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Tortilla Chips Were First Produced In Los Angeles Not Mexico

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National Tortilla Chip Day, a day set aside for the crunchy snack loved by millions across the nation, is observed annually on February 24th.

  • Even though tortilla chips have always been considered to be a Mexican food, known as tostados, they were first mass-produced in Los Angeles in the late 1940s. It is said that the triangle-shaped tortilla chips were made popular by Rebecca Webb Carranza as a way to use the misshapen tortillas that were rejected from the automated tortilla manufacturing machine that she and her husband used at their Los Angeles deli and tortilla factory.
  • Carranza realized that once the discarded tortillas were cut into triangle shapes and fried, they became a popular snack.  She then sold them for a dime a bag at the El Zarape Tortilla Factory.  Carranza received the Golden Tortilla Award in 1994 for her contribution to the Mexican food industry.
  • The United States is one of the primary markets for tortilla chips. 
  • Another favorite dish made with tortilla chips is nachos.  The dish was first created around 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya. Nachos are tortilla chips served with melted or shredded cheese, and often additional toppings are added, such as meat, salsa, refried beans, tomatoes, diced onion, lettuce, olives, jalapenos, guacamole and sour cream.
  • Nachos account for 30% of all restaurant tortilla chips
  • Doritos brand is the first toasted tortilla chip launched nationally in the U.S.(1966)
  • Tortilla chips are considered the most fattening item sold in Mexican restaurants with as much as 2 grams of fat per chip.
  • The typical Mexican family of four consumes more than 2 pounds of tortillas each day.
  • In 1994 the “Golden Tortilla” award made its debut. It was created to recognize industry innovators, and Carranza was among its first recipients. Unfortunately, the awards only lasted one more year after that event.
  • The word tortilla comes from the Spanish “torta,” meaning “round cake.”
  • According to legend, a Mayan peasant invented tortilla for his hungry king.
  • Tortilla chips and salsa were so popular in Texas, they were designated the official state snack in 2003.
  • Taco Bell made its debut in Downey, California back in 1962, created by a man named Glen Bell whose customers called his tortilla-wrapped products “tay-kos.”
  • In 2012, UK restaurant chain Brewers Fayre made the Guinness Book of World Recordsfor baking the country’s largest tortilla chip, at 110 pounds and 32 square feet. It took over 50 hours to make, and was baked in a oven that was 10 feet deep.


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