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Lay's Potato Chips: Just 3 ingredients?

Covert Ops Jul 5, 2007 12:04 PM

We don't normally eat Lay's chips; I always found them too thin, salty and greasy.

But a friend bought some over, and I checked the ingredient list because I was curious about a recent discussion of glutamates in snack foods and how they increase cravings -- you know, "You can't have just one!" and all that. So I figured with that slogan, Lay's would be full of them.

The bag read:
"Ingredients: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Salt."

That's it.

Somehow, I find that extremely hard to believe -- especially since my son left the bag open for a day or two unbeknownst to me and they still tasted good, better than I remembered.

NO preservatives of any kind? No flavorings, or anything else? Seriously?

Am I just overly suspicious, or is Lay's Potato Chips really one of the most unprocessed foodstuffs in my kitchen?

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    Cathy Jul 5, 2007 12:10 PM

    Um...yeah. All brands of potato chips have that ingredient list. Its all the "new" lowfat stuff that has scary ingredient lists.

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    1. re: Cathy
      Dommy Jul 5, 2007 01:32 PM

      And pringles... But yes, it doesn't get much simplier than plain potato chips... The salt and Oil do all the work to process and preserve...

      --Dommy!

      1. re: Dommy
        ScubaSteve Mar 8, 2010 05:46 PM

        i don't consider Pringles to be chips. what are they 'chipped' from?
        we refer to Pringles et al as Crisps.

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      pfarrell Jul 5, 2007 01:51 PM

      yum...my fav...lays...just opened bag...big bag...first one out of the bag is the best...mmm

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        bubbles4me Jul 6, 2007 04:28 PM

        The first chip is my favorite as well, I think it has something to so with the smell when you tear open the bag, just gets your juices flowing. Funny thing is we never finish a bag, we eat a few handfulls but we live in a moist beach area so after a day they are pretty much crunchless...ick.

      2. Kajikit Jul 5, 2007 02:07 PM

        Yep... your old-fashioned plain potato chips generally only has potatoes and salt. It's once you get into the flavoured varieties that the ingredients list gets scary!

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          The Professor Aug 8, 2010 11:06 PM

          I was so excited to see "salt and pepper" flavored chips and I bought a bag of HERR's Salt 'n Pepper chips without reading the ingredients list (since HERR's chips are a simple, quality product). The first chip revealed the sad fact that they felt the need to add a bunch of other flavorings...a long list of stuff that was either mysterious or otherwise not necessary. Seems that every brand of Salt and Pepper chips does this unfortunately.

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            kimfair1 Aug 14, 2010 07:41 AM

            Utz brand salt and pepper chips are my current favorite. They do add onion powder as well as S&P, but I really like the addition.

            I wish Lay's would still sell their Dill Pickle chips in the US, those were awesome. We went to Bonaire last year (little island nation off the coast of Venezuela) for snorkeling, and I bought Lay's Baked Ham chips in the store there! Tasted just like baked ham in a chip form. we're going back this year, I might have to figure out a way to bring a bag or two home with me!

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              The Professor Aug 15, 2010 04:10 PM

              I probably wouldn't even mind the onion power and garlic powder they add, and I'm definitely not anti MSG (used moderately, it has its place) but I was disappointed because the addition of these things just made it taste so generic and 'same old'. Fortunately I have since found some 'salt and pepper' chips that are just that...and they are incredible. The other stuff is like gilding a lily.

        2. ccbweb Jul 6, 2007 02:46 PM

          Yes, you're overly suspicious. Widespread flouting of USDA and FDA labeling requirements is frowned upon and hard to do. The reason the chips taste so good is that they have so few ingredients.

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          1. re: ccbweb
            Covert Ops Jul 6, 2007 02:58 PM

            Haha, ok ok, you guys convinced me. Maybe I should let my guard down! :-)

            1. re: Covert Ops
              Dommy Jul 6, 2007 03:52 PM

              Well no... it's always good to check lables... but I've had vast experience in food manufacturing and although IME, none of my clients ever purposely tried to poison the american public, it's always a good idea to check ingredients and not just trust the box (something called 'natural', might not mean what you think it might mean... )

              In general though... USDA intervention is a big PITA... so most reputible companies try to avoid that as much as possible...

