My office mate is going crunch crazy on RW Garcia chips right now… thus further inspiring for me to write about them.Who doesn’t love a good chip, be it potato, corn or tortilla? It’s un-American to be anti-chip.
And just in time for the end of summer parties, I have found what is probably the tastiest, healthy, made in America chip on the market today. RW Garcia. This company has been making amazing tortilla chips for over 30 years when they were selling bags of the non-GMO, gluten free, wheat free snacks out of their family van in Northern California.
RW Garcia has a bunch of different chips to choose from: Blue, Gold, made with Flaxseed, veggie flavored, dippers (which as the name suggests, are perfect for “dipping”) and a “mixtbag” that is an assortment of them all. But quite frankly, it doesn’t matter which one you pick, your mouth will thank you.
And if that wasn’t enough to wake up your taste buds, they recently introduced three new tasty chips; English Cheddar Dippers, Sweet Potato Dippers and a Salsa Mixtbag. I brought three big bags into the office with me and in a matter of hours they were gone, really gone, like no crumbs, gone. And, I don’t work with a bunch of fat snackers, I work with women who announced their body weight and work out regime on a weekly basis and no one could resist the healthy ingredients and fresh taste of these chips.
Here’s a newsflash for you, RW Garcia was healthy before everyone jumped on the organic, non-gluten bandwagon. The oil they cook with has no trans fats, they are certified organic from seed to milling, the spices are fee of artificial ingredients and more importantly… they are frikkin’ delicious. Lick your fingers-party in your mouth-please sir can I have some more- tasty!
The RW Garcia chip is also a feel-good snack because their unused corn is recycled for cattle farmers or pet food manufactures, all outdated equipment is recycled, all excess cardboard is recycled, all unnecessary electricity is turned off at night or put on “sleep mode” to conserve energy. The also give back to many charitable organizations around the country. So, when I snack I too feel like I’m helping out in a smallish way.
So instead of grabbing a bag of greasy, salt slathered potato chips for the next backyard shindig, pick up a bag for RW Garcia’s chips and dippers. Do it for yourself and your friends because isn’t it better to be a healthy snacker than a fat slacker?
And here’s a recipe you can bring to the party if you want to add a little pizzazz to any BYO event.
RW's Tortilla Chip Casserole
6 tomatoes, diced
2 red onions, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 (4 ounce) can green chilies, diced and drained
1 (12 ounce) can corn kernel, drained
1 (15 ounce) can refried pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar 1 bag RW Garcia Classic Yellow Corn (or Ultra Thin) Tortilla Chips
½ cup cheddar cheese, grated (can swap vegan cheese here)
8 ounces of sour cream or Greek yogurt with some lime juice added
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
Directions: Heat oil in a pan and add onion and garlic. Cook until soft. Add the tomatoes, pinto beans, wine vinegar, and sugar. Cook on medium heat until the liquid from the tomatoes evaporates. Add corn kernels and green chilies.
Cover the bottom of an 8 X 8" casserole dish with corn chips. Layer half of the vegetable mixture over the chips. Layer half of the cheese over the vegetables. Repeat the layering so you have 2 layers of chips, two layers of vegetables, and 2 layers of cheese. Top with sour cream. Bake in a 315-degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Garnish with the cilantro.