I hate stopping to get gas. I mean I really hate it. I hate the whole process: the stopping on the way to somewhere, the getting out of the car, the paying, the pumping, the driving off and stopping again when I notice the gas cap is open! I hate it! I refuse to even fill up my tank out of pure spite. In my own rebellion of one, I feel like if I only give the omnipotent, tyrannical oil companies twenty dollars at a time, somehow I win. I hope to die without having any extra gas in my car. I haven’t had a full tank in a decade.
The only and I mean ONLY redeeming value of stopping to get gas is going in the convenience mart to look for snacks. And really that has only been part of my life for less than a year, so I’m still working through a lot of anger.
This week I found myself wandering the grimy aisles of a 7-Eleven. While humming along to the store’s broadcast of OMC’s “How Bizarre” I noticed a rogue bag of Doritos holding down the coveted front counter display position near the brown bananas and knock off five hour energy drinks.
Doritos Flamas. The first thing that struck me was that I had not encountered this bag before. The second thing that struck me was a debate as to whether this product was pronounced like Flamers or if it rhymed with lamas. Knowing Doritos and their Xtreme leaning, I surmised that surely this would be spelled with a “z” if it was the indeed the hip version of Flamers. Then noticing the bag was mostly in Spanish, I decided it was Flamas like lamas.
These chips are branded under the Sabritas name, which is Doritos’ Mexican imprint. So what I believe Doritos has done here is distill and entire country’s people, culture, and cuisine into two ingredients. Because that’s not offensive. Those two flavors that we all love best about Mexican food? Chili and lime.
The best thing I can say about these chips is that one of them looked like a dinosaur.
These. Things. Are. Foul.
They are wildly, obnoxiously red. Finger-staining, I’m-putting-this-into-my-body-question-mark red. And all of that powder goes a long way. They are spicy. The spice gets right up in your facetongue, and it lingers a while. Although I’m not big on heat, there is nothing wrong with a spicy Dorito. The problem with this spicy Dorito is that the spice IS PAIRED WITH LIME!
Would you like to know what a chili and lime coated corn chip tastes like? Because I’m going to tell you. And I’m going to do it without any kind of hesitation or equivocation. It tastes EXACTLY like a very very spicy, lime Fruit Loop.
That chip also looks like a cow head. Or maybe I’m craving beef right now.
Ew these dont sound pleasant..lime spicy crisps…no thank you!
Not Doritos of course, but I recently had Ruffles Queso Jalapeno and enjoyed them very much. Sorry your Doritos weren’t more enjoyable.
i’ll have to look for those Ruffles, sound good.
I thought they tasted like fruit loops too! Hahaha… but I still liked them… > >;
You’ve only been looking for snacks for less than a year. I don’t think so. I think that should have read. I’ve been looking for snakcs since I was less than a year.
I see these all the time at convenience stores and supermarkets. Living where I do, I’m privy to a large amount of the Sabritas line, and have been meaning to do a Sabritas super-review for forever now, but can’t bring myself to walk up to the cashier with 17 different chip bags in my arms.
Have you ever tried Cheetos Flamin’ Hot con Limon? They employ pretty much the same concept but I love ’em. Don’t find them Fruit Loopy at all. However, I have had lime-flavored Doritos before (the X13-D project, I believe they were called), and I can concur that they are no good at all.
I haven’t tried those Cheetos. i’ll see if I can find some. And yea 17 bags is a little weird. Never go over 15.
I like them! They taste so good with sour cream! ;0)
Interesting! Never thought to use sour cream. Now I am intrigued.
Open your mind to the idea of dips and flavored chips. I’ve done things with Cheetos, cream cheese and various Tabasco sauces that are probably illegal in some states.
Cheetos, cream cheese, and Tabasco. I think I could get behind that.
I love spicy things, and these were a little too much for me. They also made my flaming poop bright red the next morning. I didn’t have a problem with the taste, similar to the Cheetos Flamin’ Hot con Limon which I like a lot, just a little spicier.
