Rebecca Webb Carranza passed away in mid January, but is remembered for pioneering the machine-manufacture of tortillas in the late 1940s. When once tortillas were made by hand, Carranza's El Zarape Tortilla Factory was pumping them out more than 12 times faster. Sometimes, the machines were turn out slightly misshapen tortillas. Carranza cut her factory-rejected tortillas into wedges and deep-fried them for a party. Thus, the tortilla chip was born.
By the 1960s, the tortilla chips were being made and sold commercially. Thank you for inventing one of my all-time favorite snacks, Rebecca!
[Photo: LA Times]