Product: Beanitos Black Bean Chipotle BBQ Chips – $3.49+
Okay…I know you’re thinking it…because I thought it too.
Chips…made from beans?! Isn’t that usually reserved for…you know…potatoes, corn, or even rice?
The answer is…yes. And yes.
I was a huge skeptic about Beanitos chips. I admit it. I saw them on the gluten-free shelves at my various grocery stores and natural food stores and immediately turned my nose up at them. While I’m a huge fan of beans, the idea of chips made out of them just didn’t sound…right. At all.
And then I attended a gluten-free tasting fair at one of the natural food stores here in town and one of the samples they had out were Beanitos. Well…free samples are a good way to introduce a skeptic to something with the potential to be epic, yes? I hesitated at the dish…but finally picked up the little tongs and snagged one of the round chips. I turned it over in my hands, then, very tentatively took a bite. And…then another. And then I just popped the rest of it in my mouth. Huh. I hadn’t expected to like them. But…chips made from beans were actually quite tasty.
And for a couple weeks, that’s where I left it. I had tried them. Yes…they were good. But I didn’t purchase any. Probably due to the plethora of snacks I currently had kicking around in my pantry.
Until my local grocery store put almost the entire gluten-free section on closeout. And fearing that I was about to lose my gluten-free aisle…I snatched up everything that was marked down. Beanitos was one of the items on the markdown. So I grabbed a couple of bags. And this week, I opened up the bag to get a serving (1 ounce, or about 10 chips) to take to work with me for my afternoon snack. They were next up as far as snacks in order of expiration dates. The first flavor up was the Chipotle BBQ flavor.
Love. Seriously. Spicy without too much heat. They have a great chipotle and mesquite flavor. They have just enough to bring out the flavor without overwhelming your palate with spice. They were a bit salty, but the sodium level is low on the bag. So, it’s not horrible…just I’m so used to unsalted snacks. I couldn’t stop eating them. So it is a good thing I portion out my snacks because I would have been quite tempted to just devour them all. I also think they would go crazy-good with my homemade guacamole.
Beanitos are completely corn free, gluten free, and potato free. It is all made from beans and rice. And that makes for a heartier texture and a more solid chip. They are high in fiber and protein, which is a nice change. And, in addition, they are cholesterol free, trans fat free, non-GMO, and kosher. A serving is 140 calories and 7 grams of fat. Not bad for a chip. Not bad at all. They come in a bunch of different flavors and all of the chips are vegan except the cheddar cheese flavor. I mean…come on…these chips are made out of protein-packed beans!
Yes, I was a skeptic, but tasting made me a believer. Chips made from beans are actually quite delicious. I can’t wait to dive into another variety of them. I no longer fear Beanitos. I plan to keep them in my pantry!