January 29th is National Tortilla Chip Day.
What’s the difference between a corn chip and a tortilla chip?
Both are made from corn or masa,* vegetable oil, salt and water.
But tortilla chips are made from cut-up wedges of actual tortillas. That’s why they’re triangular.
Corn chips, on the other hand, are processed into a particular shape—curls or scoops, like Fritos.
Fritos, the first commercial corn chip, were invented in 1941, in San Antonio.
Tortilla chips were created some 10 years later, in Los Angeles.
**You’ll often see masa listed in the ingredients, instead of corn. Masa is corn that has been dried, treated with a lime water solution (i.e., nixtamalized), then ground.
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