Found the answer myself (they were made a year before their best by date)
How long are my Baja Vida snacks good for?
In their sealed packages, our beef jerky is good for 15 months and our beef sticks and mangos are good for 12 months. You can always find the best by date on the back of the package on any Baja Vida snack. For the freshest taste, we recommend you enjoy your snacks within three days of opening (if you can make them last that long!).
@SnakeJG from a 2* Amazon review from a couple of months ago:
You might want to consider shortening the shelf life of this item. The date is 12/07/2022. They are stale, have a bad taste and are dry. I buy these every month and they are not up to usual quality. They were reduced price, I guess that is why.
@jaygreen More likely, celery powder that has had a microbial culture growing in it; the vegetable equivalent of bleu cheese. They don’t say whether the culturing was intentional. Maybe they bought way too much celery powder from a bulk food ingredient closeouts place at an amazing price, only to discover that the reason it was so cheap was that it had become “cultured”.
This was the first consumable purchase I’ve done of meh because I love jerky and spice, but this forum is making me a bit scared tbh, no one has said a good thing about it… guess we’ll see when it gets here
@Vitanima And if they’re nasty on arrival, gripe to Support. That’s what they’re there for. (I’ve only had to do it once, when some socks I bought on SideDeal turned out to be way short of fitting the advertised size range. No problem.)
$32.00 is more than I wanna spend & I would find it hard to impossible to eat these by the 02 ‘Best By’ date, so for those reasons, I’m out!! BTW, meh should give us an option, e.g., 32 for $16.00; that would be a deal I could probably swallow & if they weren’t up to snuff, I could eat that much, but $34 is just too much to eat!!
Got mine today. To answer @Malatr’s question from upthread, I say these are about jalapeno spicy. They don’t taste stale, either. This brand is either a little less salty than Slim Jims, or I’ve forgotten how salty Slim Jims were since my college days.
Yes! Finally a product that says that they are ‘Hot’, and it is actually hot. This was was an awesome buy which I would do again. The ‘best buy date’ on my packages is 4/23, but these don’t even feel remotely stale. And like previously said, way less salt content than a Slim Jim.