Tortilla chips are one of the things that my entire family loves to eat. We eat them out of the bag, with refried beans, or with chili. But one thing we have never tried to do is make them ourselves.
This morning I found a video that shows how ridiculously easy it is to make tortilla chips from scratch. Well, alright, if you want to get technical it isn’t from scratch because you would buy whole tortillas for this snack, but I have to be honest here. I don’t have it in me at this point to make the tortillas, too. I’m perfectly happy buy already made tortillas at my local grocery store. Okay, now that that’s out of the way let’s get back to the project at hand.
Before you start, preheat your oven to about 400 degrees.
The first thing you will need for this project is a stack of tortillas. They can be made from either white or yellow corn, whichever you prefer. After you stack your tortillas neatly, take a large knife and cut them into triangles. The really neat thing about this is that you have control over the size of your chips. Like them large? Then cut big triangles. Prefer them small? Simply cut small triangles.
Put the cut triangles into a bowl and separate them so they aren’t clumped up. Pour some oil over the triangles and mix them up. You can use whatever oil you want. Canola or vegetable oil is a milder flavor, while olive oil is a bit more flavorful. Mix until each triangle is covered in oil.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spread the triangles onto the sheet. Spread them out as much as possible. The more they touch, the less crispy they will be, so if you like them really crispy you might want to make them in multiple batches, not all at once.
The woman in the video recommends that you not salt your chips until after they have baked, which is good advice. This way, anyone who needs to be careful with salt intake can have unsalted chips, and everyone else can have them salted.
Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake them. The woman did not say how long to bake them, so I am guessing we would do so until the chips look crispy, but not browned or burnt. Please add any information you may have on the cooking time in the comments below.
After they come out of the oven is the time to salt them. The chips are still hot, so the salt will stick to the chips quite nicely.
Now that I have seen this video, I suspect this would be perfect for cooking with kids. My children would have so much fun with this.
Tortillas are a flatbread that dates back centuries. Because they do not require leavening to rise, they can be made with very few ingredients. One of the most popular things to make with them is tortilla soup, which I have had but don’t care much for (I don’t like spicy food). My favorite way to eat a tortilla is to sprinkle it with cheddar cheese and cook it in a pan, so that the cheese melts inside and the outside gets nice and crispy. Tortilla chips are my second favorite way, and now I am inspired to make them from scratch!