February 24 is National Tortilla Chip Day and you can bet this is a big day in our home! As you can probably guess, tortillas play an integral part of our everyday life, considering our business depends on them! And while the tortilla is the base for our Toastilla, we would be lying if we didn’t admit our affinity for tortilla’s little cousin – the tortilla chip.
Tortilla chips are traditionally made of corn, usually yellow, but you can also find white, red and blue corn tortilla chips. While now chips come in all shapes from triangular and circular to scoops – a personal favorite, this wasn’t always the case. And, like many of the great foods of today, it took a creative entrepreneur to realize that either a waste of something or a mistake in processing could lend the world greater purpose. So, in the 1940s a woman named Rebecca Webb Carranza took the rejected tortillas from her automated tortilla maker, cut them into triangle and fried these delicious little chips.
By the 1970s, tortilla chips made their way from California to the other side of the country and the rest is history. In 1994 Rebecca Carranza received the first Golden Tortilla award for her contribution to the Mexican food industry and we can’t imagine a better recipient.
In celebration of National Tortilla Chip Day here is one of our favorite tortilla chip Toastillas. It’s like a bowl of nachos in your mouth!
Everyone loves their nachos a bit different, so we won’t bore you with amounts with this recipe. What we will say is that these Toastilla Nachos seem to work best if you start with salsa laid first onto the tortilla, layer the other ingredients and then top with cheese before folding and toasting.
The great thing about Toastilla Nachos is that they are as versatile as regular nachos. Additional ingredients such as jalapenos, nacho cheese, refried beans and even sauces like barbecue and ranch will only add to the flavor.
While these are great any day of the week, they are especially welcome as appetizers when you’re throwing a party – especially one on February 24 – National Tortilla Chip Day!