** Update: Beanitos contacted Chip Review and asked us if we would consider trying their chips again, because they felt that we must have purchased an early production bag from a new facility that had not seasoned/cooked their chips properly, and that were not a good representation of their chips. Below is our updated review. 1/27/15.
Rating: ©©© chips (notable)
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again (specifically for those of you who for one reason or another actually love our witty chip humor). What do you call cheese that is not yours? Anyone? No clue?! Really?!?! Na. Cho. Cheese! Get it? Nacho Cheese. Sorry, but that just does not get old!! Or does it?
Beanitos are apparently The Original Bean Chip. The O.B.C.! And, the O.B.C. was started by a couple of brothers who couldn’t find any healthy chip options anywhere, and decided to create some salty snacks using beans. Why beans? Well, according to Beanitos website:
Beans are loaded with health benefits—high in fiber, protein, and carbohydrates—but are sadly underused in the typical U.S. diet. In addition, beans are naturally low-glycemic and gluten-free. Recent medical and nutrition research suggests that a low glycemic diet that is high in healthy fiber contributes to good health and can help curb obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease!
In other words, beans are really healthy, but what we want to know is if beans are really tasty? And specifically, when when they are shaped into the greatest form on earth – CHIP FORM?!? These Nacho Cheese Beanitos are sort of illusive. On the outside, they may look like any other tortilla chips, but when we chomped down on them we discovered a bean tortilla chip with a softer crunch than the usual corn. This go around, the chips were not nearly as dry and crumbly as the first time we tried them. The chips actually tasted like refried beans, forced into chip form – which isn’t a bad thing in our opinion! While the chips were still sort of dry, they were certainly more thin and crispy this go around. No more crumbly, disintegration into powder form than we had experienced with the first bag. End result – a much better second experience.
Unfortunately, Beanitos Nacho Cheese seasoning still fell into the same flavor dilemma that so many other nacho cheese chips have before them. The inevitable comparisons to the “original” nacho cheese champ (you know we are talking about Doritos, right?), cannot be stopped due to their scientifically proven nacho cheese harmony that simply tastes so flavorful and great! In no way is Beanitos nacho cheese seasoning bad necessarily; it has a little creaminess to it, and the cheese delivers a subtle touch of tang, but ultimately, like so many others, cannot compared to Doritos seasoning blend. One thing to note, we found an awful lot of the orange seasoning sitting on the bottom of the bag, meaning Beanitos has a case of the seasoning-not-sticking-to-the-chips-idous!
So, while we really appreciate Beanitos success in creating a crunchy product, that is certainly a healthier option, filled with protein and fiber, we’re still going to stick with our deliciously unhealthy chips when we need a chip fix!
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Discovered at Marianos; Westchester, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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