Lundberg Nacho Cheese Rice Chips (A Queso The Munchies)
Shawn is the mastermind behind eat!drink!snack! He eats, drinks, rambles and has absolutely no problem with being your snack monkey. In this column, A Queso The Munchies, Shawn will be reviewing any and every snack he can find that’s deemed “Nacho” or nacho-related. He was a judge at Salsa Slam and wrote up a glowing review.
On our last episode of A Queso the Munchies, we looked at a tasty nacho cheese-flavored tortilla chip made from a mix of rice & corn. This week, we’ve got another of the same sort of chip with Lundberg Family Farms’ Nacho Cheese Rice Chips. They’re made by a company in Northern California that started out as a rice farm way back in 1937 and went on to become the first U.S. farm to produce organic rice. These days, they mostly make organic rice-based products, including rice cakes & rice chips, of which they make at least a half dozen flavors. They haven’t bothered to put the Nacho Cheese ones on their website yet though. Whaddup wit dat, Lundy? What other flavors are you hiding from us?
Nacho cheese? More like “not yo cheese!” They’re horribly bland and although they’ve got the basic nacho snack ingredients—Cheddar cheese and a bunch of powders (onion, tomato, green bell pepper & jalapeno)—you can barely taste the flavoring, especially when it comes to the powders. I even tried tearing the bag lengthwise & running my sexy tongue along the inside of it, but I still came up empty. What little flavor they have is all about the cheese, but even that’s as yawntastic as watching non-Irish folk get drunk on St. Patrick’s Day.
While they’re not very nacho-like, the back of the bag does suggest that they might make a nice alternative nacho chip. I agree. With the brown rice, they’re firm & crunchy and topping them with a bunch of flavorful nacho toppings could only help. Other than that, I just couldn’t see why you’d pick them over any other brown rice chip out there.
Sorry, Lundy. Way to pioneer organically farmed rice though.