REVIEW: Tostitos Artisan Recipes – Grilled Red Pepper & Tomato Salsa Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips (notable)

Tostitos Artisan Recipes -  Grilled Red Pepper & Tomato Salsa Comments: As we scanned our local grocery store shelves looking for the latest and greatest, we nearly missed Tostitos’ new addition to their Artisan Recipes line, and had to do a double-take to realize that these were not the Fire Roasted Chipotle (same color bag) flavor, but instead the newly released, Grilled Red Pepper & Tomato Salsa tortilla chips. As we chomped our way through these multigrain tortilla chips, two things came to mind.  One, we were very surprised to realize that these chips are the first ones that we have reviewed from Tostitos Artisan Recipes line, despite their existence for what must be years now.  Two, we’re fairly certain that the Grilled Red Pepper & Tomato Salsa flavor must be a replacement for the Fire Roasted Chipotle flavor because, besides looking eerily similar to one another, they also taste too much like each other to exist on the shelves at the same time. As is the case with all of Tostitos Artisan Recipe multigrain tortilla chips, the chips themselves are a bit thicker and denser than say, Doritos tortilla chips, but still on the lighter side of the tortilla spectrum, and definitely crispy.  The bag was made up of mostly large, unbroken, tortilla chips with rounded corners.  Visually, numerous grains could be seen strewn throughout the chips, but unlike other multigrain chips we have tasted, the only grain we could really identify by taste was the whole grain corn. The chips are flavorful, without being coated with too much seasoning – much of the flavor is cooked into the tortilla chips themselves.  The grilled red pepper flavor stands out the most amongst the flavors, and definitely brings a little bit of the heat with it.  According to the ingredients the roasted red pepper in this case is an ancho chile.  For those of you unfamiliar with this chile, similar to the chipotle chile coming from the jalapeno, the ancho chile is the result of drying the mild poblano pepper.  The drying process adds a smoky depth, and in our opinion, a bit of heat too.  The other half of this flavor is made up of a muddled mixture of the standard salsa ingredients – tomato, onion, garlic, and does its job well enough, but definitely plays second fiddle to the grilled red pepper. As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

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