A totopo or tortilla chips is a tortilla made with yellow or white corn that is toasted until it remains crispy. The term can also be used synonymously with Nacho, which is a piece of corn tortilla fried and triangular in shape.
The chips, in this way, can be toasted or fried. its size It is variable, since the tortilla is fragmented into pieces that can have different dimensions.
The origin of the chips is remote. Pre-Hispanic peoples already made corn tortillas that they toasted in the discs of mud known as comales, especially in the current region of Oaxaca. The term comes from Nahuatl totopochtli, which can be translated as “toasted”.
Today, however, tortilla chips are usually fried. They can be made in a handcrafted and even at the level homelike, although there are also industrially and they are sold vacuum packed.
It is believed that the first chips had a diameter that exceeded 30 centimeters. These days they are usually much smaller, up to about 3 centimeters in diameter.
In general, chips are consumed as a snack (that is, of appetizer). It is usual to accompany them with guacamole (based on avocado or avocado, chili, tomato and onion), although they can be ingested with other sauces.
Tortilla chips are also eaten with Beans. Another possibility is to use them to prepare Chilaquiles, a dish that consists of boiling a spicy sauce made with chilies where the chips are cooked.
It is important to bear in mind that the way of preparing tortilla chips varies according to the area. That is why it is possible to find various ingredients and prescriptions.