Hey all! A few food blogs have talked about these “New” Tostitos chips that have been popping up on shelves lately. (Junk Food Guy comes to mind off the top of my head) I have passed them up a few times on the store shelves because I honestly I have no idea how these would be any different than what Tostitos already does. Aren’t most tortilla chips thin and crispy? What does the cantina have to do with anything? When I think cantina, I think Mos Eisley Cantina – if you don’t know what I am talking about right now, I am shedding a single tear alone in the dark in my room for you – and I’m pretty sure they didn’t have tortilla chips on Tatooine. ANYWAYS – I digress.
Last night while waiting for my delicious gyoza at a nearby Chinese food place, we wandered into Bel Air and checked out their latest offerings. I decided to make the plunge and check these out.
This may be the shortest review in the history of Spoil Your Dinner. As predicted these are nothing but regular tortilla chips. There is no difference in the flavor. The only thing that is slightly different is that they are thinner than normal Tostito chips, similar to the chips that you would find at a Chili’s or Chevy’s. They offer up the idea on the back to bake them in the oven or nuke them in the microwave to ‘turn up the heat’ but honestly, who has the time or energy to fire up the oven to throw some already cooked chips in there? Not me.
Tostitos, what the heck are you trying to do here? Rebranding maybe? If that is the case, then don’t try and fool me with a ‘New!’ label.
Texture: 4/5 - I prefer thinner tortilla chips to the thicker ones, which is one reason why I will choose Tostitos usually over Mission chips. These are indeed crispy and will send chip shards all over your bed if you decide that is the place you would like to enjoy these – which I did. If you like hearty salsa, these chips may not withstand the scoop.
Smell: 3/5 - These smell like regular ole’ tortilla chips.
Appearance: 3/5 - Nothing different about the shape or appearance of these. You will still manage to jab the back of your throat with an exceptionally sharp chip corner.
Taste: 3/5 - These taste good – but they are nothing new. I do appreciate that they have a REALLY short ingredients list (consisting of corn, oil, and salt) but again, we aren’t reinventing the wheel here. Next.