Rating: ©©©© chips (lip-smacking)
According to the world wide web, a Cantina is “a type of bar popular in Italy, Mexico, and Spain.” And, we were thinking that since we, along with Tostitos, are located in North America, and certainly since we’re discussing corn tortilla chips, it would be safe to assume that Tostitos is referring to the kind of Cantina located in Mexico. So, once again, according to the world wide web:
In rural Mexico, a cantina traditionally is a kind of bar frequented by males for drinking alcohol and eating botanas (appetizers). Some cantinas are also known for being places where people gather to play dominoes, cards or other table games. Cantinas can often be distinguished by signs that expressly prohibit entrance to women and minors…. Some of the traditional restrictions on entry to cantinas are beginning to fade away. However, in many areas it is still viewed as scandalous for proper ladies to be seen visiting a genuine cantina.
Well, although cantinas “can often be distinguished by signs that expressly prohibit entrance to women and minors,” we’re going to assume that Tostitos Cantinas’ deliciously, thin cut, crispy yellow corn tortilla chips are supposed to be shared and enjoyed by everyone!
Truth be told, these are surprisingly tasty chips, that quite frankly we weren’t expecting to like nearly as much as we did. The chips themselves are ultra thin cut, yet still sturdy, and delivering a extra crispy crunch. They almost deliver that fresh out of the fryer, still a bit greasy, Mexican restaurant (or Cantina) tortilla chip quality. In other words, tortilla chips that have actually been made from corn tortillas.
As for the Chipotle seasoning, it is not too shabby. A good mixture of slightly spicy, and even more so, smoky chipotle chile seasoning. Combine that with a generous amount of salt, and some of the usual seasoning compadres (ie. garlic and onion), and you’ve got some chips that we would more than gladly enjoy with a tall cerveza!
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Chips purchased at Target; Willowbrook, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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