these chips.  First, we tasted the smoky chiles, then the heat from those chiles exploded our tongues, next the smooth, tangy tomato flavor tried to calm down our taste buds, but they were shocked back into a flavor coma by the citrus-y lime punch.  If you like your chips packed with flavor, you’d be hard-pressed to find more flavorful chips than these.

However, if you, like us, prefer a more well-rounded potato chip, than you may have experienced the same two issues with these chips as we did:

1) If you look closely to the picture above you will note that underneath the adobadas flavor it reads “sweet chile flavor”.  Well, despite all of the flavors and senses these chips encompass, sweet is not among them.  Seriously, we struggled to find any sweetness amongst these chips.

2) These chips have so much seasoning coating them that any hint of potato flavor that these chips may have had, is obliterated by the adobo flavor shock.

Papas Caeras kettle cooked potato chips are an extra-crunchy, medium thickness, better than average kettle chip.  We would be more than happy to find them at our local grocery store….alas, they are currently only available in the Southern California area.  Although, we may not have enjoyed the adobadas flavor quite as much as their serrano flavored chips (de-lic-ious), we still know when we are tasting chips that are better than the majority – and, Papas Caseras are them.

Agree or disagree, we’d love to know.

Chips provided to Chip Review by Classic Foods, Inc. for review

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REVIEW: Sabritas – Adobadas Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Sabritas - Adobadas

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Adobadas means: in Adobo sauce.

Adobo: is fundamentally a sauce consisting of dried and pureed chiles, with oil and vinegar (sort of similar to a hot sauce), but like so many other sauces, there are countless versions of Adobo throughout the world, with even countless more ingredient options.

And, Sabritas: are Lay’s south of the border Mexican potato chip counterpart.  Think Lay’s with a sombrero.

These particular Adobadas Sabritas were brought back from Mexico, and graciously given to Chip Review by some of our very good friends.  We can only assume that this flavor attempts to demonstrate a Mexican version of Adobo sauce, and as far as we know, that means a version using chipotle chiles.  The photo on the potato chip bag seems to be showing us a red jalapeno chile pepper (chipotle perhaps?), along with a tomato.  And that pretty much sums up the flavor on these chips.  We tasted smoky chiles, but with none of the spicy heat we expected.  They were mixed with lots of sweet and tangy tomato flavor, and everything was rounded out with a little bit of citrus-y lime flavor in the background.  The flavor was fine, but nothing exceptional.

The potato chips themselves weren’t anything more than the standard basic Lay’s potato chips.  Meaning: thinner, all of them approximately the same size, with not very much potato flavor.  We always appreciate when people bring us back chips from other countries, but as far we’re concerned, these chips could have remained in Mexico.

As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

Chips provided to Chip Review by our good friends K & S

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REVIEW: Lay’s Stax – Que Rico Adobadas

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

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Adobadas: in Adobo sauce.

Adobo: is fundamentally a sauce consisting of dried and pureed chiles, with oil and vinegar (sort of similar to a hot sauce), but like so many other sauces, there are countless versions of Adobo throughout the world, with even countless more ingredient options.

We assume that since these Lay’s are displaying the Sabritas logo that they are demonstrating a Mexican style version of Adobo sauce, and as far as we know, Mexican versions seem to be synonymous with Chipotle chiles.  The photo on this can of crisps seems to be showing us a jalapeno pepper (which technically is used to create the Chipotle chile peppers in our defense), along with a tomato.

We like this flavor well enough.  We found it to be a quite a bit more complex than we expected.  We tasted smoky chiles, mixed with sweet and tangy tomatoes, mixed with pungent onions and garlic, mixed with a bit of acidic vinegar notes.  Dare we say that there was even a tiny bit of spicy heat in the far, far background….?  We’re pretty sure we felt it tickling at the back’s of our throats.

Que Rico Adobadas is definitely one of Chip Review’s favorite flavors we’ve seen from Lay’s Stax.  And, it is most certainly MAS RICO than the Que Rico Limon flavored crisps we reviewed a few weeks ago.

For another, and rather similar, take on these Stax, take a look at Junk Food Guy’s review.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

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