With a seasonal salsa, of course.

By Jennifer Aldrich
September 27, 2019

In my humble opinion, there's one place that stands out from the rest when it comes to seasonal snacks (and many other delicious items, for that matter) and that, my friends, is Trader Joe's. Every fall, the grocery store releases a variety of products special to the season, and this year, one of those things is the Fall Leaf Tortilla Chips.

Now, before you go back to munching on your plain old tortilla chips, check out this festive bag. Unfortunately, no matter how much we wish, chips will never be considered super healthy—but at least these are made with real ingredients you can actually pronounce. According to the nutrition label, the ingredients are: white corn, sunflower oil, yellow corn, tomato powder, carrot powder, pumpkin powder, sea salt, beet powder, paprika, and lime. There are no artificial flavors or dyes here, and as the clever description notes, "Since nature is responsible for the stunning colors of the genuine fall article(s), we figured we’d let it be responsible for the stunning colors of TJ’s Fall Leaf Chips, too." The nutritional information is pretty similar to your standard tortilla chips. One serving size is about 16 chips, which is 130 calories. There are 14 servings per container.

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Of course, after eyeing a bag in my local store, I couldn't leave without it. Just looking at the bag fills you with that kind of feeling only autumn can inspire: cozy and content. Opening the bag was even better than just looking at it because I got my first waft and bite of the salty, crunchy goodness. They're not too thin, not too thick, and I'd describe them as a medium-sized chip. The crisps taste just like your good old fried tortilla (which is a very good thing), but they're so much more fun to eat. Every time you grab a handful, your hand is filled different types of leaves in oranges, yellows, and reds. Eating doesn't get much more entertaining than that.

Of course, tortilla chips are not meant to be eaten on their own—they're meant to be devoured with the dip of your choice. Keeping in theme, I chose to complement my chips with Trader Joe's Fall Harvest Salsa. The tomato-based salsa is slightly sweet thanks to the mix of pumpkins, apples, and butternut squash. Each product was tasty on its own, but the combination was a satisfying snack.

Both the bag of chips and the jar of salsa are available for $2.99 each, which is a pretty good deal if you ask me. Combine the two with a pumpkin spice latte and you've got yourself one festive fall menu.

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