Crunchy tortilla chips, made from our fresh, gluten-free corn tortillas. This medley uses blue, yellow and white masa harina, with jalapeno and chipotle. Fried in sunflower oil and coated in chilli to give a nice bite. Eat with your favourite dip or salsa, or just eat right out of the bag.
My daughter and I took one look at the tortilla chips and all ideas we had for serving them nacho-style went out the window. They were a little small to be buried under a quantity of meat and other goodies, so we decided instead to serve them as tapas. In any case, the different colours made the tortilla chips very attractive to look at, so it would have been a shame to cover them.
She had a variety of suitable items in her fridge, and I had brought some with me, so we combined forces and asked the children to create an interesting mix for lunch. This was a great way to occupy them during the school holidays; they both love cooking, so they had great fun doing this, choosing a variety of little dishes to display the foods, and organising the adults to eat them once they were done! We ended up with a selection of olives, sour cream, refried beans (served cold), tapenade, grated cheese, sundried tomato strips, guacamole, salsa, capsicum, and a home-made dip consisting of mashed butter beans mixed with truffle infused oil and pulverised garlic - which was more than enough variety to please everyone.
Before we started combining the chips with other ingredients, we all tried three of each colour. Despite the assurance on the packaging that they contained jalapeno, chipotle and chilli, we found that they were not at all spicy. Even Mr Nine, aka Mr Fussy, had no difficulty at all eating them. Although we could taste the spices, they were very mild indeed; certainly not strong enough to dissuade any but the most sensitive critic. Mr Nine even said he would like the flavours to be a little more obvious.
The resealable bag got the thumbs up from all of us. It is strong with a really good seal, and would no doubt keep any unused product perfectly crisp for some time after opening. Not that there was a chance that any would be left; the four of us ate the lot, having first put some aside for my son-in-law in case he missed out. One side of the packet is transparent so the contents are on display; another selling point as the various colours are eye-catching and would entice people to buy.
I can see this being useful at a party when a centrepiece is required. The colours stand out - especially the blue variety, which is quite unique! The corn chips hold their shape well when used to scoop up various dips and small items like the tomato strips, whereas potato chips can disintegrate under pressure and lead to an unwelcome mess on the floor or - even worse - on your clothing. They are reasonably costly, but are a lot more filling (and a healthier option!) than potato chips so fewer are needed. All in all, a great idea for a festive occasion.
Corn chips are something that my household tends to buy quite a lot when out grocery shopping, most of the time these are purchased to make into one of our favourite meals, nachos but we also buy them as a handy snack to have on hand, as they are one of my partners favourites and compared to the ammount of product you get in a bag of ordinary chips, corn chips tend to always have more! I have started seeing the Tio Pablo branded corn chips at my local New World recently, and although I have stopped to check them out several times, mainly due to the array of colours in each pack they hadn't made it into my trolley unfortunately as sometimes when you have a favourite brand it's hard to choose another, so when given the opportunity to review them I was happy to do so.
Obviously the first thing which captured my attention was the beautiful array of yellow, orange and purple (blue) chips in each pack, it was a beautiful medley and I loved how such a product could help to brighten up any meal, the chips also seemed to have a good ammount of flavouring/seasoning on them which is always important. The packaging itself I loved, and I have to say it is one of the best packages I've seen for a bag of chips a beautiful silver foiled back, with a clear see-through front perfect for seeing through and knowing what the product actually is like, but wait there's more the bag also stands upright and has a resealable strip what more could you ask for! I love the Aztec design to the label and how it states the different flavours in the bag Masa, Jalapeno and Chipotle.
I couldn't wait to dig into the chips nor could Miss 6, though I was a little worried about how hot they may be. Miss 6 and I each to a chip of each colour and gave each one a try, luckily we decided that they weren't too spicy, however, we did feel that perhaps the blue chips were perhaps a little hotter than the others. The chips were quite hard I felt compared to other corn chips, but had a nice crunch to them and were nice and mild in flavour, they were also relatively small in size. Miss 6 tended to really like them and grabbed a handful to pop into her recently cleaned lunchbox for school the next day with a scoop of cheesy dip.
With the remainder of the bag I decided to make nachos for dinner, the chips were placed beneath some mince and topped with cheese and sour cream. Sadly my partner and I both agreed that these were not the best chips for nachos due to there small size and also super crispy texture which made them not the best for scooping up the mince. So while these are nice enough they are not likely to be something we purchase a lot of especially as they are more expensive than our usual brand and also as they didn't suit our purpose to well.
I'm going to lead with. I love tortilla chips. Especially plain salted ones. You can keep you salsa, jalepano, and cheesey flavored chips. Just give me plain please. I've actually found it quite difficult to find plain salted tortilla chips in New Zealand. I only knew of one brand that came out recently with salted tortilla chips and they are Mexicano. Before I was buying the natural and they just weren't satisfying. But I recently found the "lightly salted" chip and they've filled that need.
I just tried Tio Pablo chip first by itself and with a new brand of salsa I'm testing out. In fact I'm crunching away as I type. It's good. I like the multi-colored chips within the bag. Gives it a festive feel that suits the name "Fiesta Totopitos". They are lightly flavored which I like tremendously. I was skeptical that the jalapeno and chilpotle seasoning would be too spicy for me. Nope, they have a very mild zing to them that any kid or adult, who is sensitive to spice, can enjoy. Moving on to the best part is the satisfying crunch. It has this dense authentic feel to it that you don't get with overly processed products.
All in all these are definitely a chip I will come back to. I do have nachos from time to time. Although these aren't a good scooping chip, I believe crunched up into smaller pieces they will work in nachos if you eat them with a fork or maybe a spoon. ;)
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