Homemade Tortilla Chips 2 Ways

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Introduction: Homemade Tortilla Chips 2 Ways

About: Hello and Welcome to In the Kitchen With Matt. I am your host Matt Taylor. My goal for the show is to teach you how to cook really good food at home for cheap. Eating out everyday can get expensive, but it d...

In this instructable I will give you some pro tips on how to make some amazing homemade tortilla chips 2 ways. First we will bake them, and the other way is frying them. These tortilla chip recipes are super easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it. It is so satisfying to hear that crunch and taste the salty goodness as you bite into one of these homemade chips, put them with some homemade salsa or guacamole, or make some nachos, Yummy...Let's get started!

Don't forget to check out my other instructables :)

If you have any questions or comments put them down below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Follow the easy steps or watch the short video tutorial or do both! :)

Step 1: Ingredients/Tools

Ingredients:

  • Corn tortillas (either white or yellow, store-bought or homemade)
  • Oil for frying and basting (vegetable, canola, etc.)
  • Salt
  • Any other seasonings

Tools:

  • Pot
  • tongs
  • plate
  • paper towel
  • baking sheet
  • baster
  • silicone mat or parchment paper

Step 2: Fried Method

First I will show you how to do the fried method. Take your tortillas and cut them 4 times, until you make little chip rectangles. So basically cut them in half one way, then half again and then those in half. Place them in a bowl or on a plate, so they are loose.

Step 3: Fry Them Up

Now we take a skillet or pot and heat up our oil to 325 F. (162 C). I use the medium heat setting on my stove top, it takes around 10 minutes or so to heat up the oil. Once our oil is heated drop in some of the tortilla pieces, don't over crowd them. If you are doing a lot you will need to do batches. The chips don't take long about a minute or so on each side. You will feel them crisp up with your tongs, and they will get golden brown on the edges. Also, the bubbles will subside dramatically when they are ready. (Pro Tip) Let the oil heat back up to temperature in between batches. Using your tongs take them out and let them drain a bit before putting them on a plate lined with paper towel. This is a good time to season them with salt and other seasonings, when they are still warm.

(Pro Tip) The oil can be reused over and over, until it goes bad. So don't throw out the oil after one use, and also make sure the oil has completely cooled down before restoring it.

Step 4: Baking Method

For the baking method, let's preheat out oven to 275 F. (135). Now take some oil and lightly baste each side of the tortillas. Then like the frying method we wand to cut the tortillas for times to get the little chip size wedges. Add a bit of seasonings like salt, and then place them on a silicone mat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn the chips over and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes until they get crunchy.

Step 5: Differences

Now that both of our chips are done. I really like both of them, I like the fried ones on the left a little more then the baked ones on the right. But, the baked ones are a little bit more healthy, you really can't go wrong with either of them. Season with your favorite seasonings, those popcorn seasonings will work well on these. Serve them up with your favorite salsa, guacamole, cheese dip, garlic dip, or whatever. :) Enjoy!

Step 6: Video Tutorial

Now check out those steps in action by watching the short video tutorial. :)

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    I will definitely try this one.
    Now I just need some good salsa recipe.
    Could you share some?

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    Yes please do. :) I do have a homemade salsa recipe that I do and homemade guacamole. I plan to do videos and instructables on those soon. :)

    The fried ones are the best in my opinion. I also season them with a combination of chili powder and cumin as well as sea salt.

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    Just recently, I started sprinkling sea salt on my plain tortillas. I bake them in a tabletop oven. Hundreds before were plain. Now, great. (We are getting others away from greasy potato chips. ) Cheers.

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    As usual you are spot on with your recipes and the need that exists out here for someone to openly and accurately give us the info and see the evidence of eating on a budget. I especially need the "healthier" model there. hahaha Thank you very much.

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    Thanks for posting this. I like your "if I can do it, you can do it" tagline. I've been cooking for 35 years, but there are a lot of new cooks out there that can benefit from seeing a "regular guy" (i.e., not a trained chef) make food from scratch. Keep up the good work!

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    Thank you for the nice compliment! Yeah cooking doesn't have to be difficult! haha :)

    These are great! I've made the fried kind, and they're so much better than the ones in a bag. I prefer to use less salt, and making your own lets you do this. The recipe I used called for hotter oil, but also warned that the chips continue to cook after being removed from the oil because there is still hot oil in the chips themselves, so you have to watch and remove them from the pan before they get as dark as you think they should be.

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    Yes making them yourself gives you control over that stuff which is pretty awesome! :) This recipe the oil really can be between 325 and 350. Glad you like them! :)