Homemade Fried Tortilla Chips Recipe

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This homemade tortilla chips recipe is a great way to make less expensive chips that taste better. It’s a great way to avoid wasting corn tortillas.

Homemade Fried Tortilla Chips Recipe

You can easily make your own tortilla chips that taste better and often can cost a lot less, too. It really isn’t as hard as you might think. This is an especially great way to keep from wasting those corn tortillas that don’t really roll without cracking and aren’t as useful for other things, especially if you have a big package of tortillas. They taste a lot fresher than bagged chips.

Homemade Fried Tortilla Chips Recipe

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.

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  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.

  2. grizzly bear mom says

    When items come out of hot fat they are wet so that salt and sugar sticks better than if applied when they were cold.

  3. Carol Brodeur says

    Jill and Tawra: I ordered Dining on a Dime,Penny Pinching Mama,Quick & Easy Menus on a Dime, and Dig Out of Debt for the Mother’s Day Special to myself. I read about 5 pages each night from every book. I’ve made Tomato Soup pg. 105 which tasted so fresh that there is already a repeat request for this soup. Tonight I’m making Shepherds Pie by my husbands request from your cookbook. This weekend I’m also trying one of the homemade salsa recipes and the fried tortilla chips. I just can’t thank you enough for all the homemade recipes throughout the whole book, and for helping me be better at cooking and my budget. God Bless you both.

    • says

      You are welcome Carol. I am so glad you not only like them but are actually using them. That is the highest compliment we can get. And Happy Early Mother’s Day too you. I am about to go buy me a mother’s day present too – a new hose. What can I say. I know it isn’t an expensive bottle of perfume or a new outfit or a manicure but if it will make my life easier that is what is important to me. : )

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