How to Make Homemade Tortilla Chips with a Great Salsa
I have to admit it. I don’t have a lot of will power to resist the things that I love to eat. They always say, don’t trust a skinny cook. I guess it is safe to say that you can trust me with absolute confidence!
One of my favorite treats is tortilla chips with salsa. But I don’t buy them. I’ll just eat them all and regret it later. I do the next best thing. I make them myself. And only a few. And only on my skinny days. sigh… Did you know that February 24 is National Tortilla Chip Day?
And my choice of salsa? I have a new favorite is a Serrano salsa from SalsaCrazy. (affiliate link) I recently had the opportunity to try this and I am so glad I did. When we eat out at Mexican restaurants, I always have to have them bring me a mild salsa because their normal salsa is way to spicy for my taste. Not so with this Serrano Salsa. It is VERY spicy, but the heat is perfectly controlled. I was licking my fingers in the bottom of the bowl. Seriously! That is how good this salsa is!
The salsa is not at all runny. It has chunks in it, some corn and chilis, and just a delightful blend of spices. My husband likes hot salsa and I like it mild and this one was perfect for both of us. I don’t know how they control the heat the way they do but I am not complaining!
And to make the most of a bowl of salsa, there is nothing like fresh and crunchy homemade tortilla chips. You can make them fried, baked, or microwaved. For the fried ones, you will need oil, but if you bake or microwave them, all you need are the tortillas and some Kosher salt.
Each method has their plusses and minuses but all taste good.
Fried Tortilla Chips:
The chips are so easy to make. Use a high smoke point oil, such as canola or corn oil. I also like to make them in peanut oil for an even better taste. Also, the chips taste better if you leave them exposed to the air for a bit. You can leave the whole tortillas out overnight or use the oven or microwave to dry them. Then cut them into shapes.
The oil should be about 1 1- 1/2″ thick and heated to 350º F. Fry them in batches for about 2 minutes each and salt. Watch to make sure they don’t burn. It’s that easy. 4 tortillas makes about 48 chips.
These are best for just snacking and great with any kind of dips.
Baked Tortilla Chips
This is the way I like to make them because they don’t need oil so it saves a lot on calories. (the fried taste better of course, but these are good too.) Pre-heat your oven to 350°F. Cut the tortillas into wedges.
I use my silicone baking sheet on a cookie sheet, but you can put them right on the baking sheet with parchment paper, too. I have done them both ways. Spread the tortilla wedges out on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake the tortilla wedges for about 6 minutes, then use tongs to flip the wedges over. Sprinkle with a little Kosher salt, bake for another 6 to 9 minutes, till they are just beginning to turn color. Remove from the oven and let them cool. Sprinkle with more Kosher salt and enjoy. These are best served right away.
*Cooking Tip* for a cross between baked and fried, just spray the tortilla cuts with Pam cooking spray before baking and after turning. It gives them the taste of the oil without all the calories of deep frying.
I use these with all types of dips and salsas.
Microwaved Tortilla Chips
If you are in a hurry, then microwaving is the way to go. Not as tasty as the fried or baked but still good in a pinch when you want a snack right now! Cut the tortillas into wedges. Line your microwave oven with a paper towel. Spread the tortilla wedges over the paper towels in a single layer, leaving a bit of a gap between the wedges. Microwave until the tortilla chips are crispy, but not burnt. Time varies depending on your microwave, but start with 1/2 minute and increase if necessary. Be careful to watch. If you leave them too long, you’ll end up with brown cardboard. Not a great snack choice.
You can make these almost as fast as you can open a bag of store bought tortilla chips. I like the microwaved ones with appetizers like hummus and guacamole since they have a sort of humble taste to them.
Want something to go with the homemade tortilla chips? Try my best ever guacamole recipe. It is full of flavor and always a hit at parties.
Feel like taking homemade to another level? Try making your own tortillas with a tortilla maker before you make the chips. Our affiliate Amazon has a great range of them.
And now, off to enjoy this bowl of Salsa, my home made tortilla chips and a classic margarita. Perfect!
I received this salsa free of charge for an honest review of the product. To show you how much I love it, it just went on my Amazon wish list! I will definitely be buying this one again.
See this Serrano Salsa on Amazon
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