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Homemade Tortilla Chips (OVEN & AIR FRYER)

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Making homemade tortilla chips is probably easier than you think. You only need THREE ingredients and can easily make them in the oven or the air fryer. Perfect for dipping in salsa or guac, topping soups, or just as a snack!

basket of tortilla chips

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Did you ever wonder how to make tortilla chips? If you have corn or flour tortillas in your fridge, you’re halfway there. You just need tortillas, olive oil spray, and salt. That’s it!

I rotate between making them in my oven and in my air fryer – both have great results – so we’ll go over both methods.

INGREDIENTS

Either method requires the same ingredients. Below is a list of ingredients but scroll down for the full recipe and helpful tips.

TORTILLAS – You can use either corn or flour tortillas, it depends on your personal preference.
OLIVE OIL – Either buy non-stick spray or use an olive oil mister. If you prefer avocado oil or coconut oil, you can use those as well.
SALT – You’ll want to use a coarse salt to really stick to the chips, like restaurant-style. If all you have is table salt, that will work, too.

overhead shot of tortillas, salt, and olive oil spray

TOOLS FOUND ON AMAZON TO HELP YOU

  • Air Fryer – If you’re choosing to make these in the air fryer, this is the one I have & recommend.
  • Lipped Baking Sheet – If you’re making them in the oven, I like to use a baking sheet that has a lip so no chips slide off.
  • Parchment Liners – If making in the air fryer, I love using these liners for easy clean up (make sure you pick the size/shape that fits your air fryer). If you’re making them in the oven, I like to line my pan with foil, parchment paper, or silicone mats for the same reason.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER TORTILLA CHIPS

If you have tortillas in your fridge, you’re on your way to having chips. Grab those, some olive oil cooking spray (or your favorite cooking spray), and some coarse salt.

I tested both corn tortillas and flour tortillas and while both come out great, the corn tortillas turn out slightly crispier so I prefer them.

IN THE AIR FRYER

STEP ONE– Slice the tortillas into 6-8 pieces depending on the size tortilla you have. I use a pizza cutter to make it really easy.

collage of tortillas being sliced with a pizza cutter

STEP TWOSpray the tortillas lightly with cooking spray, then sprinkle with salt.

STEP THREELay the tortillas into the air fryer basket, without letting them overlap, and cook for 3 minutes at 350 degrees. Flip them over, give them another light spray, add more salt (if you think they need it – the amount of salt is a personal preference), and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until browned and crisp.

STEP FOURRemove from the basket and they will continue to crisp as they cool. Once they have cooled, you’re ready to start dipping.

Air fryers do vary from brand to brand. Some require pre-heating, mine does not. Keep an eye on yours – it may take more or less time to crisp up the chips.

overhead shot of tortillas in an air fryer basket

IN THE OVEN

STEP ONE– Preheat oven to 350 degrees and slice the tortillas into 6-8 pieces depending on the size tortilla you have. Again, I use a pizza cutter.

STEP TWOLay the sliced tortillas onto a foil lined baking sheet in a single layer. Spray lightly with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt.

STEP THREE Bake for 7 minutes, remove the pan, flip the chips, spray, salt (if desired), and bake for another 5 minutes or until crisp. 

homemade tortilla chips on a baking sheet

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

These homemade corn tortilla chips make the perfect snack or party appetizer. Serve them with blender salsa, buffalo chicken dip, or spinach and artichoke dip.

You can also use them to make nachos – pile on some crockpot salsa chicken and toppings, or crush them up and sprinkle them over tortilla soup.

If you want to add another layer of flavor, squeeze some lime juice over the chips. Want to spice them up? Sprinkle on some cajun seasoning, chili powder or cayenne pepper. Want to sweeten them up? Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar instead of salt.

hand holding a tortilla chip

HOW TO STORE THEM

Homemade tortilla chips will stay fresh for up to two weeks if you store them in an airtight container or a zip top bag at room temperature. Do not freeze or refrigerate. If they lose their crisp, you can put them back into the air fryer for a couple of minutes to crisp them back up.

MORE THINGS TO SERVE WITH TORTILLA CHIPS:

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Homemade Tortilla Chips (oven & air fryer)

Melissa Williams
Making homemade tortilla chips is probably easier than you think. You only need THREE ingredients and can easily make them in the oven or the air fryer. Perfect for dipping in salsa or guac, topping soups, or just as a snack!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 36 chips
Calories 15 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 small tortillas  corn or flour
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • coarse salt

Instructions
 

  • Slice your tortillas into 6-8 equal pieces, like a pizza.
  • Lightly spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with coarse salt.

AIR FRYER INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place cut tortillas in the air fryer basket, making sure to not overlap.
  • Cook at 350 for 3 minutes, open the basket, flip the chips, spray with cooking spray & add more salt (if desired), and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until browned and crisp.
  • Remove from basket and let cool to finish crisping.

OVEN BAKED INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Place the cut & salted chips onto the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 7 minutes at 350. Remove the pan, flip, spray, salt (if desired), and bake for another 5 minutes or until crisp. 

Notes

Cooked chips should be stored in an airtight container. They will stay fresh for up to two weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 15kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 34mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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