The Laidback Gourmet: Supreme Pizza Doritos

Hello, welcome to The Laidback Gourmet, where food and fun meet for a two out of three falls, anything goes, no holds barred grudge match and I’m the referee. I even have a referee shirt… well, I actually don’t but I’m sure by 24 hours after I post this someone will have photo-shopped my picture to give me on… the internet is funny like that, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Doritos. This is a brand that is certainly no stranger to be looking at here on this blog, but think about them for a minute. This is a snack food that used to come in one flavor: Nacho Cheese. (On a side note, this might be me being an old crumudgeon, but I think the old Nacho Cheese flavor was better back in my day, before they changed it.)

Then along came Cool Ranch, another delicious flavor, in fact, probably my favorite snack chip out there. Just those two flavors. From those humble beginnings there seems to be millions of different flavors of Doritos worldwide. It’s mindblowing. From mysterious “guess the flavor” X-13D” Doritos to crotch stompingly good Japanese Doritos.

No, unfortunately I’m not reviewing those. Believe me, if I could find them I’d certainly do a reveiw right away on them. I was just making a point, I honestly can’t think of any other brand of chip that has had so many different flavors. Doritos certainly believe that variety is the spice of life. Long story short, I saw these on the shelf of my local supermarket and I knew I had to try them.

I’m actually looking forward to trying these, I used to love the dual flavor pack where they mixed Pizza flavored Doritos with crappy Ranch flavored Doritos. (Cool ranch they weren’t.) So now that I can have them without the crappy psuedo ranch chips getting in my way I’m feeling good about this one. Let’s open them up and get right to it.

Not much to say on the look of the chip. If you’ve seen one Dorito, you’ve pretty much seen them all. The smell is quite interesting though. They smell “pizza-ry”… well they would smell that way if “pizza-ry” is a word, but you get my point. Let’s give them a try.

*Crunch Crunch Crunch

Hmm.. well thats a bit of a letdown. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good, in fact, I’ll just go ahead and give them a score of 6/10 right now. It’s just… they’re not quite what I was hoping for. Maybe it’s just me, but they don’t taste like the same pizza chips that came in the dual pack. To critique the actual taste of the chip, they definitely remind me of pizza, though I feel like they come off as a bit flat. It needs a bit more of something, but I really can’t put my finger on what. Almost like comparing plain old Ragu tomato sauce to actual pizza sauce. They’re both tomato-based, they’re both really close to each other, but the latter has more zing. That’s what this chip feels like it’s missing… Zing. Or maybe its Zork or Kapowza?

One good thing about this chip… they may not be as good as I hoped they would be, but since they’re pizza flavored I have an excuse to make a picture like this:


Well that concludes this pizzariffic edition of the Laidback Gourmet. Thank you as always for reading. Be sure to send your comments, suggestions, feedback, Hoi D’s or whatever to I’d really appreciate some emails for suggestions for future reviews. Well, until next time, I’m Ed DiFolco, your Laidback Gourmet, off on his never ending quest to find a bag of “Crotch Stomping Doritos”.

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