Friday, January 24, 2014

Homemade Tortilla Chips

by Meghann on January 24, 2014

Happy Friday!

I have an easy recipe (well, I’m not even sure I’d call it a recipe?) that was inspired by my brother and sister-in-law. You see, they brought these AMAZING tortilla chips to my brother-in-law’s 30th birthday party last August. When I asked where they got them, they told me they made the chips themselves with a bottle of vegetable oil and a package of corn tortillas. Sounds easy enough.

Derek and I had tacos last week and ended up with a good chunk of corn tortillas left. What to do? What to do?

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We decided to experiment with our own chip making. We had no other instructions besides placing the corn tortillas in hot oil, so experimenting was the key term there.

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We started by cutting the corn tortillas in quarters. We had about 12 corn tortillas, which made 48 chips.

 

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We poured a 24-oz bottle of vegetable oil in a pot and put the stove to high. Our stove sucks, so it took a while to get hot enough. My dad taught me the trick of flicking water in oil, if there’s a reaction then it’s hot enough, it nothing happens, then it’s not hot enough yet. I saw no reaction, but decided to try a tortilla wedge anyway. No dice. It soaked up the oil and floated to the bottom.

I waited a little longer, saw a reaction, then tried again. This time the tortilla wedge floated. Much better.

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It didn’t take long for the tortillas to cook. I put about 8 in at a time and by the time I dropped the last one in, the first one was ready to flip. I used tongs to flip each of them and by the time I reached the last one, the first one was ready to come out. You knew they were ready when they were a light golden brown. You had to move fast though because they went from golden to burnt in a matter of seconds.

 

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I brought the chips to a paper towel, sprinkled on some salt, then transferred them to a bowl as soon as they were cool.

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The chips were AMAZING, especially with a bowl of homemade veggie soup.

 

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The chips were really easy to make and the leftovers kept for a couple of days. However, it was really messy and I hate messing with that much oil. I think we’ll continue to make homemade chips on the rare occasion, but I don’t think we’ll become exclusive homemade chips eaters (don’t worry Tostitos, you’ll always have our business).

Have you ever made homemade tortilla chips?

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