6 Better-for-You Chips for Your Cinco de Mayo Dips

May 05, 2016

6 Better-for-You Chips for Your Cinco de Mayo Dips

You know what’s better than salty, crunchy, corny, fried tortilla chips? Pretty much anything, if you’re trying to eat well. This Cinco de Mayo, think about Cinco de Julio and swap out standard chips for ones that are toasty, tasty, and healthy. When summer comes, you will be grateful for the upgrade.

1. Perfect Circles

Sweet potatoes are so good for you. Loaded with fiber and Vitamin A, they’re completely addictive when you slice and bake them into colorful rounds perfectly sized for dipping. A good sharp knife and a steady hand will work well enough, but a mandolin will make the job much, much easier, with uniform slices that cook more evenly.

2. Naked Crunch

Raw-food aficionados don’t believe in heating any food above 115 degrees Fahrenheit, so they rely on food dehydrators to create crunchy munchies. One such munchie—raw corn tortilla chips—is especially fiesta friendly. The basic recipe is simple—raw corn blended with spices and seeds, spread out on a tray and dried out for up to 24 hours. (So they’re not for the last-minute get-together, obviously.) Serve with guacamole—it’s the original raw dip.

3. All Hail Kale

Kale is tres trendy, and you can make it cinco de scrumptious by misting it with olive and cilantro oil, salted, spiced, and baked to perfection. Sprinkle lightly with cotija cheese for an umami kick, and serve with a spread that’s on the thin side (kale chips don’t hold up to thick dips).

4. Three Pointers

Ain’t nothing like the real thing, amirite? Entertaining expert Julie Blanner thinks so, too. “I love baking soft tortillas.” To make an almost homemade version, Blanner brushes tortillas with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, tops them with sea salt, and then uses a pizza cutter to cut them into triangles (use a handheld cutter like OXO’s Clean Cut model for extra control and leverage). “Bake at 350 for six minutes; flip and bake an additional six minutes until crisp!”

5. Doritos®? Dor-Eat-These Instead

Not only have the snack savants at Forkandbeans.com come up with fantastic faux Doritos that are gluten-free and vegan, they come in not one but three different flavors: nacho cheese, spicy taco, and cool ranch. Hello! Along with the ingredients, you just need a high-powered blender to make sure the mixture is even. This Vitamix professional blender doesn’t mess around (and the color is red hot).

6. Cheese, Please

Carb cutters won’t be able to resist getting their dip on with lovely, lacy Parmesan crisps. Ridiculously easy to make, they require one ingredient—Parmesan cheese. Simply drop heaping tablespoons of cheese onto a baking sheet (leave a half-inch between), gently flatten a bit, and then bake until gorgeously golden (around 3 to 5 minutes). Use a silicone baking mat if you don’t want to end up with crusted-on, burned bits (which are actually sort of delicious, come to think of it).

The Last Resort

When in doubt, you can always serve a colorful array of fresh vegetables as substitutes for your favorite greasy go-to. That’s fun too, right? Right?

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