Easy Way to Make Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips
It's so easy you are going to be...
embarrassed you never tried this before. Really.
These easy to make corn tortilla chips are really tasty with the right salsa or favorite dip--I use an organic, locally made salsa.
Add some beans--black or pinto, cilantro and cheese and you have your own, homemade nachos! I don't use cheese and its just as tasty.
This easy recipe is ideal if you need to control oil and salt in your diet--add them or not it's up to you.
Tortilla Chip Ingredients
Tada! Here is your ingredient list:
- Tortillas (corn or wheat)
Yup, just a package of your favorite type of tortillas. No oil, no condiments, just plain tortillas. Fresh is best!
If you want a really, tasty corn tortilla, try some organic, sprouted tortillas--they are low-glycemic and gluten-free. The flavor is better than a traditional masa tortilla and the texture is crunchy. The sprouted tortillas come in corn and wheat and in small and large sizes and can be found at your local, health oriented grocery store.
Remove the chips from the oven promptly. When they stay in too long, they get too dark and tough and can burn.
Corn or wheat work fine with this recipe.
You may need to lower the baking time for the wheat tortilla. It seems to dry out more quickly and can burn easily.
You can work with the very large sized tortillas and the smaller ones, too. The larger ones can be torn or cut into longer strips. You can do this by folding the tortilla or using a pizza roller to cut the shapes you want.
Utensils You'll Need
- baking sheet
- bowl to put the chips in
- pizza cutter-optional
If you want to put salt on them, lightly rub olive oil on them before they go into the oven--not too much oil though becausee then they start frying and that's not good for you. Sprinkle the unbaked chips with salt--the oil allows the salt to stick.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Quarter the tortillas. I fold the tortilla in half and in half again. They generally begin tearing as you fold them or tear enough that you can finish tearing them yourself. A friend of mine uses a pizza cutter to quarter them. However, unless the tortillas are rubbery or too soft you probably don't need the cutter. Why dirty a utensil if you don't have too? Saves cleaning time.
- Place the quarters on the baking sheet. They can overlap a bit.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven on the middle shelf.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- That is it!
When you use oil, watch the baking chips closely. The oil will sizzle and can cause them to burn so start them at 7 minutes and pull them out when they are ready.