While chips and salsa are a match made in heaven, sometimes you crave something new. Or maybe you’re looking for a healthier option so you can keep eating salsa without the guilt. Believe it or not, some people don’t count chips and salsa as a real meal! Luckily, there are plenty of alternative delivery vehicles to bring salsa from the jar to your mouth.
From Sunday football games to gatherings with friends and family, salsa is the perfect snack for sharing. No matter your reason, there are plenty of ways to keep eating salsa without tortilla chips. The best substitutes are crunchy, salty, and pair perfectly with the flavors of your favorite salsa. Keep reading to discover our picks for the 5 best chip alternatives.
Veggie chips bring a lot to the table, especially when dipped in salsa. They offer crispiness and saltiness just like tortilla chips but with more nutritional benefits. Have any leftover vegetables hiding in the fridge? Veggie chips are a perfect way to use them up and eat salsa in a healthier way.
Making veggie chips couldn’t be easier. First choose your favorite vegetable, whether that’s sweet potatoes, beets, zucchini, or kale. Using a sweeter vegetable like sweet potato is a great way to compliment the acidity of salsa. Slice them up thin and stick the veggies in the oven to crisp them up to the perfect texture. Once they come out of the oven, your homemade veggie chips are ready to be dipped into salsa.
Feeling lazy? Your local grocery store will sell veggie chips, from snap pea crisps to plantain chips. They taste delicious, contain low levels of calories and carbs, and best of all, you don’t even have to prepare them yourself!
Celery, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and bell peppers are all great options for dipping into salsa. These raw vegetables bring a nice freshness, complimenting the flavors of salsa well. Along with a good crunch, you can’t get much healthier than raw vegetables and salsa. Slicing your veggies into 3-inch sticks makes it even easier to scoop the perfect amount of salsa. We recommend pairing your raw vegetables and salsa with sour cream for an even tastier snack.
If you run out of tortilla chips, try pairing salsa with your favorite crackers. Saltines, Ritz, or Triscuits offer the ideal saltiness and crunch factor to handle the intense flavors of salsa. Crackers and salsa are sure to be a hit at any gathering, small or large. Be on the lookout for lower sodium varieties if you’re aiming for a healthier tortilla chip alternative.
Crackers make a tasty delivery vehicle for salsa that’s comparable to any tortilla chip. It may be easier to use a spoon to scoop to avoid losing your cracker to the jar of salsa. In addition, we recommend pairing slices of cheese with crackers and salsa for a richer flavor.
If you’re looking to replace chips, why not choose one made entirely of cheese? Cheese crisps can be made easily by baking shredded cheese for 20 minutes, or until visibly crispy. Once cut into triangles, these chip alternatives are ready for dipping into your favorite jar of salsa. Cheese crisps are sure to be a hit at parties, satisfying both the foodies and health-conscious.
For a burst of flavor, we recommend using cheddar or a 4 cheese Mexican blend. The great thing about cheese crisps is that they can be made keto and low carb based on the type of cheese used. The cheesy composition has additional benefits such as pairing well with salsa and quenching your desire for tortilla chips. Who needs chips when you have cheesy, salty, crispy goodness?
Not all of our chip alternatives can be healthy. This substitute is for those looking to switch it up from their regular nachos and salsa. Tater tots are crispy, greasy, and bite-sized, perfect for a tailgate or hanging out with friends. These morsels of deliciousness are the star of the show alongside your favorite salsa. If you can handle them, other toppings can be added including sour cream, guacamole, cheese, and roasted meat. The tanginess of the salsa helps cut through all the fattiness and compliments the tater tots.
Whether you’re looking for a snack with a good crunch or one that allows you to scoop up as much salsa as possible, there is a chip alternative for you. Veggie chips, raw vegetables, crackers, cheese crisps, and tater tots each bring different tastes and textures to the table.
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