Food of the Seventies, Taco Doritos

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Back the the '70s the Taco Flavor Doritos were MUCH better than you find in the grocery stores (in the mid-west) today! I'm not sure why they would change the flavor so drastically and if they went back to the original recipe I'd buy them much more! Very rarely do I buy the new taco flavor.
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amy b - October 26, 2007 - Report this comment
teh original taco flavor ROCKED.the new split bags of doritos (has 2 flavors in one bag-one is chicken wings and blue cheese,the other is zesty taco and chipotle something)the zesty taco is definately the original flavor! i was psyched!it tasted sooo good.
Lea - January 30, 2008 - Report this comment
The original taco doritos were awesome. The ones now taste like they have some sort of fake sour cream or cheese in the mix. The originals tasted like taco seasoning.
Sam - February 20, 2008 - Report this comment
Yes, Lea!! you are absolutely right!! The "zesty taco" of today is NOT like "original taco" from the 1970's. Original taco just is not made the same way by Frito Lay...I have called them many times and I have NEVER gotten a straight answer from them as to why they changed the recipe (for the worse)!! Today's taco is full of bogus, nasty cheese flavor, too much sugar, sour cream and artificial colors and preservatives. The original taco doritos had no artificial anything...just pure, delicious spices!! Also, I remember the underlying corn flavor of the taco chips to be more robust, and the chips seemed more like authentic corn, not the thin, soft, flaky chips of today!! Please let me know if others out there remember these same things from the 1970's original taco doritos??
Russell Verduzco L.A. - April 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I called Frito Lay and they product is available only available in certain regions, when I was in ELA in the 1970s they were everywhere, and now its these other flavored concoctions, Bring them back or let me order them PLEEEEEEZE
Rhonda - December 29, 2008 - Report this comment
I live south of Chicago. Sometimes I can find the original Taco Doritos. They also have the "fake" ones out, too. Look for a bag with taco in metallic silver. It says something like "they're back."
Bill in Buffalo - December 30, 2008 - Report this comment
Sam, I remember Taco Doritos just like you do. They were exactly what a taco flavored tortilla chip should be and I would describe them exactly as you did. I was in love with her. They were my chip, the chip made just for me, as if I sat with the company when they were formulated. Then she left me! I've been broken-hearted ever since.
Bill in Buffalo - December 30, 2008 - Report this comment
Hey folks! I just found Taco Doritos on eBay! They'll ship them anywhere! Yea! It's been about 20 years since I had them. The drought is over! It's going to be a happy new year now!!
Sam - January 06, 2009 - Report this comment
Bill, Sorry, but do not be fooled....I would guess the "Taco" Doritos you found on Ebay to still not be "original formula from the 1970's". I would guess they stiill have the bogus sour cream, milk, cheese ingredients that were not in "original formula". Let me know...Look at ingredient list on back of bag...also, do they truly taste like the originals you remember? I would bet not. Thanks, Sam
TCTina - January 08, 2009 - Report this comment
When I was in Camp Fire Girls we used to go camping and make Open Faced Tacos using Taco flavored Doritos, take some Doritos, put some taco seasoned ground beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato and sour cream and there ya go! I still like to make them every now and then for my kids.
Paul M - February 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Also known as nachos TC Tina. I too made them like you say. Still do for a change from time to time.
Jeff H - June 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I fondly remember the 70's era TACO flavored Doritos. I can still remember the zesty flavor. Nothing, Frito Lays has come out since has matched the level of goodness the original Taco had. I guess the big question is, if they reintroduced the original Taco today, would we love them as much or does our memory of them just make them seem better than they were?!
crazy amy - June 21, 2009 - Report this comment
HEY, BILL IN BUFFALO! were the e-bay doritos the real deal or what? dont leave us hangin' man-we need a fix! and are the ebay ones old bags bought in the 70's,or the same formula made fresh-i dont want stale ones. idoubt they could duplicate them as back in th 70's they fried things in REAL fat not this unsaturated crap. i'm waiting with baited (and hopefulley son to be taco smelling) breath. I love you guys-all of you!
Bill F - August 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I e-mailed Frito Lay and they said that TACO Doritos were dis-continued. Don't know if that means permanently or temporary. Too bad...they sold well here in Ohio.
Sam - December 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Hello Bill/Amy/Jeff H/Others on this blog: Unfortunately, Frito Lay has not re-produced the "Original Taco" flavor from the 1970's. Why they will not go back to this "perfect" recipe is beyond me! You would think that waiting 35 years would be enough! Does anyone have an empty bag of Taco flavor from the 1970's. If so, check the ingredient list on the back of the bag and let us know what it says. I can guarantee the "new taco flavors" are nothing like the "original"!!
