REVIEW: Doritos Sweet & Tangy BBQ

Doritos Sweet & Tangy BBQ Bag

Of all the chip flavors I’ve tried and enjoyed, I don’t believe I’ve ever had barbeque-flavored Doritos. I believe there’s a Bold BBQ flavor available in Canada, but I guess every time I’ve been north, I’ve prioritized All Dressed chips instead. BUT NOW, a new Doritos flavor is available in the US — Doritos Sweet & Tangy BBQ.

Doritos Sweet & Tangy BBQ inside the bag

True to Doritos’ well-established brand identity of delivering bold flavors, these Sweet & Tangy BBQ Doritos looked and smelled like they were full of flavor right out of the bag. There was a strong aroma of vinegar, sweet barbeque, and tons of seasoning powder.

Doritos Sweet & Tangy BBQ dark seasoning

Maybe it’s because this particular seasoning is pretty dark, but these looked very heavily seasoned, which I prefer. But the taste really did surprise me a little bit. First of all, the corn chip flavor stands out MUCH more with this than it does in the traditional Doritos Nacho Cheese flavor. I’m not entirely sure why but I think it’s because the nacho cheese seasoning is much more salty and savory, and this chip is pretty sweet.

The other surprise is the distinct lack of smoke. Maybe I should have assumed this with a name like Sweet & Tangy, but this relies heavily on the BBQ flavor spectrum of tomato, vinegar, and brown sugar. I didn’t find it smoky at all, and it was very much NOT like the standard BBQ potato chip flavors you’d find at the market. There was a crisp acidic tang in the finish and aftertaste.

Overall I found these Doritos to be pretty unique. I think they’ve managed to hit a BBQ flavor in a super specific way with the sweet acid punch while still delivering a crowd-pleaser. I still prefer the OG Nacho Cheese flavor, but this is a compelling addition to the Doritos lineup.

Purchased Price: $4.99
Size: 9.25 oz bag
Purchased at: Mariano’s
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (about 11 chips) 150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 190 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

15 thoughts to “REVIEW: Doritos Sweet & Tangy BBQ”

  1. Great review. Would also like to add there is a building heat with these so if you’re not a fan of spice these may getcha! Lol

  2. We used to have All Dressed-flavor Ruffles here in Arizona in the winter (because of all the snowbirds from Canada, I assume). That stopped during COVID, but they still haven’t returned to our store shelves.

    1. Oh man, I love All Dressed Ruffles! I still mourn their loss here in AZ, I sometimes look for them when I go through the chip aisle at Walmart, always in vain…

  3. I’ve seen these around lately. Will try with some Hidden Valley Ranch® dressing for dipping.

    1. Maybe you should just get a bag of cooler ranch while you’re at it and mix the two up instead!

      1. The cooling fluid elixir of the buttermilk concoction does compliment a salty crunch instead of two of the same texture and different flavor?

  4. Definitely going to be on the lookout for these. Mariano’s is one of our two regularly-visited grocery stores, too, so should be able to find this one.

  5. Those look fabulous. There’s never been a bad Dorito, but I lean heavily Cool Ranch. That might end with these.

    1. See above bbq + cooler ranch combo suggestion, hehe.

      Disclaimer: I haven’t done that and just think that it seems like a natural choice for pairing. 😉

  6. I can’t believe I’ve never had barbeque-flavored Doritos before! I’m so excited to try the new Sweet & Tangy BBQ flavor. It sounds like it has great flavor and I love that the corn chip flavor stands out more than the traditional Nacho Cheese flavor. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  7. It’s funny you mention the All Dressed Up Ruffles because when I ate these Dorritos that’s the flavor that I immediately went to. I am 85% sure the Sweet and Tangy BBQ is just the All Dressed Up seasoning on Dorritos. The problem is the corn chip. I agree that the corn chip flavor stands out as I have never noticed it until this flavor. All Dressed Up seasoning works on a potato chip, not on a corn one. Pass!

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