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Mar 6, 2010 05:43 PM

Best Corn Chips (found in Boston area)?

I moved from San Francisco and DESPERATELY miss: Native Kjalii THICK-CUT corn chips ( These chips were so thick that if you ate too many, they would make your jaw hurt! I have contacted both the company in San Francisco (who have ignored my emails) and whole foods (who do not carry them here on the East Coast).

I have looked for an equally tasty corn chip here in Boston (well....Cambridge and beyond) and have been largely disappointed. Not even Food Should Taste Good corn chips come close.

What type of corn chips do you like to buy (e.g. for nachos, to dip in salsa, etc.)?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Why don't you just buy tortillas (Cinco de Mayo are the best local brand), wedge them and fry them yourself? That always results in a better chip than anything you could get in a bag, and it's easy enough to do with some good tortillas and a wide pan that you can get about an inch of oil in.

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      If you want thick cut, you could use the Cinco de Mayo Gordita tortillas. I've seen them often at both Russo's in Watertown and La Chapincita on Moody St. in Waltham.

      1. re: bear

        Granolagurl, I know exactly what you mean. I LOVE the Native Kjalii thick-cut chips and have not found anything close in the Boston area. I have been trying to figure out if I can get them sent out to me from the Bay area, maybe from a retailer. Perhaps we can beg Whole Foods or Russo's to carry them? Russo's carries a decent gourmet tortilla chip (can't remember the name) but it can't hold a candle to the Native Kjalii. Let me know if you get the NK chips out here, thanks.

    2. I think they aren't exactly the same as the Native Kjalii chips, but as a California transplant, the best tortilla chips I have found in the area are El Mirador chips (oddly enough made in Portland Maine.) They are clearly made from real fried tortillas, rather than mashed up bits of fried corn pressed into a chip shape, or however most store-bought tortilla chips are made, and they are pretty thick and crispy.

      Here's their website:

      I usually buy them at Foodie's, on Washington St in the South End, but there may be other places in the area that sell them.

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      1. re: damneddemand

        The packaging of these chips look a lot like the red and green colored tortilla chips that I have been searching for since Christmas. They came in a brown bag with a little window in the middle. I think they were being sold at Shaws or Stop & Shop.

        Any idea if they are the same?

        If I recall, the ones I am looking for are on the thinner side.

      2. I can't offer you a suggestion on a similar product (I'm SURE I'd love these chips you speak of!), but Whole Foods will almost always order stuff for you even if they don't carry it - just ask one of the grocery people and they'll point you to the buyer. I see Alohagirl loves 'em too . . . if you had to order a case thru Whole Foods you guys could split!

        Be sure to let us know what you've done/substitutions, 'cause my interest is piqued!


        1. Did you notice that, on the sfsalsa website, they have a beautiful sunny picture of Boston's Back Bay? (Click the product locator tab)

          Would seem to imply some place here stocks these products....

          Also appears you can buy them on -

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          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            Amazon looks like the way to go..........and they are available for free shipping if you have a "Prime" account!