FEBRUARY 24, 2020 | NATIONAL TORTILLA CHIP DAY
NATIONAL TORTILLA CHIP DAY
National Tortilla Chip Day, a day set aside for the crunchy snack loved by millions across the nation, is observed annually on February 24th.
The tortilla chip is most commonly served with salsa, chile con queso, guacamole, cheese dips or other dips. Tortilla chips are made from corn tortillas cut into wedges and then fried. The tortillas are made from corn, vegetable oil, salt, and water. Typically made with yellow corn, tortillas can also be made with white, blue or red corn.
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.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTortillaChipDay
Go and get your favorite dip and enjoy some tortilla chips. Use #NationalTortillaChipDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL TORTILLA CHIP DAY HISTORY
Nacho sure who originated this day, but we’re pretty sure they loved tortilla chips! We’ll let you know when we know more.
On Deck for February 25, 2020
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: This soup is served cold
Total Prep: 30 minutes
2 cloves garlic
6 large tomatoes, peeled
1 large tomato, unpeeled
1 large onion
1 each green bell peppers
2 small cucumbers
½ cup olive oil
½ cup lemon juice
3 cups tomato juice, chilled
1 dash salt
1 dash cayenne pepper
In a food processor, blend peeled tomatoes and garlic.
Add 1/4 of peppers and 1/4 of onions and 1/2 of cucumber and blend. Chill mixture for 1 hour.
Chop the remaining tomato and julienne the remaining vegetables. Cover and chill.
Just before serving, blend olive oil, lemon juice, salt, cayenne, and tomato juice in blender. Combine with chilled mixture.
Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with remaining vegetables.
Serve with crusty bread, such as a baguette.
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