On the Border Café-Style Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips Review

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"Tasty" and "thin" with "little air pockets," these fried chips have flavor that far outweighs any "oily aftertaste." They combine a high score with a low price per ounce.

On the Border Café-Style Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips ($2.98 for an 18-ounce bag) racked up positive reviews from our tasting panel for an "airy" consistency and a "flavorful," nicely salted taste profile. They edged out favorites such as Costco's Kirkland Signature Tortilla Strips to be named one of the best cheap tortilla chips.

According to online reviews, other consumers are similarly satisfied with On the Border Café-Style Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips. In 25 reviews on Amazon, 72 percent of users give them 5 stars, and one reviewer calls them the next best thing to fresh chips from a Mexican restaurant. That praise is echoed on the Walmart website, where more than 50 reviewers award the chips an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars. One of the most recent posts nominates these chips as the best consumers are going to find among store-bought options.

It's hard to say whether their success comes because of or in spite of their preparation. Some panelists seemed to appreciate the "flaky" and "brittle" nature of these fried tortilla snacks, while others say they have an "old oil taste" -- although they're not greasy.

In an era when baked chips reign and natural, non-GMO ingredients rule labels, these tortilla crisps eschew health-conscious trends in favor of flavor. That said, the product is proclaimed gluten-free and vegan, the oil non-hydrogenated, and the ingredients list preservative-free.

On the Border Café-Style Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips cost 18 cents an ounce, which is on the low end of average for the category. Sam's Club carries them in a bulk size, as well -- worth checking out if a party is on the calendar.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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