Because I am a food critic, I decided that not only would I rate the original Nacho Cheesier Doritos Locos Tacos, but I’d take it upon myself to inform my world, through my sophisticated sense of taste, how its newer Cool Ranch variant fares. In my original DLT review, I pined for more flavors, of which there are many in the Doritos universe, but they picked the best flavor to follow up with, perhaps because of unit sales more than anything.
Just like its older brother, you’ll receive your DLT in a cardboard sleeve inside a standard paper wrap for a quickly obvious reason: these DLTs be mad fragile, yo. Even sliding the taco out of its sleeve proved to be precarious at times. Of course, it’s when you start digging in that you notice the obvious difference between the two DLTs. I’ve always been a bigger fan of Cool Ranch over other varieties and I’m a big fan of ranch or sour cream in most any flavor description, so they were swinging for the fences here. Whereas Nacho Cheesier was a more aggressive blast of cheese flavor, Cooler Ranch is a bit more subdued in its approach, which complements the other ingredients of the taco, rather than overwhelming them. I found the ‘dust accumulation’ factor to be nil and while I didn’t have the opportunity, I imagine this DLT is also perfectly suited for chilled second-day consumption.
To be honest, they should’ve debuted with Cool Ranch, but that might be personal preference speaking. I don’t think there are too many more flavors that will be quite as impactful as these two have been, but like Star Wars and LEGO, this has been one of the best mashups in recent history.