Jose Martinez: The inventor of tortilla chips. Martinez originally mass-produced masa, meaning “dough” in Spanish, which is what tortillas are made out of. He found himself with too much masa, so he decided to cut it up and toast the dough pieces into chips.
Hilum: The part of the corn kernel that seals the base and draws in water and other nutrients for the growth process. Once the kernels detach from the cob, the hilum remains as a type of scar from where it was connected. See little black spots on your tortilla chip? It’s the hilum.
765 pounds: The amount of tortilla chips in the Guinness World Record’s largest serving of nachos. Crafted in Kansas, the heaping pile of nachos also contained 405 pounds of salsa, 323 pounds of tomato, 918 pounds of meat and beans, and more than 2,200 pounds of cheese.
Texas: Tortilla chips and salsa were named the official state snack of Texas in 2003. The idea was proposed by a group of elementary school students who thought Texas needed a snack to go alongside its state pepper (jalapeno) and state dish (chili).
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