While Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch (also known as Cool American in Europe) have long been America's favorite Doritos flavors, Frito-Lay has released quite a number of exciting and interesting flavors that are, sadly, no longer available. Here are 13 discontinued Doritos flavors.
1. SOUR CREAM AND ONION
During the '70s, Doritos introduced a Sour Cream and Onion flavor. It was later discontinued in the early '80s, but brought back as a “throwback” flavor for a limited time in 2013.
2. CHESTER'S CHEESE
In 1995, Doritos and Cheetos teamed up to introduce Chester's Cheese Doritos. The snack combined the cheese flavor of Cheetos, but on a crunchy Doritos tortilla chip. They were only available for a short time.
3. PIZZA CRAVERS AND TACO SUPREME
During the late '90s, PepsiCo spun off its restaurant division into Yum! Brands, which included Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Doritos, which is a Frito-Lay and PepsiCo product, released Pizza Cravers in a collaboration with Pizza Hut. Around the same time, Doritos also made a Taco Supreme Doritos with Taco Bell flavorings.
4. JUMPIN' JACK CHEESE
In 1990, Doritos introduced a new pepper jack Jumpin' Jack Cheese flavor with a pre-Tonight Show Jay Leno assuring America that teens know good cheese. It was discontinued during the early '90s, but made a comeback as a limited edition “throwback” flavor in 2013.
During the early 2000s, Doritos rolled their standard triangular chips into small tubes and called them Rollitos. Frito-Lay boasted that it was an easier way to eat Doritos with the same taste and flavor, only with a louder crunch. The newly-shaped chips came in four flavors, including Nacho Cheesier, Zesty Taco, Cooler Ranch, and Queso Picante. In 2013, Doritos re-branded Rollitos as Dinamitas, or little sticks of dynamite.
In 2007, Doritos released Doritos Collisions, which featured two distinctive flavors and varieties mixed together in one bag. Fans of Doritos Collisions were treated to mashups such as Hot Wings & Blue Cheese, Zesty Taco & Chipotle Ranch, Habanero & Guacamole, Cheesy Enchilada & Sour Cream, and Pizza Cravers & Ranch. Although the snacks were popular, Doritos Collisions were discontinued a few years later.
7. X-13D FLAVOR EXPERIMENT
In 2007, Doritos introduced mystery chips that appeared in grocery stores in all-black unidentified bags with only the name Doritos X-13D Flavor Experiment and the tagline “Tasting notes: All-American Classic” printed on them. It was part of a promotion that allowed fans to name the new mystery Doritos, which closely resembled a cheeseburger taste.
8. LATE NIGHT ALL-NIGHTER CHEESEBURGER
Doritos launched Late Night All-Nighter Cheeseburger from the “Doritos X-13D Flavor Experiment”—the chips tasted like a cheeseburger with a hint of pickle. They also released Late Night Tacos at Midnight and Late Night Last Call Jalapeño Popper flavors for a limited time in 2008.
9. THE QUEST
In 2008, Doritos held another mystery chip contest called The Quest where participants had to solve puzzles and gather clues to determine the identity of the new flavor. A few weeks later, Doritos announced the mystery flavor was Mountain Dew, which coincided with the release of the soda’s "Dewmocracy" flavors, which were Mountain Dew Supernova (grape), Mountain Dew Revolution (cotton candy), and Mountain Dew Voltage (raspberry).
After seeing success in their South African, Venezuelan, and Canadian markets, Doritos introduced a limited-edition Roulette package to the U.S. in 2015—each bag of Doritos Roulette contained a handful of extra spicy chips in addition to the traditional nacho cheese flavor. Doritos boasted that one in six chips in each bag were so spicy, they "may bring you to tears."
11. 3D DORITOS
When 3D Doritos were released during the mid-'90s, they were described as "Doritos-meets-Bugles." They had a puff of air inside them, making them more round than traditional Doritos. 3D Doritos came in various flavors, such as Jalapeño Cheddar, Nacho Cheese, and Zesty Ranch. They also came in a mini version and were sold in plastic cylinders with a pop-top, like Pringles. 3D Doritos were discontinued sometime in the early 2000s, but were later modified and re-released as Doritos Jacked 3D in 2015. Instead of being thin puffs with an empty center, Doritos Jacked 3D are thick and raised and resemble triangle-shaped Funyuns.
12. DEGREE BURN
In 2010, Doritos came out with three limited edition Degree Burn flavors: 1st Degree Burn Blazin’ Jalapeño, 2nd Degree Burn Fiery Buffalo, and 3rd Degree Burn Scorchin’ Habanero, which were bright red and loaded with spicy powder. Doritos released the chips in a cross promotion with Pepsi’s Cease Fire Max Citrus Freeze flavor—the idea being that eating Doritos would heat you up, while drinking Pepsi would cool you down.
13. SMOKEY RED BBQ
Another Doritos flavor, Smokey Red Barbecue, was released in the late '90s and eventually discontinued. But a commerical for them was the second to star "the Doritos girl," Ali Landry, which effectively launched her acting career. In 2002, Landry said, "It's the best thing that ever happened in my career—and that includes becoming Miss USA."