Do you ever crave those warm, yummy, crunchy, crispy, salty tortilla chips you get at Mexican restaurants?
The ones that everyone at the table can’t stop eating? (Thank god they’re bottomless)
I mean let’s be real, the prepackaged ones from the grocery store just aren’t the same… Unless you’re lucky enough to live near a store that makes them in-house.
Well, next time you’re having people over, you can make your own chips at home!
And it’s REALLY freaking easy.
The secret is using high quality corn tortillas. If you can find some made locally, that would be awesome. Otherwise, search for a brand that is just corn, lime, and salt. No added preservatives or stabilizers needed. They make the best chips, and are better for you anyways. Trader Joe’s usually carries some, as well as Sprouts and Whole Foods.
The process goes like this:
- Cut the tortillas into 8 wedges (or into strips if you want tortilla strips for soup or salad)
- Fry in oil on the stove until golden and crispy.
- Let cool on a paper towel lined plate and season with fine sea salt
Homemade chips are an easy and delicious snack for game day.
Serve with fresh salsa or guacamole & watch them disappear.
- Corn tortillas (preferably ones made with only corn, lime, and salt)
- Generous amount of vegetable oil for frying
- Fine sea salt
Take a stack of tortillas and cut in half. Cut in half again, and then cut each quarter in half, so that one tortilla makes 8 triangle shaped wedges. Cut as many wedges as you need (each wedge = 1 chip).
Pour vegetable oil in heavy skillet until there is a 1/2 inch thick layer on the bottom of the pan. Warm over high heat until the oil is very hot. You'll know the oil is ready for frying when you dip a piece of tortilla into the oil and it starts bubbling intensely.
Once the oil has reached the proper temperature, add a handful of tortilla wedges to the pot, using metal tongs to separate them in the pan. Add enough to fill the pan, but not so much that they are on top of each other. The chips will shrink slightly as they cook.
Let cook for a minute or two until golden on one side. Use tongs to flip the chips over and brown the other side for a minute or so. Remove the chips to a paper towel lined plate and season lightly with fine sea salt.
Repeat with the next batch of tortilla wedges, adjusting the heat up or down as needed to prevent burning or sogginess, and add more oil as needed if the pan is getting low.
Store the cooked chips in a plastic bag in the pantry for up to 1 week. Goes great with fresh salsa or guacamole.