Wednesday, February 24, 2016

National Tortilla Day - Feb. 24

 
 
 

National Tortilla Chip Day needs to get together with National Margarita Day!
 (See Feb. 22 post).
 

 And when is National Guacamole Day?




The Tortilla "holiday" is called corny by some, but not me. Just a few decades ago, Americans seldom ate corn chips and salsa or cheese, or a combo thereof. (Although we devoured Fritos by the bagful when I was a kid, and I still love them best.) Tortilla popularity has grown to be one of America's favorite munchies. Doritos, anyone?

The corn chip was born in Mexico and then imported by recipe to the U.S. by Texas businessman Elmer Doolin. Although first mass-produced in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, tortilla chips were always considered to be a Mexican food, known as totopos and tostadas. 

 According to Wiki, that know-it-all (sometimes) online encyclopedia, "the triangle shaped tortilla chip was popularized by Rebecca Webb Carranza as a way to make use of misshapen tortillas rejected from the automated tortilla manufacturing machine that she and her husband used at their Mexican delicatessen and tortilla factory in southwest Los Angeles. Carranza found that the discarded tortillas, cut into triangles and fried, were a popular snack, and she sold them for a dime a bag at the El Zarape Tortilla Factory. In 1994, Carranza received the Golden Tortilla award for her contribution to the Mexican food industry."

So now you know.

Gerrie Ferris Finger

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