Any kind of chip tastes better with a nice dip. Many people can’t eat their favorite fries without some ketchup. If you’ve heard about pita chips, then you must have wondered what to eat with pita chips. But before going into dips and side dishes, let us go through the basics of pita chips.
1. Pita Bread
This bread is essential to the existence of pita chips. It is the main ingredient required in the preparation of pita chips.
Firstly, cut the bread into thin triangles with a sharp knife. Fry it after seasoning. You can also bake it if you want. The resulting crispy pita triangles of savory goodness are what you call pita chips.
The easy cooking process makes these a perfect appetizer for those busy days.
2. Pita Chips
Generally, when we say chips, it is fried potato chips that come to mind. However, pita chips are different to the point that they are considered healthier. This is, sadly, not true.
Pita chips are usually made with pita bread made of all-purpose flour, which is not the healthiest option out there.
However, it is possible to make a healthier version of pita chips. You can do this by opting to make pita chips at home. This way, you can use whole wheat flour for the preparation.
However, you can also bake the chips instead of frying them. Baking uses very little oil compared to frying, and thus, it decreases the fat and caloric content.
Using olive oil to coat the chips before baking is also an amazing option. Extra virgin olive oil, as a rich source of monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, provides greater health benefits compared to other oils.
Homemade pita chips are the clear winner when it comes to health. Their recipe is also fairly easy to follow. Once you’ve completed the cooking process, you can store them in an airtight container. It will be fresh for at least a week.
3. What to Eat With Pita Chips?
As a savory bite, pita chips turn into filling snacks when accompanied by delectable side dishes or dips. Here is a list of some personal favorite dips.
With its main ingredient as tomatoes, salsa packs a tangy taste which goes perfectly with the subtle pita chips. Other ingredients of salsa, such as chilies and spices, can be adjusted to moderate the spice level.
Salsa’s tangy flavor adds a nice twist to pita chips. There are many other different types of salsa, and you can easily find their recipes online.
If you’re a fan of Mexican cuisine, you are going to love this combination.
3.2 Pineapple Salsa
Spicy jalapenos and citrusy cilantro nicely balance the sweetness of pineapple in this tropical delicacy. Both sweet and savory, pineapple salsa packs a flavored punch into your mouth.
These strong flavors go nicely with the simple and subtle taste of crunchy pita chips.
3.3 Cucumber Raita
Cucumber raita is a crunchy and creamy dip made of yogurt, fresh herbs and spices, and obviously, cucumbers. The cooling flavors of this cold Indian yogurt-based dip pair nicely with homemade pita chips seasoned with hot spices.
The presence of cucumbers and yogurt makes this dip a low-caloric, healthy affair.
Moreover, the prep time is incredibly low, making this an easy recipe.
3.4 Spinach Artichoke Dip
Spinach artichoke dip is made of spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese, mayonnaise, and garlic. It is a cheesy, creamy piece of goodness made nutritious by the vegetables in it. The crispiness of pita chips is balanced beautifully by this baked creamy dip.
Here is a personal favorite recipe for you to follow.
Cooked chickpeas and tahini are at the base of a classic hummus recipe. All the ingredients are given a good mix in the blender until it is a smooth paste. Along with olive oil, fresh garlic, and lemon juice tie this smooth blended mix together to give it some tangy flavors.
The Mediterranean flavors of a classic hummus combined with crispy golden brown pita chips make for an appetizing bite. As an amazing source of plant protein, chickpeas make hummus a refreshingly nutritious snack.
3.6 Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Roasted red pepper hummus uses all the same ingredients as the recipes for classic hummus do, except for one. As the name suggests, it is roasted red peppers. The addition of our star ingredient – the roasted red peppers to a traditional hummus dip makes it a hot, flavorful snack.
If you have nothing to eat but a bland vegetable, use this side dish for a burst of flavor in your mouth.
If you’re a fan of smoky flavors, pair your pita chips with this side dish. The fiery flavor of roasted red pepper hummus is balanced nicely by the mild pita chips.
Zhoug is a spicy dip that gets its spicy flavor from jalapenos. Herbs like cilantro and parsley give this sauce a heavenly fragrance.
Add this Middle Eastern sauce as a thick dip to your pita chips. This will turn simple pita chips into a combination of unique yet delicious flavors.
3.8 Whipped Feta Dip
Feta cheese is the leading lady of this beautiful affair you call a feta dip.
This dip is made by blending feta cheese, cream cheese, and lemon zest. You can add herbs and spices once it is a smooth cream. You can also add them while your main ingredients are being blended.
Serve this with pita chips or any other crispy chips that complement this creamy dip.
3.9 Greek Yogurt
This is a versatile side dish. You can add fruits like blueberries and strawberries for sweet flavors.
When you want to serve Greek yogurt as a side dish to pita chips, sprinkle some herbs and spices like oregano and black chili powder. The creamy texture of yogurt goes perfectly with your crispy homemade pita chips, making it a delicious appetizer.
The star of guacamole is avocado which gives this dip a buttery taste. Veggies like tomatoes and onions are also some of the main ingredients. All these ingredients are beautifully tied together with lime juice.
Herbs and spices like cayenne pepper, garlic, and cilantro make this an aromatic delicacy. With their crunchiness, pita chips charmingly contrast the thick buttery texture of guacamole.
You can also sprinkle some red chili flakes on top for a spicier dip.
4. How to Use Pita Chips as a Complementary Dish?
Now that you know the various side dishes and dips you can add to pita chips, you should also know about what meals you can add these yummy bites to.
The next time you go get a burger at a restaurant, consider switching your classic side fries with pita chips. They are just as crispy, but much healthier. You might not find this as delicious, but it is worth trying.
You can also add pita chips between your burgers for that extra crunch.
When you are bored of the regular salad dressings, you can crush some pita chips. Add them to your salad when you serve it. These chips do not take away from the nutritiousness of your salad, but they do add a crispy twist to the soft vegetables.
For an even healthier and delicious salad, add one of the healthy dips you read about earlier in this article. Something like roasted red pepper hummus will make a bland salad flavorful.
4.3 Cheese Platter
When you want to wow people at your home parties, prepare a nice cheese platter. For a more classic look, choose a round board. Go for a rectangular board for a sleek, modern design.
Add different types of cheese, and to add some variety, present them differently too. Cut one of the cheese into cubes, another in slices, and leave some as it is.
Serve some fruits and veggies for some nutrition. Using colorful veggies like bright red tomatoes will make for a more aesthetically pleasing presentation. Maybe add some olives. Add some bread as well.
Instead of regular crackers or some other snacks, whip up some of your homemade pita chips. After all, those are healthier. They also boast of this crispiness that aligns perfectly with the creamy texture of cheese. This switch will be a crowd-pleaser at your parties.
On the cheese board, serve the pita chips alongside creamy dips that you now know all about.
5. Conclusion: What to Eat With Pita Chips?
Pita chips are a flexible snack that can be eaten with a lot of dips whether it be cucumber raita or feta cheese dip.
When you serve pita chips with different side dishes, the already yummy pita triangles become even yummier.
Pita chips can even be added to many different meals for a filling combination of unique meals.
As an avid reader, Ruchi Meghwal loves to discuss and write about books even more than she loves reading them. Driven by the emotions elicited by her favourite fictional characters and daydreams, she has always been passionate, to the point that she started writing poetry at the age of 16.
As a 22 year old, with a bachelors degree in Psychology in her hand, she has redirected most of her passion towards becoming a mental health professional.