Tostilocos

Tostilocos is a delicious, versatile, and fun Mexican snack that is perfect for parties and game days. It features a platter with layers of corn chips, salty snacks, sweet treats, and fruit drizzled with lime juice and hot sauce.

A platter with tostilocos and various ingredients scattered.

This is one of the most commonly found and versatile snack options in Mexico. It is also one the most loved street food from everyone, kids included! 

What are tostilocos?

The name tostilocos comes from two words: Tostitos, a famous Mexican brand of tortilla chips, and the Spanish word “loco”, which means “crazy”. So, tostilocos means crazy tortilla chips.

Despite its fame, the history of this snack is not very old. It came into the light in the 1990s in Tijuana, Mexico.

It is said that the mastermind behind this utterly simple, yet amazingly, tasteful recipe was Javier Rodríguez and that his recipe became so popular that it made him win many culinary awards as well.

The original recipe consisted of ingredients like tortilla chips, cucumber, cueritos (pickled pork rinds), rueditas, jícama, Japanese peanuts, chamoy, lime juice, and hot sauce.

In Mexico, you can find this snack at many street food carts where the owner will just open lengthwise a bag of tostitos and prepare them with the ingredients you prefer.

Tostilocos placed on a plate with some lime wedges.

Today, you can easily make this amazing Mexican snack at home. All you need is a bag of Tostitos chips (or other corn chips) and a few ingredients of your choice.

Ingredient breakdown and substitutes

Here is a perfectly easy and tasteful tostilocos recipe that is very close to the traditional one. We will share some substitute ideas for your convenience as well:

  • Plain Tostitos: the main ingredient of this snack are the Tostitos. You can either use plain Tostitos or flavored ones as well. Sabritas is a famous Tostitos brand that is commonly used for this dish. However, if you can’t find that use any type of corn chips, even homemade!
  • Takis Fuego chips: These are flavoured chips made from corn and perfect for adding texture and flavour; you can replace Takis Fuego with other spicy chips like cheetos, fritos, etc.
  • Tamarind Mexican candies: These are delicious candies made with tamarind pulp, sugar, chilli and salt. As a result, you get sweet, spicy, salty and tart flavour all at once. The most popular tamarin candies include the Pulparindo brand. However, if you don’t find these, you can use dried fruit like mango, apricots, and even raisins!
Mexican snacks, chips, salsas, candies and tostitos displayed and labeled.
  • Japanese peanuts: Japanese peanuts, aka cracker nuts are delicious and crunchy. They are peanuts coated with flour dough and deep-fried. If you don’t want to use Japanese peanuts, you can use regular peanuts or even spicy ones.
  • Hot salsa: Use any Mexican hot salsa brand you prefer, or make our Valentina copycat recipe.
  • Chamoy salsa: Chamoy is a delicious sweet and sour condiment that goes well with so many things. It is made with apricot, plums or mango. 
  • Tajín powder: It is a famous Mexican spice mix made from dehydrated lime, dried chili, and salt. It has a unique spicy and tangy flavour. Any chili powder works fine for this recipe too.
Fruit to make tostilocos labeled.
  • Mango: Fresh, juicy, sweet and delicious mangos cut into chunk add flavour and freshness to the dish. Nice replacements are: strawberries, kiwi and/or pineapple.
  • Cucumber: Chopped cucumbers also brings freshness to the dish. Cucumber has a clean taste and a crunch that everyone loves and it also helps with the spiciness.
  • Jícama: Jícama is another super healthy ingredient but is not easy to find outside Mexico. Replace with: Daikon, pears or apples.
  • Lime: No Mexican savory snack is complete without juice from freshly squeezed limes. You can use lemon instead as well.

How To Make Tostilocos

  • Prepare your vegetables and fruit by washing, peeling, and cutting everything un small cubes.
  • Gather all your ingredients like chips, salsas, limes, etc.
  • Arrange Tostitos on a large serving platter.
  • Make a layer with the fruit on top of corn chips.
  • Then add Tamarind candies, Takis chips, and Japanese peanuts.
  • Drizzle with hot salsa, lime juice, and Chamoy salsa (you can also use only one kind of salsa).
  • Sprinkle with Tajín powder and serve immediately.
Tostilocos chips on a platter.

Feeling creative?

There are several ways you can make this snack. It is all about the combination of different textures and flavors.

And because this recipe is pretty much customizable to your liking and ingredients available. Here are some suggestions to add:

Can be made ahead?

Not really. Tostilocos can get soggy very fast due to the salsas and other wet ingredients like cueritos and fruit. So, the best you can do is to eat them right away. Or prep everything as suggested below.

Prep for your party

Want to serve those tostitos locos for a game day or a party? Here is what you can do:

  • In the morning, cut the fruit and place it in separated containers. Store in the fridge.
  • 1 hour before your guests arrive, place the chips and peanuts in different bowls.
  • Cut limes in half or quarters and place them in a separate bowl.
  • Arrange the sweet snacks in a medium bowl.
  • Transfer the fruit into bowls.
  • Last, arrange everything in a table where your guest can easily access.
  • Place some disposable plates and napkins near to everything.
  • Let your guests have fun making their own tostilocos!

Watch How To Make Tostitos Locos

More Mexican Snacks

  • Pepinos Locos – Cucumbers cups filled with fruit, chips and drizzled with salsa. Best party snack ever!
  • Mexican fruit cups – A healthy snack that you can customize for everybody.
  • Sandía Loca – Super fun and colorful, watermelon shell is used as a bowl filled with fruit salad, candies and salty snacks.
Tostilocos recipe.

Tostilocos: Mexican snack

PREP 10 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 4
Author: Maricruz

Ingredients 

  • 3 small bags of plain Tostitos (3 oz each)
  • 1 small bag Takis fuego chips (2.5 oz)
  • ¼ cup tamarind Mexican candies (pulparindo or other kind)
  • 1 cup mango (chopped)
  • 1 large cucumber (chopped)
  • 1 cup jicama (chopped)
  • 1 cup Japanese peanuts (Japanese peanuts)
  • hot salsa (as needed)
  • Chamoy salsa (as needed)
  • Tajín powder (as needed)
  • 1 lime (juice)

Instructions

  • Arrange Tostitos on a large serving platter.
  • Place fruit on top.
  • Add Tamarind candies, Takis chips and Japanese peanuts.
  • Drizzle with hot salsa, lime juice and Chamoy salsa (you can also use only one kind of salsa).
  • Sprinkle with Tajín powder and serve immediately.
Nutrition
Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 514IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I didn’t know this snack was called tostilocos. We had it last year in a trip we did to Tijuana and it was delicious! Definitely something I haven’t had before.