Taco Bell’s Diablo Tortilla Chips are the most devilish and ominous looking chips I’ve ever seen. It’s hard to get more menacing than black chips with red seasoning that come in a bag with a warning label. The only ways I could think of to make them more intimidating is if the inside of the bag was a dark portal to hell and after opening it a claw made from the chips jets out to try to drag you into the netherworld.
The chip’s flavor honors Taco Bell’s Diablo Sauce. It’s a limited time only addition to the Taco Bell Tortilla Chips line that made its debut earlier this year with three flavors — Mild, Hot, and Classic.
The second thing I noticed about these, right behind reminding me of death, is how hearty they are. They feel thicker and sturdier than Tostitos or Doritos and could handle any dip you put in front of it. But there’s no need for any because they have a lot of flavor.
They also have some heat.
If you’re not familiar with Diablo Sauce, you should know these chips are spicy. To me, they’re below or equal to Flamin’ Hot products. The first few have a nice burn. But at a point, they seemed to get less spicy. It’s as if my mouth got slightly numb, so I couldn’t feel the hot peppers as much. While I didn’t feel the need to grab a glass of water, I did need to grab a tissue because the spiciness made my nose run a little.
On the back of the bag, it says they have a hint of lime. My definition of a “hint” is different and, to me, these have more than a hint. But that’s fine with me because the lime flavor is what makes these stand out. The citrus cuts through the heat a little, which might explain the previously mentioned drop in spiciness, and it also helps make the peppery flavor stand out, which kind of reminds me of taco seasoning, but super spicy.
If you’re a fan of the sauce, you’ll very much enjoy Taco Bell’s Diablo Tortilla Chips. They are spicy AND flavorful. A minor downside is that the seasoning doesn’t make your fingers look like you’ve been crawling through hell. Sucking on the seasoning that builds up on fingers from eating Cheetos and Doritos is satisfying, so I’m disappointed I don’t experience something like that with these. But, overall, these are heavenly.
Purchased Price: Too much from eBay
Size: 3.5 oz. bag
Purchased at: eBay (currently a 7-Eleven exclusive, will be available in more stores later this year)
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 oz.) 140 calories, 8 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 110 milligrams of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.