Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)
Within the past decade or so, Chipotle has become a common household name among the majority of us. Many of us, for one reason or another, are still pronouncing it incorrectly (and yes – I’m looking at you chee-pull-tee people!), but nonetheless it is now everyday terminology in our vocabulary arsenal.
And for those of you who only know name the name Chipotle as a place where you, or your friends, or your kids, or your kid’s friends, or basically anyone and everyone you know goes to get their burrito fix, well then, chipotles are actually vine ripened red jalapeno chiles, that have been smoked and dried. So, just in case any of you were thinking that these new tortilla chips from The Better Chip were going to be tasting like your favorite football size chicken and steak burritos, think again!
What The Better Chip has delivered to us are some lip-smacking chipotle chile enhanced tortilla chips! A fine textbook definition of the saying: less is more. The Better Chip keeps it simple, and merely conveys chipotle essence to the smoky chile maximus! Each chip has a delightful burnt orange hue to it, as if the chipotle chiles actually tinted the tortilla dough. The chips also contained small pieces of chipotle chiles randomly strewn throughout them. Quick question, a year or two ago we reviewed, and raved about, The Better Chip’s jalapeno tortilla chips. That being said, those chips were not green! So, why is it that when chipotle chiles are mixed with tortilla masa the dough becomes colored, but when jalapenos are blended with the masa, the chips remain white? The chip loving public may never know!!
Warning! These chips do deliver a sneaky, and lingering wallop of heat! A heat that nonchalantly creeps up in the background, but then pounces on your tongue and throat like a wild cat! In our opinion, the tortilla chips themselves are a tad too dense. Not sure if blending the chipotle pieces directly into the tortilla chip flour changed The Better Chip’s typical crispy consistency, but the chips are a little too hard and crunchy for our loving.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Discovered Pete’s Fresh Market; Westmont, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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