REVIEW: Sabritas – Pake-Taxo – Mezcladito (Rancheritos, Cheetos, Sabritones, Fritos)

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Sabritas - Pake-Taxo MezcladitoAnd yet another pretty great Frito Lay Mexico find from our favorite Illinois Tollway Oasis!

We had to dig deep into the archives to make sure that these Pake-Taxo were not just another reboot Sabrita Mix of sorts, but as much as they may be similar to Sabritas Fiesta Mix, they are also slightly different.

In fact, if we were being really picky, these Pake-Taxo are just another Frito Lay’s / Sabritas snack mix reboot that simply combines preexisting snacks.  Similar to the likes of Cheetos Mix-Ups, Frito Lay’s Munchies, and Doritos Mixes.

And just like with all of those other mixes, the sum of those parts are not quite as delicious as the individual items themselves.

Sabritas Pake-Taxo Mezcladito are a fun mix consisting of a sort of weird combination of three different flavors of Fritos (chile y limón, sal y limon, chorizo chipotle), some Rancheritos (aka Sabritas “Doritos” Ranchero flavor), and Cheetos Spicy/Chili-Cheese Bolitas (aka cheese balls!).  Many of these different items we have tasted and reviewed individually.

For the most part the overall flavor theme sprinkled throughout this mixed bag is most definitely chile and lime, aka chile y limón.

It is blatantly apparent that the vastly abundant mix ingredient here are the Sabritones.  Seriously, easily half of the bag is made up of Sabritones’ puffed wheat based, chicharrones inspired, crunchy snacks.

The rest of the mix consists of a fairly even combination of the remaining components.  That being said, it was fairly difficult to distinguish the differences in flavor between the three Fritos.

We really can’t stand it when a mix cannot be enjoyed in a single harmonious handful.  And yet, the individual components themselves are still lip-smacking enough on their own that we did not have any problem crunching our way through this Pake-Taxo Mezcladito!

Discovered at 7-eleven; Hwy. 294, Hinsdale Oasis, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: El Sabroso – Spicy Chile & Lime Flavored Potato Chips or Papas Fritas Sabor a Chile Picante y Limón

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

El Sabroso - Spicy Chile & LimeEl Sabroso – Papas Fritas Sabor a Chile Picante y Limón

Translation: The Tasty – Spicy Chile & Lime Flavored Potato Chips

Quite frankly, that translation is spot on.  These are definitely some tasty chile and lime flavored potato chips.

These are not El Sabroso’s first attempt at the popular flavor combination of Chile y Limón, but we would say that they are their most delicious.

El Sabroso’s potato chips may actually be the most heavily seasoned chips that we have ever encountered.  They are loaded, practically caked, with a heavy dusting of ultra flavorful, bright red seasoning.

Extra tangy sour lime paired very nicely with a potently spicy red chile seasoning.

They are definitely fake-fake-fake….  There is no way anything natural in this world is this vividly red; but we can appreciate how they have committed themselves by providing the most boldly colored chips, with an equally tongue burning seasoning!

The chips themselves are no slouch either.  Medium, to medium-thin, potato chips, with an adequate potato flavor, and semi-crispy crunch.

These are our thoughts, agree or disagree, make sure to let us know!

Chips discovered at Shell Gas Station; Hillside, Illinois

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REVIEW: Fritos – Chile y Limón (Mexico)

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Fritos - Chile y LimonSorry Fritos, but compared to your fantastically delicious, and plain old amazing brethren, that we just recently reviewed, these Chile y Limón flavored corn chips are just sort of así así.

Really, it just comes down to these chile and limón not having nearly the depth of flavor, or the originality, or the funk of the delectable chorizo and chipotle.

Short funny story about finding  these Fritos at our local tollway oasis 7-eleven.  This particular gas station likes to relabel their Frito Lay Mexico snacks with the English flavor translation.  Most of the time they are usually accurate with these translations, but with this particular bag they had labeled them with Chili and Lemon…..WRONG!  Now, in their defense limón does accurately translate to both lemon and lime geographically speaking (in fact, this is a very widely discussed topic in Latin America).  However, in this case, we feel like it should be pretty darn apparent that limón is referring to lime.  We’re talking about Fritos from Mexico where they use limes predominantly, and we’re talking about a practically classic chip flavor combination used throughout the United States.  Not to mention that there is a green piece of citrus fruit in the bottom right hand corner of the bag……

Getting back to the corn chips themselves, they were, again, just so so.  We did get a pretty decent splash of citrus-y lime sour, but only the slightest dash chile pepper flavor.  Even less impressive was their complete lack of any chile heat.