              --Dommy!

          2. katkoupai Jul 6, 2007 05:08 PM

            I never noticed this, but I'm glad that Lay's are my favorite chips now. :)

            1. Vexorg Jul 6, 2007 05:20 PM

              By the same token, Fritos have an ingredient list of of only corn, corn oil, water and salt. On their current ("retro") packaging they put actually these on the front of the bag. Typical (plain) tortilla chips are similar, but may use a different oil (I'd have to check this later, I'm at work now) and also have Lime as an ingredient, which is used to make Masa.

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                Oh Robin Jul 7, 2007 12:30 PM

                "I always found them too thin, salty and greasy."

                Me too. That's why I love them!

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                  rebeccaas21 Feb 22, 2009 06:34 AM

                  I'm hoping that more food will actually have these kinds of ingredients (even if there is too much oil in Lay's for my taste) since it's obviously become a selling point.

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                    mojoeater Feb 22, 2009 08:05 AM

                    The bag of Mission tortilla chips at my feet has this ingredient list: ground corn treated with lime, water, vegetable oil, salt.

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                      anjelle Mar 6, 2010 06:19 PM

                      well i admit, i started eating them once again after the ingredient update from no more monosodium glutamate. my best theory why their motto became "no one can eat just one".

                      but reading your post just made me think...since when are the ingredients of the oil not included. usually with a big ingredient, they list subingredients in parentheses. Oils, from my recollection, used to be one of those. So why is their Sunflower Oil missing a breakdown. I bet the "magic" lies in the oil.

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                      1. re: anjelle
                        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 6, 2010 08:02 PM

                        Er...because there's no way to break down sunflower oil. It's oil. Expelled from sunflower seeds. That's it.

                        The "magic" is that if you slice potatoes very thin, fry them in oil and douse them with salt, THEY TASTE GOOD.

                        It's not rocket science, people.

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                          jeremyn Mar 8, 2010 09:10 AM

                          Of course you can break it down! Haven't you seen this on a label of potato chips?

                          Sunflower oil (hydrogen (proton (2 up quarks, 1 down quark), electron), carbon (protons (2 up quarks, 1 down quark), neutrons (1 up quark, 2 down quarks) electrons))

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                            small h Mar 8, 2010 11:51 AM

                            Are you sure? I think it's actually one part sun and two parts flowers.

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                        James Cristinian Mar 8, 2010 01:21 PM

                        Has anyone had the Lay's in a can? They taste like Pringle's, and to me that is not a good thing.

                        1. ScubaSteve Mar 8, 2010 05:48 PM

                          Lays? Greasy? i've never found that to be true.
                          now Wise potato chips are greasy.

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                          1. re: ScubaSteve
                            al b. darned Mar 10, 2010 08:09 PM

                            and WAAAYYY too salty!

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                              monkeyrotica Apr 11, 2013 07:51 AM

                              Lays are pretty horrible compared to Utz or Herr's. I got a small bag of Lays Ruffles to go with my sandwich and they were inedible: toxic levels of salt. Three chips and I threw the rest away. Real garbage compared to Utz Old Bay Chips or Grandma Utz Kettle Chips which are fried in pure lard. THAT'S what a potato chip should taste like. Not a salt lick.

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                                seamunky Apr 11, 2013 09:31 AM

                                I like the Lay's plain potato chips. Ruffles not so much. They are two completely different products.

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                                  monkeyrotica Apr 11, 2013 09:43 AM

                                  I've found the plain Lay's chips to be too thin. They don't travel well and I end up with a bag that's mostly chip fragments. It's why I prefer round tortilla chips to the triangle shapes: they tend to hold their shape from factory to store to my stomach.

