Homemade Tortilla Chips

Homemade Tortilla Chips are super easy to make at home and taste so much better than store bought tortilla chips. All you need is 3 ingredients to made these restaurant quality tortilla chips from scratch! Step by step instructions included below!

I have also included instructions for Baking or Air Frying these tortilla chips!

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I love making my own homemade tortilla chips from scratch! They taste so much better than store bought and are super easy to make. All you need is 3 ingredients! I’ve included instructions for frying, baking and air frying below!

The first time I made tortilla chips at home I was shocked at how similar they tasted to the chips that you get at Mexican Restaurants. They are perfectly crispy, crunchy and are AMAZING when they are warm fresh out of the oil.

Ingredients

  • Corn tortillas: I like to use the 6 inch corn tortillas. You can use either white, yellow or blue corn tortillas.
  • Oil: Peanut, soy bean, canola or vegetable oil would all work! We usually use whatever one of these we have on hand.
  • Salt: The best thing about making these at home is that you can season the chips to your taste. I like using a coarse salt like kosher salt or flaky sea salt.

How to make homemade tortilla chips

Start by cutting a stack of corn tortillas into 6 wedges. Next heat canola oil to 350 F in a large dutch oven. When oil is ready add in tortilla chips making sure not to crowd the pan (tortillas will stick together). The tortillas take about 1 to 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Take out tortilla chips and place on paper towels. Season with salt immediately. The salt sticks to the tortillas better when they are still hot straight out of the oil. Allow to cool for one or two minutes and enjoy!

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How to bake homemade tortilla chips

If you are looking for a healthier option with a lot less oil baking these tortilla chips turns out great! Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss tortilla chips in about 1 tablespoon of oil or spray with olive oil spray. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes toss then bake for 5-10 more minutes or until crispy.

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How to make tortilla chips in the air fryer

Another low carb way to make crispy tortilla chips is in the air fryer! They turn out super crispy just like the fried version! To make these tortilla chips start by preheating the air fryer to 350 degrees. Spray the tortilla chips with olive oil spray then place them in a single layer in the air fryer. Set the air fryer for 2-3 minutes flip and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes or until crispy!

Tips for making tortilla chips at home

  • Fry in batches: This helps the tortilla chips cook more evenly and keeps them from sticking together.
  • Use a thermometer: (We like this one!) To help keep the oil at 350 degrees. If the oil is too hot it will cause the tortillas to cook too quickly and burn and too low of a heat will cause the tortilla chips to be greasy and chewy.
  • Season immediately: This is a crucial step for ensuring the chips are properly seasoned. Sprinkle salt onto the chips as soon as they come out of the hot oil.
  • Add other seasonings: Why stop at just salt? Add a sprinkle of tajin seasoning, cajun seasoning, ranch, zatar, or just a sprinkle of garlic or chili powder for an extra kick!

What to serve with homemade corn tortilla chips

Serve these homemade corn tortilla chips with salsa, guacamole or my favorite queso! You can also use these to make nachos or migas!

How long will these keep?

Tortillas chips stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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How to make homemade tortilla chips

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Homemade Tortilla Chips are super easy to make at home and taste so much better than store bought tortilla chips. All you need is 3 ingredients to made these homemade tortilla chips from scratch!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • kosher salt

Instructions

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  • Stack up the tortillas and cut into 6 wedges.
  • Heat oil 350F degrees in a large cast iron pan. When oil is ready add in tortilla chips making sure not to crowd the pan (tortillas will stick together). The tortillas take about 1 to 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  • Take out tortilla chips and place on paper towels. Season with salt immediately. Allow to cool for one or two minutes and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
How to make homemade tortilla chips
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Easy Appetizer, Homemade Tortilla Chips

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  • These look way easier than I expected and I bet they are sooooo good! I am pretty picky about my tortilla chips, but when I find a good one I can sit there and dip them in salsa forever.

  • Thanks so much Jenna! I agree I love my chips and salsa combo.

    Kelley

  • Eloisa,

    They never stay in my house for very long (we eat them up right away). I would say that they’ll keep 1-2 days before they go stale. Make sure to place them in a bowl at room temperature and cover.

    Enjoy!

    Kelley

  • Debbie Ekas

    My family loves them!,, I also add some chopped cilantro when I add the salt for a variation. This recipe is requested often.

  • Michelle Hurlbut

    This is how we make them at the restaurant I work at, only using the large deep fat fryer. So easy and fast and taste much better than from a bag!

  • cameron

    does it really take 3 cups of canola oil because all of the other recipes i have seen don’t take that much.

  • Hi Cameron,

    I used 3 cups you can always use less if you prefer.

    Thanks!

    Kelley

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