Guacamole is a favorite snack dip or accompaniment to a Mexican-themed meal in my household. I like making guacamole from scratch, using fresh avocados, ground cumin, diced onion and jalapeno pepper, minced fresh garlic, and a squirt of fresh lime juice. I’m also not above buying ready-made guacamole dip from the grocery store if I’m in a hurry or don’t have time to let avocados ripen on my kitchen counter for several days.
When I saw spicy guacamole-flavored tortilla chips during a recent shopping trip at Family Dollar, they caught my eye. Guacamole-flavored chips are no substitute for the real thing. But I thought they could be fun to try.
Eatz Spicy Guacamole Tortilla Chips cost $2.45 for an 11-ounce bag at the time of publication. These were sold alongside some cheesy Dorito knockoffs at Family Dollar.
These are produced by Midwood Brands, LLC, based in Chesapeake, Virginia. Midwood is the company behind all Family Dollar private label products.
Flavorings in these chips include onion powder, tomato powder, sugar, MSG, buttermilk solids, garlic powder, sour cream, and cayenne pepper sauce. They do contain artificial colors and flavors.
If you’re looking out for allergens, these chips contain milk.
One bag contains about 11 servings. A 1-ounce serving (about 14 chips) has 140 calories, 7 grams of total fat (9% DV), 1 gram of saturated fat (5% DV), 220 mg of sodium (10% DV), 18 grams of total carbohydrates (7% DV), and 1 gram of added sugars (1% DV).
So how do these taste? I was impressed by how flavorful they are. They do a good job of capturing the essence of the flavor of real guacamole, with hints of avocado, garlic, onion, and pepper. I’ve tried some guacamole-style tortilla chips from other retailers such as Aldi in the past, and they weren’t this flavorful.
These Family Dollar chips are also spicy, as they imply in their name. They fall somewhere below the spice level of Takis chips. My teenager, who is a huge fan of Takis, loved these Family Dollar guacamole chips because of their spicy zing. I don’t typically like very spicy foods, and this is on the upper end of what I can tolerate, but I like these chips and happily ate my share out of the bag. But I recommend keeping a glass of water or milk nearby.
Eatz Spicy Guacamole Tortilla Chips have more of an authentic guacamole flavor than I expected, and I like their taste. They’re also quite spicy, though, so buyer beware.