Jul 23, 2012 23:41 pm - Posted by Marcia


It’s a sign of the times when well-known name brands, like Frito-Lay and UTZ, are using healthier ingredients in their products. All four brands of tortilla chips being reviewed here contain organic blue corn. That’s especially important because most conventionally grown corn is genetically modified (GMO). Long-term testing hasn’t been done yet to determine the safety of GMO’s, so why take any chances? Studies have shown that hydrogenated oils are harmful to health. These brands all contain non-hydrogenated oils, and some even use healthy expeller-pressed oils.

Healthy is great, but do these tortilla chips also hold their own when it comes to taste? Read the reviews below to find out.

Green Mountain Gringo Blue Corn Tortilla Strips

green mountain tortilla chipsA little on the thick side with a flavor somewhat reminiscent of rice chips, these bite-size corn chips have a pronounced crunch and seasoning. They are the perfect size for dipping. While the oils used are non-hydrogenated (no trans-fat), expeller-pressed oils would have been a healthier choice.

Pros:
Made with organic blue corn
Uses non-hydrogenated oils
Gluten-free
No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
Sold in supermarkets and health food stores

Cons:
Does not use expeller-pressed oils
Uses refined salt instead of sea salt

Ingredients: Organic stone-ground masa harina blue corn flour, non-hydrogenated safflower oil and/or sunflower oil, salt

Tostitos Simply Natural Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

tostidoes blue corn tortilla chipsEnjoy a sweet corn flavor that doesn’t overpower the palate. These chips are salted to perfection and are light and crisp but dipping is somewhat awkward because of the large size of the chips. The crunch craving some may be looking for might not be satisfied, but overall, this is a great tasting chip.

Pros:
Made with organic blue corn
Uses expeller-pressed oil
Seasoned with sea salt
Gluten-free
No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
Sold in supermarkets

Cons: Large size chips make dipping awkward

Ingredients: Whole organic blue corn, expeller-pressed sunflower oil, sea salt

Utz Organic Tortilla Chips

Utz blue corn tortilla chipsCrunchy is the predominant adjective that comes to mind eating these chips. The ingredient list is comparable to the other brands being reviewed, but these over salted morsels lack both flavor and color. Leave them in the store!

Pros:
Made with organic blue corn
Uses organic expeller-pressed oil
Gluten-free
Sold in supermarkets

Cons:
Uses refined salt instead of sea salt
Tasteless

Ingredients: Organic Whole Blue Corn Flour, organic expeller-pressed high oleic sunflower oil, salt

Garden of Eatin’ Blue Chips-Corn Tortilla Chips

garden of eatin' blue chipsThere may be some inconsistency in the production of these corn chips. The first bag I purchased tasted stale, so I purchased another bag from a different store. The chips in the second bag were fresh, but they lacked flavor. I purchased a third bag and this time the chips were thick, crisp, and lightly salted with a fresh corn flavor. They are the perfect size and shape for dipping. Out of the four brands reviewed, this was the only one that is Non-GMO Project Verified.

Pros:
Non-GMO project verified
Made with organic blue corn kernels
Uses expeller-pressed oil
Seasoned with sea salt
No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
Gluten-free
Sold in supermarkets and health food stores
2011 ChefsBest Superiority Ratings for Corn flavor and crunchy texture.

Cons:
There may be an inconsistency in freshness and flavors.

Ingredients: Organic blue corn, expeller pressed canola oil and/or safflower oil/and/or sunflower oil, sea salt.

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3 Responses to Blue Corn Tortilla Chips Review

  1. Just a question about your method of review: you said the UTZ chips lacked flavor and so did the Garden of Eatin’. Yet you purchased more bags of Garden of Eatin’ chips until you found a bag that was perfect. Did you do the same for the UTZ? Why give one brand more chances than the others?

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    • Yes, I did the same for UTZ, but they all lacked flavor. I should have mentioned that. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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  2. Yes, that is correct.

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