When the Chips Are Down
I'm making an uber batch of nachos this weekend. My sister went to Costco and got the ginormous bag of chips. I poo-pooed her and said, "We live in So Cal and we can get better chips than that!"
Now the onus is on me!
Where in OC do I find the best chips?
I've thought of El Gallo Giro.
Does Alerto's/Alberto's have good chips? El Toro Carniceria in Santa Ana?
I know it's a small thing, but .... I'm stressed to impress.
Would it be out of the question to make them yourself? Obviously a little messy, but home-made taste great. Frying some onions in the oil first imparts a nice savory flavor to the chips. Then cut up some corn tortillas and deep-fry til crispy in a dutch oven or deep cast iron skillet.
BEST BEST BEST chips in SoCal...Ha'vea Chips. Unfortunitely only sold in small bags...but worth it. I made some nachos ast month with those, black beans, this green chili sour cream dip my lovely aunt sent me from New Mexico, salsa, cheese and olives....uh mhu ghud the best.
Both the Big Saver and Gonzales Northgate chains have very good Thick chips and have a few branches behind the Orange curtain. If you want some decent pre-made fresh salsa for your chips, I prefer the salsa 'quemada' at Big Saver.
722 N Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA
... an easy answer to a not so easy question ...
I love chips and salsa but rarely, if ever, find the best of each at one spot. The best chips are at one place, the best salsa at another. El Indio Tortilleria in Santa Ana comes closest to giving me the best of both worlds. You see, they specialize in tortillas and chips, making them fresh every day. They serve/sell them in-house and deliver to restaurant clients as well. Their salsas are totally kick-a$$ too.
The catch? Well, they are a very small (4 little tables), yet charming, hole-in-the-wall located in a Santa Ana barrio. That has never stopped me in 15 years but some may feel less than secure, particularly at night. My recommendation is to go mid-day, buy in bulk and take ‘em home to enjoy with several of their salsas. You won’t be disappointed.
El Indio’s food is outstanding as well. Fantastic chicken mole, menudo, posole and chilaquiles. Fabulous burritos, especially their tripas, buches and carnitas. Very good tamales too. They also make THE best chicharrones I know of.
El Indio must be doing things right. It has been in the same location for over 60 years.
El Indio Tortilleria
1502 West 5th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703-2902
Click on the thumbnails for closeups of their delicious platos.
I like the ones at El Gallo Giro. Good call on that. El Toro Carniceria in Santa Ana, too.
The ones at El Toro Bravo Tortilleria in Costa Mesa are good and thick, too. Wouldn't hesitate to send you to any of these places really.
El Toro Bravo Tortilleria
739 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627