All that being said, the corn chips are perfectly edible and crunchable, but we will be sticking with the impeccable chorizo and chipotles.

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

Discovered at 7-eleven; Hwy. 294, Hinsdale Oasis, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Manomasa – Chipotle & Lime Tortilla Chips

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Manomasa - Chipotle & LimeLast year Manomasa amazed us with their packaging, and really floored us with two of their lip-smacking flavored tortilla chips!

Which may just be why it pains us so much to say that these chips are only….notably okay.

RECIPE No. 24 bring us the TOTOPO with smoky chipotle chilli & zingy lime with RED BELL PEPPERS, GUAJILLO chilli & TOMATO PUMPKIN SEEDS

These chips certainly have some strong, smokey, chipotle chili flavor.  So much so that the seasoning seemed a bit harsh.

We can appreciate how the tortilla chips had actual pieces of the chili running through them, but overall these chips were just lacking some depth, and richness.  They are very one note – smokey-salty-chili chips.

The seasoning offers just the slightest hint of citrus.  In fact, we probably wouldn’t have known it was there if we weren’t looking for it.

We had assumed that Manomasa had to have at least one dud among their delicious line-up, and although these aren’t horrible, we think that these are them.

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

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REVIEW: Kettle Brand – Chili Lime Potato Chips cooked in 100% Avocado Oil

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

Kettle Brand - Chili LimeWay, way, way back, there was a period of time when Kettle Brand….then known simply as Kettle Chips (that is until everyone started calling their chips kettle chips)…. used to have their own new flavor promotion called ‘People’s Choice‘.  This promotion was very akin to Lay’s recent ‘Do Us a Flavor‘ promotion, which we are guessing, and hoping, that you are familiar with, except for that we the people were not creating the new flavors, only voting on them.

Anyways…..our real point is, that some years back Kettle Brand released a very similar chili lime flavored potato chip during one of their People’s Choice promotions called Twisted Chili Lime Krinkle Cut Potato Chips. This was before a time when we actually began reviewing chips, and probably a time before anyone was actually using 100% Avocado Oil to fry their kettle chips.  What we do remember is liking them very much back then, and we’ve got to assume that Kettle Brand has kinda, sorta, re-released, at the very least, a similarly delicious chili lime flavor blend combination.

Let’s get the avocado oil discussion out of the way right from the start.  Is avocado oil important to us, or you?  Is this the next big thing to take the snack market by tasty storm?  Must be fairly important to Kettle Brand at least because they sure have taken up a big portion of the front of their packaging letting us know that these chips have been cooked in 100% Avocado Oil.  From what we can research avocado oil is known for its antioxidants and heart healthy monounsaturated fats, but we all know that the real question is ‘does it taste any different?‘ And, even more importantly ‘does it taste good?‘  Well, as far as we can tell it really does not taste any differently, especially on seasoned chips.  Luckily, it does seem to do the frying trick, as these kettle cooked potato chips are just as delicious as they typically are from Kettle Brand.

Over the years we have tried quite a few different versions of the chili pepper and lime flavor combination.  So many different brands in fact that we would go so far as to call this flavor combo a classic now, that should be included in a everyone’s line-ups.  Among these many versions, there have been ups and downs, goods and bads, and Kettle Brand’s new version is definitely one of the goods!

Delicious!  Probably the single most impressive aspect of this seasoning is the citrus infused sea salt.  The flavored salt delivers a unique lime flavor that is not overly citrus-y or acidic, like we are used to tasting with lime flavored chips, but simply more of a pure lime essence. It is almost as if fresh lime has been zested and sprinkled all over these chips. Very unique and delicious.  On the tail end of the lime flavor, our tongues also noticed a slight hint of sweetness that helped to accentuate the lime.

The chili half of the flavor combo equation was also impressive in its own right.  We’re not talking about the usual, over the top, in your face, abrasive and yet at the same time one note, tangy red chili powder.  No.  Instead, what we have here is the usage of the jalapeño chili pepper, which provides much more of a real vegetal chili heat.  Delicious!  Combine this with supporting seasoning characters like tomato, garlic and onion powders, and we’re talking about a fantastic flavor fiesta!  Who brought the guacamole…?  Anyone??  No?  Well, at least we do have some avocado, even if we can’t really taste it!

Chips discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Dakota Style – Chili Limon Chips de Caldera (Chili Lime Kettle Chips)

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Dakota Style - Chili LimonDakota Style recently shipped us a box of chips that included a few of their new “line” of what we are describing as “south of the border” inspired flavors.  Make sure to check out our review of their Cayena flavor today as well.