People like them. I don’t get it. Glad you’re enjoying them. Cue Diff’rebt Strokes theme.
Spicy Fruit Loops was also my first impression.
I just bought these chips with my last dollar before payday for the same reason that you did. I hadn’t seen them before. I got in the car and opened the bag on my way home. Upon eating the first chip, I was actually contemplating turning around and trying to get a refund! My mouth was so confused by the flavors, which are exactly as you described. It was so bad, I had to get online and see if anyone else felt as I did. I’m so glad that I found your blog! LOL
Haha, that’s awesome. Confusing is a good description of Doritos Flamas.
best chip ever
These were absolutely horrible….the lime taste was just too much…
OH NO NOT IN MY FACETONGUE!!
I thought they were good…
Not good. they would be better without the lime.
I got the Fruit Loops vibe too and they were pretty darn spicy bu my facetongue enjoyed them.
They’re actually really good.
Being Hispanic (Mexican to be exact) I find this taste amazing!
They taste a lot like Takis Fuego.
Maybe it’s just a Hispanic thing though, I think they’re great.
People love these. I’ll have to find some Takis.
are these the same as spicy doritos?
These have lime flavoring added.
I do agree they’re overcolored. I got Cheetos *knuckles* trying to get into the bag, never mind Cheetos fingers.
But I really like Flamas. They remind me of fajitas doused in lime juice, or margaritas with salt. An ingredient high on the list (above cheese!) is citric acid which I think is responsible for much of the tongue-twisting, as it is in lime.
By the way… all Froot Loops are the same flavor. I do see what you mean about the resemblance. My stance is that I can’t stand corn cereal like Froot Loops and Corn Pops because it tastes like chips. 🙂
Haha! Interested take on cereals. And how dare you ruin the illusion of Froot Loops! What’s next M&M’s?! Different colors=different flavors. That’s just science.
It’s only science with Skittles. With everything else, it’s an illusion.
These are awesome chips! I first happened on them the same way ….gas station…wandering-the-aisle-for-a-snack routine…the red colored bag was sure an eye catcher! I am for all things spicy…and if you add lime to that….YUMMY(helps that lime takes the edge off a bit)! So I bought them and tried them and almost did a u-turn to get some more bags! Later I tried to find that flavor again and couldn’t! I tried Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Target and even Walmart! None of them had it! I was real disappointed. But today I got lucky again at a neighbourhood CVS…they had 3 small packets…took ’em all! About to devour them as a movie snack!
I’m glad you love these. I just cannot get into them. I wish I could because I’ve heard from so many people who really like them.
if you filled your car with gasoline each time, you’d have to go to the gas station less often.
It makes me sad that this is the first hit when you look up “doritos flamas” Personally, this is my new addiction. I LOVE sharp tasting salty things and this rocketed to the top when I tried them.
I’m disappointed you didn’t enjoy them, but I’m loving your sense of humor about it! 🙂
hahaha i never comment on stuff like this, but the first thing i thought was spicy fruit loop!
I would love to live in a world where I could drop jalapenos and limes onto EVERYTHING and make it taste good, so I’m actually rather fond of these. Not so fond of the red fingertips, though. I could do with a liiittle less coloring. But next time I try them, I’m going to be on the look-out for a Fruit Loopiness. Thanks for the hilarious review.
They are crazy red!
These things are AWESOME. Better than Takis. They ARE spicy and they do make your fingers red. Being hispanic, we eat a lot of these weird spicy Doritos and Cheetos and Takis and everything else in between and these are absolutely addicting. The only problem is I can’t find them everywhere, I can only find them when I am up in Chicago and that isn’t every day since I live in the suburbs. So, if you don’t like spicy and don’t like heat and don’t like your fingers turning red, then by all means, don’t eat them. Leave them on the shelves for the people that do. 🙂
@Dorito Lover, you really think they are better than Takis? In my opinion, they taste exactly like Takis Fuego!
