Much like putting pineapples on pizzas, adding pineapple flavor to a Doritos chip is, um, unusual. And much like pineapple-bedazzled pizzas, I feel many folks won’t enjoy the uniqueness of Doritos Spicy Pineapple Jalapeno chips. Am I one of those people? Well, you have to read on to find out.
Having fruity-flavored Doritos shouldn’t be surprising since Frito-Lay added mango seasoning to its potato chips TWICE — the awful Lay’s Wavy Mango Salsa and the decent tasting, but not compelling enough to make me finish the bag, Lay’s Chile Mango. But now that pineapple flavor exists in the Doritos universe, which also includes pizza Doritos, should we expect a “Hawaiian” pizza variety someday?
When I first opened this Party Size bag, I got a strong hit of eau de pickled jalapeño with hints of something sweet that didn’t register as pineapple to my nose. Because of the bold peppery aroma, it reminded me of other Frito-Lay chips, like Lay’s Kettle Cooked Jalapeño. Their appearance also reminded me of other chips. If not for how they smelled, these could be mistaken for Doritos Cool Ranch or plain Toasted Corn Doritos at arm’s length.
My taste buds’ first impression of these wasn’t good. I guess they were shocked by the spicy, peppery, and fruity combination, which was a bit acrid at first. If I based my rating on those first few chips, I would’ve given these a three out of ten, but they got better after eating a few more. While the jalapeño and pineapple flavors were equal initially, the fruitiness stood out more after stuffing my face with more chips.
When I first started eating these, I thought having the pineapple there was weird. However, just like I got used to eating pineapples on pizza, my taste buds eventually accepted the fruitiness of these Doritos. I mean, the idea of pineapple flavor on Doritos is still odd, but it ended up tasting better than I thought it would. There were also times when my taste buds thought they noticed a bit of lime, which goes very well with spicy seasoning on chips, so maybe that’s why these grew on me. With that said, these aren’t as tasty as Doritos Flamin’ Hot Limón.
They’re also not as spicy as Doritos Flamin’ Hot Limón, but if you find Taco Bell’s Hot Sauce to be too hot, then you might want to avoid these.
Doritos Spicy Pineapple Jalapeno is not a flavor that will end up on my favorites list, and I think the pineapple and jalapeño combination might be too weird for some. But I do like it, and it has a unique taste that I feel is worth the money if your taste buds are adventurous.
Purchased Price: More than one should pay on eBay
Size: 13 3/4 oz bag (Party Size)
Purchased at: eBay (available at Walmart and Target)
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (about 11 chips) 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 150 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 2 gram of protein.