The Laidback Gourmet: Dorito’s Tailgater BBQ and Stadium Nachos

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Laidback Gourmet. The only place that review more chips than Newegg. Today we’re going to touch down on a fairly new product with no regards for our safety. I almost passed on these because I know these aren’t good I’m sure I wont get my quarter back. I only hope these don’t upset my stomach or else I’ll have to get my tail back to the restroom before there’s encroachment in my end zone.

Ah yes, the Laidback Gourmet, if the food I review doesn’t upset your stomach, the ‘blue’ humor and horrible puns will. In case you couldn’t guess there’s a bit of a football theme going on in today’s episode and, well, why shouldn’t there be? Football season is right around the corner, and I for one cannot wait. And today I will be answering the toughest question football fans face every year. “What should i snack on during the games?”

Well, no worries, for today I will be taking a look at two brand new flavors from Doritos, “Tailgater BBQ” and “Stadium Nachos”. That’s right, a double review this time. We’ll first down one bag, and then the other.

Apparently Doritos has a tie in with Madden NFL 11. Fans of both the game and chips will have a chance to use a code found on each bag to gain online Madden Ultimate Team rewards and Madden NFL 11 prizes. I went and did this and all I got was a 3 dollar off coupon for the 50 dollar game. I can’t wait to not use it!

However, come on now, we didn’t buy these chips for the prizes on the outside of the bags! We’re much more interested in the treasures we’ll find within. Let’s start with Stadium Nacho. I find this flavor kind of strange to be honest, I mean the default flavor of Doritos is “Nacho Cheese”. How different is Nacho Cheese when you put the word “Stadium” in front of it. Let’s see the bag.

Interesting pic, although the color kind of makes me think of that 4 cheese flavor that came out a while back. I wasn’t a fan, but that’s a review for another day. Let’s pour these out and take a look.

Well, they even kind of look like the 4 cheese flavor, man, I hope they didn’t just recycle the flavor, I hate when companies do that gimmick. Well, only one way to find out, let’s give one a taste.

*Crunching Noises*

Hmm, not bad, and no, these are definitely not like the 4 cheese flavor, nor are they anything like the standard “Nacho” flavor. There does seem to be a hint of creaminess and a hint of something else I can’t quite place. Smokiness? Peppers? I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Actually I think I could best describe these chips as that processed cheese they put on stadium chips mixed with taco seasoning. Maybe they mixed the Four Cheese flavor with the Taco flavor?

Now while this description may not sound the best they’re actually pretty good, and I think I’ll end up finishing the bag later. As for a score, i’ll give these 7 out of 10. Worth checking out for the limited time they are around, but I don’t think I’ll be sorry to see them go either.

Now onto the second flavor, “Tailgater BBQ”. Let’s take a look at the bag.

Not a big fan of the bag. It’s not the artwork that I don’t like, I mean, it’s basically just the mirror image of it’s counterpart bag. No, it’s the color I don’t like. It looks too much like the standard bag of Doritos! In fact, I almost missed getting these the other day at the store because I walked by it thinking they were just advertising “Nacho Cheese” and “Four Cheese” flavored Doritos, but with a football promotional tie in. Good thing I double checked! Well, let’s see what they look like.

Well, these are definately darker in color than your typical Doritos, and they smell pretty good too. Let’s give them a taste, shall we?

*More Crunching Noises*

Wow! These are really good! To be honest I was expecting the BBQ flavor you find with your typical BBQ potato chip. These actually taste like actual BBQ sauce, almost like the kind you get from my favorite local BBQ place, “Big Ed’s BBQ.” I don’t know what it is about that name, but I just love.

And the fact that they have a cow offering it’s own ribs only sweetens the deal. Anyway, back to the chips at hand, these chips have a slightly sweet and smokey flavor to them. They’re really quite good. I’m going to have to give them a solid 9 out of 10. These are really quite good and quite different than the flavors Doritos typically produce. I hope these stick around for a while.

Well, that concludes yet another edition of the Laidback Gourmet. As always, thank you for reading, and please feel free to email me your thoughts, review suggestions, or to lavish thy praise upon me at Until next time, I’m Ed DiFolco, your Laidback Gourmet, wishing you well and sincerely hoping that vuvuzelas don’t find their way to American football.

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