Breakfast buffet: National tortilla chip day
February 24th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

The way they crunch, the way they dip - February 24 is National Tortilla Chip Day!

If you've ever enjoyed the snacktastic crunch of tortilla chips with a hefty scoop of salsa, queso dip or buried beneath a mountain of nacho fixin's, then you might be inclined to write a song about them as well.

Tortilla chips are the result of corn tortillas cut into wedges and then fried to perfection. Light, crunchy and just salty enough, they consist of simple ingredients: corn, vegetable oil, salt and water.

These favorite chips are the result of entrepreneurial mind Rebecca Webb Carranza. During the 1940s, she and her husband, who ran a Mexican delicatessen and tortilla factory in Los Angeles, decided to take misshapen tortillas and turn them into a profitable treat. Carranza took the less-than-perfect tortilla, cut them into triangles and fried them up, selling for a dime a bag.

Carranza received a Golden Tortilla award for her contribution to the Mexican food industry in 1994. Now, tortilla chips are the quintessential appetizer at Mexican restaurants all over the country. Honor Carranza and her incredible invention with homemade tortilla chips alongside roasted apple and tomatillo salsa, guacamole or even hot artichoke dip. You'll be singing "I Like Tortilla Chips" to anyone that will listen.

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  1. Raven

    When I make my personal nachos I put sour cream, guacamole, opinion, tomato, refried beans, cheese and sometimes chicken or ground beef.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  2. Sandra Ebaugh

    When I eat nachos as a snack, I love to put cream cheese in a bowl and top with my favorite salsa and dip my chips into it. MMMMmmm the cream cheese soothes the hot salsa. So very good

    February 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  3. ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™

    It's nacho regular Friday, woo hoo. Nachos for lunch!

    February 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  4. CN Red

    Now that's what I'm talking about. Doing nachos tonight!

    February 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
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