Kevin - December 12, 2009 - Report this comment
These were brought back for a short time in the Halloween season of 2008, along with the 4-cheese ones. Every taco flavor sinse these has been nasty... Taco Supreme, Taco Bell Taco Supreme, and whatever it is now. All just gross.
Sam - December 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Kevin (and others) , Don't be fooled...the so-called return of Taco from Halloween 2008 was still NOT "Original" Taco Flavor from the 1970's!! In fact, it was the same "fake Taco" flavor (cheaper, bogus, sour cream and cheese ingredients) that Frito "unfortunately" changed to in the early 1980's!! I agree with you that the current Taco flavor is still gross!
Matt - December 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I agree with everyone here. I used to demand that my mother buy them, even though she detested the way they made my breath smell! I would sit with a whole bag after school watching Leave it to Beaver reruns and Lost in Space. How I wish we could have that taste again! Damn that focus group that preferred the sour cream change!
------ - January 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Doritos: Late night tacos Yum!
alexis - February 21, 2010 - Report this comment
sam,your the king of corn! I agree with you wholeheartedly if only fritolay would comply. Any retired fritolay employees that know the original recipe please fess up and make the real recipe known!
Steve - March 12, 2010 - Report this comment
changing the subject what about the original BBQ fritos from the same peiod.they cost 29 cents a bag....and were so much better than the bland crap sold today
Jason - March 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I would have to beg to differ Sam...i probally bought 45 bags from halloween era of 2008 and those were indeed the same flavor as the old ones...makes my mouth water thinking about it right now :/ ..i would pay 8 dollars a bag if they would bring them back
Linda - April 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember back in 1972 I ate a whole bag of taco Doritos and it made a big red sore inside my cheek! But I miss them so much. The ones they came out with 1/2 chipotle 1/2 taco were closest but not really the real thing. Actually taco and original flavored Doritos came before Nacho flavor did. I would eat the taco flavored doritos with a large coke. And coca cola tasted better back then too.
Barb - May 22, 2010 - Report this comment
About a month agao,my daughter found Taco Doritos in the Newark, New Jersey area! LOVE IT.....Frito Lay bring them back FOREVER.
Lauren - May 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I just loved Taco Doritos too! Every Friday night it was me, a bag of Taco Doritos watching the Friday night prime time shows on ABC...The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family. That was about how long it took me as an 11 year old to eat the whole bag!! Bought them faithfully until they stopped making them..never like any other version since! Miss them!!!
Kristen - June 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Rumor has it, the reason the original Taco doritos were discontinued is because the formula somehow "gummed up" the machines. at least, that is what I remember reading online a few years ago from someone in-the-know.
P.S. - June 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Is it just me, or did Frito-lay trick us twice and sneakily change the the Cool Ranch formula from the early 90s, as well? I remember those being much more tasty/flavorful than now . . . weren't the chips a little thicker, too? Maybe it's just me!
June - July 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I miss the original Taco Doritos. I am going to email them and suggest they bring back the original.. i suggest everyone do the same, maybe they'll bring them back
LAH - August 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I really miss the original Taco Doritos. The Taco Doritos that are sold now don't even compare. I realy wish Frito-Lay would consider going back to the original receipe!!
stephanie - August 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I love Taco, the ORIGINAL taco doritoes, the others taste like licked 40 spices at one time, GROSS!!! When they came back in october I went to all stores that had them and bought every single bag they had then made a special spot in the cabinet to store them all. I would pay 8 bucks a bag too, just to have them. If they had any sense the would bring it back annually like Mcdonalds does mcribs or shamrock shakes.
kandie - August 28, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG! I have longed for the Taco flavor of years gone by...but I never realized how many other people felt the way I do! Bring them back!!!!!
don - September 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I called Frito lay and they r bringing the original taco back by the end of year.I even asked if it was the flavor of the 80s and they said yes.You guys remember the ones the had a taco on the front of the bag? They were my favorite,anyway,good news
crazy amy - September 22, 2010 - Report this comment
OH DON-i HOPE what u say is true-if so u will hear me from way out where u r (wherever that is) singing and dancing 4 joy-then we should all meet and have a doritos snack party-we could also bring back any of the 70's food we've been able to track down-then maybe all our nostalgic happiness will whip us into a frenzy,creating a time/warp vortex which will send us all back to the 70's where we had no worries..... i love u guys-all of u!
don - September 23, 2010 - Report this comment
I hear u Amy.Hey give them a call and see what they tell u.There on the back of every doritos bag.Ive actually called twice one lady confirmed the other claimed they r not given that info.So im a little confused.Call them and leave a post.Ill check back.
