Corn Chips? Really?


Corn tortilla chips, particularly flavored tortilla chips, have been the crunch of choice for the Taco Salad since the 1960’s, however the first Taco Salads (called TaCups, and sold in 1955 at Casa de Fritos in Disneyland), were served with corn chips.

Without the commercial availability of the seasoned tortilla chip, the Taco Salad may never have become a popular household staple meal.


Fritos Company Founded

Fritos Company Founded

In 1932, Charles Elmer Doolin makes the first Corn Chips and founds the Frito Company.


Tortilla Chips Popularized

Tortilla Chips Popularized

In the 1940’s by Rebecca Webb Carranza  who made use of misshapen, rejected tortillas.


Taco Salad on the Menu

Taco Salad on the Menu

In 1955, “Tacups,” ancestor to the Taco Salad, are on the menu at Casa de Fritos in Disneyland.


Doritos Invented

Doritos Invented

In the early 1960’s, Casa de Fritos added seasoning to surplus tortillas, and Doritos were born.

Taco Salad Chips

Rather than keep an inclusive list of allowed taco salad chips, we provide examples of the most common and classic varieties, as well as a list of absolutely forbidden chips.

The Classics

  • Tortilla Chips

  • Seasoned Tortilla Chips

  • Corn Chips

The Forbidden

  • Flour Tortilla Chips

  • Potato Chips

  • Sun Chips