Sunday, March 10, 2013

Review: Tostitos - Cantina Traditional Tortilla Chips

Tostitos Cantina tortilla chips are the latest addition to Frito Lay's Tostitos line. You might have seen the commercials, which position the chips as restaurant-style chips that you might find at your local Mexican eatery. I find that kinda weird, since Tostitos are already "restaurant-style" chips.

The Cantina Traditional tortilla chips are made of yellow corn and are slightly smaller than standard Tostitos.

A 12-ounce bag retails for $3.29 in my area.

I can't really say I have an image of a "cantina chip" in my mind. There are a lot of Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles and the chips they serve can vary wildly. Some just put out packaged chips from a supplier, while others make them themselves. I prefer the latter over stuff that I can buy from a supermarket (actually one of my local, more ethnic supermarkets sold chips that they fried up daily... so good! Unfortunately, they recently closed to make way for new developments).

That being said, Tostitos Cantina chips just feel like regular Tostitos chips, but slightly smaller and made of yellow corn. The taste, texture, and thickness feel the same to me, although I didn't get a bag of original Tostitos to compare (because then I'd be eventually eating two bags of chips instead of one).

They're described as "hearty" on the bag, but they'd have to be at least twice as thick before I'd call them that. They're too salty for my liking, especially for a dipping chip. My lips started to dry out from all the salt; I got used to it after a few chips though (pretty sure that's not a good thing though).

Overall, Tostitos Traditional Cantina tortilla chips don't really get me thinking "cantina" at all. Maybe Frito Lay has had different experiences with Mexican restaurants than I. They're decent enough though with a good crunch and flavor, but nothing that stands out.

Nutritional Info - Tostitos Cantina Traditional tortilla chips - 1 ounce (28g/About 7 chips)
Calories - 150 (from Fat - 70)
Fat - 8g (Saturated Fat - 1g)
Sodium - 110mg
Carbs - 18g (Sugar - 0g)
Protein - 2g
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