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Lay’s Flavor Icons

Introducing Lay’s Flavor Icons! Sure, there are plenty of delivery services that will ship food from iconic restaurants all over the country right to your doorstep, but only Lay’s can deliver that exact same experience in a bag that’s half-filled with air.

For this new line, Lay’s has teamed with specific restaurants in different regions of the country to produce five exciting new flavors:

  • Lay’s Kettle Cooked New York Style Pizza, inspired by Grimaldi’s Pizzeria of Brooklyn, NY.
  • Lay’s Philly Cheesesteak, inspired by Geno’s Steaks of Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lay’s Nashville Hot Chicken, inspired by Party Fowl of Nashville, TN.
  • Lay’s Wavy Carnitas Street Taco, inspired by El Torito of Marina del Rey, CA.
  • Lay’s Chile Relleno, inspired by Cocina Azul of Albuquerque, NM.

Who needs social interaction and fine dining when you can have a bag of chips in the same clothes you wore yesterday!?


This review is part of a series. Today’s Lay’s Flavor Icons is:

Lay’s Chile Relleno

Lay's Chile Relleno

Here’s what I know about Cocina Azul: Nothing.

Here’s what I know about chile relleno: It means “diarrhea” in Spanish.

Lay's Chile Relleno

Lay’s Chile Relleno seasoning includes ingredients such as cheddar cheese, spices, onion, garlic, sour cream, chicken fat, and green bell pepper.

Look, I’ll be perfectly honest with you. I know that I’ve had some chile relleno on some combo platters at Mexican restaurants, but I don’t have a perfectly clear memory of what they taste like. I know that it involves a stuffed pepper smothered in cheese and some kind of sauce.

What I do know is that these chips do nothing to invite my taste buds to any Mexican restaurant I’ve ever been to.


Lay's Chile Relleno

As far as I can tell, these chips are virtually indistinguishable from a sour cream & onion chip. Scratch that – they’re like a less-seasoned version of a sour cream & onion chip. The only way you could convince me that these tasted like chile relleno is if you convinced me that chile relleno tastes like a sour cream & onion potato chip.

It’s no surprise that Frito Lay chose to hide this one as a Walmart and 7-Eleven exclusive because it’s easily the least desirable in the Flavor Icons lineup. But that only makes it even more frustrating for interested parties because it’s also the hardest to locate. I actually had pay too much money for these off eBay because none of my Walmarts or 7-Eleven had these stocked on shelves.

Underwhelmed is an understatement.

Burning Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite Mexican restaurant? Chili’s.
  2. What’s your favorite Mexican dish? The Honey-Chipotle Chicken Crispers at Chili’s.
  3. You don’t get out much do you? I go to Chili’s quite often.

Place of Purchase: Walmart/7-Eleven exclusive (eBay for me)

Rating: 4 out of 10

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