I ran across these chips a few times, but I didn’t want to risk buying them and end up being disappointed. Today, my friend bought me a bag along with a big bag of Takis Fuego, so I figured I’d eat the Doritos first. You know you have to save the best for last right? So after a few bites I realized they taste exactly like Takis Fuego! So as I’m smashing them I can’t help but think, Damn Doritos ripped off the makers of Takis chips….*still smashing….the nerve of these big companies…..*still smashing…*looks at bag…..They even stole the got damn design of the bag….*still smashing….they were really good. I didn’t stop until the whole bag was done. I even straightened the bag out so I that I could dump the crumbs into my mouth lmfao.
So all in all, I figured, Takis stole Doritos pungent ass corn taste, and Doritos stole their sauce, so they are even in my book. Plus, you cannot find Takis chips in very many stores where I stay, so I figure if the store does not sell Takis then I can opt for La Flamas.
@Thefoodjunk, Sorry for the mini blog post on your blog post. But if you did not like these chips I really really doubt that you will like Takis because they taste exactly the same, but Takis has lots more of the seasoning making your hands even more red.
Your mini blog post is more than welcome. Still gotta try these Takis.
I love these! I just bought the last 5 bags at Big Lots. I find em at gas stations and Rite Aid, walgreens etc. chili lime flavor is magical! I also eat chili lime flavored almonds! Awesome combo.
I’m seriously going to have to revisit these. People LOVE them. And you win for chili-lime almonds! That’s just crazy/
Just bought a bag last night, and i love them. the pungent lime is just right. i think they could stand to be a bit more spicy-hot.
Regarding chile-lime almonds… I also love the Blue Diamond “BOLD” almonds (Habanero BBQ, Chile Lime), though they could be a bit “BOLDER” 😉 .Try eating them GORP style with raisins or mixed-dried-fruit — it’s even MORE magical.
My husband can’t get enough and the stores near us couldn’t keep them on the shelf!
These are the best doritos made (besides nacho). They are so damn good and addictive!!!! My fingers are all bright red. You said they are foul??? You must have bumped your head!!
THIS IS THE BEST CHIP EVER MADE IN THE WORLD!!!
Haha! I respectfully disagree but well said.
I have to adamantly disagree. I being one who loves the hot stuff love these. I found them last summer at Walmart and was hooked immediately. I am distraught at no longer being able to find them. Also they are not chili / lime but rather Habenero/lime they bring the heat better than most snack foods and the lime tones it down just a tad while tarting it up a bit. Absolutely delicious.
I absolutely LOVE these chips! Found them on vacation in NC and fell in love. I love spicy stuff and these are perfectly spicy. Came home from vacation and our local stores carried them for a few months. Now they’re gone! So I will be ordering them online. Yep, they are that good!
Just bought a bag a few days ago on a dare from my daughter. I have to say I’m a huge Dorito fan but these had to be the worst combination that they have ever created. They would probably be really great if it wasn’t for the overpowering lime flavor. It just ruins it for me. I will probably just throw the rest away as I dislike them so much. Maybe I’ll try it with sour cream first. It’s too bad the lime flavor isn’t a little more subtle.
U completely nailed it with the spicy fruit loop comparison! I really hated em at first, but now I can’t stop munching…
Maybe because I don’t wanna waste the huge bag or because I’m hoping they will magically evolve into the salsa Doritos…
I really, really like them, I guess its cause I AM big on hot foods especially delicious ones, 🙂
They are tasty! I love chiles & lime not so much love for Doritos. So they gain a customer with this twist.
They are a little painful to eat : )
i love theses chips they r so good when i see them i buy like 3 or 4 bags cause they r hard to find mmmmmmmmmmmmm
I think yall are nuts! These are by far my favorite chips I’ve ever had. But then again I love lime and love anything spicy! The more spicy the better…. Well Buenos Noches
I found these at Quik Trips in Marietta Georgia. They are friggin awesome! 1st bag I ate plain. I was intrigued. Try another bag with some queso & some salsa. Loved them with the queso so so with the salsa…. Last bag shared with a beer…bingo! With something like a corona (no fruit) on even a Sam Adams (my two favorites) these are the BOMB!!
