Sunday, May 4, 2014

Homemade Tortilla Chips

While you're indulging in all of those delicious margaritas on Cinco de Mayo, you can feel perfectly virtuous in snacking on these low in fat, high in taste, homemade tortilla chips.  This recipe, adapted from one that I found in the July 2003 issue of Bon App├ętit magazine, is unbelievably easy, and tastier than you can imagine. I had them ready and on the baking pan while the oven was preheating. They baked while I Ninja-blended some blackberry margaritas, and were ready for enjoying by the time I'd placed the last fruit garnish on the glasses. 

The basic recipe is below, but I have a couple of suggestions to make the process easier. Grab an empty salt shaker (you know you have one) and fill it with equal parts salt, chili powder, and cumin (about a half teaspoon of each is pretty much all you are going to need). Cover the top holes with the palm of your hand, and shake it vigorously until everything is blended equally, and then just shake it on the chips before popping them into the oven. 

If these spices aren't your favorites, you can experiment by making up a mixture of your own.  I did this, accidentally, when I mistook the curry powder for the cumin. I don't think I'd do this again, not intentionally, but still they weren't half bad.

Serve these alongside a bowl of freshly made guacamole and enjoy!

Homemade Tortilla Chips

6 5- to 6-inch corn tortillas
Canola oil
Salt, cumin, and chili powder, to taste

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly brush tortillas with canola oil. Stack tortillas and cut into 6 wedges. Spread wedges in single layer on baking sheet. Sprinkle chips with salt, cumin, and chili powder. Bake until crisp, about 12 minutes.


Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Afternoon Pattie, Is it really that easy to make homemade Tortilla Chips..... the next time I go shopping I am going to buy some corn tortillas. I love the combination of cumin and chilli powder. I cannot wait to make them..... I bet they are just a little moreish.
Best wishes

~~louise~~ said...

Way to go Pattie. I know a few restaurants that could take a lesson from you. Easy peasy and oh so yummy! Thanks for sharing...

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Thanks for this, tortilla's are the one treat we've been eating lately. Being baked they are a guiltless snack. I haven't used cumin or chili powder on them, but it sounds great to give them some flavor. Thanks for sharing at Sunday's best, hope to see your creativeness at Sunday's Best tomorrow.