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How TO Easily Make Tortilla Chips At Home

Who here isn’t familiar with tortilla chips? If you have ever been to a Mexican restaurant that serves warm tortilla chips then you already know it is not your store-bought tortilla chip experience. Today we are going to take that experience to the comfort of your home. We’re talking about making your own tortilla chips at home – and guess what? It’s easier than deciding what to binge-watch on a Friday night. These crispy delights are not just snacks; they’re the sidekick your taco nights have been dreaming about. So, roll up those sleeves, gather your tortillas, and let’s learn how to make tortilla chips at home. 

Corn Tortillas: The Heart and Soul of Crunchiness

These are the backbone of our tortilla chip journey. Why corn tortillas, you ask? Well, they bring that authentic flavor and the perfect thickness that crisps up just right. It’s like giving your chips a golden ticket to Snackville.

corn tortillas

Cooking Oil: Dive into the Crispy Abyss

Choosing the right oil is like picking the right dance partner. We recommend vegetable or canola oil for this chip-tastic adventure. Why? Because they handle the heat like champs, ensuring our tortillas fry up to golden perfection without a greasy aftermath. 

Salt: The Flavor Enhancer

What’s a chip without a sprinkle of salt? It’s like a party without music – incomplete. Salt not only enhances the natural flavors but also adds that addictive factor we all crave. The cherry on top is that when you make your own tortilla chips you can adjust your salt levels to your preference.

Tortilla Chips

Servings 

1

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Calories

240

Cook Time

5 Minutes

Total Time 15 Minutes

*Please note that the nutritional information provided is an estimate only and may vary depending on the ingredients used. Calories listed are per serving.*

Ingredients

homemade tortilla chips
  • 2 Corn Tortillas (cut into 4-6 pieces each)
  • 1 Quart Canola or Vegetable Oil (or enough to fill a pot 2/3 full for frying)
  • Salt to Taste

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What Tools You Will Need

Directions

Step 01

Start by stacking your tortillas and cutting them into 4-6 pieces or into your desired size chips.

Step 02

Pour enough oil into a pan to submerge the chips. Heat it to around 340-350°F  Drop a small piece of tortilla into the oil – if it sizzles, you’re good to go! If you have a thermometer this is ideal to ensure the oil is at the correct temp.

Step 03

Carefully place a handful of tortilla pieces into the hot oil. Fry them until they’re golden brown, usually around 1-2 minutes. Don’t overcrowd the pan; give those chips some space to cook!

Step 04

Once they’re golden perfection, use a slotted spoon or spider strainer to scoop out your chips. Place them on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up any excess oil. While they’re still warm, sprinkle a pinch of salt over them. 

Step 05

Serve and Enjoy!

Notes

  • Feel free to experiment with other seasonings like chili powder, garlic powder, or even a squeeze of lime for that extra zing.
  • Temping your oil is very important. Too cold and you will have very oily soggy chips and too hot and you will burn them.
  • If, by some miracle, you have leftovers (trust me, it’s rare), store them in an airtight container. But let’s be real, freshly made tortilla chips rarely stick around for long!

FAQ

Can I use flour tortillas instead of corn tortillas?

While flour tortillas can be a tempting alternative, we recommend sticking to corn tortillas for that authentic crunch. Corn tortillas bring the right texture and flavor, giving your chips that extra flair.

Do I need any fancy kitchen gadgets for this recipe?

No need for a culinary magic show! All you need is a good knife for cutting, a pan for frying, and your kitchen spirit. Keep it simple, and the results will speak for themselves.

Can I air-fry my tortilla chips instead of deep-frying?

Absolutely! If you’re looking for a healthier twist, air-frying is a fantastic option. Just spray a bit of oil on the tortillas, cut them into chips, and air-fry until crispy. It’s a guilt-free snacking alternative.

How can I store leftover tortilla chips?

Leftovers? That’s a rarity! But if you find yourself with more chips than you can handle, store them in an airtight container. Though, let’s be real – freshly made tortilla chips rarely stick around for long!

Can I get creative with the seasonings?

Absolutely! This is your culinary playground. Experiment with chili powder, garlic powder, or even a squeeze of lime for that extra zing. Let your taste buds lead the way, and who knows, you might discover the next big chip sensation!

Have more burning questions about your tortilla chip adventure? Feel free to reach out, and we’ll guide you through the crunchy maze!

Homemade Tortilla Chips

David
Who here isn't familiar with tortilla chips? If you have ever been to a Mexican restaurant that serves warm tortilla chips then you already know it is not your store-bought tortilla chip experience. Today we are going to take that experience to the comfort of your home. We're talking about making your own tortilla chips at home – and guess what? It's easier than deciding what to binge-watch on a Friday night. These crispy delights are not just snacks; they're the sidekick your taco nights have been dreaming about. So, roll up those sleeves, gather your tortillas, and let's turn your kitchen into a snack haven. 
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Corn Tortillas
  • 1 QT Vegetable or Canola Oil or enough to fill 2/3 of your pot for frying
  • Salt to Taste

Instructions
 

  • Start by stacking your tortillas and cutting them into 4-6 pieces or into your desired size chips.
    cut tortillas
  • Pour enough oil into a pan to submerge the chips. Heat it to around 340-350°F  Drop a small piece of tortilla into the oil – if it sizzles, you're good to go! If you have a thermometer this is ideal to ensure the oil is at the correct temp.
  • Carefully place a handful of tortilla pieces into the hot oil. Fry them until they're golden brown, usually around 1-2 minutes. Don't overcrowd the pan; give those chips some space to cook!
    fry tortillas
  • Once they're golden perfection, use a slotted spoon or spider strainer to scoop out your chips. Place them on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up any excess oil. While they're still warm, sprinkle a pinch of salt over them. 
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Notes

  • Feel free to experiment with other seasonings like chili powder, garlic powder, or even a squeeze of lime for that extra zing.
  • Temping your oil is very important. Too cold and you will have very oily soggy chips and too hot and you will burn them.
  • If, by some miracle, you have leftovers (trust me, it's rare), store them in an airtight container. But let's be real, freshly made tortilla chips rarely stick around for long!
Keyword easy, flour tortillas, quick, snack
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Sumary

And there you have it, your ticket to tortilla chip mastery! We’ve taken a simple stack of corn tortillas and turned them into a crispy symphony of flavor. Whether you’re snacking solo, gearing up for a movie night, or adding a crunchy sidekick to your taco fiesta, these homemade tortilla chips are here to elevate your culinary game. So, roll up your sleeves, let the kitchen become your playground, and embark on a crunchy journey that’ll have your taste buds cheering for an encore. Thanks for joining our chip-tastic adventure – happy snacking

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