The taste is so powerful that it is one of those hate or love relationships. Either you
These are the best chips ever. I love hot stuff and as soon as tried these i smiled. The lime combined with the spicy.. cant beat it. They are so delicious. Definitely one my favorites!
Hilarious! The first thing I said upon trying these was that they taste like a spicy, salty Fruit Loop.
I just tried some last night. They were okay. They were definitely spicy hot and the hotness did hang around. After the first couple of chips the lime taste seemed to disappear. Maybe the habenero (sp?) killed my taste buds. Overall I feel they were okay and I will finish the bag my wife bought but I told her to not bother buying them again.
The worst thing about these is not the lime or the spice — it’s the MSG.
These chips were amazing. I am eating some right now they make my mouth water with enjoyment, i do agree they have a certain Fruit loop aftertaste… But seeing as how the closest Walmart is 30 minutes away i get them instead of takis fuego 😉 which are my favorite chips. I recommend trying them to anyone !
Wow, I didn’t know about the distaste for these chips.
I personally bought them on an experimental whim. The lime is what you taste first, like a little punch, then they start to warm up with a light tingle that lingers with you.
To me, they’re good. I’ve had some more ‘authentic’ lime and chili nachos before from a Mexican restaurant. And they tasted like they were soaked in lime. This is a good mix.
It’s especially odd that people don’t like them in my opinion, considering everyone loves stuff with lime it seems. Considering Cheetos have a style that’s similar. I don’t like them much, but I do like these Flamas.
The dorito kind taste like spicy fruit loops. The actual kind, under the brand name of Takis, taste nothing like fruit loops. This is due to the fact doritos uses artificial lime flavor (or actual flavor extract) instead of real lime juice. Dorito version sucks, real Takis version is awesome, Takis are way crunchier too.
Heard you on Nerd Lunch. Good stuff. I agree these are truly truly terrible. Same with the Sweet Chili. Utter crap
Hello mr. foodjunk. i encountered your site today after googling Flamas. Why would I google Flamas, you might ask. Well, it’s because a blog i read, whose author really, really likes taco bell, revealed that taco bell is test-marketing a new Flamas Doritos Taco. so i must ask you: How do you think the addition of slimy, seasoned ground beef, iceberg lettuce and cheddar cheese shreds would impact the flavor of these chips?
I am a fan of Taco Bell. “Fan” meaning I eat there once every two months or so. I do not need to ruin my beloved hard taco with these terrible chips.
I thought they were pretty good.. but I know what you mean, I’ve had OTHER lime chips that just taste like weird lime froot loops.
still i wish they’d focus more on flavor than spice.. red pepper has a delicious but subtle flavor that typically gets drowned out by all the capsaicin
Actually I take it back, now that i’ve eaten more of them, they DO have that froot loop lime flavor.. oh well. it’s not terrible.
Haha follow up research!
This month, Frito-Lay came out with a Lay’s Stax Flamas. I tried them because, like most people here, I like spice and they looked unique. I actually love them.They might be a little different than the Doritos version of course.
Doritos Flamas, the most divisive snack I’ve reviewed!
Seriously my favorite chip ever!!!! They dont even sell them where I moved and I have to get family to send them to me! Ermahgerd…. best spicy chip ever made! Please come to FL!!!
You can get them in Hispanic areas in Florida!
I loved your recent post from today about Takis, mostly for the long introduction about this Doritos post and the poorly written comments you’d received. However, the first thing I noticed while reading this blog entry was a spelling mistake in the post itself.
“So what I believe Doritos has done here is distill AN entire country’s people…….”
The irony of the whole situation has made my day, so thank you kind sir.
I knew there’d be one!!!
Being Hispanic, I love all these spicy and anything with lime is a big big plus! These are my absolute favorite chips, I love eating them with French onion dip, delish combination!
As for the fruit loop comments, fritos corn chips have a fruit loop after taste if you drink mountain dew while eating them. It comes from the citrus flavor and the corn/grain.
These are the best chips ever, I love them!!