don - September 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Just called the Charlotte NC plant and they confirmed by the end of the year.Looks like its time for that party Amy.I dont know how loud u need to sing but im in Va.
don - September 29, 2010 - Report this comment
Original taco back by the end of the year.Come on guys I thought u would be exicited.I just wish I had a date when they would return.Im thinking close to Halloween.Any thoughts?Or if anyone gets any news post it.The day they come out Im clearing the shelf.Anyway,its not much fun talking to my self.
k - October 30, 2010 - Report this comment
that is great news don! i'm a little afraid of getting my hopes up though . . . you know what they say about when something sounds too good to be true . . . nonetheless we will find out soon!
don - October 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Its happening k in December and there going with the Retro 70s bag I know this sounds too good to be true but it is call Frito lay for confirmation
Todd - November 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Even though they say they will be the original, I doubt they will because of the oil they cooked them in back then and the chip they used too...I first starting eating the original TACO DORITOS in 1982 when my girlfriend was hooked on them...They were the best ! We always searched for the chips for the most seasoning on it...Some of the broken off bits has mega seasoning on them and those were the best ever.....AHHH the memories...I am so glad I am not the only one that remembers how they USE TO TASTE!!! I also remember when TACO BELL USE TO TASTE GOOD......everything sucks now!
Ernesto - November 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I grew up during the 1970's in Pittsburgh and watched Chiller Theatre. Friday Night watching "Chilly Billy" with a bag of Taco Doritos, nothing better than that!
k - December 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Any update on the release of the original taco doritos this december??
don - December 10, 2010 - Report this comment
They say they r already out,but there not in Va.
don - December 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Ived called Frito lay to the point i think they know me by name.If anyone spots them leave a post.
don - December 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Anyone seen them?
Docroc5 - December 15, 2010 - Report this comment
I called Frito Lay today. They were released in November in just a few locations but will be a PERMANENT product available everywhere by late March 2011. It will even be in the old retro style bag it came in in the 70's. AWESOME!!
k - December 18, 2010 - Report this comment
docroc this is great news!! thanks for updating us. can't wait!!
don - December 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Found a picture of them on this really takes me back.Chek it out,ur goin to luv it
don - December 22, 2010 - Report this comment
Guess i should hav stated these r the new 2010 bag.
Hawkeye - December 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Thank you Santa!! Just bought 2 bags of the old Tacos in Des Moines, Iowa today (12/24) at Hy-Vee and saw them later in the day at Dahls (local grocery chain). I couldn't believe Santa came early. They are in retro bags, but say on the back of the bag to watch for them in new style bags soon.
nels - December 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Eating the taco doritos right now!!! They are so good- the bag is neat looking.
k - December 26, 2010 - Report this comment
so, for everyone who has tried the new taco doritos . . . are they in fact the same recipe from the 70s, as frito-lay is claiming?
crazy amy - December 27, 2010 - Report this comment
havent seen 'em yet-hoping,hoping
rcvard - December 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Picked up a bag of the retro Taco chips yesterday in North Texas. They taste just like the original version and the 70's style bag is way cool
predator66 - December 28, 2010 - Report this comment
i feel as though i am among friends. my wife looked at me like i was crazy when i burst through the kitchen door with a bag of old school taco doritos. i couldn't wait too see if it was true and opened the bag right at the checkout. once i opened the bag it was like i was 14 years old again. they're back and i am glad that i am not alone in missing them. on a side note, anyone remember sourcream&onion doritios?
bryant - December 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Just got home and ate a whole bag... OMG they are just like I remember back in the day.. and I love the old school bag. Brought back so many memories..
don - December 29, 2010 - Report this comment
Man im jealous,they r nowhere in Va.Wonder when they will get here?
Lori - December 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I live in Cincinnati, and we pretty much only have Kroger stores here. I miss my Hy-Vee back home! I sure hope we get the Taco Doritos SOON! Anyone from this area find them yet?
Lori - December 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I wish I could post links because I found more info including an official press release. I guess I will try by leaving out the .com after flickr and the www at the beginning.... flickr/photos/jasonliebigstuff/5286376221/
Courtney - December 30, 2010 - Report this comment
If this press release says they're available only thru the super bowl, what about the earlier posting on this forum by 'DocRoc' that it will be everywhere in March 2011 with different packaging? Unless they're doing a test-run with this limited release to see how 'profitable' they'll be...
Rick A - December 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Just bought two bags at Jewel in Chicago, IL - and they are awesome. I haven't had them in SO long. I love the retro packaging-- even though the packaging is only temporary, it was a GREAT way to bring back an old favorite. I do remember Sour Cream and Onion -- when I was a kid, THAT was my favorite flavor. I wish they'd bring those back too! Who knows, maybe they will...
