Fried Tortilla Chips

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You can easily make your own tortilla chips for much less and they taste better too. It really isn’t as hard as you would think.

Homemade Fried Tortilla Chips

corn tortillas
oil for frying
salt (optional)

Cut tortillas into wedges. Heat 1 inch of oil in a frying pan. Fry several wedges until crisp on both sides. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt if desired.

From Dining on a Dime


photo by: stuart_spivack


  1. Maggie says

    Could you bake these in the oven and still have them be crispy?
    If not, how much oil would you need in the pan?

    • says

      You can bake them but I’m not sure the taste would be exactly the same. You have to wrap 4-8 shells in damp paper towels and microwave for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until they are pliable. Then spray with cooking spray on each side, lay on foil and place in oven that has been preheated to about 370 degrees and bake for about 7-10 mins. until brown and crispy.

      If you use oil on the stove I use a small frying pan with about 1/2 in. of oil is all at the most. I once did some figuring on how much oil each shell absorbed when fried in oil and figured you would get 1/8 -1/4 tsp. of divided between 3 shells. That really isn’t a whole lot more then if you spray them with cooking spray. Hope this helps.

    • says

      Duhhh!! Maggie where is my brain today. We have a recipe for baking the shells on our website – Baked Tortilla Chips. The temperature is different but I have seen recipes where it was 275 – 450 so I don’t think it matters a whole lot. Sorry. We have so many thousands of articles and things I can’t remember them all I’m afraid. Anyway that is a better excuse then to say my memory is going because of old age. : )

    • says

      It does tend to fall off. I salt mine the instant I take it out of the oil before it has a chance to drain and that really seems to help.

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