Oven chips.

oven-baked tortilla chips
Oven baked tortilla chips

This is such a simple thing (and it's definitely not a recipe), but does anyone ever make their own chips by baking corn tortillas in the oven? For me, this revelation was a palm-to-face "Duh" moment, only heightened by my realization that oven baked tortilla chips are a million bazillion times healthier, crunchier and tastier than the store-bought kind. Every time I make them, I think about how I might be some sort of genius.

A $1.29 package of 6" corn tortillas usually makes two or three bags worth of chips. I use a local brand of tortillas found in Kroger's ethnic foods aisle. To make the chips, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly brush the tortillas with oil, cut them into wedges and sprinkle with coarse sea salt. If you are feeling extravagant, you could add seasoning or lime juice to the oil, or sprinkle chips with dried herbs or fresh chilies. Spread chips evenly on cookie sheets (do not overlap) and bake for 8 or 9 minutes, until crispy. I usually rotate the pan mid-way through so the chippers turn an even golden brown color.

We show no mercy or restraint when we eat them. I haven't bought tortilla chips in years.

I still have not succeeded in making my own tortillas, but if you are so inclined, here is a good article and recipe from one of my favorite food blogs, 101 Cookbooks.


  1. oooh this is super genius! i'm in for sure.

  2. oooh this is super genius! i'm in for sure.


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