DON - January 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I really got into eating them in the 80's and I can confirm they r the same ones.I remeber this bag but does anyone remember the ones with an actual taco on the front of the bag?
don - January 03, 2011 - Report this comment
When I called frito lay my understanding was the bag was a limited edition and the doritos were here to stay? Any thoughts?
k - January 04, 2011 - Report this comment
I don't know . . . the press release states, "So, at long last, Doritos Taco is finally back. Grab a bag or two and savor the flavor while you can - it will be available through Super Bowl." But both you and someone else who called and posted here were told differently (e.g., that they would be a permanent product, available everywhere by March 2011). so who knows? i am confused!
don - January 04, 2011 - Report this comment
k did u find a bag?These r the real deal,ur going to luv em.
Maxie - January 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I just found the original in Wisconsin yesterday. Unfortunately the gas station I found them at is an hour away from where I live but I am defiantly going to look for them here in La Crosse. They are in the in old bag too, the taco flavor is inside a sombrero and the bag is orange and yellow. I couldn't believe it. I have been tricked before but when I opened them the smell was awesome and the taste was exactly like I remembered.
Tee - January 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Bought two bags of old school taco doritos tonight......SCORE! Limited time at my grocery store which is to bad, these are the best ever.
Chilegod - January 07, 2011 - Report this comment
Nope, not the same for me in central coast California. Got two bags at 7/11 labeled "Limited Edition" in the left corner. They have the retro bag. They taste sour cream cheese with a very slight chili powder flavor.
Sam - January 08, 2011 - Report this comment
Chilegod--You are 100% correct. I agree totally with you. While the "bag" is retro and looks good, the actual "taco chip" still is not "original taco" from the 1970's. It is a cheap imitation that is closer, but still NOT the same as the "ORIGINAL TACO 1970's RECIPE". The key is the ingredient list on the back which has "sour cream, cheese, and milk" ingredients. The "ORGININAL TACO 1970's" did NOT have sour cream and cheese flavor---just pure, authentic, delicious combination of spices, taco flavor, red pepper, etc. Frito Lay is still lying when they say this is the "original taco" formula. Why they can't go back to the 70's version after 35 years of waiting is beyond me!! Does anyone else who tried the current (December 2010) Retro Taco chips agree with me??
sea1njw - January 09, 2011 - Report this comment
Sam - it's slightly different but good enough for me. Perhaps they can't go back to original due to not being able to use trans fats?
don - January 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I really cant confirm about the 70s taco,i was so young,but the early to middle 80's, this is it!Remember the ones with a taco on the front of the bag and i thinkit even had sourcream on the taco .Am i the only one who remembers this bag.Anyway this tastejust like this version.Remember?
don - January 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I do remember one with a darker powder on them in the ealy 80s then they changed them.The taco flavor went thru alot of transitions in the 80s and 90s.
rick - January 11, 2011 - Report this comment
i am going to get a bag, but the real tacos had no SOUR CREAM...if thats the case then these are bogus....and the spices on the chips were dark and thick...these sound like the late 80s bs versions.....oh well..close but no cigar it sounds like..i have waited 30 years for this...oh boy
rick - January 11, 2011 - Report this comment
DONT BE FOOLED...THE BAG IS RETRO...THE CHIPS ARE GARBAGE ! i picked up that bag of chips today...i read the ingredients in the store and i was 99% sure i would be totally disappointed..why? this might be the recipe from the late 80s or 90s..this is NOT the recipe of the 70s...those chips had NO CHEDDAR CHEESE, NO SOUR CREAM, AND many of the other ingredients...the chips of the 1970s (the original recipe) were just plain tortilla chips SMOTHERED IN DELICOUS TACO SEASONING...some chips got more seasoning then others.....the original bag looked MUCH LIKE THIS THOUGH...but it had WINDOW where you can actually see the chips inside, so you can see if that particular bag was heavily seasoned or lightly seasoned.....i have waited now 25 years or more for frito lay to bring back the retro ORIGINAL chips..i still have to wait..WHEN I OPENED THE BAG IT STUNK...I TRIED ONE CHIP AND SPIT IT OUT....this coming from a guy who would eat a bag a day in my childhood.....these chips were GROSS ! I AM SHOCKED from the people on this blog stating they loved these and that it brought back childhood old are you 18? and you are thinking back to the later imitations? WHY OH WHY CANT THEY BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL RECIPE??? THE SALSA VERDE CHIPS DORITOS MAKE ARE A LITTLE CLOSER, AND THE SWEET CHILI CHIPS ARE PRETTY GOOD..BUT THEY DESTROEYED THE TACO CHIPS..TOTALLY
don - January 12, 2011 - Report this comment
Do the math Rick.Im 39 so in the 70s when these came out I was very young.I do remember them,but I really started eating them in early 80s.These r so much better than that midnight crap,and probably the best doritos out right now,but to each his own.
don - January 12, 2011 - Report this comment
Early 80s is when they changed to this flavor,and taste just like them to me.I also think this is the same as the 2008 version.
