REVIEW: Marcela Valladolid – Salsa Verde Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Marella Valladolid - Salsa Verde


Marcela Valladolid may not be the first celebrity face to have her own line of chips (we’ve seen a rap star, a country singer, a race car driver, a comedian, and even a globally renowned yoga guru), but as far as we know, Marcela Valladolid is the first food related / chef star to have her own line of chips (that is of course as long as we don’t count those ones we spotted at Walgreens…).

Who the heck is Marcela Valladolid?!?  Ok, we may be exaggerating a little bit here, we actually do know who Marcela is (but that is only because of our fixation with all things food), and we may be going out on a limb here, but we’re guessing that some, or maybe many, of you, do not know who she is.

Well…according to the website that answers all, Marcela Valladolid “is an American celebrity chef, author and the host of the Food Network show ‘Mexican Made Easy’…Valladolid was born in San Diego, California. Her interest in pursuing a career as a chef was sparked when she began working at her Aunt Marcela’s cooking school in Tijuana, Mexico. Valladolid graduated from the Los Angeles Culinary Institute as a “Certified cook” and then moved to Paris, France where she graduated as a classically trained pastry chef at the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School. She then returned to Tijuana and started her own catering company and taught cooking techniques to classes of 40 students out of her home there.”  In the end, it sounds like Marcela has more food related chops than any of the other celebrities above.  We wish you good luck in your venture.

Ms. Valladolid’s Salsa Verde chips are decent enough, but as soon as we start comparing them against the best, then they start looking a little less desirable!  The chips certainly encompass a delicious flavor extravaganza – hitting so many different taste buds!  Ingredients like garlic, onion, jalapeno, tomato, vinegar, citrus, and salt although mingling together to create the tangy salsa verde flavor combo, never really harmoniously mesh.  Where as Doritos Salsa Verde are “all at once spicy, earthy, salty, vegetal, fresh, tangy, complex, and powerful, yet subtle, and simple,” Valladolid’s chips are not as completely cohesive.

The tortilla chips are medium thickness, with a decently hearty crunch.  In the end, while we certainly would not choose these chips over say Doritos version, these chips are a very acceptable rendition of a salsa verde chip and perfectly munchable.  Once again Marcela Valladolid has proven her foodie chops and we are happy for her contribution to the greatest industry in the world!!

**Funny side note – why does it always seems like all salsa verde chips always includes tomato powder, when salsa verde is green salsa, meaning that the real salsa verde would be made using tomatillos – those “green tomatoes”??

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

© return to sender

©© tolerable

©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

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