Corn chip

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Fritos corn chips

A corn chip is a snack food made from cornmeal fried in oil or baked, usually in the shape of a small noodle or scoop. Corn chips are thick, rigid and very crunchy. Corn chips have the strong aroma and flavor of roasted corn, and are often heavily seasoned with salt.

In the US, Fritos is one of the oldest and most widely recognized brands of corn chips.[1]

While corn chips and tortilla chips are both made from corn, the corn in tortilla chips is subjected to the nixtamalization process, resulting in a milder flavor and aroma, and a less rigid texture.[2] Tortilla chips also tend to be larger, thinner, and less salty than corn chips.

Corn chips are usually eaten alone or with a chip dip. They are a common ingredient in homemade and commercial party mix. In the Southwestern US, a popular dish, Frito pie, is made with corn chips and chili.[3][4] In some areas, it is popular to pour the chili into a bag of corn chips and eat the mixture directly from the bag.[5][6]

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  1. ^ "The Birth of the Frito". National Public Radio. 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  2. ^ Caballero-Briones, F.; et al. (June 2000). "Recent advances on the understanding of the nixtamalization process". Superficies y Vacío. Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico: Sociedad Mexicana de Ciencia de Superficies y de Vacío. 10: 20–24. ISSN 1665-3521. 
  3. ^ "Frito pie (recipe)". Texas Cooking Online. 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  4. ^ "Frito pie". Texas Cooking Online. 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  5. ^ Harris, Joyce (13 June 2007). "The allure of Frito Pie". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Popik, Barry (28 November 2007). "Walking Taco". The Big Apple. Barry Popik. Retrieved 21 October 2010.