Cheddar & Sour Cream
Ingredients: Navy Beans, Brown Rice, Safflower or Sunflower Oil, Seasoning Blend (Rice Flour, Product Contains 2% or less of: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika Extract (Color), Citric Acid, Lactic Acid Powder, Natural Flavors, Palm Fruit Oil*, Pea Protein, Rice Syrup Solids, Salt, Sugar, Yeast Extract). *RSPO Certified
These appear about two inches in length, half a millimeter thick, and semi-opaque with light to moderate powdered coating. If it makes any sense at all, the texture feels 75% crispy and is quite chewy after the initial bite. Personally prefer my tortilla chips to be crunchier, but it’s a mild difference.
The bag correctly advertises “full on flavor” because you immediately taste the seasoning on first bite. I grabbed this Cheddar & Sour Cream bag quickly and didn’t realize it’s vegan (should be written on the front!). Without dairy, they somehow manage to have hint of cheddar-ish flavor that ends with a sour tang. Contrary to many failing vegan cheese snacks, these don’t use nutritional yeast as “cheese”. I’m impressed by the imitated flavor and would argue that the lack of dairy could go unnoticed by some. There’s barely any bean flavor in these chips as well. That or they mask it well with seasoning.
They’re well-salted, low-key addictive, filling, and I enjoyed eating them. I’d recommend this to tortilla chip aficionados forgoing dairy, but still ponder about cheese.
Ingredients: Navy Beans, Brown Rice, Safflower or Sunflower Oil, Seasoning Blend (Rice Flour, Product Contains 2% or less of: Cayenne Pepper, Dehydrated Spices, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Paprika Extract (Color), Citric Acid, Lactic Acid Powder, Natural Flavors, Palm Fruit Oil*, Pea Protein, Rice Syrup Solids, Salt, Sugar, Yeast Extract). *RSPO Certified
This Spicy Queso flavor comes off a bit stronger Cheddar & Sour Cream. On occasional bites, I found a faint hint of actual queso flavor initially, but it doesn’t taste cheesy overall. There’s a tomato undertone, and if anything, the flavor reminds me of a generic curry once finished. The Queso aspect might be a stretch, but at least these have a pleasant heat build-up.
I felt Cheddar & Sour Cream was much more accurate to the flavor name. I’m neutral in recommending their Spicy Queso because they’re a far cry from a tasting like a melted cheese pool, but at the end of the day, are still decent chips.