Make Your Own Tortilla Chips: Why Not?

Tortilla chip baked to perfection--enjoy with your favorite dip.
Tortilla chip baked to perfection--enjoy with your favorite dip. | Source


The other day, I had an inspiration to make my own tortilla chips. I had just returned from a Bar Mitzvah party where they served bruschetta--the ubiquitous toast with a tomato/basil topping. It was lovely and I wanted more. That got me thinking: Wouldn’t a chip be better than a dried cold toast? Italian dip with Mexican chip? I know, some of you may be shaking your head and screaming, “No.. food faux pas.” Well, why not? After all, there’s no food cop in my kitchen, waiting to issue me the violation ticket, so I’m going to get crazy and fix myself the unlikely duo.

I had make my own tortilla chip before, so this comes easy. Making your own tortilla chip may sound like a wimpy way to beat the more fabulous, more well-known store brands—but don’t underestimate the power of homemade food. I can rattle off more than one reason to make your own tortilla chip but you be the judge. For one, it should be healthier, since you’re not counting on additives and chemicals to season up your chips. Two, you can bake it instead of the fried version (even though there are baked commercial ones out there). Three, you get to put whatever seasonings you desire. If you prefer plain ones, why not? But perhaps, the most pressing incentive would be the need to create, to make something amazing out of the "same-old" and feel a sense of achievement. The ability to wow someone (boyfriend, girlfriend, in-laws, anyone?) is wickedly satisfying. So, let’s get to it.

Check out your favorite brand of tortilla chips? How do they stack up in terms of taste and nutritional profile? Find out.

All you need is some left-over tortillas and a couple of wholesome seasonings. Which was precisely what one lady did to give birth to this ingenious creation—a crispy chip, tough enough to scoop up dip and salsa and yet flavorful enough to eat as a snack. The lady was none other than Rebecca Webb Carranza, a restaurant owner in Los Angeles in the 1940s. She was smart enough to recycle the misshappen tortillas she had from her tortilla factory into chips. She cut them into triangles, fried them and sold them for a dime a bag. That caught on and the tortilla chip industry was born. Rightfully, she became the recipient of the Golden Tortilla Award in 1994.

Making tortilla chip is fairly easy and this time, I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.

Ingredients

  • Tortilla, flour or wheat
  • Extra virgin olive Oil
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Dried Basil
  • Sesame Seeds

You can get creative and add your favorite seasonings. Examples include rosemary, tarragon, cajun, curry powder, thyme, and oregano. If you choose to add fresh herbs, chopped it finely and rub it on.


Spread a thin layer of olive oil on tortilla. Layer on seasonings.

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Using a pair of scissors or pizza cutter, cut tortilla into wedges. One tortilla yields 8 wedges.

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Lay them on a baking sheet. May seems like an art form but really, no skill needed. Just maximize space.

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until gold brown. Take out these gorgeous beasties out and they're ready for some serious dip.

Tomato, basil and olives--only 3 basic ingredients.

Any nutritional value in salsa? Read on...

While the tortilla wedges are tanning in the oven, I hop over to the chopping board to make some fresh tomato/basil dip:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup of pitted olives, finely diced
  • A few sprigs of basil, finely chopped

Put all the above ingredients in a bowl. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil and

season with some garlic salt and pepper (if desired).

Light and refreshing, waiting for to be enjoyed.


Fun Facts about Tortillas and Tortilla Chips

  • Tortilla comes from the Spanish word, “torta” meaning “round cake.”
  • Tortilla is unleavened flatbread made from white, yellow, blue or red corn or wheat.
  • According to legend, a Mayan peasant invented tortilla for his hungry king.
  • Corn tortillas went as far back as 10,000 years ago and they were made from native corn with dried kernel.
  • A typical Mexican family of four may consume up to 2 pounds of tortilla a day.
  • Tortilla chips and salsa were so popular in Texas, they were designated the official state snack in 2003.
  • National Tortilla Chip Day is celebrated nationwide on the 24 of February.

