Tostilocos are tasty and popular Mexican antojitos.
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Antojitos (or “little cravings”) are fun snacks sold by street vendors and at small shops.
Named after a combination of Tostitos (a tortilla chip brand) and the Spanish word for crazy, or “loco.”
In short, “crazy chips.”
Mexicans will agree… The crazier, the better!
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Tostitos: Use the Salsa Verde Chips. Some street vendors will use Doritos chips instead. In that case, they are called “Dorilocos.”
Tajin: For a spicier version, use ground chile de arbol.
The Jicama will provide crunch.
Cucumber is cool and light.
Chamoy: Any chamoy brand is fine to use.
Japanese-Style Peanuts: Or you can use any kind of nuts – peanuts, almonds, cashew, etc.
Cueritos: Pickled pork skin is tangy and delicious. Omit for a completely vegan recipe.
Cueritos, or Pickled Pork Skins, can be hard to find. If you can’t find them at your local store, you can buy cueritos online.
You might also see tamarind candies, mango, churritos, and more.
Instead of chile powder, some people will use hot sauce like Valentina or Tapatio.
The variations are endless.
Another popular version is Tostielotes – Tostitos topped with Mexican Street Corn.
How to Assemble:
- Add a layer of the salsa verde chips.
- Top with the remaining toppings.
There are many Mexican recipes that include basic ingredients turned into “loco” combinations.
A blend of flavors turned into an appetizing and flavorsome snack authentic to Mexico.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you pronounce Tostilocos?
What do Tostilocos taste like?
It’s spicy but sweet and has different textures. From the cool cucumber to the sweet chamoy sauce, you also get bites of crunchy jicama and yummy tortilla chips. The combination may sound weird, but it works!
Who invented Tostilocos?
Tostilocos were invented in Tijuana, Baja California by Javier Rodríguez in the 1990s.
Other Mexican Antojitos:
Tostilocos is a blend of flavors that are truly unique and insanely addicting. Add all your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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- Add a layer of Tostitos chips.
- Top with the remaining ingredients.
- Add as much of the toppings or as little as you like.
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