By/ Last Modified On July 2, 2023
Crispy, crunchy, greasy, salty. Chips are one of the biggest crowd-pleasers, showing up at barbecues, birthday celebrations, and an endless array of parties.
But if you’ve got celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, you need to be cautious before munching and snacking. From potato to corn to alternative starches, this article is written to help you find gluten-free chips that are as safe as they are delicious.
How to Find Gluten-Free Chips
Vegetables, oil, and salt: Based on a typical ingredient list, you should be able to eat most salted chips, right? Not necessarily. If you have celiac disease, you’ll also need to ensure that the production process removes the risk of cross-contamination.
In addition to checking the ingredient list, you can determine whether you’re holding a safe-to-eat food by checking for a gluten-free label.
So what chips are gluten-free? Everything on our GF chips list has been double-checked for maximum safety and deliciousness.
Our Favorite Gluten-Free Potato Chip Brands
We’re starting with tried-and-true potato chips. Whether you like ‘em kettle-cooked or cut into shoestrings, there’s an option for everyone.
In the mood for French fries? Check out our gluten-free french fries recipe.
Over the past decade, Kettle Brand Potato Chips have become one of the most popular gluten-free chip brands in the US. With an incredible crunch – thanks to individual batch-frying – they’re certified by the gluten-free certification organization (GFCO). We appreciate that their facilities are free of peanuts and tree nuts, too.
Our top GF chip picks include:
- Backyard Barbecue
- Dill Pickle
- Honey Dijon
- Sea Salt & Vinegar
One of the unsung heroes of snack foods is Utz. Started over a century ago, this family-owned company provides some incredible potato products, like their trademark Shoestring Potato Snacks. These are thinly sliced, incredibly crisp treats that come in a cute li’l canister.
If we’re going to talk about Utz, we’d be remiss not to mention their wide range of fantastic flavors:
- Maui BBQ
- Carolina Barbecue
- Salt & Pepper
- Onion & Garlic
- Crab (they’re a Maryland brand, after all)
- Dill Pickle
- Buttermilk Ranch
Easily the most famous brand on our list, we couldn’t forget about Lay’s Potato Chips. While we can’t name all of their chips that are gluten-free (we’d be here a while), some of our favorites include bestsellers like:
- Baked Lay’s Barbecue
- STAX® Chile Limón
- Lightly Salted
- Wavy Original
- Simply Sea Salted Thick-Cut
Potatoes have their imperfections – but it doesn’t make them any less delicious! Uglies Kettle Chips are GMO-free, gluten-free, and kosher products cooked in small batches. With the crispiest texture possible, try them in flavors like Cheddar & Sour Cream, Salt & Vinegar, and Ranch.
You’ve probably seen packages of Terra products at natural food stores. They’re definitely worth a purchase. I’m kind of obsessed with the Terra Exotic Potato Chips. Packed with sweet, blue, and Yukon potatoes, each bite contains multiple textures, flavors, and a light dusting of sea salt.
Our Favorite Corn Chips
There’s no shortage of delicious gluten-free snacks in the world. What sort of food site would we be if we didn’t mention our favorite GF tortilla chips?
On the Border Tortilla Chips
For chips and salsa, one of my family’s personal favorites is On the Border. Produced by Utz, you can count on a gluten-free snacking experience. Flaky and crispy yet solid enough to scoop queso, this product appeals to everyone (no small feat!).
There’s something so mouth-watering about a bag of Fritos. While some of the flavors are definitely not safe for a gluten-free diet, Frito-Lay states that Fritos Original Corn Chips are. So go ahead and make that “walking taco.” As long as you’re using gluten-free taco seasoning, you should be good to go!
Are Doritos gluten-free? Unfortunately, only one variety – Simply Organic White Cheddar – is considered safe for people with celiac disease. That said, they’re so good, you’ll still be able to eat an entire bag without thinking about it.
Whether you have a craving for Flamin’ Hot, Puffs, or Crunchy varieties, the majority of Cheetos are considered gluten-free. They’re perfect for lunchboxes and road trips, as long as you remember the wet wipes!
Our Favorite Alternative Chips
Not all of us have the time or energy to make homemade pita chips – and that’s okay! There’s a huge range of gluten-free chip brands that satisfy all of your crunchy, crispy cravings.
We’re going to award the top spot to Jackson’s Sweet Potato Chips. Founded by a mother and father that were frustrated by limited snack food options, Jackson’s is gluten-free, paleo, and nut-free. You can find them fried in coconut or avocado oil, making them ideal for people with multiple food-based allergies.
Owing to a slight allergy, I try to avoid corn products when I can. Imagine my surprise when I discovered Siete’s range of grain-free, corn-free tortilla chips. Made from cassava flour and avocado oil, they come in flavors like salted, nacho, and lime.
Whether you call it yuca, cassava, manioc, or tapioca, I also want to give a special shout-out to Goya Yuca Cassava Chips for being such a satisfying snack (or meal if you eat it with our Everything Bagel Dip).
These Dried Seaweed Crisps from OHS are fried in brown rice oil, making them a tasty and healthy gluten-free snack. For something “extra,” I love crumbling these seaweed snacks on top of my Korean tteokbokki, an easy and spicy dish.
Even though their ingredient list is primarily potato-based, Daily Crave Veggie Chips live up to their name. These nut-free, kosher, vegan, gluten-free chips are still super flavorful, meaning it’s extremely easy to inhale a pack of them.
Shake things up with Rhythm Superfoods’ Organic Cauliflower Bites. While you can go the traditional sea salt route, why not try Buffalo Ranch? It’s a great vegan option that packs in tons of savory nutritional yeast flavor.
If you miss the flavor of Cheez-Its, try your hand at this gluten-free cheese cracker recipe. Easy enough for novice bakers, they only require five ingredients, are super satisfying, and disappear just as fast.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Corn Chips Gluten-Free?
Salted corn chips don’t usually include gluten, but cross-contamination can occur during the production process. Many flavored chip varieties use extra seasonings which contain glutinous ingredients (like “natural flavorings”). You’ll need to check the ingredient and allergen list to choose corn chips that adhere to your gluten-free diet.
Are Lay’s Chips Gluten-Free?
If you’re thinking about a pack of Lay’s Original Potato Chips, you’re in luck: They’re produced in a gluten-free facility. Even better, Lay’s produces a large range of GF chips in a variety of flavors!
Are Pringles Gluten-Free?
Due to the starches and flavorings used, Pringles aren’t gluten-free.
Gluten-free chips only take your afternoon treat game so far. From rice cakes to popcorn to cookies, our list of tried-and-tested gluten-free snacks ensures your snack drawer will never be empty again.