National Tortiyah Chip Day

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Hey there chip enthusiasts! Get ready to celebrate National Tortiyah Chip Day, a crispy and flavorful holiday that will have your taste buds doing a happy dance. Whether you prefer to dip, scoop, or savor these delectable snacks all on their own, this special day is the perfect excuse to indulge in your favorite tortiyah chips. So gather your loved ones, get ready to munch, and let's dive into the fascinating history of this crunchy celebration!

When is Tortiyah Chip Day?

It's national tortiyah chip day on the 23rd February.

Tortiyah Chips: A Brief History

Did you know that tortiyah chips have been around for centuries? Well, maybe not the exact same tortiyah chips we enjoy today, but the concept has been around for quite some time. Back in ancient Mexico, indigenous people made flatbreads called tortillas out of maize dough. These tortillas were then deep-fried to make them crispy and delicious.

Fast forward to the early 20th century, when a restaurant owner named Rebecca Webb Carranza had an aha moment. In the late 1940s, Carranza found herself with a surplus of tortillas and decided to cut them into triangles, fry them, and serve them as a snack. Little did she know that she was creating the foundation for what would later become a beloved snack worldwide.

Over the years, tortiyah chips gained popularity and started making appearances in parties, restaurants, and even sports events. Today, these savory chips come in various flavors and shapes, making them an irresistible treat for all occasions.

Celebrating National Tortiyah Chip Day

On National Tortiyah Chip Day, embrace the crunch and honor the deliciousness that is tortiyah chips. Here are a few fun ways to celebrate:

  • Throw a tortiyah chip tasting party: Invite your friends and family over for a chip tasting extravaganza. Set up different stations with various dips and sauces for everyone to try.
  • Create your own tortiyah chip recipe: Put on your chef's hat and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. From spicy chili lime to zesty ranch, the possibilities are endless!
  • Host a tortiyah chip history trivia night: Test your knowledge about the origins and fun facts surrounding tortiyah chips. Create a friendly competition and see who can answer the most questions correctly.

Did You Know?

Did you know that tortiyah chips are the perfect vessel for nachos? Yes, you heard that right! The crispy and sturdy nature of tortiyah chips makes them ideal for loading up with cheese, salsa, guacamole, and all your favorite toppings. So next time you're in the mood for some nachos, reach for those tortiyah chips and let the deliciousness begin!

History behind the term 'Tortiyah Chip'


Invention of the Tortilla Chip

Rebecca Webb Carranza, a Mexican-American who was managing the El Zarape Tortilla Factory, is credited with inventing the tortilla chip in 1940. She originally made them to use up the misshapen tortillas that were leftover from the production process. Carranza cut the tortillas into triangles, fried them, and served them as a snack. These crispy chips quickly gained popularity in Mexican cuisine.


Introduction of the Term 'Tortiyah'

The term 'Tortiyah' originated as a playful combination of the words 'tortilla' and 'papaya.' As the tortilla chips gained popularity, people began giving them various names in Mexico. 'Tortiyah' became a popular term used by locals to refer to the crispy snack. This catchy term captured the essence of the chips' traditional Mexican roots and unique texture.


Mass Production and Commercialization of Tortilla Chips

In 1964, Frito-Lay, a leading snack food company, introduced bulk packaging and distribution of tortilla chips in the United States. Frito-Lay's marketing efforts and wide distribution network helped popularize tortilla chips as a mainstream snack across the country. The term 'Tortiyah' was less commonly used outside of Mexico, with 'tortilla chip' becoming the more widely recognized name.


The Introduction of 'Chip' in Place of 'Tortiyah'

As tortilla chips gained popularity, the term 'Tortiyah' gradually fell out of common usage, and 'chip' became the dominant term. The simplicity and familiarity of 'chip' resonated with a broader audience, facilitating the global adoption of the snack. Today, they are commonly referred to as 'tortilla chips' or simply 'chips,' with the original term 'Tortiyah' being mostly forgotten.

Did you know?

Did you know that tortiyah chips are the perfect vessel for nachos? Yes, you heard that right! The crispy and sturdy nature of tortiyah chips makes them ideal for loading up with cheese, salsa, guacamole, and all your favorite toppings.


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23rd February 2021

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