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Texas State Snack
Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Adopted on June 22, 2003.
Students want tortilla chips and salsa named Official Texas State Snack. Amid a slew of bills addressing conservative social reform, one South Texas lawmaker was thinking about snacking.
State Rep. Kino Flores, on the second day of filing bills to be addressed during the upcoming legislative session, filed House Concurrent Resolution No. 16 to make tortilla chips and salsa the official state snack. The move comes after some second-grade students at Leo Marcell Elementary School in Mission decided Texas needed a state snack. They went to Flores, D-Mission, with their idea. Tortilla chips and salsa became the official state snack when Governor Rick Perry signed House Concurrent Resolution No. 16 on June 22, 2003.
Texas State Snack: Tortilla Chips and Salsa
A tortilla chip is a snack food made from corn tortillas, which are cut into wedges and then fried—or baked(alternatively they may be discs pressed out of corn masa then fried or baked). Corn tortillas are made of corn, vegetable oil, salt and water. Although first mass-produced in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, tortilla chips were always considered to be a Mexican food, known as tostados. Though usually made of yellow corn, they can also be made of white, blue, or red corn.
The triangle shaped tortilla chip was popularized by Rebecca Webb Carranza as a way to make use of misshapen tortillas rejected from the automated tortilla manufacturing machine that she and her husband used at their Mexican delicatessen and tortilla factory in southwest Los Angeles. Carranza found that the discarded tortillas, cut into triangles and fried, were a popular snack, and she sold them for a dime a bag at the El Zarape Tortilla Factory. In 1994, Carranza received the Golden Tortilla award for her contribution to the Mexican food industry.
Salsa is the Spanish term for sauce, it also comes from spanish roots, and in English-speaking countries usually refers to the sauces typical of Mexican cuisine, particularly those used as dips. They are often tomato-based, although many are not, and they are typically piquant, ranging from extremely hot to not hot at all.
House Concurrent Resolution No. 16, 78th Legislature, Regular Session (2003) 78R287 MMS-D
By: Flores H.C.R. No. 16
Tortilla chips and salsa was named the official state snack of of Texas by House Concurrent Resolution and is not, therefore, listed in the Texas Statutes.
List of official U.S. state foods. It includes everything from drinks, deserts, cookies, and muffins to complete meals.