Rating: ©© chips (tolerable)
Pinto – Spanish translation: speckled, or spotted.
How exactly the Ford Pinto fits into this definition we are not exactly sure, but as for the horse and bean, both of those are in fact speckled, or spotted and thus justify their name. In fact, the Pinto Bean is the most popular speckled bean (and, by that definition we are pretty sure they mean consumed), and any color bean in fact, in the entire United States, and some of Mexico as well. A large part of this is due to the fact that Pinto Beans are far and away the most widely bean used with the classic Mexican – Tex-Mex – Southwestern side dish called refried beans. Funny because refried beans are not speckled or spotted in any way, shape or form. They are the most monotone, one-note, brownish-tan colored beans there ever were!! Well, how the Pinto Bean will do in chip form will be determined shortly.
For those of you who are not in the know – Beanitos are The Original Bean Chips. The O.B.C. as we like to call them! And, these O.B.C. were started one day 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!
So, in other words, beans are really healthy, really-really healthy, and we should all eat more beans? There, that is settled. But, the question then is, should we eat beans when they are crafted into the greatest form on earth – that being CHIP FORM of course!! Or, should the two remain separate forever?
We have tried enough bean chips now to say that the legume can make for a tasty snack if handled correctly? In this case, we just do not like what Beanitos is delivering. Maybe the Pinto Bean should just remain refried served alongside a burrito and rice? First off, these chips do not smell good. Just sort of a stale, unpleasant smell permeates from the bag. The chips are very thin, very light, with a very crispy crunch at first. After a few more chews, the chips break down just like so many other bean chips before them, and sort of turn into a moisture absorbing powder. They are not as dry as some other bean chips, but definitely drier than non-bean chips. The chips sort of taste like refried beans – which wasn’t a bad thing! But in the end, not enough to rectify the bad taste and odor that overwhelm the speckled chips!
We really appreciate Beanitos’ success in creating a crunchy and healthy product, filled with protein and fiber, but we still prefer 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.
Chips provided to Chip Review by Beanitos for review
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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