Costco Kirkland Signature Tortilla Strips Review

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These Costco house-brand tortilla chips hit a sweet spot for texture and thickness. They proved a good foil for salsa, but the unusual rectangular shape divided panelists.

Produced by Texas-based Mission Foods, Costco's Kirkland Signature Tortilla Strips ($3.59 for a 48-ounce bag) cost slightly more than 7 cents an ounce -- half as much as any other chip in our blind taste test.

They were a solid hit with an 11-member tasting panel in 2013, good enough for a top showing in that comparison of 14 chip varieties. Well-liked by a majority of tasters for their crispy texture and toothsome thickness, the chips were shunned by no one, even as a few reviewers decreed them a bit heavy on the salt. The unusual rectangular shape was a pleasing novelty to most testers, although several held steady in their support of the more common triangle shape.

The comments from this year's group of taste testers were similarly very positive, but this time around the Kirkland Signature chips were outranked by a couple of newcomers, falling just out of the top tier. Samplers appreciated the "pronounced salt," "golden-tan" coloring, and "good corn flavor" that the Costco chips delivered. Perhaps surprisingly, they far outranked Mission's own white corn tortilla chips.

Despite the product's wide availability at Costco locations throughout the U.S., reviews of Kirkland Signature Tortilla Strips are few and far between online. One blogger lauds the "earthy" texture and deep corn taste with the barest hint of lime. He concedes the advantages of dipping with a rectangle (long enough for that, ahem, unhygienic double dip) but also expresses a preference for the more traditional chip shape.

The only division in reviews concerns the amount of salt gracing these crisps. While acknowledging that this is not a low-sodium snack, most reviewers are fine with it, although some consider the amount of salt excessive. Overall, these are chips a host can feel good about serving.

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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