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What Makes A Great Tortilla Chip

Updated on May 24, 2012

Tortilla Chips

Qualities Of Good Tortilla Chips

Tortilla chips have become one of the most popular snack foods in the United States. These chips first originated as a convenient way to use up the unused scraps from tortillas. Creative chefs fried up these bits and pieces of tortilla to produce a crunchy, salty treat that just about everyone loves. Although they are commonly paired with salsas of all kinds, a number of dips and sauces have become popular compliments to the natural flavors of tortilla chips.

So what makes a tortilla chip taste great? There are several factors which separate bland, boring chips from the delicious, salty snacks we can’t get enough of. Here are some of the characteristics of a great tortilla chip:

If a tortilla chip doesn’t have crunch, there are few things that can be redeeming enough to make it snack-worthy. Tortilla chips should always be kept in an air-tight bag to keep them from going stale. The frying process should be refined to ensure that chips have a distinct crunch without being oily.

Any good tortilla chip needs salt. It’s what makes this chip so delicious and helps it taste great with a variety of dips. If a chip has not too little and not too much salt, it offers just the right amount to keep snackers coming back for more.

Tortilla chips are sold in a variety of flavors these days. While the all natural flavors of yellow or white corn are the standard, many people are also embracing unique flavors like multi-grain, jalapeno, bacon and blue cheese, pepperoni pizza and barbecue.

Though it doesn’t affect the taste, the right shape can really make a chip more desirable. Many people like a chip that has plenty of surface area to hold a dip, while others want a bite-size chip that isn’t as messy.

A dip is often what makes or breaks a tortilla chip. While some people like to eat these chips on their own, this snack was made for dipping. Salsa, spinach and artichoke dip, bean dip, guacamole and queso are all popular combinations that make tortilla chips simply irresistible.


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