25 Chips to Christmas – 2016….

On the twenty-second day of Chips to Christmas our true love gave to us……

#4

Fritos – Chorizo & Chipotle (Mexico)


Fritos - Chorizo and Chipotle

Original Review Here

If you are a fan of the funk, then you are very likely going to love these Fritos from Mexico.  We stumbled upon them at a local gas station oasis, and it is probably fair to say, that we then stumbled back upon them at least another dozen times after that as well!

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

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

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

Pake-Taxo Official Website

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REVIEW: Fritos – Chorizo & Chipotle (Mexico)

Rating: ©©©©-3/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

Fritos - Chorizo and ChipotleThese are, far and away, without a shred of a doubt, the best Fritos we have ever, ever-ever-ever, tried!  Where have you suckers been all of our life?!?

THANK YOU – Hinsdale Tollway Oasis 7-eleven gas station!  If it was not for you and your little rack of Frito Lay Mexico snacks then we may have never found these fantastic corn chips!  Which brings us to ask one simple question – why is this flavor not made or produced in the U.S.?  Why?!?  Here’s a suggestion – make these available everywhere in the U.S.  And heck, while you are at it, bring back Frito Bandito – he would pair perfectly with these!

Wow, these have some real Mexican chorizo bite –  an unmistakable funk, a tang, a rich & zesty sausage flavor!  It’s almost as if these Fritos have been sprinkled with actual Mexican chorizo in seasoning form!

Right from the get go you can tell that these dark Fritos are bringing another level to their corn chip game.  Besides the spicy aroma that permeates from the bag, grab a handful of these corn chips and they are heavy, and almost wet, or sort of greasy….kind of like chorizo.

Fritos hearty corn chips go very, very, very well with this chorizo and chipotle seasoning blend! And, come to think of it, why wouldn’t they?  Corn is a major staple in Mexican cuisine, and of course it pairs perfectly with other staples like chorizo sausage and chipotle chilies!

Speaking of that other flavor component – chipotle, we don’t really taste any of this chili’s usual smokey notes.  Sure there is plenty of zesty heat present, but we can neither confirm, nor deny, that it is coming from the addition of chipotles.  What we can confirm is that we DO NOT CARE, because whatever this seasoning is made up of is delicious just the way it is!

Come’on Fritos!  Do us a solid and put these on our U.S. shelves everywhere regular Fritos already are.  And to you Fritos lovers out there, if you cross paths with these delicious chips, do not hesitate to buy every bag you see on the shelf!!

Junk Food Guy reviewed these about three years ago, and his opinion is quite different than our own.  Our best guess is that his taste buds were off from too many delicious vacation margaritas!

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

Fritos Official Website

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25 Chips to Christmas….

#12

Burt’s British Potato Chips – Bursting With Spicy Chorizo

Burt's - Spicy Chorizo

Original Review Here

Tomato, chorizo, lime, and paprika, with vinegar, chili flakes, salt and sugar!  What does that spell?  Delicious!!  What does that mean?  It means we want more, cause this bag went fast!!  But unfortunately for all of us, Burt’s chips are located over in the U.K., and we can’t find these stateside very often.  **So, if you spot them, grab us a bag!

REVIEW: Burt’s British Potato Chips – Bursting With Spicy Chorizo

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

Burt's - Spicy ChorizoOh Burt, you know you had us at Spicy Chorizo!

Many of you, as well as all of us here, are from the U.S. of A., and we often associate chorizo sausage with Mexican cuisine.  That dark red, heavily seasoned, spicy ground pork that is often found cooked in tamales, tacos or with eggs.  Well, that’s not the chorizo that Burt’s British Potato Chips is using on their hand cooked potato chips (don’t they mean crisps?!).  No, Burt’s spicy chorizo refers to the classic, smokey, cured, Spanish chorizo popular in Europe, but readily available throughout the world.

To date, we have only tried one other of Burt’s British Potato Chip flavors, but luckily we were more than impressed with the uniquely flavored Guinness Hand Cooked Potato Chips.  Well, we are happy to report that Burt’s Spicy Chorizo flavor is even better!  How can we accurately describe this lip-smacking flavor to you?  Burt’s says they “…take smokey Spanish sausage to a new level by combining it with a delicious tomato chilli sauce for a real spice fiesta.”  We call them a lip-smackingly delicious mélange of flavors, with loads of depth, and perfect interplay between smoky, sweet, sour and heat!  The ingredients list may seem like there’s too much going on but let us assure you that the combo of tomato, chorizo, lime, paprika, vinegar, chili flakes, and some sugar makes for a great delicious party in the mouth!  We wouldn’t necessarily call, and certainly not title, these spicy. There is a bit of chili flake heat, and it even slightly builds with each additional chip, but never really reaches any sort of “spicy” level.

The hand cooked potato chips themselves deliver an adequate level of greasiness, but are a little thinner, and less toothsome than most “hand cooked / kettle cooked” style chips.  We couldn’t really detect much actual potato flavor from behind the delicious seasoning.

In the end, these are some pretty fantastic potato chips!  Extremely well balanced.  Easy to devour.  Plus a unique blend of ingredients we don’t often see together.  That being said, by the time we finished chomping down this delicious bag of chips, we realized that Burt’s Spicy Chorizo seasoning actually tasted eerily similar to Kettle Brand’s Salsa with Mesquite Potato Chips.  The only distinguishable difference were the chips themselves, and as great as Burt’s chips are, we don’t love them quite as much as Kettle Brand’s perfect kettle chips!

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

Burt’s British Potato Chips discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, Illinois

Burt’s Official Website

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