I was in the culinary wasteland known as Southern California visiting family when my nephew walked in talking like a crazy man about having tasted the coolest taco ever; a Taco Bell taco made with a “Nacho Cheese Dorito” shell.
My sister and I as teenagers worshiped the nacho cheese Dorito, and we tried every possible way to consume them; from dipping them into cheese melts, to her having used them as nacho chips at 7/11, we’ve tried it. So to us, this little concoction sounded like it just might be the stuff that our teenage junk food dreams would’ve been made of, if it had been available then.
We looked at each other, and at the exactly the same time we said “I’ve got try that” Psych!
The next day we drove over to the Taco Bell by her house, no go. They never even heard of such a thing. But my nephew had insisted he had had it, so we went to another nearby location where they told us they were out of the them, that they had only been available for a limited time. But they also said that a third location may still have them.
I don’t think I’ve ever worked this hard for fast food in my life, but now it was a mission and damn it! We’re going to get some of these mythological tacos!
The third stop was indeed that charm! The menu sign over the counter read: New! Doritos Locos Tacos. My inner teenager could feel my voice start to change all over again; two please!
As we unwrapped our tacos, my sister excitedly waved her nacho cheese Dorito orange stained fingertips at me. Then we bit in, and got our first tastes. And it tasted like… a Taco Bell Taco! With only a very mild hint of Dorito flavor to speak of. The whole taste of Doritos was lost in the taco shell, which was only “coated” with a nacho cheese Dorito flavor. It was totally weak, and not what either of us expected.
I guess the concept sounds bigger than the reality on this one. Who knows? Maybe they’ll go back and reformulate, and then as Jay Leno used say; “They'll make more”.