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National Tortilla Chip Day (February 24)

Check out the weird holiday National Tortilla Chip Day on February 24. Learn the history of tortilla chips and get ideas on how to celebrate.

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History of National Tortilla Chip Day

Contrary to popular belief, tortilla don’t come from Mexico, even though they are a large staple of Mexican food.

Tortilla chips were invented in the 1940s as a way to reuse tortillas that were misshapen. The idea came from Rebecca Webb Carranza of Los Angeles, whose family owned the El Zarape Tortilla Factory. They were sold for a dime per bag. She later won the Golden Tortilla Award in 1994.

Tortilla chips are usually made from yellow corn (althought they can also be made with red, white, or blue corn as well) and are served with salsa, guacamole, and other dips.

They also are a base for nachos, which were created in 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya.

In 1981, Frito-Lay introduced Tostitos chips, shortly after beginning ot manufacture and sell Doritos.

Fun fact: tortilla chips and salsa are the state snack for Texas. This was officially delcared in 2003.

In 2010, a report from the Snack Food Association revealed that tortillas outsell hotdog buns and hamburger buns.

Ideas for National Tortilla Chip Day

You can buy tortilla chips, or you can use any of these recipes.

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