Food of the Seventies, Hostess Taquitos

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Way before Hostess was bought out by Frito-Lay, there was no such thing as Doritos here in Canada. They were called Taquitos and they came in only 2 flavours...Zesty Cheese, in an orange bag (still exists as a Dorito flavour) but I can't remember what the second flavour was but it was awesome (it came in a brownish bag). I think it may be the Taco flavour mentioned in other postings.
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Nick - October 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Yes it was TACO flavour.
Chip - November 26, 2008 - Report this comment
LOL. I was just having a similar conversation about "Taquitos" (and thus had to Google it)... but my American and Australian colleagues have no idea. The Taco flavour was dope.
Groovy Drew - April 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Yes it was Hostess Taquitos with the mouse on the bag. Problem is, todays zesty cheese doritos are nowhere near as cheesy and tasty. Problem is, orignal Taquitos used more real cheddar, hence, obviously replaced with artificial flavours. Sometimes I can close my eyes with Zety Cheese Doritos and pretend that they are in fact Tostitos, but Im just a dreamer. They will never exist again. Hostess Taquitos are destroyed my corporate takeover.
Guy from pei - May 06, 2010 - Report this comment
The name was indeed "Taquitos" in the brown bag. They were so completely flavored one chip had the staying power of chewing tobacco, with the taco flavor that is sadly long gone. The formula is probably in the vault and will reappear (pls pls pls. This is a flashback flavor from my youth that I expect all these posters miss.
taco - January 03, 2011 - Report this comment
omg, i loved those chips so much growing up. The nacho cheese flavour was to die for and i seriously miss those still. There is nothing i've found to compare nowadays.
Magpie - August 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I used to love these. Especially the Taco.
Candace - January 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Doritios has brought back the same chip "Dorito's Taco" flavor I dont know if it is exactly as good...but it is still prettt darn good!!
Bill - September 23, 2012 - Report this comment
The Zesty Cheese Taquitos were the best. Nothing Doritos or any other brand will ever compare. It was the only one that the cheese would literally drip from the chip, big chunks of real cheddar.
Davey - November 17, 2012 - Report this comment
The taco flavoured taquitos were good, but so powerfully flavourful that i couldn't eat a whole bag in one sitting. My fav was definitely the nacho cheese tacos. I still remember them fondly, and lament that nothing comes close nowadays.
sumtingwong - November 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Yes, I miss those two flavours & like someone mentioned earlier the flavour of the Zesty chips had the staying power that Viagra could only dream of having! It was so strong we used to nickname them 'bag of bad breath' as you totally suffered from Dragons breath for hours after eating a bag of these but it was well worth it! I still can taste these chips in my memory as well (please come back!)
Underwaterbob - January 28, 2013 - Report this comment
I LOVED Zesty Cheese Taquitos, but then once I ate some while I sick (salty tastes so good when you're sick) and sneezed must've got some stuck in my sinuses or something. For some time afterward I could periodically smell them, and while they tasted great, they did not smell particularly good.
Chiplover - June 07, 2013 - Report this comment
I was addicted to those zesty chips in the 80s, does anymore remember the spicy zesty, they were only out for a short time, but were so good.
ty - July 16, 2013 - Report this comment
Ever since Doritos purchased them, I can't eat them anymore. I still remember the mouse logo. I think it's name was El Taquito and he had a sombrero. I used to call them moussie chips. Miss them so much. Hopefully one day they will make them again but I doubt it.
ChrisH - June 14, 2014 - Report this comment
I actually wrote to Frito-Lay a few years back, and begged them to bring back the Taco flavour from the Taquitos days. They did a retro thing last year, but unfortunately, I didn't get the huge canker sore on my tongue the original recipe used to provide... I used to lick off the powder coating like it was Fun-Dip.. Oh the good old days
SACHA - March 04, 2015 - Report this comment
Victor the Crab - September 04, 2015 - Report this comment
Whether it was Hostess or Frito Lay, Zesty Cheese was, and remains, the greatest snack food around.
AndrewZ - July 05, 2016 - Report this comment
I feel certain they were burried and all records destroyed as they likely cause all manner of cancers. How can somethign that tastes so good not be bad for you? I often dream of a warehouse somewhere full of the last unsold batch...if only.
ken - January 09, 2017 - Report this comment
I think they found a way to save a few pennys by changing the taist.
Penny - May 19, 2017 - Report this comment
Hostess Taco-flavoured taquitos and a Cuban Lunch chocolate bar...oh to be back in those days again!!!
Chris - November 27, 2017 - Report this comment
I vividly remember these! They still sold them right up to the very early '90s. The cheesy flavour was a lot stronger AND the chips were a lot oilier. It would leave an ungodly mess on one's hands but by gawd did it ever taste good! The Doritos version of Zesty Cheese pales in comparison. I still will get a bag every now and then but I find if you buy the smaller bags the chips hold their taste a lot better and is closer to the originals but the regular size bag loses a lot of that punch.

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