                                  Now, Grandma Utz Kettle Chips, that's a chip you can set your watch to.

                                2. re: monkeyrotica
                                  Steve Green Apr 18, 2013 08:58 PM

                                  Remembered this thread when I was at the market the other day and saw a display of Herr's chips at .35 per 1 oz bag. Great opportunity to try some out. I picked up a bag each of the flavors that interested me:

                                  "Heinz Ketchup" tasted exactly like ketchup, but that one was easy.

                                  "Baby Back Ribs" surprised me -- they didn't taste like bbq sauce, or some weird "representation" of someone's idea of ribs -- they actually tasted like ribs, in chip form. I was astounded.

                                  Unfortunately, "Kansas City Prime Steak" was less successful -- loads of salt, plus some weird, unidentifiable flavor that couldn't represent steak in anyone's wildest imagination.

                                  Two out of three -- can't complain. They all had somewhat more than three ingredients, however.

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                                    sandylc Apr 18, 2013 09:08 PM

                                    The food scientists did their job well...

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                              drsnacks Mar 11, 2010 07:41 AM

                              Lays seem greasy next to UTZ, which have the perfect lightness. And they're a Mad Men reference now (which is even more enhanced by they their seemingly ancient packaging).

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                              1. re: drsnacks
                                grayelf Aug 8, 2010 11:33 PM

                                Utz still exist??? Where can I get them? Oh never mind, they won't be in Canada...

                              2. daniellempls Aug 8, 2010 10:22 PM

                                FYI per FDA guidelines- things that are considered processing aid ingredients, used in quantities of 0.25% or less do not have to be declared on the label. I would guess a lot of what keeps the chip crunchy is the foil coated bag itself, as well as possibly the process they use to fry the chips. A lot of research goes on behind the scenes to get you your three ingredient potato chips. Simplicity is a fast emerging trend in consumer foods.

                                1. al b. darned Aug 13, 2010 12:07 PM

                                  As someone who has seen the process first-hand I can say without a doubt that plain Lays are only potatoes, frying oil, and salt. Since oxygen is the scourge of freshness, FL, and all chip makers, inject nitrogen into the bag to force the oxygen out, thus keeping them fresher. BTW - they do the same thing with beer. A spritz of N2 on the top of the beer between the filler and capper.

                                  1. mariacarmen Aug 14, 2010 10:05 PM

                                    Lays have ALWAYS been my favorite and now i know why! Well, as a kid i ate Laura Scudders but i rarely see those anymore. I love Lays BBQ even more than plain, tho those have other added flavorings. but i dont care.

                                    Once, in Pennsylania, I tried steak potato chips - can't remember the brand - and they tasted EXACTLY like a steak, to the point i could taste marrow. so amazing.

                                    1. DonShirer Aug 15, 2010 07:20 PM

                                      Yahoo just published a poll of "America's favorite things" and lists Lay's as the favorite potato chip. Wavy Lay's came in second.

                                      http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/...

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                                      1. re: DonShirer
                                        The Professor Aug 15, 2010 08:00 PM

                                        LAY'S are pretty good for a national brand...but those in the mid-Atlantic states and PA are luck enough to have HERR's... probably just about the best chips out there.

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                                          coll Apr 11, 2013 07:35 AM

                                          Wise for us! Lays is always second (or third) best.

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                                            Tom34 Apr 12, 2013 07:41 AM

                                            Saturday Afternoons: Fresh Italian hoagie, Wise chips & a fresh deli pickle out of the barrel.

                                            Grew up on Wise. They were the best. Somewhere along the line they changed though, they look different and also taste different from the old ones in the clear plastic / blue bags.

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                                              coll Apr 12, 2013 04:52 PM

                                              Do you remember that Wise had a little window on the front of the old bags? When I first met my husband, he taught me to look in and find the darkest chips on the shelf; they were all so different. One time I got a bag that had a whole potato included that hadn't been cut all the way through, it was fanned out but cooked to perfection. Wish I took a picture!

