Important Note: When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Content, pricing, offers and availability are subject to change at any time - more info.
Do you love dipping a salty, crunchy tortilla chip into a creamy cheese sauce or guacamole dip? I can never turn down a serving of nachos, and I’ve been known to eat entire bags on my own. I thought I’d better find out exactly how much my tortilla chip bags really cost me.
Tortilla chip costs vary depending on the brand, from as little as $2.70 for 20oz to $19.89 for 14oz. While preparation methods and ingredients affect calories, 1 ounce (28 grams) of corn tortilla chips is roughly 140 calories. A single one-ounce serving is about seven to eight chips.
How much a bag of tortilla chips costs will depend on the brand and the size of the bag. I’ll look at the cost of the different size bags and give you calorie calculations. By comparing the brands and their ingredients, you can decide which tortilla chips are the best choice.
How Much Is A Bag Of Tortilla Chips?
A large serving bag of tortilla chips made from white corn is a 7/12 oz package (about 212.6 grams), serving up a whopping 1039 calories!
From that, we can break it down to 49.76g of fat (42%), 139.13g of carbs (52%), and 16.59g of protein (6%).
We can make this a healthier snack by choosing low-fat, baked tortilla chips instead, which would bring down the numbers. And by not consuming the entire bag but choosing a single serving packet instead.
A single-serving bag of low-fat, baked tortilla chips is 1oz (28.4 grams) and only comes to 118 calories. Even if you ate a large serving bag (7.5oz), you would consume 885 calories.
In the single-serving bag, your tortilla chips would give you 1.62g of fat (12%), 22,68g of carbs (77%), and 3.12g of protein (11%).
These numbers are all averages, so I’ll compare the costs and calories across several well-known brands of tortilla chips.
I’ve listed the whole bag cost, calories, the number of servings first, and the single serving (approximately eight chips for most brands) costs below.
Xochitl Corn Tortilla Chips
We love these thin, crispy Xochitl Corn Tortilla Chips – they are light and thin, making them fantastic for snacking.
They are perfect for serving as a side with a toasted sandwich or light meal, but you’ll want to choose a thicker style of tortilla chips if you want to make nachos. Ingredients include stone ground white corn, palm oil and/or sunflower oil and/or canola oil, and/or cottonseed oil, lime, and sea salt.
|16-ounce bag (+- 16 servings)||$12.52||2,160|
|Serving size of 28g = 8 chips||$0.78||135|
Garden of Eatin’ Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips
Certified organic corn chips, these Garden of Eatin’ Tortilla Chips are made from yellow corn and are certified gluten-free. They are crunchy, plain, and salty, with no additional flavors. The chips are medium-thick, so they are a good choice for holding loads of cheese and toppings in an oven-baked nacho dish.
They’re also great for dipping because of their thickness. These were the lowest calorie traditional style Tortilla chips found, at 130 calories per serving.
|16-ounce bag (+- 16 servings)||$14.40||2,080|
|Serving size of 28g = 8 chips||$0.90||130|
Salted Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips, Whole Foods Market
These low-sodium, gluten-free, kosher Salted Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips are made from stone ground white corn, sunflower, safflower seed oil and/or canola, and sea salt. They are not baked
|14-ounce bag (+- 14 servings)||$19.89||1,960|
|Serving size of 28g = 8 chips||$1.42||140|
Calidad White Corn Tortilla Chips
A crunchy bag of tortilla chips packed with flavor — these Calidad White Corn Tortilla Chips are great for making nachos, scooping up cheese sauces, guacamole, Mexican Black Beans, and salsa.
Use them in seven-layer dips or as part of an authentic homemade Mexican meal. Ingredients include corn masa flour, water, vegetable oil (cottonseed, corn, and/or sunflower), and sea salt.
|12-ounce bag (+- 12 servings)||$10.00||1,680|
|Serving size of 28g = 8 chips||$0.92||140|
Happy Belly Restaurant Tortilla Chips
For low prices, look at the Amazon Brand Happy Belly Restaurant Tortilla Chips – large crispy chips but not quite as thick as a high-quality restaurant-style chip. Perfect for snacking and BBQs, with a good salty flavor.
If you want to make loaded nachos or need a thick, crunchy chip for dips, these might not do, but they are great value for money, and the bag is large. I recommend these for casual snacking. These are great budget chips and an excellent way to bring down costs.
Ingredients include ground white corn, vegetable oil (corn and/or sunflower and/or safflower, and/or canola oil), and salt.
|20-ounce bag (+- 12 servings)||$2.70||2,800|
|Serving size of 28g = 7 chips||$0.14||140|
Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips
These crunchy Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips are made from blue corn. These gluten-free chips include flaxseed and quinoa to give a nutty, healthy snack that is kosher, vegan, low-sodium, cholesterol free, and non-GMO.
These crunchy snacks also include multigrain, sweet potato, and black bean flavors. While they won’t taste exactly like tortilla chips, they’re a good choice if you’re looking for a multigrain alternative.
Ingredients include organic blue corn, high oleic sunflower oil and/or safflower oil and/or canola, brown rice flour, flax seed, sesame seed, sunflower seeds, sea salt, and quinoa.
|11-ounce bag (+- 11 servings)||$3.98||1,540|
|Serving size of 28g = 8 chips||$0.36||140|
Perfection Snacks Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips
These delicious, crispy tortilla chips are a pleasing yellow corn color and have just the right amount of sea salt. Perfect for dipping into guacamole or scooping up salsa, these tortilla chips are gluten-free and have no artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors.
The ingredients in Perfection Snacks Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips are yellow corn, sunflower oil, and sea salt.
|12-ounce bag (+- 12 servings)||$6.43 (pack of 3 – $19.29)||1,560|
|Serving size of 28g = 7 chips||$0.54||130|
Three Cheese for Nachos
While nachos will never be diet food, these tasty, crunchy snacks are perfect if you eat them in moderation. If you have gluten intolerance, corn tortilla chips are an excellent choice, be sure to buy a bag that only uses gluten-free ingredients like corn.
Choose thin crispy chips for casual snacking and thicker tortilla chips for loading with dips and toppings. Many tortilla chips are packed with extra salt, so look for low-sodium options if you’re worried about sodium intake.