Santitas White Corn Tortilla Chips Review

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Some called these tortilla chips with a hint of lime "just perfect," but they cost a bit more per ounce than the best yellow/white corn chips and availability is uneven.

Santitas White Corn Tortilla Chips ($2 for an 11-ounce bag) are available nationwide in both yellow and white corn varieties. The price is marked on the label, but be forewarned: We paid $2.99 before tax at a Pacific Northwest grocery store. With 11 ounces in each package, this works out to about 18 cents an ounce at the label price compared with 27 cents an ounce at the price we paid.

A previous tasting panel awarded this Frito-Lay product the gold star against 13 other chip brands. The panel of 11 volunteers enthusiastically commended the flavor, which was buoyed by a "nice salty balance" and a "medium crunch." This time around, the Santitas chips maintained a solid ranking; tasters called them "light" and "appealing." One panelist mentioned an "artificial oil flavor," but nearly all who tried these chips professed them a favorite.

On Amazon, reviewers praise this chip's crispness, freshness, and saltiness, adding that it manages just fine on its own, without a boost from salsa or another dip. Consumer product review sites, along with media outlets including Serious Eats, place Santitas at the top of their lists of best tortilla chips. Like our tasting panel, these reviews praise the lightness, crunch, and appealing corn flavor. The one complaint seems to be that the triangle-shaped chips aren't hardy enough to stand up to thick dips and toppings. As one of our panelists lamented, they're "not too sturdy."

Still, a combination of price and quality make Santitas Tortilla Chips a good value (even if, as one reviewer grumbles on Amazon, the amount you get for $2 has decreased over time). This brand is often half the cost of brown-bagged, restaurant-style chips and they won't overpower a tasty salsa.

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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