Item Purchased: El Ranchero Tortilla Chips w/salt (14 oz. bag)
Location Purchased: Jewel-Osco / 3033 S. Halsted St. / Chicago, IL
Price: $1.99 + tax
Review: Every apartment I live in has always had a few kitchen staples that everyone is responsible for. In my last apartment, it was a cube of PBR or Old Style. If anyone drank the last one, it was their mission to replace it. It seems that my current roommate and I have silently settled on El Ranchero Tortilla Chips and Herdez salsa as our staples. Not a bad decision, if you ask me.
Chicago’s south side has several tortilla manufacturers. The two easiest to find at your local grocery are Del Rey brand and El Ranchero. Del Rey are alright if you like the bland Mexican restaurant complimentary chip flavor. For substantial crunch, flavor and dipping strength, however, one must reach for El Ranchero. In my poorer days living alone in a dollhouse sized studio apartment in the Gold Coast, I used to make entire meals out of these chips, a jar of salsa and some cheese. Sometimes (for old time’s sake) I still do.
Made with pure corn oil, a little bit of salt and not much else, these corn tortilla chips are the purest you can find and several times more addicting than the salt-drenched slop brands that need to take out multi-million dollar advertisements to tell you how addicting they are.
Tasty and local! Sign me up!
Rating: 4.75 / 5