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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?

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda Elizabeth January 24, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Those look so yummy!!!! What did you do with oil after your were done?
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2 Jess January 24, 2014 at 6:08 pm

You can bake or grill them in the oven. Obviously a slightly different outcome, but there is no oil wastage. Brush them with a little oil and season them before you put them in.

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3 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 24, 2014 at 6:08 pm

These looks simple, delicious, and easy! I have never made my own but now I am thinking about trying it out!
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4 Traci January 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I bake tortilla chips all the time by cutting tortillas just like you did, coating them lightly with an olive oil spray, and adding a sprinkle of salt and/or other seasonings. Stick ’em in the oven and bake until the desired crispiness. They don’t get greasy and I prefer my chips with less salt than comes in bagged chips, so these are a regular occurrence in my kitchen!
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5 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm

I’ve never tried making my own, but they look delicious! Perhaps a project for this weekend 🙂
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6 Lindsay January 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm

What did you do with all the leftover oil? It seems like a lot! I have made baked chips with flour tortillas and just a spray of oil.

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7 [email protected] January 24, 2014 at 6:34 pm

I’ve made homemade tortillas but never a chip. Looks really cool but I also would probably get too annoyed about the mess and just buy them.
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8 Natasha January 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm

I usually make them in the oven – brush with a little oil and some salt (or other spices, you can get creative!) and then keep an eye on them until they are brown enough! I find sometimes they seem not to be crispy enough when you first take them out, but they get crispier as they cool. I´ve done this with pitta bread too, works just as well!

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9 Kristen January 24, 2014 at 6:42 pm

So much easier (and healthier) to brush them with olive oil on both sides before slicing and bake in oven at 400 for 10 mins.

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10 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 24, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I LOVE making baked homemade tortilla chips simply by cutting them up, spraying with a little cooking spray, sprinkle of salt and throwing them in the oven for a few minutes. So easy and SO good!
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11 Ashley January 24, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Try sprinkling with a little sugar and cinnamon. Or leave whole for Indian Fry Bread. Yum!!

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12 Kimba January 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Or you could just bake them and eliminate all that oil. 🙂

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13 bree January 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm

I love your blog! I am a florida girl who runs too, and one day I stumbled across it, never to look back! I actually overtrained in my last marathon and after a month of no running at all, an mri and cortisone shot…they have decided I have a torn labrum. I never thought it would happen to me, so runners out there (readers) beware! Im only 30 and its from overuse. Anyways, I was wondering on your opinion….Im so USED to my am runs and REALLY mentally struggling with the injury, but could be out another 6 mths or more….is it possible to stay in shape without running? Its all ive ever done! also- im used to eating huge amounts and not gaining weight due to miles and miles, but have already gained 10! eeks- any advice? thanks!!

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14 Courtney January 24, 2014 at 10:48 pm

LOVE homemade tortilla chips. Paired with homemade guacamole, I am pretty sure I would choose that as my “last” meal on earth.
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15 Sheena @ Paws and Pavement January 24, 2014 at 10:58 pm

I have made my own tortilla chips several times but I prefer to bake them for a healthier option. I bet your’s were awesome though and homemade beats store bought every time!

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16 Runner Girl Eats January 25, 2014 at 8:31 am

We make our own chips all the time but in the oven so they are a little healthier. Perfect for some guac!
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17 Dad January 25, 2014 at 9:07 am

We’ll believe it or not my dad taught me that trick and I. Was watching a cooking show and the lady wraped or covered the stove top with newspaper before frying looked like easy cleanup love my baby

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18 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner January 25, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Like everyone else has said, I’ve made tortilla chips and pita chips by brushing with olive oil and salt and baking in the oven until brown. My husband has a deep fryer that he uses sometimes to fry up fish or french fries, etc. but I hate the mess of cleaning it up.
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19 Rebecca Jo January 25, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Yeah – I’d probably end up burning myself. I’ll keep buying my overload of bags of Tostitos… but good to know this is possible if worse comes to worse & I’m having a nacho fit 🙂

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20 Kristen @ The Concrete Runner January 25, 2014 at 10:36 pm

I bake mine! Spray them with cooking spray, sprinkle them with salt, and place them in the oven for 10-ish minutes at 350. So good! My family out in California always fries their corn tortillas like that for tacos. They are absolutely the BEST tacos!
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21 [email protected] January 26, 2014 at 12:11 am

I hate messing with oil too! It grosses me out. 🙂 But I do love getting creative and not wasting groceries.
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22 Ashley January 26, 2014 at 9:08 pm

I always wonder if people can re-use the oil after frying because it seems like it requires SO Much (gross question?!)
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23 Casey January 29, 2014 at 8:10 am

You can reuse the oil! 🙂

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24 Charlie January 27, 2014 at 7:38 am

You could also bake them for about 6-8min, and sprinkle with salt and paprika Delicious and a little healthier!
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