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In honor of the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, Food & Wine editors tasted over 25 kinds of tortilla chips and just as many varieties of jarred salsa to create this buying guide. While there are many fantastic chips on the market, processed salsas didn't fare as well, with tasting notes like "Stale spice flavor" and "Wish it had salt and tomatoes didn't taste rotten." Fresh salsa is easy to make, but in case you do prefer to shop for it, we've included a few brands to look for below.
BEST TORTILLA CHIPS
Trader Joe's Restaurant-Style White Corn Tortilla Chips
*Top Pick: Trader Joe's Restaurant-Style White Corn Tortilla Chips, $1.79/ 8.5oz
"Great crunch." "I'd buy these!" "Nice corn flavor." "These are my new favorite tortilla chip-perfect thickness and crunch."
Xochitl Totopos de Maiz, $5.99/16 oz
"Love these. So thin, taste homemade and are salted nicely." "Light, crisp, mild but good flavor. Too thin for dipping, though."
Tostitos Restaurant-Style White Corn, $3.99/13 oz
"The chip many of us grew up
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Powerful Combination #1: Chickpeas + Citrus Dressing
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Recipe idea: Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Carrots
1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and drained
2 large garlic cloves, 1 thinly sliced
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup strained tomatoes or plain tomato sauce
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
1. In a large saucepan, cover the chickpeas with 2 quarts of water.
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New York City: Co.
Signature Item: Popeye (with pecorino, Gruyère, mozzarella, spinach, black pepper and garlic).
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Chicken and Barley Stew with Dill and Lemon
Chicken and Barley Stew with Dill and Lemon
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