If ramen noodles are the Usain Bolt of cheap eats for students, drunkards and poor folks the world over, then Totino’s is surely…whoever happens to be the second fastest guy in the world.
Okay, now some of what I’m going to say will sound made up, but unless Wikipedia is riddled with errors (which has never happened), this is the God’s honest: Totino’s was founded in Minneapolis in 1951 (!) by Rose and Jim Totino (!!) as a take-out pizza joint (!!!). They eventually expanded to a full-service restaurant (!!!!) that finally shuttered its doors in 2011 (!@#$%!!).
I know, right?
Anyway, in 1993, Pillsbury-owned Jeno’s pizza rolls (first created by Jeno Paulucci in 1968 as “an egg roll filled with pizza ingredients”), were rebranded as Totino’s, and the rest is history.
If you are alive, and human, you have had a Totino’s Party Pizza (the idea of throwing a party involving Totino’s never ceases to make me laugh). You have also had Totino’s Pizza Rolls.
The “pizza” is by no means a real pizza; now, that’s not to say it’s bad. It is a small, crispy disk of bread-like material covered with an amalgamation of hydrogenated oil-based cheese substitutes, flavorless ketchup, and salt-bits masquerading as various types of meat toppings. It regularly retails for $1.39 in my area, and can often be found as a 10/$10 deal.
It has its place as a late-night regret.
It is also a wildly successful brand, producing 240 MILLION discs per year.
So it is no wonder that they would also try to corner the market on another beloved American institution, the frozen, pocket-based delicacy. Not that this is their first attempt. The ORIGINAL Stuffed Nacho from Totino’s was introduced in 1996 and then discontinued, leaving a trail of heartbroken and hungry snack aficionados in the wake.
The Totino’s Stuffed Nacho is a triangle pizza roll filled with nacho-inspired ingredients. For the sake of this review, I went with the “supreme” variation. The box promised me “taco seasoned chicken and beef pizza topping, red bell peppers, jalapeños and cheddar cheese rolls in a crispy crust.”
The first thing you should know is that you can’t taste ANY of it. There was no heat from the jalapeño, no sweet tang from a red bell pepper, no possible way a chicken ever saw the killing room floor. There may have been cheese, but only in the way that we know God loves us.
The shell was different from a standard pizza roll in that it was corn-tasting. Not in an ACTUAL corn tortilla respect — and not even in a corn chip way — but in the way that Nestle manages to conjure a vague corn-ambiance from its Beef Taco Hot Pockets effort.
The beef too was not unlike the aforementioned BTHP. It was a chewy approximation of meat, but if you received something like it anywhere other than here (Taco Bell included), you’d curse out the proprietor and demand a refund. It has that signature taco taste, though, achieved through “spice” (a real ingredient on the label), as well as onion and garlic powders.
Anyway, does this taste like an elf in the Totino’s factory magically impregnated a pizza roll with a plate of delicious nachos? Not a chance.
Would I buy them again, however? Eh, maybe. They seriously weren’t awful — in the same way that pizza rolls and Totino’s pizza discs aren’t awful. But at $4.59 (!) for a 34 count box (NOBODY NEEDS THAT MANY OF THESE THINGS!!), it’s prohibitively expensive. You know, for the target demographic: students, vagabonds, and drunks.
(Nutrition Facts – 6 rolls – 220 calories, 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 420 milligrams of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.)
Purchased Price: $4.59
Size: 17.4 oz box
Purchased at: Hy-Vee
Rating: 4 out of 10
Pros: Vague taco qualities. You don’t have to think much about it. Nice face-stuffing quotient
Cons: Pretty one-note. Idea of “nacho pocket” isn’t a bad one, but execution on this offering lacks. Per Wikipedia, Consumer Reports rated Totino’s as “only fair for nutrition.” Because, duh.
8 thoughts to “REVIEW: Totino’s Supreme Stuffed Nachos (2016)”
The queso ones weren’t impressive either although they were better tasting than the supreme. I was really hopeful they would be awesome, but I think because these things don’t explode like normal pizza rolls, the appeal just isn’t there.
It was a good attempt though.
Yeah, that’s something that surprised me as well– the lack of explosions.
sadly they are a bottom of the barrel snack item, they have minimal filling and are mostly just the shell. If you want to enjoy them top them with something else like shredded cheese, dip, melted butter, and hot sauce. They aren’t even close to be worth full price in the store, only buy them when they are on sale, that’s the best you can do with the product. Worth it if on sale and with toppings, not worth it normally.
Has anyone seen these in Houston? I’ve been trying to track them down with no luck.
Try Krogers That were I bought mine.
These are more crunchy than their 1996 counterparts. I enjoyed both flavors, but found that the queso flavor had cheese MAGICALLY appear on the bottom of all my rolls. It didn’t even look like it had spilled out from overcooking, it was just as if the cheese diffused through the roll itself!
Can we also talk about the “ribbed for her pleasure” outside? I’m not sure if that helped with the crunchier texture, but they are very different from the original. The originals looked as if you fused two yellow corn chips together with tex-mex goo in between! I kinda miss that, but I will survive.
Did anyone else that there are some that are much tinier than others? I’m not sure if that was what they were going for, or if they had babies.
I really hope they produce these in bags and small boxes. I could only find a box of 34, and that can be too much or just not enough!
this is basically a rip off of Samosa…
Yes I bought it for the first time and I don’t know what they did with the filling it wasn’t in the nachos. If you like the shell you will like this if your looking for something in the middle you might want to look elsewhere. So disappointed in this. Never again.
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