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                                                Steve Green Apr 13, 2013 04:48 AM

                                                Laura Scudder's also used to have a window in the front of the bag. I've always been a big BBQ chip fan, and the window was helpful for picking out the bags that had the most seasoning. I was thwarted when they switched to opaque bags.

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                                                  coll Apr 13, 2013 06:45 AM

                                                  Yes, it was a sad day here too. You just had to hope to be lucky.

                                                  On the other hand, they are probably all exactly the same now, no deviations allowed.

                                                  1. re: coll
                                                    Steve Green Apr 13, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                    Laura Scudder's is out of the picture these days. However, with Kettle Chips (my current favorite), there are still considerable variations in the amount of seasoning in a given batch. Since their bags are about as opaque as they come, if I find a bag that has lots of seasoning, I note the date/time stamp on the bag, and go back to the store for more from the same batch. Is this Chowhound behavior, or just crazy? You tell me.

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                                                      coll Apr 13, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                      We're not as addicted to potato chips anymore, but if I was, I would definitely search out something that way. So, does it work, is my question? Do you find some are superior to other bags?

                                                      1. re: coll
                                                        Steve Green Apr 13, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                        Yes, although I'm trying to cut back on the fats and carbs, so I haven't tested this in the past year. Last time I did this was with the Kettle sweet onion flavor (and previously, their Buffalo Bleu flavor). I had bought two bags, from different batches. One had not-nearly-enough spice, but the second had much more and was great. I went back and bought several bags from the "good batch". However, at the high-turnover store where I get my Kettle chips, I would have to make it back there in a couple of days to be able to get more from the same batch. I don't really eat enough chips these days to go through all that. Given my waistline and health issues, it's just as well.

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                                                          coll Apr 13, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                          I have the same general mindset, sadly. It was good to be young.

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                                                  Tom34 Apr 13, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                  Its probably been 30 years but I remember being able to see through certain parts of the Wise bags, maybe front, 3/4 of the way up, not sure. Your right about the dark colored ones. Everybody picked them out of the bowl first. The chips also varied in color overall and also sometimes a very little bit different thickness & texture. Todays Wise are much more consistent color & texture like LAYS. Not the same and don't taste as good.

                                                  Wise also made an orange colored waffle cheese cracker with a very intense cheddar cheese in the middle. Haven't seen them in years.

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                                                    Rilke Apr 13, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                    Shoot, I had completely forgotten about those cheese sandwich crackers! The cheese was bizarrely strong. I wonder what the ingredients were.

                                                    ETA: "Cheez Waffies" -- still in existence apparently, and there's some blue cheese in there... along with a lot of junk :-P

                                                3. re: Tom34
                                                  The Professor Apr 20, 2013 09:20 PM

                                                  WISE chips changed more than once. They changed when the brand was acquired by Borden, and the changed again when the brand was sold to a private company.

                                                  They're still good chips, though they lack the character they once had. Seems like they're using a different breed of potato than years ago.

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                                                    Tom34 Apr 21, 2013 04:50 AM

                                                    I agree they are still good. Lacking character is a good way to put it. Back in the day they really stood out from the other brands. Could have been different potatoes, less strict cutting tolerances and maybe different oil. I don't know but the original's were very different and IMHO much better.

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                                                sandylc Apr 12, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                At one time, Seyfert's were amazing. They deteriorated and then disappeared.

                                            2. Cathrynoo Apr 10, 2013 04:24 PM

                                              All good.. no preservatives, no junk..only one problem..a regular size bag of Lays.. remember, you can't just eat one.. contains a GALLON of oil in each bag according to NPR radio... A GALLON???? Can anyone verify if this is true...I threw my bag of Lays out the window when I heard this on the radio and went into a fugue state.... sure hope it's not true...

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                                                acgold7 Apr 10, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                Oh, just do the math. A Gallon of oil weights about eight pounds. A regular bag is, what, eight ounces? That means even if there were no potatoes at all and they were 100% oil, about a cup.