Chilegod - January 12, 2011 - Report this comment
I left a message on Frito Lay's Taco Chip Snack Chat Blog but they didn't publish it. There was one about some who didn't remember the cheese flavor. Have a look if you're interested.
Thundercleese - January 13, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember the original (well,the 80s flavor anyway) too, and the Taco Bell/Late Night flavors aren't even close. Like a previous poster, I remember reading somewhere that the old recipe "gummed up" the machines too much. But surely technology has come a long way since then...? And YES, I absolutely remember the bag design with the taco with sour cream topping!! (even though there wasn't any sour cream in the recipe). I am off to purchase a bag of the newest version of "the original" also, so we'll see...
luna child - January 17, 2011 - Report this comment
Found the new Taco Chips in Seattle! Loved rick's comments (I too looked thru the window to pick the heavily seasoned bag), but don't quite agree. No, the new ones are not quite the same as the '70's chips that I would ration to one bag a week (since my boyfriend hated by breath afterwards) but they come closer than anything so far. I've found Mexi-Snax Pico de Gallo brand comes close.
Larry - January 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I was born in 1960 and ate taco flavor doritos all the time in the 70s and these new ones or a remake of the 80s version with sour cream flavor, taste like s..t,they are not the 70s taco flavor at all,they tried to make them better in the 80s by adding sour cream flavor but it just ruined them,why they keep adding sour cream is a mystery to me,anyways when they leave out the sour cream flavor and go for the original taco flavor that started it all I will buy alot and so will everybody else
Clippa - January 20, 2011 - Report this comment
I got a bag and thought they were pretty good. My sister ate those darn things all the time and I let her know about it. She's dying to get some. She always ate those with that cheap can of bean dip. Me and my brother used to chase her around afterwards and squeeze her to make her fart. he he. I miss those days!
MJ - January 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I FOUND the "original" Taco Doritos!!! A local Circle K Gas Station in Ohio had a display of about 50 small bags and I bought probably 30! Now they are all gone and I can't find them anywhere:( Why can't they just leave perfection alone?
Tina - January 22, 2011 - Report this comment
They ARE back...even in the original packaging! We have tried every taco flavor since the 70's with no luck! I found them at Walmart in the original bag design just like we remembered! They are perfect!!!!!!!!!!!! They are transitioning them to the new packaging soon. Look for the original packaging in your local store. Good luck to you all!!!!
LM - January 24, 2011 - Report this comment
Taco Doritos in retro 70s bag are available in Kansas City.
GS - January 26, 2011 - Report this comment
It's all about producing products that are more cost effective for the company. These additives that are supposed to taste like THE REAL THING mostly never do, and are much cheaper to produce than the, authentic, real ingredients. They think the consumer can be fooled, but apparently after reading all of your comments, this is not the case. You guys are on the ball! Go get 'em!
Sam - January 26, 2011 - Report this comment
Rick/Larry--Yes, I totally agree with you. I bought a bag of the "retro Taco" chips that just came out. Again, the retro bag looks good, but---the chips are AWFUL tasting!!--i dumped nearly the whole bag on the ground in hopes the birds or other small animals would eat them since I could not stand their awful taste---again, they are but a "SHADOW" of the taco chips of the 1970's. They are NOT the same recipe as the 1970's. they are in fact, taco-bell flavored and also the same as the sour cream 2008 version and the chipotle ranch/taco collision bags with sour cream and fake cheese ingredients with very limited actual taco and real spice flavor of the 1970's version. 1970's absolutley delicious taco chips were much darker, had a burnt orange color to them, only used vegetable oil (no trans fats even back then) ...and had only "real" taco and other spices with no sour cream, sugar, milk and cheese additives. I, in fact, obtained a 1970's picture of a bag of taco doritoes and the ingredient list on the back of the bag is small and does NOT include sour cream, cheese, sugar, milk ingredients of today's taco doritoes.
don - January 27, 2011 - Report this comment
These r not the Taco Bell version,which I hated,these r the ones from the 80s.This is the version with the taco on the front of the bag,and yes this is when they added the sourcream.Call Frito Lay!I luv em,so much better than the Tacos at midnight crap, but to each his own.
