Tortilla Chips can be eaten plain, dipped in salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or chili, baked into meals and casseroles, served with toppings as nachos.  Their versatility is almost endless.

Tortilla Chips are made from corn tortillas, which have a long history in Mexican cuisine and culture.  The first tortillas date about 10,000 years BC, and were made from dried ground corn kernals.  Tortillas were often used as eating utensils to grab food, they were eventually filled and a used as a good way to hold food while eating by Coke Pokes of the Old West.

Tortilla chips were invented in Los Angeles by Rebecca Webb Carranza during the 1940’s. Carranza came up with the idea of frying or baking the left over misshaped tortillas that came out of her automated tortilla machine instead of throwing them in the trash. The left over tortillas were cut into triangles, fried, and first sold for a dime a bag by the El Zarape Tortilla Factory.  The chips were called TortChips, and were soon sold in many different California locations.  They immediately grew in National Popularity. In 1994, Carranza received the Golden Tortilla Award for her contribution to the Mexican food industry.

In 2003 Tortilla Chips were declared the Official State snack of Texas.

Here is an article from The Huffington Post about National Tortilla Chip Day 2010:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/24/national-tortilla-chip-da_n_475180.html

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