You can make tortilla snack chips at home in your oven or microwave. Check out our hacks for salted, ranch and nacho cheese flavors!
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It’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks Wednesday – the day we share our favorite time-saving kitchen tricks and cooking shortcuts to help you make healthy and delicious meals.
Now…onto today’s featured Healthy Kitchen Hacks:
How To Make Flavored Tortilla Chips (VIDEO)
Ironically, I’ve made flour and corn tortillas from scratch before (love this Whole Wheat Tortilla recipe via Lean Green Bean) but never have taken it a step further to make tortilla chips.VIDEO: How to Make Flavored Tortilla Chips at home @tspbasil Click To Tweet
I tested out a few different cooking methods, including different ways to flavor them to mimic Doritos – both original and Cool Ranch style. Here are the Healthy Kitchen Hacks on Making Baked Tortilla Chips at home:
Get store-bought soft corn tortillas – Sure, you can make your own if you have time on your hands. But I love that I could have snack chips in about 15 minutes by using a supermarket version.
Cut them pizza style – A pizza cutter makes for super quick cutting and evenly formed snack chips.
Spritz on the oil – For some of the testing, I brushed on canola oil but I also used cooking spray on other batches, which was even quicker and resulted in similar texture and flavor.
Try the microwave – While the oven baked chips take about 10 – 12 minutes to cook, you can actually make them in your microwave in about 1 minute. The key is to arrange the chips on a paper towel lined plate and to not overcook them (it might take a tortilla batch or two until you get it right based on your specific microwave.) Season them right out of the microwave and let them cool about 5 minutes to help crisp them up even more.
Dive into the spice drawer – Don’t get me wrong, I love a simple salted tortilla chip. But don’t stop there! Some seasoning ideas:
- Nacho Cheese (see recipe below)
- Cool Ranch (I use Penzy’s Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Spice)
- Lime Chili
- Cinnamon Sugar
Now, admittedly these don’t taste exactly like the store-bought chips – they’re lighter and more subtly seasoned but I still found myself snacking away on them (and they held up well in a sealed plastic bag.) Not to mention, they are better for you as you are controlling the amount and the quality of the ingredients going into the recipe.
Side note: I even used the ranch flavored chips for an impromptu lunch of tuna nachos!Print
Have you ever made homemade snack chips? Do you have any healthy kitchen or healthy living shortcuts to share? Shoot us an email (or share in comments below and we’ll try them out.)