Let’s be honest, nothings better than diving into some chips and salsa, right? So can vegans eat tortilla chips?
The short answer is typically yes. Most of the time tortilla chips don’t contain any animal ingredients. Let's take a look at what corn chips usually do contain.
Most Common Ingredients Found in Tortilla Chips:
- Vegetable Oil
Simply put, tortilla chips contain just 3 ingredients. This means it's safe for vegans to indulge in any variety, be it white, blue, or red. But when in doubt, always double check the ingredients to be sure.
Now where you need to be a bit cautious is when eating flavored tortilla chips and when eating homemade tortilla chips out at restaurants.
Beware Flavored Tortilla Chips
Doritos are the most popular flavored tortilla chips out there, but unfortunately, almost all of the flavors contain dairy ingredients. Yes I know, it's a bummer but while most flavors are off limits, there are two versions of Doritos chips that are suitable for vegans:
- Spicy Sweet Chili Flavored Tortilla Chips
- Toasted Corn Tortilla Chips
On the other hand, Takis is another well-known flavored tortilla chip brand that has more vegan options than Doritos. The four vegan Takis flavors are:
- Salsa Brava
Beware of Non-Vegan Tortilla Chips At Restaurants
Another thing you need to be aware of is that tortilla chips served at Mexican restaurants may not always be vegan. Typically, tortilla chips will be deep fried in oil and are thus safe to eat for vegans. However, some restaurants may deep fry their chips in lard. Even though it's rather uncommon, it's something to be aware of and perhaps inquire about when dining out.
Best Vegan Tortilla Chips Brands
If you're wondering what brands of tortilla chips are vegan, I've got you covered. I'm going to share my favorite vegan tortilla chips with you for easy snacking. The following chips can all be ordered off Amazon for convenience but can also easily be found in grocery stores.
365 Everyday Value, Organic White Corn Tortilla Chips
Ingredients: Organic Stone Ground White Corn, Organic Expeller Pressed Oil (Organic Sunflower Seed, Organic Safflower Seed, and/or Organic Canola Oil, Sea Salt.
Tostitos Crispy Rounds Tortilla Chips
Ingredients: Corn, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola and/or Sunflower Oil), and Salt.
Garden of Eatin' Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Ingredients: Organic Blue Corn, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil and/or Safflower Oil and/or Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt.
Lastly, making your own tortilla chips at home is so easy, you only need 3 ingredients. Check out this recipe to get started.