                                                NPR is hardly a reliable source for, well, anything.

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                                                  sandylc Apr 10, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                  I disagree. I think NPR may even be slighter more reliable than many sources.

                                                  As for the oil story, perhaps they said that a gallon of oil IS USED to make each bag; with well-fried food most of the oil is left behind.

                                                  1. re: sandylc
                                                    Rilke Apr 11, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                    This is what I thought as well -- I can believe a gallon of oil is used for each bag.

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                                                      Chemicalkinetics Apr 11, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                      I thought so too. NPR or whoever probably did a scaling. Potato chips worth of one bag is deep fried in a gallon worth of oil. A ratio calculation. However, this can be very misleading because only a very small portion of oil is absorbed into the chips. Once you deep fried something, it really does not matter if you fried the food in a gallon of oil or 10 gallon of oil. Just like boiling pasta. You boil your pasta in 1 gallon of water is the same as 100 gallons of water. The pasta does not absorb 100 times more water because it is boiled in 100 gallons of water instead of 1 gallon of water.

                                                      I hope NPR wasn't trying to pull a quick one -- by using false scaring tactic

                                                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                                        Samalicious Apr 11, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                        Is everyone positive this was actually on NPR? I searched their website but didn't find anything of the sort.

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                                                          Chemicalkinetics Apr 11, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                          It may not. I am just saying that "if" it is from NPR, then this is a "fan" fact, but not a very useful "fact" from a health perspective.

                                                    2. re: sandylc
                                                      Chemicalkinetics Apr 11, 2013 08:28 AM

                                                      < I think NPR may even be slighter more reliable than many sources. >

                                                      The way you put it, NPR would be accurate, but misleading which is worse in my opinion -- knowing misleading the listeners.

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                                                        sandylc Apr 12, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                        Is that what I said????????

                                                  2. re: Cathrynoo
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                                                    small h Apr 10, 2013 06:09 PM

                                                    Am I to understand that you held a bag of potato chips in your hand and thought to yourself, hey, this feels as heavy as a gallon of water? And then you pitched it out the window? I hope you didn't hit anyone.

                                                    I don't think NPR is the problem, here.

                                                    1. re: Cathrynoo
                                                      Chemicalkinetics Apr 11, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                      <a regular size bag of Lays.. remember, you can't just eat one.. contains a GALLON of oil in each bag according to NPR radio>

                                                      That is crazy. Like others said, a gallon of oil weights a lot. Does a bag of chips weight that much?

                                                      Aside from weight, if you really ate a gallon of oil in one sitting, you would have died.

                                                      Finally, if Lay's the corporation would go bankrupted if they have been selling you a gallon of oil (in the bag of chips) for merely $1. Have you noticed how much cooking oil costs these days?

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                                                        sandylc Apr 12, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                        "for merely $1."

                                                        Lay's run just under $5 per bag, I believe.

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                                                          CanadaGirl Apr 13, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                          $5!! Yikes! A standard bag of Lays costs around $3 here. Even the jumbo "family-sized" ones are under $5. And, they are often on sale for less than that.

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                                                            Chemicalkinetics Apr 13, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                            Hmm, I must be thinking when it is on sale, bu you are correct, it won't be $1. It would be more like $2-3. Nevertheless, you can see how it is impossible to have one gallon of oil in a bag of chips.

                                                        2. re: Cathrynoo
                                                          al b. darned May 22, 2013 10:35 PM

                                                          Having seen the process first hand and talked to those actually making them...about 1/3 of the weight of the chip is oil. That is still a significant amount.

                                                          (sorry to hijack the thread with facts.)

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                                                            sandylc May 23, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                            OK, but the chip weighs next to nothing. One third of next to nothing isn't very much.

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                                                              Tom34 May 23, 2013 10:18 AM

                                                              1/3 total weight works out to about 2/3 cup of oil for a 1 lb bag of chips. Never really thought about it but I am really not shocked either way.