Leslie - February 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Still can't find them in MI, Found a bunch of the Taco flavor retro bags on ebay for $6. I might have to use ebay - I'm tired of waiting for March
binaural - February 05, 2011 - Report this comment
not gonna lie, i was excited for these chips but they taste like vomit (literally). i could not understand what all the hype was over bringing these chips back, but now i am glad to learn that they still are not the same chips from the 70s. if frito-lay isn't going to bring back the original flavor, the taco flavor from the early 2000s was good enough for me, especially in comparison to these new "original" doritos.
Tom - February 06, 2011 - Report this comment
Definatly not the original flavor from the 70's. I found this site and was so excited i ran out and bought 2 bags. While they are better than the late nite Taco and Taco Bell flavored ones, they taste different than the original. This is the way i describe them. When i first put the chip into my mouth it taste totaly different than the original. Almost a completly different taste. But then the after taste is closer than the original. I will not buy any more and i feel they are tainting the originals by trying to market them as such.
rick - February 15, 2011 - Report this comment
PLEASE PLEASE TRUST ME.....THESE "RETRO TACO CHIPS" ARE ABSOLUTE GARBAGE !! again i tell my story..i am 42 years and around 1974 thru probably around 1982 or so i used to eat maybe 5 bags a week of the ORIGINAL TACO CHIPS......they had a see thru panel and you could find the bags that looked to be most heavily seasoned.......the chips ingredients were very simple....THERE WAS ZERO, I REPEAT ZERO CHEESE IN THE ORIGINAL CHIPS !!! I HATE CHEESY SNACKS....THEY ALSO HAD ZERO..I REPEAT ZERO SOUR CREAM ! I HATE SOUR CREAM..ALWAYS HAVED...THE ORIGINALS HAD NO BUTTERMILK AND MILK PRODUCTS LIKE THESE TRASHY FAKES HAVE... they were SIMPLY a plain but tasty corn chip with a lot of very tasty spices on them......ya know like onion powder, garlic powder, maybe some peppery seasonings....i dont know exactly..BUT I DO KNOW THEY HAD NO CHEESE, SOUR CREAM OR MILK PRODUCTS..GROSS !! I SENT A LETTER TO FRITO LAY...i asked to actually SPEAK to a PRODUCT MANAGER....they wrote me a little blurb back thanking me for my "PASSION' for their products..and said they would talk about my letter at some meetings..that was the end of that....that was on january 11th..which was the day i heard about all of this fuss with the new chips... ...again ANYONE who is saying these chips are delicious and "just like when i was a kid' is too young to know what in the HELL we are talking about here.....i am happy for them...go on eating this crap.......but you may never know the greatest chip in the world..the ORIGINAL dorito taco chip.... ....when i purchased the bag on january 11th i was soooo dissapointed when i read the ingredients..but i just had to buy the bag..when i opened it up the DISGUISTING ODOR OF STALE SOUR CREAM CAME OUT OF THE BAG...GROSS ! i attempted to eat a chip....i literally, not figuratively spit it out the window of my car...IT WAS GROSSSSSSSS ! ...I SUGGEST ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO EVER GET THE ORIGINALS BACK TO GO TO THE FRITO LAY WEBSITE AND SHOOT THEM OFF AN EMAIL......MAYBE SOMEDAY I CAN ONCE AGAIN TASTE THE CHIP I HAVENT TASTED IN 25 OR MORE YEARS.
klc - February 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I am with those of you that think the new ones are BOGUS. I was so excited when I saw the orange bag with the little sombrero with "taco favor" inside. I bought the two bags that the store had, my mouth was watering thinking of the seventies flavor, that I remember distinctly. Once I opened the bag, I was SOOOO DISAPPOINTED, there are hints of taco flavor, but all the other ingredients overwhelmed and I refuse to even eat the rest and I will take the second unopened bag back. I am happy for those of you that think this is like the seventies, I totally disagree and think you have the seventies mixed up with the 90's flavor. These are like the Taco Flavor they came out with a few years back, with flavors like this I will stick to popcorn.
als - February 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I just bought The Taco Flavored ones at Walmart today. They say they are the original, but I have to say "No, good try though". My Uncle use to work for Frito Lay back in the days of the Original Taco Flavored ones. I remember also looking through the window of the bag to see the seasonings. The originals did not have sour cream in them. However the new ones they brought out still do. They are closer then some of the others out there, but r still not the real ones. :(
kevin - February 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm glad to see the taco Doritos back. I couldn't stand the tacos after midnight flavor. I'll keep buying them despite what others are saying on here.
