Easy Homemade Tortilla Chips

May 17th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Although I’m not a huge fan of salty, crunchy snacks, I can easily get hooked on these tortilla chips. Put a plate in front of me and watch them disappear. Baked instead of fried and seasoned with sea salt and spices, these chips couldn’t be healthier.

I rely on snacks in between meals to keep my blood sugar steady throughout the day, so I’m frequently trying to break out of my usual nuts-and-fruit combo and branch into other realms of the snack world. I enjoy these chips with Muir Glen Organic Salsa (or homemade salsa in the summer when I can get tomatoes at the farmers’ market that actually taste like tomatoes). They are equally delicious dipped in homemade Sundried Tomato Hummus or Fiesta Guacamole.


Sensible Snacking

Sometimes I feel like a little kid with the way I eat. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. I’m nibbling on something all day long. Because of this, I never find myself famished or craving junk food. Eating six times a day also provides me with plenty of opportunities to pack in nutrient-dense choices: nuts, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy oils, and fiber-rich complex carbs.

Check out these great snack ideas from other bloggers. Clearly I’m not the only one with a passion for snacking!


Other News

I’m thrilled to be heading to BlogHer Food in Atlanta at the end of this week. It’s my first time attending this conference, but I’ve heard great things about BlogHers past. If you’ll be there, let me know! I’d love to meet you in person.

And, even bigger news, I’m officially an aunt! Yesterday my sister gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy. He’s not even 24 hours old yet, but already is so deeply loved by dozens of people. I can’t wait to meet the little guy in person this summer. And once he gets a little older, you can bet I’ll dress him in tiny apron and teach him everything there is to know about gluten-free cooking! Who knows? Maybe someday we’ll even share a snack of some of these homemade tortilla chips together. Maybe he’ll even help me make them…

Easy Tortilla Chips

Makes 3 ½ – 4 cups of chips

In two simple steps, you can make your very own tortilla chips—no deep frying required! I whip up a batch of these when I want an accompaniment to salsa, guacamole, or bean dip. They’re also a great topping for chili.

6 (6 inch) gluten-free corn tortillas, cut into wedges

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon granulated garlic

¼ teaspoon chili powder

¼ teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium bowl, toss the tortilla wedges with the remaining ingredients to evenly coat them with the oil and spices.

Arrange wedges in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Cool and serve.

Change it up: Play with the spices to find your own favorite blend. For a sweet take on tortilla chips, toss them with cinnamon and a bit of coconut sugar instead of the spices.

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  1. I love the idea of adding chilli and garlic! I can just imagine how yummy they would be. Thanks!

  2. Congratulations on becoming an aunt!
    These chips look fantastic–I’ve got some “older” corn tortillas in the fridge withering away. This will be a great afterschool snack, thank you!

  3. Congrats Auntie!

    I love homemade tortilla chips! I make them to eat with my lunch or salads. :)

  4. Oooh! Cumin on my tortilla chips. Why didn’t I think o that before? I like to bake my chips, too. So much easier and not as greasy. :D Congratulations again and I hope you enjoy the BlogHer conference!

  5. Congratulations on being an aunty! :)

    I’ve never tried making homemade tortilla chips before, but these sound delicious and are SO much healthier than the ones you find at the store!

  6. Thanks, all! Sounds like we’re all a homemade chip-loving bunch. :)

  7. Hi Hallie,
    I make my own tortilla’s and chips, there is really nothing like it. I really like your season combination, it would be very good. Thank you for sharing and hope you are having a great day!

  8. Chips, specifically tortilla chips, are my Red Light food. Like if they’re in the house I will eat myself stupid until they’re gone. That being said, homemade chips are healthier and therefore allowable, right? lol

  9. Oh wow, congrats Hallie! So exciting to have another little one in the family.

    The chippies look awesome too :)

  10. Made these tonight…they are to die for!

  11. I make sweet tortilla chips with sugar and cinnamon for my fruit salsa. Just a little tip- cut those corn tortillas into wedges using a pizza cutter. Super easy!

    • Food Allergy Assistant – I joke that I use my pizza cutter for slicing everything BUT pizza! I’m sure it would work great on the tortillas. Thanks for sharing. :)

  12. I bet they’d be great with a little squirt of lime, too! That’s how they do it at Chipotle, and I’m all for imitating restaurant tricks when I find something I love. Thanks!

  13. I am planning to make some homemade tortilla chips to snack on while watching the Oscar’s tonight while I sip my martini.

    This looks like a great recipe and I can’t wait to try it.

  14. I would like to know were do you buy Organic Corn Tortillas to make you chips????????

  15. Hi Molly: I get my tortillas from Whole Foods. There are a couple of different brands at my store made from organic corn.

  16. These look amazing. My baked chips always come out chewy or burnt.

  17. Question? I know your using Corn Tortillas, BUT what about
    the GMO in the Corn?

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