Mis queridos amigos, perhaps you’re already a big fan of totopos: those usually triangular-shaped corn-tortilla chips that offer the perfect crunchy balance to your salsas and more. Maybe you don’t know that you have choices in the field of the tortilla chips. Or perhaps you’ve been settling for one that doesn’t quite live up to your expectations, but that does the job…albeit in a mediocre manner.
Well, my friends, I’m here to tell you to settle no more! You have some wonderful choices available—especially if you live near New Rochelle—and it’s worth investigating!
Your first choice: You can make them yourself. After all, all you need are excellent quality tortillas (and, my friends, you’ve got plenty of choices in that area as well!), oil, and salt.
Your second choir: Buy excellent quality, minimally processed, and fresh chips. So, and here’s the “meat” of this post, I discovered them right near my home in New Rochelle. Thankfully, as I’ve written before, we’ve got a not only a lovely population of Mexican immigrants in the Queen City of the Sound, but a plethora of choices when it comes to finding Mexican ingredients—from tomatillos, to nopales—and, okay, back to tortillas! One trip to Viva Ranch on Centre Avenue in New Rochelle, or Quitupan (named after the town in Jalisco, an area where many of our New Rochelle residents hail from!), on Union Avenue. And especially if you visit Quitupan, you may even be privileged enough to see them being made, and meet the founder of this fabulous chip, Roberto Lopez and his lovely wife (and please do tell them that I sent you!).
Stay tuned for more, and in the meantime, ¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!