I tried all nine Doritos flavors I could find at my local grocery stores to see which is best.
I didn't love some of the new-to-me flavors, like spicy pineapple jalapeño.
Nothing beats the classic nacho-cheese flavor, but I was surprised I liked the sriracha Doritos.
9. Spicy pineapple jalapeño
First Impression: It was hard for me to figure out what to expect here. I just didn't trust Doritos to properly mix these two flavors.
I was expecting the jalapeño to overpower the pineapple in this limited-edition flavor.
Review: They tasted like one of those obscure jelly beans you get from a novelty shop. There was also a bit of a strange aftertaste I couldn't quite place.
The pineapple flavor overpowered the chip, so I guess I should've rooted harder for the jalapeño.
I never thought I'd eat a chip that's too sweet — and I don't think I'd do it again.
8. Flamin' Hot limón
First Impression: I thought these looked delicious. I was most excited to try them out of all the new-to-me flavors.
I hoped the lime stood out, so it's not just a ton of heat on a corn chip.
Review: The chips were all right — I certainly got the lime flavor — but they left a lot to be desired.
The sour lime and spicy Flamin' Hot seasoning were somehow both overpowering and kind of canceled each other out.
7. Flamin' Hot nacho
First Impression: They smelled hot, which made me a little nervous.
I don't really know why Doritos felt the need to mess with a classic flavor. But I guess there's always room for improvement.
Review: I liked the spicy chips but primarily because of the nacho flavor.
I think the Flamin' Hot flavor makes way more sense on Cheetos. On Doritos, it made an already dense chip even heavier, which I didn't enjoy.
6. Sweet and tangy barbecue
First Impression: I love barbecue chips — it's usually the most consistent flavor across brands.
That said, I couldn't really imagine barbecue-flavored Doritos.
Review: Initially, I thought the taste was a little weird. The flavoring was more decadent than Lay's barbecue chips (my gold standard).
I had to eat a bunch of these before my taste buds stopped telling me it was wrong to have a barbecue Dorito.
The flavor was bold, and though I didn't think it was perfect for the chip, it was still tasty.
5. Screamin' sriracha
First Impression: I was pretty interested to try these — even if I wasn't all that excited for the crossover flavor.
But sriracha is usually a more nuanced flavor than Flamin' Hot, so I tried to stay open-minded.
Review: The sriracha-flavored chips didn't taste like Doritos, but they had a great flavor. The heat rose slowly and continued getting hotter after I finished.
My first impression was correct — the spice went really well with the chip. The corn kept the overall heat low and served as a nice base.
4. Spicy nacho
First Impression: The original nacho is so perfect, and the first time I tried these, I remember feeling like the spicy version was overkill.
Review: The chips were good, but I stand by my past opinion about adding spice.
I prefer the real thing, even if I generally liked these.
3. Cool Ranch
First Impression: I know many people who like Cool Ranch more than nacho cheese, but I've never been one of them.
I enjoy eating them at a party, but I don't think I've ever purchased a bag myself.
Review: Funnily enough, I wouldn't classify these as "cool." There was definitely a slight kick, but it made the flavor work.
I didn't put these at the top of the list because I think the corn-chip flavor overpowered the Cool Ranch flavor a little too much.
2. Spicy, sweet chili
First Impression: I've always liked spicy, sweet chili more than Cool Ranch Doritos, but it's been a while since I've had one.
Review: It was a nice flavor — I ate about 10 before putting the bag down for the first time.
The spice didn't overpower the sweetness too much, but I wouldn't complain if the balance was 60/40 instead of 80/20 (the way it is now).
These could really spice up a dry sandwich, which is about the highest compliment I can give a chip.
1. Nacho cheese
First Impression: Nacho cheese is the baseline I compared all the other flavors to. It's still the first bag I reach for at the store after all these years.
Review: The classic Doritos flavor has a certain sharpness that makes the whole chip work. The blend of nacho flavoring with the salty corn base is unparalleled.
I love waiting for the Doritos dust to build up on my fingers so I can lick it off.
Nothing beats classic nacho cheese for me, but there were some close contenders.
It may sound obvious to pick the original flavor as the winner, but some decisions really are that simple.
There are times when I can be more in the mood for electric Cool Ranch or tangy spicy, sweet chili, but I'll always return for more nacho cheese.
I surprised myself by enjoying the sriracha and barbecue flavors. I can't see myself buying another bag at the store, but I'd happily eat them if they were in front of me.
The only flavor I wouldn't eat again is spicy jalapeño pineapple. It took me almost a half hour to get the strangely sweet taste out of my mouth.
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