                                                              We rarely have them in out house, my wife and I can't handle them. There is just no such thing as a small bowl of them, that is until the bag is just about empty :-)

                                                        3. pdxgastro Apr 11, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                          Try the light blue bag, low-salt. That might help with the salty issue (I don't like too much salt either).

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                                                            monkeyrotica Apr 12, 2013 03:46 AM

                                                            Utz makes a very good No Salt chip. I would have thought it would be pretty flavorless, but without all that salt, you really taste the potato.

                                                            http://www.utzsnacks.com/ssnosaltadde...

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                                                              Tom34 Apr 12, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                              If we apply the elitist fresh FF theory, everyone should be making their own Chips LOL :)

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                                                                monkeyrotica Apr 12, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                                Everybody knows hand-cut potato chips are superior to frozen potato chips. Here, let me prove it by posting a link to a blog run by a hand-cut potato chip machine manufacturer.

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                                                                  Tom34 Apr 12, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                                  Don't forget: "Never had one I didn't like" :)

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                                                                Clams047 Apr 13, 2013 04:17 AM

                                                                Have to admit, I haven't had a Lays chip in 10+ years. Way too salty / greasy back then and I suspect they haven't improved over the years.

                                                                Now Utz - definitely the best. Even their "regular" chip has a reasonable salt level, where I do alternate between their regular & no salt chips. Why bother with anything else?

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                                                                  hill food Apr 13, 2013 04:49 AM

                                                                  Utz - and go to a fresh-made place like Balto's Cross-Street Market...

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                                                              seamunky Apr 11, 2013 10:23 PM

                                                              This thread makes me want potato chips.

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                                                              1. re: seamunky
                                                                Chemicalkinetics Apr 12, 2013 07:26 AM

                                                                I admitted that it has a similar effect on me too. It is amazing that my urge for potato chips increased by just reading about potato chips. It wasn't so strong that I ran out to get some. I didn't, but I certainly had a little urge.

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                                                                  mwhitmore Apr 12, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                  This happens to me all the time. I will be reading a mystery novel where the character eats pizza, I want pizza. (Don't even like pizza that much.)

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                                                                    seamunky Apr 12, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                    Pizza definitely has that effect on me!

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                                                                      hill food Apr 13, 2013 04:42 AM

                                                                      mw - then you can write off reading mystery novels by Rex Stout or Elaine Viets.

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                                                                  pheebs Apr 12, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                  Fritos also only contain three ingredients: corn, oil, salt.

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                                                                    foodieX2 Apr 12, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                    thanks. now I want fritos! I don't think I have had a frito since the '80's. God I love those things!

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                                                                      hill food Apr 13, 2013 04:38 AM

                                                                      pour some canned chili FULL of glutamates and sodium over those Fritos...

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                                                                        foodieX2 Apr 13, 2013 05:24 AM

                                                                        did someone say chili frito pie?

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                                                                          foodieX2 Apr 13, 2013 05:32 AM

                                                                          and leave it Emeril to make it from scratch. No canned chili for him, LOL

                                                                          http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...

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                                                                            hill food Apr 13, 2013 05:37 AM

                                                                            foodie - getting OT but there is the alt. of tamale pie (best with fresh pico over the top)

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                                                                              foodieX2 Apr 13, 2013 05:39 AM

                                                                              I just finished breakfast and now I want mexican food!

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                                                                            monkeyrotica Apr 13, 2013 05:24 AM

                                                                            Tear open a small bag of Fritos, dump the chili in, and you have the classic "walking taco."

                                                                            http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/n...

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                                                                              hill food Apr 13, 2013 05:30 AM

                                                                              that was a SoCal grade-school cafeteria lunch, we YEARNED for "pepper belly" day.

                                                                              in hindsight it's 'stoner' food, but then, what appeals to an 8 year old...

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                                                                        bitchprincess41 Apr 2, 2014 12:58 AM

                                                                        Noo... their fricken chips their not gunna decompose for about 4-5 days due to the fact their fried in oil. Your just paranoid hun ;3

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