When Arch West goes into the ground this Saturday, his family will sprinkle Doritos at his graveside, reports the Dallas Morning News. It's a fitting tribute for the man widely credited with creating Doritos corn chips.
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West, who died on September 20th at the age of 97, led the team at Frito-Lay that developed Doritos in the early 1960s. His daughter, Jana Hacker, tells the New York Times that her father got the idea for Doritos after visiting a San Diego taco shack, where he first tasted fried corn chips.
Doritos debuted in 1964, just as Mexican-American cuisine was hitting mainstrem American taste buds. (The first Taco Bell opened in Downey in 1962.) The tangy corn chips proved popular. Today, they are Frito-Lay's second-best seller, after Lays Potato Chips.