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Tortilla chips and dip are a classic pairing that can satisfy the craving for a salty, crunchy snack. The primary ingredient in most tortilla chips is corn, and you’ll find varieties made from white, yellow, and blue corn. Snack aisles are also packed with multi-grain, grain-free, and flavored tortilla chip options. So, how do you know which chip reigns supreme?
You’ll want to consider the flavor, texture, and shape of the chip for your snacking needs. The best tortilla chips are evenly but not overly salted, neither too dry nor too greasy, fresh-tasting, and sturdy enough to support a good dollop of guacamole or seven-layer dip. Whether you enjoy them piled high and heaped with all the fixings for nachos, dunked into a side of salsa, or straight out of the bag, here are our picks for the best tortilla chips.
Best Overall: Late July Organic Sea Salt Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips
With a full line of organic tortilla chips, potato chips, crackers, popcorn, and salsa, Late July knows what it takes to produce high-quality, wholesome snack foods. The brand's Restaurant Style tortilla chips consistently get rave reviews from tasters for being lightly but evenly salted, having just the right amount of corn flavor, and being both thin and crispy while still strong enough to support dips and nachos alike. Some call them the best tortilla chips they’ve ever eaten.
High flavor marks may have to do with the three simple, organic, and non-GMO ingredients from which these chips are made: organic whole ground corn, organic sunflower or safflower oil, and sea salt.
If you’re concerned with salt intake, rest assured that with 65 milligrams of sodium per serving, Late July also tops this list of tortilla chips as the lowest in sodium.
Best Restaurant-Style: Xochitl Salted Corn Tortilla Chips
Restaurant-style tortilla chips refer to a light, thin chip that’s usually triangular in shape. Xochitl’s tortilla chips, made from yellow corn and palm oil, most remind tasters of such a Mexican restaurant-style chip, and they love the almost airy texture and evenly distributed sea salt seasoning.
A word of caution, though: paper-thin chips like these can be easy to over-indulge straight out of the bag. Also, the super-thin texture will hold up to thin, restaurant-style salsa but probably wouldn’t make the best choice for nachos or thick queso. Xochitl also offers tortilla chips in unsalted, white corn, blue corn, flavors, and artificially colored combinations for Halloween and Christmas.
Best Flavored: Tostitos Hint of Lime
Forget about nacho cheese-flavored chips, which can overpower and compete with dips. A tortilla chip flavored with the light, zesty essence of lime perfectly complements the fresh flavors of salsa and guacamole.
Tasters love Tostitos Hint of Lime chips, praising them for tasting fresh and having a pleasing balance between citrus and salt, with neither being too strong. These chips are light, crisp, and triangular-shaped for dipping. One note of caution: If you’re dairy-free, skip these, as the ingredient list contains sour cream.
Best Blue Corn: Garden of Eatin' Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Garden of Eatin’ is no stranger to wholesome snacking. The company has a full line of organic and non-GMO verified tortilla chips, including spicy red hot and lime flavors, grain-free options, chip “bowls”, no salt added, multi-grain, and even chips with sweet potato and sesame seeds added for extra nutrition. The brand's blue tortilla chips are made from organic blue corn and expeller-pressed oils and bursting with earthy, blue-corn flavor that is distinctly different from the more mild taste of white or yellow corn.
The chips are on the thicker side, with plenty of crunch and should hold up well with dips. There’s no significant nutritional difference between types or colors of corn, but the extra pop of all-natural dark blue color can add a touch of festivity to, say, patriotic holiday gatherings or gender reveal parties.
Best for Dipping: Tostitos Scoops
If you want a chip made specifically with dipping in mind, look no further than classic Tostitos Scoops. Scoops are a little bit thicker than traditional Tostitos tortilla chips and designed with the perfect bowl-like shape for dipping. Scoops can hold up to scooping heartier dips, like chunky guacamole and thick bean dip without breaking. Scoops also make an excellent vessel for bite-size appetizers (think: bite-sized tacos or seven-layer dip). Plus, they’re pretty darn cute when filled and presented on a platter.