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RTalloni profile image

RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Such a neat hub. My favorite is with hummus and salsa.

I can see using these to make some interesting snacks--thanks much!


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Awesome hub with nice pictures I love it


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Alma Cabase 5 years ago from Philippines

This hub makes me hungry.hehe

Anyways, its a very good hub. And i can see you exerted so much effort in putting this one up. Keep up the good work!

Regards,

Alma


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I never thought about making my own but I'm willing to try. Your pictures make me hungry! They look so good. Rated awesome!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Rtalloni, hummus--yes, one of favorites and it definitely goes well with these tortilla chips. Thanks!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, manthy!

Alma, appreciate your kind comments. Enjoyed your zombie hub.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love tortilla chips and it sound delicious. Thanks for share this recipes....yummy. Vote it up. Have a nice weekend!

Prasetio


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

Nice and tasty. I make all my own stuff, to avoid all those horrible chemicals, additives, preservatives and that genetically modified garbage that is in most food these days. thank you for the recipes.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Hmmmmm another mouthwatering hub. Dried basil and sesame seeds are an intersting combination. *drool drool* =D


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

Looks good!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Why not indeed! I really want to do this now. Those chips look delicious!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Pamela, good to hear from you. Make a batch and you can feel like a gourmet queen at the next party. Thanks for commenting.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Prasetio, thanks for commenting. Tortilla chips are lovely.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Mslizzee, glad you like to make your own stuff. I do too.

Thanks, Om, good to see you. I'm in Manchester, England, enjoying really good Indian curry.

Sweetiepie, many thanks.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Simone Smith, why not? let's make a batch and get the party going. Thanks for commenting.


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Ingenira 5 years ago

I always enjoy eating tortilla chips. Wow, it doesn't look so difficult to make, thanks for sharing !


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Ingenira, no it's not difficult to make at all. Thanks for commenting.


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TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

Ooooh I could do this. Thanks so much for this great recipe and the lovely salsa. I am bookmarking it and will enjoy it this week. Thanks a million!

Bookmarked and rated up! Yay!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for sharing this Recipe. I have noticed that when I buy the ones in the shop, they only fill half the bag. Now I can make my own.... even healthier. :)


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Cassidella 5 years ago

Oh anglnwu, these tortilla chips look so good, so easy to make, and could be served with so many different dips and salsas! Bookmarked and shared it! Thanks.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Listlady, good to see u again. Enjoy your tortilla weekend. Am I invited?

Lady E, making our own tortilla chips is one way to ensure we can quality and quantity. Win-win situation. Thanks for commenting.

Cassidella, yes, try with different salsa. They are delicious, however you want to eat it with. Thanks for dropping by.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

Wow, that looks so easy, delicious and healthy too, definitely one to try. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

carco, definitely healthier than the ones we buy from the stores. Thanks for commenting.


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Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

Really makes my mouth water. I'm going to try this the next time I get a chance!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Charlotte Plum. Enjoy your very own tortilla chips.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia

I make my own low-carb tortilla chips from low-carb tortillas. Sometimes I fry them, and sometimes I bake them. I even take them with me to our favorite Mexican restaurant! Great ideas here. Rated up!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Good to see you here, Habee. Haha--you're giving the Mexican restaurant a run for their money. Maybe, you should propose selling yours to them--i bet they're 10 times healthier and tastier. Thanks for rating it up.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

I already have my spice mixture in mind. Great tips and yummy too. I apologize for my fan mail, I was typing so fast it disappeared mid sentence--anyway, consider me a fan. =:)


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Winsome, don't forget to share yours when you make a batch. I bet it's delicious. Thanks for stopping by.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

They are so easy..And delicious looking and I am sure tasty. Thanks for sharing this..cannot wait to make them.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Good to see you here, Carol. Yes, they're so easy to make and yummy to boot. Thanks for dropping by.

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