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Saturday, February 24, 2018


Today, February 24, is National Tortilla Chip Day, a day to celebrate the crunchy snack loved by millions across the nation. Who doesn’t love tortilla chips?

The tortilla chip is most commonly served with salsa, chile con queso, guacamole, cheese dips or other dips. In my novella, Love by Chance ,Book 2 in the Gambling on Love Trilogy, my characters Laney and Chance share tortilla chips, salsa, guac, and wine during a life-changing New Year’s Eve. Trust me, we’d all like a New Year’s Eve like theirs.

I thought I’d do a little research into the history of the beloved chips. Corn tortillas are made from corn, vegetable oil, salt, and water. They can be made with white, blue, or red corn.

Like most people, I always figured tortilla chips were Mexican. Not so. The chips, typically made from corn tortillas that have been cut into wedges and then fried, were first mass-produced in Los Angeles in the late 1940’s. The story is that the triangle-shaped chips were made by Rebecca Webb Carranza as a way to use the misshapen tortillas that were rejected from the automated tortilla manufacturing machine she and her husband used at their Los Angeles deli and tortilla factory. (Wikipedia)

Carranza realized that once the discarded tortillas were cut into triangle shapes and fried, they became a popular snack. She then sold them for a dime a bag at the El Zarape Tortilla Factory. (Wikipedia)

Tortilla chips are often complimentary appetizers in Tex-Mex and Mexican restaurants in the U.S. and elsewhere. Their popularity outside of California saw a steady rise in the late 1970s when they began to compete with corn chips, the dipping chip of choice during the first three quarters of the 20th century. I remember when Fritos corn chips were popular in the 1960’s. I’d never heard of tortilla chips let alone tortillas. The first time I tasted tortilla chips, they were so exotic, as was all Tex-Mex and Mexican food. Now I love the chips and I love Mexican food. I even make a Mexican meal once a week. The United States is one of the main markets for tortilla chips. (Wikipedia)

Another popular dish made with tortilla chips is nachos. The dish was first created around 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya. Nachos are tortilla chips served with melted or shredded cheese and often additional toppings are added, such as meat, salsa, refried beans, tomatoes, diced onion, lettuce, olives, jalapenos, guacamole and sour cream. Yum! Love nachos! (Wikipedia)


Enjoy some tortilla chips with your favorite dip. Accompany that with sangria, beer, or wine. Use #NationalTortillaChipDay to post on social media.

And you can buy Love by Chance and read about how tortilla chips brought Laney and Chance together.

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Tina Donahue said...

I had no idea tortilla chips had their own day! I'm all for it. I worship at the altar of Mexican food - my absolute fave. :)

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks, Tina. I'm a fellow worshiper at the altar of Mexican food.

Melissa Keir said...

Yum! They are one of my favorite treats! Now I want nachos for lunch!

Judy Baker said...

I love tortilla chips and my favorite food is Mexican food, especially nachos. Thanks for the history on the chips.

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks, Melissa and Judy. I'm hungry for Mexican now.

Paris said...

I love tortilla chips and guacamole or just plain salsa! My dad used to take us to a wonderful Mexican restaurant where I was first introduced to never-ending, large baskets of the crispy treats served with salsa. Still one of my favorites! Thanks for all of the history:)

jean hart stewart said...

Looks like we're all Mex food fans.I love it all, but try to stick to the less spicy ones. And Mexican white cheese is the BEST!

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks, Paris and Jean. Paris, those chips at the Mexican restaurant sound wonderful. Jean, I've never heard of Mexican white cheese. I have to find it. Thanks for the tip.

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