Tortilla Chips

Feeling frustrated by the lack of snack chips fried in healthy fats (like olive oil, coconut or avocado oil, ghee, or animal fats like lard, tallow, or schmaltz), I crafted a technique and recipe for homemade baked tortilla chips that are as good as any fried version. They’re better in fact, as you’re no longer ingesting rancid, omega-6/PUFA laden, über-processed “vegetable” (actually seed) oils (such as sunflower, corn, safflower, or canola) in which just about every chip on the market is fried! (To be fair, there are numerous potato chip brands that are now fried in healthy fats. But I’ve seldom found tortilla chips made with those).

Start with fresh round corn tortillas. If you’re not making them yourself, the only ingredients should be corn, flour and lime (skip brands with preservatives or vegetable oils(!) I prefer yellow corn, but any variety (white or blue) will work. I mostly use coconut oil as my chosen fat.

Besides enhanced freshness and nutrition, making your own chips in small batches encourages you to appreciate and savor (rather than “hoover”) them, as the fruits of your labor. Rather than mindlessly plowing through a seemingly bottomless bag of store-bought, mass produced chips, homemade hand crafted chips encourage you to slow down, and recall the care taken to make each bite. That’s what I call mindful eating!

 

 

Baked Tortilla Chips

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cooking Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Makes 6 oz (72 chips)

Ingredients

  • 15 ml (1 Tbsp.) coconut oil or other nutrient dense fat with a high smoke point (tallow, lard, schmaltz, avocado oil, ghee, etc.)
  • 200 g (6 oz.) corn tortillas, about nine 6-inch tortillas
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to bake (or convection bake) at 400°F/204°C.
  • If the fat you're using is solid at room temperature (e.g. coconut oil), warm it gently until it melts.
  • Spread a thin layer of fat on one side of each tortilla (a silicone brush or pastry brush works well for this).
  • Stack the tortillas 4 or 5 high. Slice the stack in half and repeat until you have made 4 cuts (8 chips from each tortilla). Repeat until all tortillas have been cut.
  • Lay chips head-to-tail in a single layer on two half-sheet pans lined with silicone mats or parchment paper.
  • Bake 20 minutes, rotating pans and trays halfway through.
  • Keep an eye on it! It can go from golden brown to burnt quickly.
  • Remove from oven and salt immediately, while they're still hot.
  • Store in an airtight bag or container for up to 4 days.

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