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

Pake-Taxo Official Website

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REVIEW: El Sabroso – Salt & Lime Flavored Potato Chips or Papas Fritas Sabor a Sal y Limón

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

El Sabroso - Salt-LimeWell, hello El Sabroso!  If we had to guess we would say that this particular bag of chips is bilingual!  On the top Spanish half of the bag we’ve got El Sabroso – Papas Fritas – Sabor a Sal y Limón.  On the bottom English half of the bag we’ve got Salt & Lime Flavored – Potato Chips.  But, what about the English translation for the brand name – El Sabroso?  We don’t think that we have ever looked up what the name means, and apparently it would translate to – The Tasty or The Delicious!  Sounds like a great name to us!!

It has been quite a long time since we have tasted or reviewed any strictly LIME flavored chips.  In fact, looking back through the database we discovered that there aren’t very many solely lime flavored chips.  Tons of lime plus chile flavored chips, and plenty of lime plus some other ingredient flavored chips, but when it comes to strictly lime flavored chips we have not tried very many.

While these chips are not very significant in any texture, flavor, or form, it is their refreshing simplicity that just sat very well with us.  And, while these potato chips taste very similar to so many other artificially lime flavored chips, (translation: they taste very much like salt & vinegar seasoning, or in other words, like potato chips that have been thoroughly coated with tongue zinging, ultra-sour, citric acid), we were more than prepared, and satisfied by them.  Mingling with the heavy dose of citric acid, was a dash of real lime juice, giving us just enough of that tingling lime flavor perception.  On the tail end of the flavor, our tongues also noticed a slight hint of sweetness that was a welcome addition to help counter the citrus sour.  Although we are not typically huge fans of very thin potato chips, these papas fritas were pretty good this time.  Very thin, no real potato flavor detectable, only a slight, soft, crunch, and what we would consider a medium size chip.

Overall, these chips were really nothing special, but sometimes that is more than enough, and expectations do not need to be exceeded, but only met!

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

Chips discovered at Shell Gas Station; Hillside, Illinois

El Sabroso Official Website

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REVIEW: Lay’s – Limon Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Lay's - Limon

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Limon?  Que es?

Lemon?

Lime?

Or…..a combination of both?  Lime + Lemon = Limon???  That has got to be it!

Obviously, in this case, Lay’s is referring to a lime, and not a lemon.  We have come to this miraculous conclusion based on the photo (limes are green, lemons are yellow), and the declaration from the back of the bag indicating that Lay’s has added, “… the zing of real lime“.  Problem solved, we are definitely reviewing lime flavored potato chips.  You can call us Sherlock Holmes from now on….

Has anyone else out there also ran into this same issue?  You are traveling through some far away South American country, you are having an amazing time, and all you want is a lime to eat (hypothetical of course)?  However, when you ask the local farmer for un limon, he hands you a lemon instead….  You see, what we here at Chip Review have realized, through much first hand research, is that different Central and South American regions seem to only grow either just limes, or just lemons; and in both cases, the fruit is call a limon.  Confusing, YES.

Lay’s Limon Chips taste very similar to other fake lime flavored chips, meaning: they taste very much like salt & vinegar flavored chips, or in other words, like potato chips that have been thoroughly coated with tongue zinging citric acid.  However, as is the case so often with chips that are heavily doused with citric acid, these lime flavored chips, actually sort of taste like sour lime (at least a lot more than chips that are supposed to be vinegar flavored).  On the tail end of the flavor our tongues also noticed a hint of sweetness that was a welcome addition to help counter the citrus sour.

As is typical, Lay’s potato chips were far too thin for our liking.  We had to grab an entire handful to feel like we even had something to crunch on in our mouths.  Salt level was on the higher end, and we did like that!

We can’t wait until Lay’s comes out with a Limon flavored chip…….?  Oh, sorry, lemon.

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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: Sabritas – Fiesta Mix – Favoritas (Cheetos, Turbos Flamas, Rancheritos, Sabritones)

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

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This snack mix is a combination of Sabrita’s (Frito Lay’s Latin American line of snacks) greatest hits.  All of them sporting a flavor often targeted at the Latin American market (ie. lime, chile, spicy, etc.). Think of these as Mexico’s version of Munchies…

What do we get in Sabritas Favoritas Party Mix?  Well: Cheetos – tiny versions of their Puffs (imagine Puffs cut into 3rds) covered in a slightly spicy green and red seasoning; Turbos Flamas – what we like to refer to at Chip Review as Fritos gone all rotini pasta crazy, and then covered in the traditional flamin’ hot Frito Lay seasoning; Rancheritos – which in our opinion are tiny versions of Doritos discontinued Ranchero (garlic, onion, lime, chili) flavored tortilla chips; and finally, a product we were unfamiliar with: Sabritones – which after a little research we realize that we have seen the product numerous times on our grocery store shelves, but never tried before; we can only describe them as Sabritas chile-lime flavored non-pork version of chicharrones / pork rinds (hence the play on the name: Sabritas + Chicharrones = Sabritones ( – the pork).

The mix works together nicely, but isn’t really anything special.

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