Specially Selected Mango Chili Flavored Tortilla Strips with Chia Seeds

Aldi is quickly becoming my go-to place for finding new things to try. They have a knack for creating items that make me do a double-take, and then put said things into my cart. Like these chips. Mango and chili sounds like a great salsa flavor – and it is, I’ve made salsa with those ingredients – but as a chip/strips flavor? Seems like a great idea poorly executed. I couldn’t have been more wrong. These chips/strips/crunchy things are tasty and deserve a spot alongside your lunch main course. Or beside your beverage of choice and some nice guacamole.

These strips (FINE)  are about the size of half a tongue depressor. What? I’m not wrong. I’ve placed these tidbits onto my tongue in whole pieces just to test that theory. And to let the flavors hit those buds full-force. The blend of sweet mango and tasty chili is blended so well I’d be hard pressed to tell you which flavor hits first. So I won’t. They just blend almost seamlessly. The corn and chia seeds give a nice background taste that takes over once the dusting of flavors dissipates. It’s a light crispy tidbit that feels substantial thanks to the chewy chia seeds. I’m actually happy that these strips are so light and airy; typically carby items with chia seeds added are heavy things that take a good amount of jaw force to crunch into. But these are positively airy. Be warned though; they’re so light that you may find yourself emptying half the bag before you know it. Best to parcel them out to yourself. Trust me.

And they’re gluten free, for folks who need to be aware of that. So they’ve got that going for them, along with the tasty, tasty goodness. Seek ‘em out while they’re still available. They’re the right balance of weird and tasty. Weirsty? Tastird? You decide. I’m gonna have a few more of these chips.


Denise Kitashima Dutton has been a reviewer since 2003, and hopes to get the hang of things any moment now. She believes that bluegrass is not hell in music form, and that beer is better when it’s a nitro pour. Besides GMR, you can find her at Atomic Fangirl, Movie-Blogger.com, or at that end seat at the bar, multi-tasking with her Kindle.