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How To Make Tortilla Chips

Updated on July 28, 2010

Homemade Tortilla Chips

How To Make Tortilla Chips

Have you ever wondered how to make tortilla chips at home? Making a batch of tortilla chips is an easy process provided you have some corn tortillas and a way to fry them up. Difficulties could arise if people do not have their deep fryer oil at the right temperature as this could lead to the wrong texture. Also, the chips must be properly drained after frying so they are crunchy rather than soggy.

To get started, you will need some corn tortillas. Traditionally people use tortillas made from yellow corn, but those made from white or blue corn will also work. If you already have a preference for a certain brand or type, then go ahead and use that for this recipe. Next, you should have a cutting board to cut the tortillas on and a knife to cut them with. Also, you will need vegetable oil for frying and salt or other spices for seasoning. Finally, you will need some method for frying the tortillas. In most cases a deep fryer is preferable, but in a pinch a large enough pot or pan could work. Alternatively, some people like to bake their tortilla chips in the oven, so in this situation a deep fryer would not be necessary.

Now that you know the basic ingredients and cooking materials, let’s get started with the step by step process.

-Corn Tortillas
-Salt (or other seasonings)
-Vegetable Oil

1. Preheat fryer to desired temperature (Between 350 and 375 degrees works best)

2. Cut tortillas into triangular shapes. Round tortilla chips are also popular but these are typically more time consuming to make, although using a round cookie cutter will speed up the process.

3. Add cut tortillas to the fryer in small batch sizes. Fry till crisp.

4. Remove tortillas and lay them out to drain. Using a paper bag lined with paper towels works well.

5. Season chips while warm as this ensures the best flavor. (Salt is typically the only seasoning uses although Mexican seasonings and paprika make for tasty chips, too)

Note: The amount of chips you end up with will depend on how many tortillas you decide to cut up. Also, if this sounds like too much work you could always stop by your local grocer to buy a bag of tortilla chips too.


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