Make your own crispy corn tortilla chips at home with this recipe. All you need is a bit of oil, corn tortillas, and salt. They're so much better when you make them on your own. They are best lightly fried, but you can also bake them.
Making your own crispy tortilla chips at home is one of those basic skills you'll wish you had all your life. In fact, it's so easy, you probably COULD have had it all your life but never had the opportunity try it. I know, it's super easy and convenient to grab a bag of tortilla chips from the grocery store, and hey, there are some pretty good ones out there, but there is something about freshly made tortillas that can't be matched by any store bought product.
It's like tortilla chips at your favorite Mexican restaurant. You can tell when they're freshly made, just popped out of the fryer, still glistening with oil and perfectly warm with granules of salt clinging to every nook and bubble. For such a simple thing, it's the perfect bite. And yeah, you can make them at home the same way.
Tips for Making Homemade Tortilla Chips
You can use stale tortillas for making tortilla chips. In fact, stale chips are slightly better because they are dryer, and the moisture can sometimes interfere with the frying or baking process. Personally, I have made tortilla chips from fresh corn tortillas, straight from the bag, and haven't had issues, but you'll probably get better results from stale tortillas that are a bit dried out.
You can either slice your tortillas into wedges, or cook them whole for different applications. I cook mine whole for recipes like tortilla stacks, and slice them for recipes like chilaquiles. The choice is yours and does not affect the end result.
Stay away from olive oil. It is best to use a neutral oil with a higher smoking point. Canola oil is great, though you can use any neutral oil, like grapeseed oil or avocado oil. If your oil starts to smoke, remove it from the heat and let it cool a bit.
I personally prefer fried tortillas, as they are much crispier, though you can bake them for a healthier version that does not include the oil. You will still achieve crispiness, though they will be drier. You can also microwave your chips, about a minute or so per side, though I've never been satisfied by microwaved tortilla chips. Meh.
How to Make Homemade Crispy Tortilla Chips
For frying, first, add the canola oil to a wide pot and heat to medium (should measure 350 degrees F). Do not let it boil or smoke.
Next, slice the tortillas into 6 wedges and fry them in the oil in batches a couple minutes per side, flipping here and there with tongs, until they begin to slightly brown.
Finally, remove and drain them on a paper towel lined plate. Dash them with salt while they are hot.
For baking, simply slice the tortillas into 6 wedges and spread them out on a baking sheet. Bake them at 350 degrees F about 5 minutes, salt them, then flip and bake another 5-10 minutes, until they brown up slightly and begin to crisp. Add more salt and enjoy.
How to Enjoy Homemade Tortilla Chips
How can I count the ways! Do I even need to make suggestions? I know you already LOVE tortilla chips! Come on! What's not to love? But just in case you DO need ideas, here are a few links to help you out.
Oh yes! I DO love my homemade tortillas. Here are the recipes for you to print up. Enjoy!
Patty's Perspective: This makes me never want to buy store bought tortilla chips again. Not only are they fresh, but they're perfect salty that just POPS. Also, they're so good warm right from the pot. YUM.
How to Make Homemade Crispy Tortilla Chips - Recipe - Frying
- 6 corn tortillas
- 1 cup canola oil or other neutral oil
- Add the canola oil to a wide pot and heat to medium (should measure 350 degrees F). Do not let it boil or smoke. You know it’s ready when you add a crumb of tortilla and it sizzles up.
- Slice the tortillas into 6 wedges and fry them in the oil in batches a couple minutes per side, flipping here and there with tongs, until they begin to slightly brown.
- Remove and drain them on a paper towel lined plate. Dash them with salt while they are hot.
How to Make Homemade Crispy Tortilla Chips - Recipe - Baking
- 6 corn tortillas
- 1 teaspoon canola oil or other neutral oil
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Slice the tortillas into 6 wedges and layer them on a baking sheet. Brush them with the oil. Bake about 5 minutes. Flip and generously salt them down. Bake another 5-10 minutes, until they begin to brown nicely.
- Remove, cool a bit, and blast them once more with salt.