25 Chips to Christmas – 2016….

On the fifth day of Chips to Christmas our true love gave to us……

#21

Brew Foods – Salsa Verde Corn Tortilla Chips


Brew Foods - Salsa Verde

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Do you drink beer?  We thought so.  Do you eat chips?  Of course you do!  Do the two go together like peanut butter goes with jelly?  Yes, yes they do!!  Brew Foods has decided to capitalize on this classic combination, and we all are definitely better for it.

REVIEW: Brew Foods – Salsa Verde Corn Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

Brew Foods - Salsa VerdeA few weeks back we reviewed Brew Foods’ Chipotle BBQ Corn Tortilla Chips, and we thought that they were some very tasty chips.

We told you how Brew Foods is a new tortilla chip company focusing their efforts on the beer drinking masses, in other words, the vast majority of us!  We also told you how we paired those chipotle bbq tortilla chips chips with a Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin India Pale Ale, and how the combination of the two did in fact work quite well.

Well, this time around we are here to tell you to throw all of that other stuff out the window!  Brew Foods’ Salsa Verde Corn Tortilla Chips may in fact pair very well with an ice cold brew, but we cannot deny or confirm that with you because we tried one chip, and the rest was history.  We devoured the entire delicious chip bag before we even had a chance to crack open any bottle of beer!  Who needs beer with chips this fantastic!?!

First, lets get one thing out of the way before we do anything else.  These salsa verde tortilla chips are not quite as delicious as as our most favorite salsa verdes of all time – Doritos!  But, Brew Foods’ Salsa Verde Corn Tortilla Chips are fantastically delicious in their own different sort of salsa verde flavored way!

We say sort of salsa verde flavored because more than anything else these chips make us think of – ONION RINGS!!  Yep, that’s right, bar food staple, beer battered onion ring flavored corn tortilla chips.  Seriously, unanimous among all of the reviewers, these chips trigger thoughts of onion rings!  But, not just any onion rings, slightly spicy, very vegetal and tangy flavored onion rings….aka, our new favorite kind of onion rings!

The chips do have many of those typical salsa verde ingredients like tomato, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, but we can’t help but notice that onion powder is the very first flavored ingredient on that list.  In other words, these chips exude sweet and fragrant onion-ness, and if you are not a fan we suggest you stay the heck away!  But, if you are like us, and love onion rings and corn tortilla chips, you will be in for a treat with these unique chips!

Brew Foods’ crunchy corn tortilla chips are thinner cut, small batch, with loads and loads of corn flavor.  The chips are light, and yet deliver a substantial toothsome chew.  Think more like fried tortillas, than tortilla chips with lots of air pockets.  Any which way we describe them, just think tasty and unique salsa verde corn tortilla chips.

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

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REVIEW: Tostitos – Salsa Verde (Mexico)

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Tostitos - Salsa VerdePretty sure that we have pointed this out before but just in case we haven’t, or in case you didn’t read that particular review; have you ever noticed how the ‘T’s and ‘I’ in Tostitos appear to be two people dipping a triangular tortilla chip (one could assume a Tostitos’ chip) into a red dot most likely meant to represent a bowl of salsa.  Clever, and at the same time subtle enough that we don’t typically notice this.

We surprisingly discovered these Salsa Verde flavored Tostitos at the Hinsdale Tollway Oasis 7-eleven gas station, just off of 294 south.  We say surprisingly not because we don’t typically find chips at a 7-eleven gas station (heck, they even have their own line of sometimes impressive 7 Select chips), but surprisingly because we never expected to see a small rack of chips, all of which were Frito Lay, but more importantly, all of which were from Mexico!  That’s right, these Tostitos Salsa Verde are not a Tostitos flavor offered here in the U.S. To obtain these chips one would have to either travel to Mexico, or find some unique gas station that has decided to stock a small selection of Mexican Fritos Lay chips.

As some of you may know, Doritos Salsa Verde chips are easily in our Top 5 chips of all-time.  For the longest time they were THE TOP CHIP of all time, but as we continue to taste more and more delicious chips each year, we find ourselves unable to pick a single best chip, or more accurately, that – single best chip – changes from day to day depending upon our moods, the weather, pretty much anything.  So, after spotting these Tostitos we immediately thought two things 1) since these are made by Frito Lay, could they possibly be as good as Frito Lay’s other salsa verde flavored corn tortilla chips? 2) sorry, but there is no way these could possibly be as good as Doritos version of the flavor, and thus these chips will most likely be reviewed unjustly in comparison to them….oh well, that’s just how the corn chip crumbles.

