Whether dunked into salsa, seven-layer dip, or guacamole, crispy tortilla chips are a savory addition to a party platter. To commemorate National Tortilla Chip Day on Feb. 24, here's a look back at the results of a Cheapism.com taste test of 14 brands. The three winners in the blind tasting remain top picks among cheap tortilla chips.
These Costco house-brand tortilla chips have an unusual rectangular shape, but the 11-person tasting panel gave them props for having just the right texture and thickness for holding salsa. Panelists declared the chips crispy and salty in just the right measure, although some found their samples to be a bit too salty. Another plus: The price is right. Kirkland Signature Tortilla Strips come in 48-ounce bags that sell for about $4, the cheapest price per ounce of any brand in the tasting.
Just because Santitas chips are low-cost, at $2 for an 11-ounce bag, doesn't mean they're low-taste. The Cheapism tasting panel found that both the white- and yellow-corn varieties offered a delicious mixture of light and airy texture, salty flavor, and crunch, and gave them top ratings over other popular chip brands. Testers remarked that the chips have a "nice salty balance" and a "medium crunch." Recent reviews posted on Amazon likewise give the chips high ratings, praising their crispness and flavor.
The Cheapism taste testers gave this variety a runner-up spot in the tortilla chips competition. They found the taste to be light and crunchy, without overdoing it on the salt. But the light texture makes for a more fragile chip; these are better suited for straight-out-of-the-bag snacking than scooping into hearty dips. Calidad White Corn Tortilla Chips sell for about $2 for a 12-ounce bag.