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Make Your Own Low Carb Tortilla Chips!

Updated on September 28, 2011

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I like low carb diets, and I make a lot of my own low carb recipes. One that I really enjoy is for low carb tortilla chips. I like tortilla chips, but regular tortilla chips are super high in carbs, so I try to avoid them. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any tasty low carb tortilla chips made commercially, so I decided I’d just have to make my own! I begin with tortillas that are low in carbs and high in fiber.

I’ve used several different brands of low carb tortillas in my low carb recipes, but be careful when you’re purchasing tortillas that are labeled as “low carb.” Some of the products aren’t very low carb at all. I like to use the Xtreme Wellness low carb tortillas from Walmart, along with the La Tortilla Factory low carb tortillas from Amazon. The Extreme Wellness tortillas have five net carbs each, while the La Tortilla Factory tortillas each have three net carbs. Both brands of low carb tortillas can usually be found in different flavors. I’ve never tried the Tumaro low carb tortillas from Amazon, but I’ve heard good things about them. You can easily get eight nice chips from one of the La Tortilla Factory low carb tortillas, which is a good serving size. That means you’ll get a serving of low carb tortilla chips for just three grams of carbohydrates.

Don't crowd the low carb tortilla chips as they fry.
Don't crowd the low carb tortilla chips as they fry.
Different flavors of homemade low carb tortilla chips.
Different flavors of homemade low carb tortilla chips.

I use my kitchen scissors to make the chips, cutting the tortillas into triangle shapes. I fill a Dutch oven with about two inches of vegetable oil and heat the oil over medium high heat until it’s good and hot. When the oil is ready, I place a handful of the cut tortillas in the hot oil. I’ve found that the chips will get crisper if I don’t crowd them during the frying process. The tortilla chips take only a few minutes to cook. When they’re golden brown and crunchy, I remove them from the oil and drain them on several layers of paper towels.

While the tortilla chips are still hot, I sprinkle them with seasonings. I like to use Lawry’s garlic salt, but you might also like to use black pepper, red pepper, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, or chipotle powder.

These homemade tortilla chips are great with my other low carb recipes like hongos con queso, guacamole, and roasted red pepper dip. Believe it or not, when we visit our favorite Mexican restaurant, I take my own low carb tortilla chips with me!


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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      Holle, interesting article. I make my own tortillas and have an oak press I made for the purpose of making either corn or flour tortillas from 6 to 12 inch. After a while you get used to the right sized ball of dough to get the size your after. Now I have to look and see about a flour that is considered low carb. I'm diabetic so this could help on how big the shot I take after a bowl of salsa or leche con queso with different spices, I don't care for mushrooms so I go with Mexican white cheese with a bit of milk to make it fluid enough for a dip. Much of my cooking was taught to me by a "Sonoran" woman and I eat like a Mexican most of the time and crossing southern smoked pork into many recipes. Grinding shelled corn for flour to make these chips, I wonder if "low carb corn" is a man made mutation? I use white corn in my grinder.

      I find that cooking these chips or corn tortillas to bend taco shells pretty amazing how they seem to separate into two layers as you fry them kind of cool, I just don't get how it works LOL the great tortilla mystery.

      Peace, dust

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Dusty. I think the tortillas must contain some soy flour, which is naturally lower in carbs. Guess I need to check the label! lol

      We have some pals from Mexico who use some great pulled pork in some of their dishes, too.

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I've heard of it, but I've never made my own. It seems like a good idea if they're so low in carbs but I wonder if the vegetable oil cancels out the semi-healthiness of it? lol either way, they look delicious. Great hub!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I have seen tortilla chips made in restaurants before, but have never attempted it myself. Thanks for the information!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Pink. They're prolly higher in fat, but most people on low carb diets aren't so worried about fat grams.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      You're very welcome, random. Glad you stopped by!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Love the idea of making my own chips that are low carb. Thanks so much.

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      slaffery 5 years ago from Kansas, USA

      I am just starting a low carb diet due to insulin resistance. They wanted me to try the Duke university one or just limit to 20 carbs a day. That is INSANE!! I am willing to do the low carb one and I LOVE tortilla chips and my homemade salsa SO... I will have to definitely try these. Thank YOU :) Voted up

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      Robin Edmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I've made tortilla chips before but not low carb ones. I recently tried baking the tortillas instead of frying them. I know, they aren't even close to as good as the fried ones, but I thought they were pretty good with homemade salsa. Thanks for the low-carb idea!

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      laladabagladyonfb 3 years ago

      Sorry I have to be honest, the bake low carb tortillas taste HORRIBLE, I found that frying them is more tolerable, I seasoned with garlic powder, cumin and accent, used with the wholly guacamole 100 calorie snack packs and it satisfied the craving...good luck guys

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      Vickie 3 months ago

      mine turned out tough, I used the la tortilla factory brand

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      Holle Abee 3 months ago from Georgia

      The fried low carb chips are definitely tastier than the baked ones!

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