Corn Tortilla Chips

Corn Tortilla ChipsAs my cooking as evolved so has my ability (and desire) to use up ingredients that I have around the kitchen. The latest case in point was a half-used package of corn tortillas left over from making the Green-Chili Chicken Casserole.

In the past I probably would have let these go to waste, eventually throwing them out – but was resolved instead to do something with them.  Light bulb moment.  Why not turn the left over corn tortillas into tortilla chips?  OK, I admit this wasn’t exactly earth shattering thinking that deserves a Nobel Prize, but for me it was a step in the right direction of trying to use what you’ve got.

As you might suspect this was pretty simple to do: cut the tortillas into quarters, put them on a cookie sheet and bake ~10 minutes.  Not only was this very easy, but the chips were much healthier than the store bought kind – and they tasted great!  Try it next time you have left over corn tortillas…heck maybe even make something like the above-mentioned chicken casserole or Chicken Taquitos just so you have left overs!

Recipe: Corn Tortilla Chips

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut corn tortillas into quarters.
  3. Spread cut tortillas out in a single layer on a cookie sheet, leaving some room between them.  I fit 4-5 tortillas (16-20 quarters) on a single cookie sheet.
  4. If desired shake salt over tortillas, but we found this unnecessary as they were great without.
  5. Bake ~10 mins until the chips are starting to crisp up.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool 5-10 mins on the cookie sheet so they continue to crisp.
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3 thoughts on “Corn Tortilla Chips

  1. Bob Post author

    After making these a number of times now I have discovered the secret to the perfect chip. I always make two cookie sheets full of chips and set the timer for 5 minutes. When it goes off I move the bottom tray to the top shelf and the top tray to the bottom shelf, then bake for another 5 minutes. They come out universally golden brown and crispy this way — in my oven at least!


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