So, all that being said the seasoning for these chips tastes very, very similar to that of Doritos.  And since we have already described that seasoning previously in written form we are simply going to copy and paste those words: “To start, they are all at once spicy, earthy, salty, vegetal, fresh, tangy, complex, and powerful, yet subtle, and simple!  They ignite each of our senses, and all of our taste buds!  Honestly, they really do taste like they have been sprinkled with a deliciously fresh and spicy, green tomatillo and jalapeno, salsa powder.”  In other words, Tostitos Salsa Verde seasoning is really delicious.  That being said, their tortilla chips, although tasty in their own right, do not compare to Doritos classically light, airy and crispy tortilla chips.

We happily accept Tostitos’ nomination for their variation of salsa verde flavored tortilla chips into the Salsa Verde collection, but they are at the same time too much like the Doritos, but also no where close to being in their league!

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

Discovered at 7-eleven; Hwy. 294, Hinsdale Oasis, Illinois

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REVIEW: Brad’s Organic – Salsa Verde Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

Brad's Organic - Salsa Verde Tortilla ChipsEach time we encounter a new salsa verde flavored chip we are faced with (or, more appropriately, the chips are faced with) the same old dilemma.  We inevitably compare them against the greatest salsa verde chips of all-time.  Not only did Doritos introduce us to salsa verde flavored chips, they knocked it so far out of the park that Doritos themselves has yet to introduce another flavor as good as their Salsa Verde!

First, before we get into any sort of review regarding these lip-smackingly delicious organic salsa verde tortilla chips, we feel that we should mention how ugly the packaging of these chips are!  Oh, but how can you say that?  Isn’t the baby’s photo cute? Sorry, yes, the little boy’s picture is cute and cuddly, but it does not belong on the front of a bag of chips!!  What is the connection here?!  We’re guessing that the little boy is Brad?  And, he has a line of organic food items that are his, and his face is on the front of the packaging (multiple times!).

Fortunately for all of us, Brad’s Organic Tortilla Chips themselves completely make up for his lack of creativity in packaging design!  These chips are superb!  Great rustic corn flavor, with a light as air, crispy crunch!  It is as if some one grabbed freshly pressed stone ground corn tortillas, toasted them lightly over a hot grill, dusted them with some great seasoning, and packaged them up for us to enjoy!  Some of the best tortilla chips we have had in a while.

Brad’s salsa verde seasoning recipe is a bit different than what we are used to.  Usually, salsa verde chips  include a heavy does of jalapeno, with a splash of some citrus and onions.  This recipe reminds us more of some zesty ranch chips than traditional salsa verde.  Very garlic forward, with a touch of creaminess and sweetness, and flavorful layers of green bell pepper, cilantro, tomato and onion.  Lastly, the chips are not short on salt, and we like it!

Do yourselves a huge favor and grab these chips if you ever happen to spot them!  Just close your eyes, disregard their packaging, and simply enjoy the riches inside the bag!

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

Discovered at Brookhaven Marketplace; Burr Ridge, IL

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REVIEW: Bokados Topitos 360° – Salsa Verde Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Bokados Topitos - Salsa Verde

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We’re sorry but we feel like we should get something off our chest, and let Bokados Topitos 360° Salsa Verde Chips know straight off that by describing, or naming you chip flavor as salsa verde you are automatically going to trigger comparisons between yourself, and one of our all-time favorites!  Due to this inevitable (and probably unfair) comparison, perfectly notable chips can begin to look a little less desirable just for being themselves…

The Topitos 360° are certainly not shy on flavor.  They deliver quite a surprising flavor explosion!  First, the chips have a zippy, sour, citrisy, acidic blast, which is followed by a few light, spicy, chile notes.  On the tail end, the usual ingredients of garlic and onion, try to smooth everything out to no avail.  The flavors seem jumbled, and never really jive harmoniously.

Bokados bag describes the Topitos 360° as seasoned corn flour chips.  When we saw that description, all we could think to ourselves was “what’s the difference between that, and corn tortilla chips?”  Well, as it turns out, quite a bit.  The chips are very light, airy, and delicate.  The decision to use corn flour rather than the typical ground corn must be what created the chips unusually delicate texture.  The chips were almost too light to cause a crunch!

If you are on the lookout for some salsa verde flavored corn chips you could definitely do worse than these.

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

Discovered at Shell Gas Station; Darien, Illinois

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REVIEW: Marcela Valladolid – Salsa Verde Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Marella Valladolid - Salsa Verde

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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.” Wikipedia.com  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”??

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