Scoops are also available in a multigrain version, which combines ground corn with brown rice and buckwheat flours. As far as nutrition goes, the multi-grain option doesn't offer much advantage over the traditional scoops. They have the same amount of calories, fat, protein, and fiber as the all-corn version. They’re a little darker brown in color and have a heartier, whole grain flavor, so the choice comes down to your taste preference.
Best Corn Alternative: Siete Foods Sea Salt Grain-Free Tortilla Chips
If you don’t like the flavor of corn or you choose not to consume corn, there’s still a tortilla chip for you! Siete Family Foods, created by a Mexican-American family, makes grain-free tortilla chips and refrigerated tortilla wraps to accommodate grain-free and Paleo lifestyles. The brand also offers healthier dips, like cashew queso and sprouted bean dip, enchilada sauce, hot sauce, hard taco shells, and taco seasoning.
These tortilla chips have a classic triangle shape and are available salted, unsalted, and in dairy-free flavors like lime, ranch, and nacho. All Siete Family Foods chips are made from a blend of cassava and coconut flours and cooked in 100 percent avocado oil. Cassava is a starchy root vegetable, similar to a tuber or potato, that can be ground into flour. Nutritionally speaking, the calories and fat in a serving of these grain-free chips are similar to a serving of other chips on this list. These chips are very light, crisp, and tasty on their own. They can withstand the weight of a thin salsa but may break in heavier dips or if topped with nacho fixings.
Best Sprouted: Way Better Snacks Thin and Crispy Whole Grain Tortilla Chips
If you’re looking for a way to incorporate more seeds and grains into your diet and particularly your snack foods, this chip is for you. Way Better Snacks has a line of sprouted tortilla chips that are crafted from organic corn and a sprouted seed and whole grain blend that contains chia seeds, flax seeds, and quinoa.
Sprouting refers to soaking seeds and grains in water until they sprout new growth. Sprouted seeds and grains are believed to be easier to digest with more vitamins and minerals available for absorption.
These chips are excellent on their own since they’re seasoned with a blend of sea salt, cracked pepper, and garlic and onion powders. The added seed and grain blend also makes these a nuttier, heartier option, so they can also support the weight of chunky guacamole and bean dip. As for nutrition, these chips are similar in calories, fat, protein, and fiber but lower in sodium than other tortilla chips on this list.
Best for Nachos: Calidad Tortilla Chips
You’ll likely recognize the yellow, red, and green packaging of this brand, found in most grocery stores and usually at a budget price point—perfect for creating sheet pans of do-it-yourself nacho bars. Calidad’s chips are made from yellow corn flour, called masa, and vegetable oil.
Some tasters complain these chips are too salty, so if you’re salt averse or watching your sodium intake, you might want to skip. Other tasters love the thicker, extra crunchy texture of these chips and consider them the ideal shape and strength for building a pile of nachos that won’t break under the weight of hefty toppings, like protein, chili, and refried beans.
What to Consider When Buying Tortilla Chips
Intended and Alternative Uses
The type of chip you choose will depend on how you plan to eat them: on their own, with dips, as nachos, etc. However, tortilla chips are a versatile pantry staple to keep on hand. They can be used as a crunchy topper for salads, soups, and burrito bowls. Simply crush them lightly by hand. They can also be crushed more finely into “crumbs” for an alternative to breadcrumbs for a crunchy coating on chicken breasts or as a binder in burgers and meatballs.
It can be easy to mindlessly snack on tortilla chips straight out of the bag. To curb how many calories, grams of fat, and sodium you eat in one sitting, try portioning the chips into single servings. Simply check the Nutrition Facts label for the recommended serving size. A typical serving of tortilla chips is 28 grams or 1 ounce. If you’re without a food scale or not sure how to eyeball an ounce, a good rule of thumb is to count about 7-10 chips as one serving.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Sharon Lehman, the author of this tortilla chip article, knows all foods fit in a healthy diet—even chips! A self-proclaimed dip lover, she recognizes the importance of offering the tastiest chip. Unable to pick a favorite, she rotates several brands from this list through her pantry, including Late July, Garden of Eatin’, and Siete.