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what makes a good tortilla chip?

in honor of the weekend, my coworkers and i got into an interesting debate. what makes the best tortilla chip? we've got bets on the answer (but more importantly i want to be able to host a great july 4th!)

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  1. Many are too salty for our taste. They need to be strong enough to hold the salsa or hummus or whatever. We get TJs tricolor (veg/flax) chips and blue corn unsalted. We're vegan and I'm gluten-free so nothing with cheese, dairy, wheat, etc.

    1. Personally, I like the Santitas brand white corn restaurant style. They seem to have better corn flavor and texture than many. They're made by Frito-Lay ans should be available nationally. I believe they were also the favorite of America's Test Kitchen.

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      1. re: Billow Fair

        Santitas are my absolute favorite! I love that they are super light and impossibly crunchy yet firm enough to pile guac on without breaking.

        Now if I make them at home I deep fry corn and flour torts in old fry oil and salt the devil out of them while they are still greasy. I pile them up on a cookie sheet to degrease.

      2. Corn, oil, salt.
        You add the flavors.

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        1. thick. strong corn taste.

          i LOVE the tostitos golds.

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          1. re: beelzebozo

            funny beelzebozo, i was thinking "not thick" ;-) so i don't care for the tostitos golds. great thing we have consumer choice.

            1. re: alkapal

              indeed, the power of choice!

              for the record, i also like a good thin chip. i actually think chili's--yes, the chain, chili's--has some of the better thin chips i've ever eaten. they're paper thin, but very tasty. the salsa is watery and poor, though.

              1. re: beelzebozo

                I can't believe I'm sharing this info, but, if you order chips and salsa to go from Chili's, the chips will come in a microwaveable bag, so you can heat them at home (found this out by accident, when they gave us the wrong app. in our take-out order). We actually never did end-up eating them, so I can't comment on flavor.

                1. re: ElsieDee

                  Actually you can 'refresh' stale store bought chips in this manner. Using a microwave that is. A handfull or two spread out on a microwave safe plate and 30 seconds (+ or -) or so in the mircrowave should do it. Times may vary, as all microwaves are the same.

          2. I discovered that I could buy them from the restos I liked the best so for me first place goes to a thick corny crunchy one about a 20 minute drive from me (El Indio in Redondo Beach California) and second place is a 5 minute drive (The Original Red Onion in Rolling Hills Estates, California) The coolest part is that I get them hot from the fryer and they are cheaper than those bagged chips. I make my own fresh salsa.