Linda - February 27, 2011 - Report this comment
I got all excited yesterday when I saw the little sombrero in the retro style packaging. Taco Doritos were my favorite chip of all time. I opened the bag with excitement and right away smelled the sour cream, ugh. What a HUGE disappointment. I'm in agreement with everyone else here, why can't they make the "original" Taco Doritos?
cas - February 28, 2011 - Report this comment
yup they are back, i live in central fla. and they are back it even says they are the original taco yes yes yes love them!!!!
Jackie - March 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm really sorry to say that these taco doritos are NOT the same as the original 70's, They taste like the nacho dorito mixed with the ranch dorito. Now they all taste the same just with different names, VERY DISAPPOINTING.
Diana - March 08, 2011 - Report this comment
The last time I had a Taco Dorito was over 30 years ago. I bought two bags yesterday and I am happy with the flavor... it's close enough for me because my tastebud are 30 years older as well. Many things taste a little different then I remember from years ago.
Jackson - March 08, 2011 - Report this comment
This new "return" of taco dorito is a "lie". It is NOT original formula of the 1970's. It is merely an overload of sourcream and cheese flavor, with hardly any real "spices" and "taco" flavor of the original 1970's chips. There is a HUGE difference in taste and quality from the original 1970's chips.
Mike - March 13, 2011 - Report this comment
I too was jumping up and down in Safeway when I first saw these! I couldn't believe it. I'd been waiting since the early 80s when they discontinued these for them to bring them back. What a disappointment. Rick's hit it on the head, just look at the ingredients. Not even close to the same. Even Taco's at Midnight were closer. The Mexisnax Pick de Gallo ones are the closest thing I've found. They used to be at health food stores but now I can't find those! Below is proof that they're not the same. From another board from a Frito Lay rep. Hi again, Doritos Taco fans! Couple of updates... The seasoning recipe for the Taco-flavored Doritos on sale now is the same recipe as in the 80's - though some suppliers could have changed over the years. So, that could be why some of you taste a bit of a difference. The original seasoning blend was updated in the 80's, and that is the blend we are using now. For those of you who love it (like me!), Doritos Taco is staying in stores after Super Bowl. So, you'll still be able to find it (but will be in updated packaging). Thanks! -
tony - April 08, 2011 - Report this comment
haha its funny that this person "Rick" has taken the time to post under several different names about how he hated these chips..get a life anyways i've been waiting for these chips to come back for over 20 years and while they arent 100 percent the same they are about 95 percent and thats good enough for me...they are enjoy em while you can
Elaine - April 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I hate these NEW original taco doritos, they are not the same! I didn't even finish the bag I bought 2 weeks ago. I was so surprised so many people thought they were the original until I realized they were remembering the 80's? chips. I guess I'll never taste the original 70's taco doritos again... I agree with Mike, the Midnight Tacos were closer than these, but still far from the original.
Tom - April 22, 2011 - Report this comment
NOT the original, PERIOD!
Reno - May 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Can't Tell You - May 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I used to work for Frito Lay in the 70's, The Taco flavor had to be discontinued because of an ingredient that could no longer be used. None of the chip makers can use it anymore and they could not get the recipe to taste right without this additive.
Can't Tell You - May 26, 2011 - Report this comment
Hey Rick - You are a little obsessed. Gotta let you know that after 1977 you didn't have Taco flavored Doritos they were discontinued.
Jeff - May 29, 2011 - Report this comment
I too saw the retro bags of Doritos in the store and bought two of them. They're pretty bland and as the bag says "contains milk ingredients". They don't even have a window on the bag - just a picture of a window! Fool me once, shame on you...
rick - June 27, 2011 - Report this comment
tony...i just looked at this board after a few are clueless ! i did NOT post under any assumed have no clue what you are talking about...again i say it with all truth...these retro chips are pathetic and awful..and not the same as the 1970s chips..THEY ARE NOT EVEN SOMEWHAT SIMILAR..THEY ARE HIDEOUS !!..AND to the guy who made the ridiculous comment that some spice could not be used anymore i laugh at that as they could delete that one spice (if what you say is true) and use another..or delete that NEED NOT put 12 other AWFUL ingredients in its place, add milk ingredients, sour cream , cheese etc.....CHEESE IS A HUGE INGREDIENT..AND THE ORIGINAL TACOS HAD NO CHEESE !!!! AND TO THE TOTAL MORON WHO SAID THAT THESE ARE 95 PERCENT THE SAME...I SAY THEY ARE 9.5 PERCENT THE SAME...AND 90 PERCENT DIFFERENT...DEAR GOD !
rick - June 27, 2011 - Report this comment the way the ARTISAN style chips that frito lay came out with are a little more true to the old ingredients of the taco flavor...but they are still far from them...they at least dont have cheese and sour cream and butter milk etc.....the exact name of the bag is FIRE ROASTED CHIPOTLE..again its not even close to the tacos of the 70s..but are enjoyable......BUT do have bean ingredients etc....