We have tried quite a few variations of the classic chili pepper and lime combination over the years.  Some we have loved, and others were just so-so.  Unfortunately, Dakota Style’s version, falls into that latter category.

First off, we would like to mention that these chips de caldera (kettle chips) tasted a lot like frying oil, which has been a concern, or complaint, that we have iterated more than once before with Dakota Style’s potato chips.

Even more concerning than their oily taste was how very, very subtle the seasoning tasted.  Certainly not strong enough to contrast the strong oily balance of these chips.  We did appreciate how the lime tasted like the real thing, but we just wanted more of it.  Plus, we recognize that the chili pepper is there in the background, but again there just isn’t enough of it for our taste buds to enjoy!

We are very interested to hear what you think of the Dakota Style’s bag coloring and design choice?  Not quite sure if our picture does these chips any justice but that is in fact a light purple colored bag, with…yes, that is correct, the shiny reflecting power of cellophane!  The new look is certainly eye catching, and maybe we’ll just leave it at that.

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

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REVIEW: Pringles Tortillas Exclusive Flavor! – Chile y Limon

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (tolerable)

Pringles Tortillas - Chile y LimonWe just need to ask it.  What’s the deal with all of the exclusivity between Pringles and Walmart these days?  We just don’t quite get it?  Wait, we probably do get it.  But, what we really want to ask in our whiniest of voices is – WHY oh Why?!  Our best guess is that Walmart sells more canisters of Pringles than any other retailer, or who knows, maybe all other retailers combined!  In turn, Pringles throws them an exclusive canister flavor, and Walmart promises to sell, or more accurately buy, X-amount of canisters.  Pringles keeps their largest distributor happy-happy, and Walmart now controls the one and only reason why any of us from Chip Review would ever frequent the blue and white giant retailer on a regular basis (of course we can pick up some Waffle Crisp and toilet paper while we are there!).  Is Walmart fully aware of what consumers such as ourselves will inevitably do? They just know that we will purchase other merchandise on our way back up to the register after visiting the chip aisle?  Are we over-thinking this?  Is it more simple than this, as in, does Walmart own Pringles?  Any which way you crunch it, we are not big fan of this exclusivity, as we often do not discover these exclusive flavors until we finally make the pilgrame to the big blue and white, and finally cross chip aisle paths!

We have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Pringles.  We love how often they create new flavors, and along those same lines, the boundary pushing limits of some of those flavors (ie. Pringles various pie and chocolate flavors).  Every so often the those new flavors pan out and we get a real hit from Pringles!  On the hand, we quite often dislike the quality and execution of many of Pringles flavors.  That being said, overall we have been very pleased with the majority of Pringles Tortillas style of crisps that we have tasted!

Pringles Tortillas are a heartier, denser, crunchier, and can we just call them a more “rustic” corn variation of Pringles traditional potato crisps.  Their mouth-feel is similar to the potato-based Pringles, only less brittle on the bite, with a grainier texture.  The crisps do still inhabit Pringles’ classically curved, oval, uniform design, allowing them to stack perfectly in their canister.  And the corn flavor is definitely front and center within these crisps, and lit pairs very well with this seasoning.

Our relationship with the chile & limón (or lime) flavor combination is similar to that with Pringles; as in we have found some amazing examples of this pairing.  However, overall we would say that we just don’t like most chile & limon flavored chips.  The flavor combo may have been unique and daring 5, or 10, years ago but lets move on already.  The combo is now getting very old and tired, and has become a mainstay among the standard U.S. flavor options.  And, it seems like, for the majority, every chip company utilizes the same stock chile and lime seasoning ingredients – and these Pringles Tortillas are no different!  First, a giant splash of citrusy-acidic-(slightly sweet)-lime-sour zip tingles the tongue.  The chile seasoning then makes an appearance, slightly burning the mouth and throat, and providing some of those smoky chile notes; but eventually it loses out to the powerful lime blast.

In the end, these are good enough to enjoy, but we won’t be running back to Walmart for another exclusive canister anytime soon!

**Note – we were thinking of lowering our rating of these Pringles due to their inaccurate spelling of the Spanish word ‘Limón’,….  (As we looked back through past reviews and ratings for other chile & limón (or lime) snacks that we have ever tasted, not a single one that utilized the Spanish translation for lime was missing the accent over the ‘O’.  Obviously, Pringles is going for a certain level of authenticity with these, so spelling one of three words incorrectly seems like a big oversight / mistake.  We mean come’on, Pringles must have enough workforce to have someone who can properly translate their products for them!)…..but in the end we opted not to lower their rating for this mistake, as we’re sure it was an oversight, and of course holds no real bearing on the crisps themselves.

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

Discovered at Walmart; Countryside, Illinois

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