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National Corn Chip Day is January 29th

Updated on October 10, 2014

How Did The Corn Chip Come to Be?

The creator of Fritos corn chips, C.E. Doolin, was trying to find a way to extend the shelf life of tortillas in his store. He met a Texan selling a fried variety and bought the recipe from him for $100. He, his mother and his brother Earl worked long and hard to come up with the perfect recipe and corn chips as we know them today (a.k.a. Fritos) became a reality. This was all the way back in 1932 during the depression and times were tough so it is rumored that his mother let him pawn her wedding ring to have the money needed for the project. It really paid off!

Later he grew his own corn and that, according to some, is the real secret! So now you know!

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  • 3 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Cut each tortilla in half, and then cut each half into 3 identical triangles.
  2. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  3. Spray the chips with vegetable oil spray and srinkle on the sea salt evenly over the chips.
  4. Bake the chips approximately 8 minutes flipping them over half way through.
  5. ENJOY!
Cast your vote for Make Your Own Corn Chips

Tortillas You can use. - Cut Them and Use them to Make you Own Chips!

How About You

Would you make your own corn chips or buy them?

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Even a Book Named for Corn Chips! - For the tweens in your life!

"Land of Corn Chips" by Angela Carley

"Eleven-year-old Nate Hansen never believed in dragons before an eccentric man with a purple-feather hat kidnaps him. Spirited to the Land of Corn Chips on the back of a mechanical yellow dragon, Nate must find a way to avoid being ground into compost. His only hope of escape is to earn the friendship of the local wrestling gang and zombie kids, and to believe in a parent he no longer trusts."

"If you enjoy Lemony Snicket, Fabelhaven, and action packed middle-grade fiction, Land of Corn Chips is for you."

What to do with those hundreds of crushed corn chips at the bottom of the bag

Use those crushed corn chips!

  • Put them on top of a southwestern style salad (black beans, salsa, etc) instead of croutons.
  • Sprinkle on top of chili.
  • Great on top of a Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese baked in the oven.
  • Garnish on tortilla soup.
  • Toss them into the frying pan with an egg. You'll get a crispy crunchy egg tortilla,

You Shouldn't Eat Corn Chips Alone - Eat with a Dip!

Gluten Free Corn Chips!

A Treat for All!

For those who must stay away from gluten, which is a type of protein found in wheat, rye and barley, there are corn chips that are labeled as gluten free. They are a great snack for people who suffer from celiac disease. Always read the lable to be sure!

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Celebrate Corn Chips In January!! - What are your favorite corn chips?

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    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I like to have my Fritos with my chili - it's a delicious combination!

    • xriotdotbiz lm profile image

      xriotdotbiz lm 

      6 years ago

      What a cute day!

      It is a hard case to make one's own corn chips when they are the cheapest of chips in the chip aisle. I wind-up buying them because of price.

      However, getting those warm, just made chips like those at Mexican restaurants would be nice. Sadly, it seems I either get good salsa or good chips, but never both at the same time.

    • JoleneBelmain profile image


      6 years ago

      When I was a kid corn chips were my absolute favourite snack (second was shoestrings)... I still like them now, just don't eat them quite as much :)

    • Elyn MacInnis profile image

      Elyn MacInnis 

      6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I like corn chips a lot. I wish the corn in the US wasn't mostly genetically modified. It makes me feel a little nervous about eating a lot of them! But I eat them anyway. Too good to miss. :-)

    • MartieG profile imageAUTHOR

      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      @paperfacets: I love this comment!!! Makes you think!

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      Sherry Venegas 

      6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I learned on Survivor Man that Fritos are good for starting fires. So a lost person needs to decide, should I use my last chip for food or for fire? Since I like fritos that would be a hard call to make.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      I like them plain, with a good dip.

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      That was $100 very well spent. I've always loved corn chips. Really liked the way you helped me think about how to use those chip crumbs. They are too good to waste. Thanks!

    • Mickie Gee profile image

      Mickie Goad 

      6 years ago

      I love Fritos. We cannot have them in the house because I would eat them all up in one hour and go back to the store to buy more! I especially like using the "scoops" corn tortillas with my homemade guacamole dip.

    • MsBrightside LM profile image

      MsBrightside LM 

      6 years ago

      I didn't know! I am planning a grocery run tonight and will pick some corn chips up to celebrate!!

    • MartieG profile imageAUTHOR

      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      @anonymous: Thank you for your blessing Tipi - really appreciated!

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      6 years ago

      I like corn chips so much--I started a company to make Gluten Free corn chips from Heirloom Corn that I grow on my farm!!! I call them FarmBoyTortillaChips!! Take a look at

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      6 years ago

      Well, I certainly have to celebrate National Corn Chip Day and will get an early start for January 29th! You apparently are quite the corn chip lover with all your tips for what to do with all those pieces at the bottom of the bag, I especially like the idea of mixing them in with eggs. Just gotta bless this...its a national holiday!

    • CruiseReady profile image


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I sure like the idea of frying up the left over corn chip crumbs with a scrambled egg. That sounds pretty good.

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      7 years ago

      nice lens! Great job thumbs up!

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      7 years ago

      You know, I thoroughly enjoy corn chips and look for those that won't compromise my high blood pressure ... Fritos have always been at the top of my list.

    • kimark421 profile image


      7 years ago

      I didn't know about National Corn Chip Day. but now that I do I will eat as many corn chips as possible. Thanks for the great lens!

    • MartieG profile imageAUTHOR

      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      7 years ago from Jersey Shore

      @Nancy Hardin: Thank you for the SquidAngel blessing nancycarol - it's nice to be here!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Love it! I celebrate this day almost every week...haha! Welcome back, I'm sure glad to see you! This is a holiday I'll gladly celebrate by a blessing by a SquidAngel!!

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      7 years ago

      nice easy read about how the corn chip came to be! wrote this silly holiday down so I can tell my workers about it.

    • bikerministry profile image


      7 years ago

      So funny, January 29 is also National Puzzle Day and today I completed a lens on this topic. Sweet!

    • bikerministry profile image


      7 years ago

      Yum, corn chips are gluten free right? Blessings.

    • hlkljgk profile image


      7 years ago from Western Mass

      i like garden of eatin's blue corn chips - a bit less salty then major brands. i think i might try making my own now, though.


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