Jd - July 10, 2011 - Report this comment
Canada has a brand of chips called Arriba, and they make a zesty taco flavor... Tastes just like taco seasoning you would use cooking beef for, well, tacos. SO. GOOD.
dana - August 04, 2011 - Report this comment
These taste exactly as I remember. My favorite way to eat them is with bean dip. If they are not exact they are still awesome, even my kids are going crazy with them. As a kid, I used to eat these on taco night, since I hated tacos.
Shawn - September 27, 2011 - Report this comment
Here in Dallas, the rumor going around the school yard was that some ingredient in the Taco Doritos was poisonous. Or just could make you sick. There were plenty of things back then taken off the market. The original pop rocks had that rumor. Anyone remember the weird plastic goop you put on the end of a straw and blow it up like a balloon? It would harden into a ball you could play with but you may die from the experience. Anyway, all the kids from my generation were affected by this change in flavor and mark time by it. Strange but true.
Keith - January 21, 2012 - Report this comment
I used to get Taco chips in the late 70s early 80s....they had no cheese on them....they almost tasted like taco meat! with a weird kinda after taste. no sour cream no cheese. I dont know about a banned ingredient in 1977...I had them after that and they had no sour cream on them. I remember them being really good yet they kinda made you sick. I dont know what these new ones are but they are not the ones I remember.
Hanna - February 20, 2012 - Report this comment
They already have that yucky Ranch flavor and the Taco flavor taste similar. I knew as soon as I ate that first bite, i was tasting nasty sour cream and cheese. You can't bring back a classic and completely change the flavor. I never bought another bag after that first one.
Dee - March 03, 2012 - Report this comment
My sisters and I would get a dollar every Friday night and walk down to the "Quick Pic" in San Antonio Texas and get a bag of Taco doritoes and a soda!! We would come home and settle in to watch The Brady Bunch, Partridge Family and Love American Style!!! Oh those were the days!
Ray - May 20, 2012 - Report this comment
I found high-res photo of a vintage Taco Doritos bag. The bag says ©1968 Frito Lay, Inc. Ingredients: Corn, Vegetable Oil with BHA and BHT as preservatives, Torula Yeast, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Flour, Cocoa, Spices and Flavorings. 1¾ oz. for 15¢, and no sour cream or cheese!
thewiz - February 19, 2014 - Report this comment
does anyone remember the mini taco little chips and who made them>>?
Laurie - June 06, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember my mom putting original taco Doritos in my lunch and I wanted to savor the flavor for as long as I could so I would crunch them up in to tiny pieces and eat them slowly. There is NO COMPARRISON to the original taco Doritos and I too wish they would bring them back :( I remember distinctly talking about how the new ones have some sour cream flavor added a long time ago and today I stumbled on to this blog. Does anyone know if there is any update? Any chance of getting the origional and better taco Doritos back???
Tom Hawkey - October 26, 2014 - Report this comment
Why oh why does Frito Lay insist on putting that nasty sour cream flavoring into every taco flavored Doritos they keep releasing! I had high hopes that these chips would be like the awesome taco flavor Doritos of the 70s and early 80s, but alas, it was not to be. Almost as soon as I put the chip into my mouth and chewed, I spat it out. The disgusting sour cream flavoring overpowers every other flavoring this chip has. Without the sour cream, this would probably be a pretty damned good chip.
Sheral - December 27, 2014 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember the "mini taco" chips ?
John Steen - July 02, 2015 - Report this comment
Was 1986 the year they added sour cream in the original Doritos Taco Flavor and ruined them? I was very upset when they did this.
BarNabyJonesWasASexGod - August 16, 2015 - Report this comment
Try Juanita's brand of Chilipeno flavored tortilla chips if you can find in your area. No blue cheese flavoring added like the Taco chips are now.
Gardoglee - October 05, 2015 - Report this comment
Why does everyone keep referring to Taco Doritos as the Original Flavor. There was another "flavor" before Taco was introduced, the truly tortilla chip no-added-flavoring version. That's what I really wish I could find, and not that silly claims-to-be-original not-even-close version they brought back a few years ago. A bag of those and a bowl of bean dip were a heavenly treat.
Keefe Pow - October 12, 2017 - Report this comment
I read where the Cool Ranch Doritos came out in 1986. Am I crazy or what because I would have sworn they came out in the late 70s to very early 80s where I am from? Does anyone remember seeing them that early?

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