Tortilla chips have been around for centuries and have been enjoyed by many cultures. The first recorded instance of tortilla chips being made was in the year 1519 in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. The Aztecs would make a type of flatbread called tlaxcalli out of masa (a type of corn dough), which they would then bake on a hot stone. Once baked, the tlaxcalli would be cut into small pieces and fried. These fried pieces of tlaxcalli would then be enjoyed as a type of snack.
It wasn’t until the year 1821 that tortilla chips as we know them today began to be made. This was the year that Mexico gained its independence from Spain. Once Mexico was its own country, many of the Spanish colonists left and took their recipes with them. One of these recipes was for something called tostadas. Tostadas are basically tortillas that are fried until they are hard and crispy.
Tostadas quickly became a popular food in Mexico and, eventually, the rest of the world. In the year 1895, a man by the name of Ignacio Anaya is credited with inventing the modern-day tortilla chip. Anaya was working as a waiter in the city of Piedras Negras when he came up with the idea to cut the tostadas into small triangular pieces and fry them. He then served them with a melted cheese sauce. These tortilla chips were an instant hit and soon became a staple of Mexican cuisine.
Today, tortilla chips are enjoyed by people all over the world. They are often served as a snack or appetiser, but can also be used as a topping for salads, soups, and casseroles. No matter how you enjoy them, there’s no doubt that tortilla chips are a delicious and versatile food that will be around for many years to come.